Lee Harvey Oswald was born on October 18, 1939, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Robert E. Lee Oswald, an insurance premium collector, and of Marguerite Claverie. Two months before Oswald was born, his father died of a heart attack. He was raised by a mother who alternately neglected and overprotected him. He grew up to be an unstable, violence-prone malcontent. Although Oswald was intelligent, he had dyslexia, a reading problem. In 1945 his mother married Edwin A. Ekdahl, an electrical engineer; they were divorced in 1948. In 1952, Oswald and his mother moved to New York City to live with her son by her first marriage, John Pic, Jr. , who was in the U. S. Coast Guard. After Oswald threatened Pic's wife with a knife, he and his mother, who always defended his behavior, however aberrant, moved out.