With no mourners at Lee Harvey Oswald’s funeral, the only pallbearers were the reporters.

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I arrived to discover dozens of police and federal agents, writers and photographers, but no mourners waiting to bid Oswald goodbye or good riddance.

A police escort delivered Oswald’s casket in the early afternoon. Much later, officers arrived with his family: mother Marguerite, brother Robert, widow Marina and her two daughters, June Lee, 2, and infant Rachel.

With no mourners around to serve as pallbearers, it was a task that fell to me and a few other reporters covering the funeral of John F. Kennedy’s assassin. Fifty years later, I remain a reluctant and minor footnote in American history.

Members of the the family of Lee Harvey Oswald, slain suspect in the assassination of President John Kennedy, sit beside his casket at a funeral service in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 25, 1963.  From left are, Oswald's wife, Marina, holding their daughter June Lee, 22 months; Robert Oswald, brother; and his mother Marguerite Oswald, holding her five-week-old grandchild Rachel. (AP Photo)

Members of the the family of Lee Harvey Oswald, slain suspect in the assassination of President John Kennedy, sit beside his casket at a funeral service in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 25, 1963. From left are, Oswald’s wife, Marina, holding their daughter June Lee, 22 months; Robert Oswald, brother; and his mother Marguerite Oswald, holding her five-week-old grandchild Rachel. (AP Photo)

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