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#1 Greg Burnham

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 07:42 PM

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AUSTIN, Tex. — Hours after his younger brother Lee Harvey Oswald, the presidential assassin, was gunned down in the basement of the Dallas police station, Robert Oswald wrote a $710 cashier’s check to a Fort Worth funeral home as he made arrangements for his brother’s burial.


The purchase included a No. 31 Pine Bluff coffin and vault, a dark suit and flowers. More than five decades later, the simple pine coffin — now badly deteriorating — is at the heart of an unlikely epilogue to the tragedy that gripped the nation on Nov. 22, 1963.


Three days after he assassinated President Kennedy from a sixth-floor window of the Texas School Book Depository, and a day after he himself was shot and killed by the nightclub owner Jack Ruby, Mr. Oswald was laid to rest in a Fort Worth cemetery in a service so poorly attended that reporters were used as pallbearers.


The coffin was exhumed in 1981 to dispel conspiracy theories including assertions that the body inside may have been that of a Soviet impostor. Mr. Oswald, his identity confirmed by medical tests, was reburied in a new coffin, and the original was stored for years in Baumgardner Funeral Home in Fort Worth.


Now, a little more than a year since the nation observed the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, the latest chapter in the unfinished tale of Mr. Oswald’s original coffin is playing out in a Fort Worth court.


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#2 Robert Harper

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 11:39 PM

Thanks Greg.


I subscribe to the NYT and noticed that they did not provide a comment section for this story. Otherwise, I would

have noted there, that even the TSBD in DALLAS has the name of Oswald preceded by "the alleged killer" on the plaque..


Frankly, I think they are so embarrassed by their lack of journalism in November 1963 and by their connection to the CIA

Mockingbird Project in 1977, that they CAN'T admit they 1) goofed and 2)deceived. Their headline, next day, says "shot by a sniper" and

they're sticking with it.


That's why they won't review books by James Douglass or Jim DiEugenio or Douglas Horne or Russell Baker. books. It's complete denial

of alternative narrative.

On the issue of the coffin, I tend to think the brother has legitimate expectation of privilege; but I'm open to hearing what the law says.

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Posted 26 December 2014 - 10:48 PM

As a reader of John Armstrong, I believe there may have been 2 Oswalds.  Robert Oswald, then, is

not the brother of the Oswald killed by Ruby.  When they exhumed Oswald, I saw some photos of him

and I felt like I was ready to puke.  I wonder why it took them a year to get back to the public and tell

us their findings.  Maybe the head that was severed didn't belong to the body in the coffin.  There was

water damage in the vault.  Did someone dig him up? 


If we could get Robert Oswald's DNA we can compare it with LHO's daughters to see if they're related.

 I bet they are not.


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