The following report is based upon an exclusive interview with Mrs. Marguerite Oswald by Jimmie R. Cox, CHRISTIANITY TODAYnews correspondent, one week after her son was slain at Dallas police headquarters.

Mrs. Marguerite Oswald, mother of the man accused of the assassination of President Kennedy, tried under difficult circumstances to provide religious training for her three sons.

Her own parents were of different faiths. Her father, a Roman Catholic, permitted her mother to oversee the religious upbringing of the family. Her mother, a Lutheran, had Mrs. Oswald baptized in a Missouri Synod Lutheran church in New Orleans where she also was confirmed at the age of twelve.

When Lee Harvey Oswald was born on October 18, 1939, his father, Robert E. Lee Oswald, had been dead for two months. Although the elder Oswald had been an insurance salesman, he had insured himself for only $3,500. The only other money available to the widow was a small sum from the sale of the equity in the family home.

Like his mother, the infant Lee was baptized in a Missouri Synod Lutheran church in New Orleans. He was never confirmed.

Mrs. Oswald attempted to stay at home and rear her family but eventually was forced to go to work. She paid a maid to care for the children for a time, but when World War II came, she had to make other arrangements. The older two sons she placed in a Lutheran institution which accepted children having only one parent. She said she was expected to pay whatever circumstances would permit.

But Lee was too young to enter the church home. Mrs. Oswald said she had no choice but to leave him to the care of a sister, who also lived in New Orleans, and to hire other attendants for him whenever possible.

“The older boys received a wonderful ...

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