Why Lee Harvey Oswald Visited Mobile

Why Lee Harvey Oswald Visited Mobile

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Prior to the November 22, 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the man most believe to be the assassin visited Mobile.

Lee Harvey Oswald was invited to Springhill College to speak to Jesuit Scholastics, priests in training, by his cousin, Eugene Murrett.  Murrett was also a scholastic.  Few people remember the little known visit, including many present students at Springhill.

But we went to Dallas, now the home of one of the last known people to be in the room.  Father John Payne was one of about 40 people in the room when Oswald spoke at Assumption Hall on the campus.  This happened in July 1963.  Father Payne said he remembers a man full of despair.

Payne told News 5 he heard Oswald talk about his disenchantment with the Soviet Union.  It was the reason he had been invited to speak to students there because Oswald lived in Russia for three years.  Then, Payne said Oswald also talked about his disenchantment with the United States. 

Payne said seeing a man he believed to be a desperate soul, led him to say a prayer for him following the meeting.

To see part one of the series, click here.
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