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I Led Three Lives
Lee Oswald’s favorite TV show when he was a teenager
I Led Three Lives: Citizen, 'Communist', CounterspyI Led Three Lives was an American television show based on the life of Herbert Philbrick, an advertising executive who infiltrated the American Communist Party on behalf of the FBI in the 1940s.  
Philbrick wrote the book I Led Three Lives: Citizen, 'Communist', Counterspy which was published in 1952 by McGraw Hill and became a bestseller.  
It was promptly used as the basis for a TV series called I Led Three Lives which ran from 1953 to 1956.  Lee was 14 years old when the series began, and it became his favorite show.
Click here to view a video clip from the TV show: I Led Three Lives.
Herbert Philbrick personally narrated each episode and served as a technical consultant.
Scripts for all 117 episodes were approved by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI.
Most of the plots had very little to do with the actual events of Philbrick's life and frequently involved international intrigue in which Philbrick never participated.  
The show was a companion piece of sorts to the radio drama I was a Communist for the FBI which ran from 1952 to 1954.
Click here to view a video clip of Herbert Philbrick discussing Communism.
For those of you who are too young to remember the Cold War (or so old you have forgotten it), this is an excellent example of shameless propaganda from this embarrassing period of American history.
In 1963 Herbert Philbrick was brought to New Orleans to speak for an event organized by INCA, an anti-Communist organization headed by Dr. Alton Ochsner.  The event was held at the Reily Coffee Company where Lee and Judyth both worked at the time.  Lee got to attend the event and meet Philbrick in person.  Lee was disappointed by Philbrick's presentation and later told Judyth "Philbrick let us know Jesus Christ isn't the Savior.  It's J. Edgar Hoover."
Judyth says the Lee pretended to be a Communist in New Orleans in the Summer of 1963 as part of his assignment to infiltrate Cuba to deliver a biological weapon to be used to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro.  Judyth was the laboratory technician who helped develop the cancerous weapon.
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