Oswald wedding ring
Ring from hand that shaped history to be auctioned off
Lee Harvey Oswald and wife Marina failed to reconcile on the night of Nov. 22, 1963. As a result, Oswald left his wedding ring behind and the next day assassinated President John F. Kennedy. Oswald's wedding ring will be auctioned off by RR Auction of Amherst in October, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination. (COURTESY)
It didn't go so well. The native Russian had given her husband the silent treatment most of the time, and hopeful statements he did hear were followed by contradictions, according to the Warren Report, the government's account of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
A year ago, that wedding band was found in the files of Marina Oswald's lawyer, apparently forgotten after being returned years ago by the FBI, said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RRAuction of Amherst.
Oswald advocated for Castro and communist Cuba; he tried to shoot a prominent right-wing extremist, retired Army Gen. Edwin A. Walker; he visited Mexico so he could speak to Cuban officials about defecting to Cuba.
His marriage was about as successful as the rest of his life. Oswald forbade Marina, who could not speak English, to smoke, drink or wear makeup. He hit her on occasion.She complained about a lack of money, called his political activities foolish, and disparaged him in front of others for his sexual inadequacies.She was living with a mutual friend in Irving when Oswald visited Nov. 21. She was angry and give him the silent treatment. He asked her to move to bring their daughters to Dallas, where he had a job at the school book depository.She said she wanted to stay with their friend in Irving through the holidays, and they were spending less money apart."And I told him to buy me a washing machine," she told the Warren Commission. He said he would, then she told him to forget it; he should buy something for himself.
On Monday, Manchester jeweler David Bellman examined the ring as part of the authentication process.
It is a basic, 14-karat-gold ring. After cleaning it, Bellman could examine some engravings inside: a letter P, followed by a star, and the numbers 583. Inside the star are a barely detectable hammer and sickle.
"She wants nothing to do with that ring. She wants nothing to do with that day. She's got grandchildren. She's moved on with life," he said.
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