Retired Dallas police detective Jim Leavelle was standing in a tan suit and matching Resistol cowboy hat on Nov. 24, 1963 -- handcuffed to Oswald when Jack Ruby fatally shot Oswald. (Dallas-Times Herald/Bob Jackson)
Got an extra 100 grand or so just begging to be spent? If so, you can own a piece of local history.
The casket in which Lee Harvey Oswald was buried the first time — his remains were exhumed, examined, and determined, indeed, to be those of Oswald, not a Russian imposter — rested in peace in the possession of Fort Worth mortuary owner Allen Baumgardner since that 1981 exhumation.
Oswald’s remains were transferred to a different coffin for reinterment because the first one deteriorated. Now that first deceased body containment solution (DBCS) is up for ghoulish grabs.
California auction house Nate D. Sanders Auction has the historic coffin up for auction, with an estimated fetching bid of $100,000, although the most recent bid offers only $6,727. Bidding closes Dec. 16, so there’s still time.
Think of the resale value on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination come Nov. 22, 2013. Might be a nice little investment and a fascinating conversation piece in the meantime.
Oh, and in related auction items, there’s this.
Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He’s been interested in the assassination and conspiracy theories for years, but this, this is kind of ugh.