How Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin ended up in Brentwood
Brentwood residents won't guess what auctioneer Nate D. Sanders has dug up.
"It's Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin," Laura Yntema, one of Sanders' managers, explained at his auction house tucked behind a row of Barrington Avenue apartment units.
A funeral home owner in Fort Worth, Texas, has hired Sanders to sell the pine box that President John F. Kennedy's assassin was buried in after being shot to death Nov. 24, 1963, by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby.
The first draft of Oswald's death certificate is for sale too. It was redone after the justice of the peace wrote "Shot by Jack Rubenstein" in the space listing "How Injury Occurred" and someone pointed out that Ruby had not yet been convicted of the killing.
Oswald's body was exhumed from Fort Worth's Rose Hill Memorial Park on Oct. 4, 1981, to resolve a dispute between his widow, Marina Oswald, and his brother, Robert Oswald. They had argued over a conspiracy theory that had alleged that Kennedy's killer was actually a look-alike Russian agent who had taken Lee Harvey Oswald's place.
-- Bob Pool
Photo: Laura Yntema, Brentwood auction manager, displays Oswald’s deteriorated first coffin. Credit: Brian Vander Brug, Los Angeles Times / Nov. 30, 2010