At one point that year Marina went to live with Lee in New Orleans. In September, Ruth visited them and returned with Marina and the children, along with the Oswald's belongings. Included in these items, it was later determined, was the rifle with which Oswald allegedly shot President Kennedy. Lee went to Mexico and at some point tried to get a Cuban visa, which was denied. A little while later, through a connection of Ruth's, he was able to obtain a job at the Texas School Book Depository.
In early November, the FBI question Lee at the house about his activities with the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, an organization founded in 1960 that supported the Cuban Revolution and opposed American policies towards Cuba. On November 21, Lee arrived at the house, which was unusual because he typically visited on weekends. His reason was that he wanted to pick up curtain rods to bring back to his apartment (he was not living there; it was too crowded and apparently he and Marina had a strained marriage). What he of course wanted was the rifle, which he wrapped so that it would appear that he was in fact taking the rods. The next morning he left with the rifle and, it is believed, changed the course of history. Ruth was not charged with any crime during the investigation.