Oswald brother fights sale of assassin’s casket

Oswald brother sues funeral home in Fort Worth, Texas.

Oswald brother sues funeral home in Fort Worth, Texas. Image by Lars Plougmann / CC BY-SA 2.0

Robert Oswald, the brother of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, is suing a Fort Worth, Texas, funeral home to block the sale of his brother’s casket. Three days after JFK’s assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald was gunned down and buried in a pine casket paid for by his brother. In 1981 Oswald’s body was exhumed to quell conspiracy theories that a Soviet impostor had been buried instead. After proving the remains’ identity, Oswald was reburied in a new coffin, and the old one was kept at Baumgardner Funeral Home in Fort Worth. When the funeral home recently sold the casket through an auction house for $87,468, Robert Oswald filed a suit to stop the sale, saying the deal was ‘ghoulish’. Robert Oswald claims the casket is his property, since he purchased it, but the funeral home claims that it was handled as a ‘gift’ to his brother and he therefore has no claim of ownership. Read more: nytimes.com

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