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Toward a Psychological Understanding of Lee Oswald, Assassin

November 20, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Rusty Livingston Collection / The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza


Toward a Psychological Understanding of Lee Oswald, Assassin

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | Reception 6 p.m. | Program 7 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and include a wine reception


While many over the years have pondered Oswald’s motive, clinical psychologist Dr. Gene Riddle took a different tack – analyzing how Oswald became a person capable of assassinating a president. Over the course of six years, Dr. Riddle conducted an in-depth study of Lee Harvey Oswald as part of a book-length project for the Professional School of Psychology in Sacramento.


Join us as he shares the results and insights gleaned from his study, which examines the depth and breadth of Oswald’s psychological makeup and life experiences that led to November 22, 1963.


A short musical introduction will highlight a five-minute excerpt of Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin accompanied by selected Kennedy images. Dr. Riddle’s lecture will be followed by a Q&A led by Museum Curator Stephen Fagin.


About Dr. Gene Riddle

Dr. Gene Riddle was in the fall term of his senior year at a county high school just outside Washington D.C. at the time of the deaths of John Kennedy, J. D. Tippit, and Lee Harvey Oswald. A licensed clinical psychologist in California, with a 1997 PhD from the San Francisco campus of the Professional School of Psychology, Riddle became fascinated with the psyche of Lee Harvey Oswald and spent more than six years compiling a professional book-length study of him.


Prior to entering the mental health profession, Dr. Riddle attained BA and MA degrees in Political Science and taught undergraduate political science courses at the University of Colorado, Denver.








This program is part of a special four-day series commemorating the anniversary of the assassination.


Purchase a series ticket at a special value of $56. Series ticket includes all four programs and admission to the permanent exhibit John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation on Friday, November 22.


  • The Last Days of Lee Harvey Oswald: A Conversation with Ruth Paine | Tuesday, November 19
  • Toward a Psychological Understanding of Lee Oswald, Assassin | Wednesday, November 20
  • Three Hours in Dallas: Film Premiere with Live Musical Score | Thursday, November 21
  • 56th Anniversary Program: Living History with Bill Mercer | Friday, November 22


November 20, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.