Lee Harvey Oswald’s former home was torn down on Monday, signifying the end of a somewhat morbid attraction for those remembering the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The 10-unit, two-story apartment complex was built 1925 and was one of several places tied to the assassination of Kennedy, which took place on November 22, 1963.
Oswald and his family lived at the demolished apartment building at 600 Elsbeth St. from November 1962 until March 1963, according to CBS News. The resident is also mentioned in the Warren Commission report, which investigated Kennedy’s death. The report concluded that Oswald acted alone.
The bulldozer sent to destroy Lee Harvey Oswald’s former home rammed through the walls where the assassin once lived. Police blocked off the street and the sidewalk in front of the complex but allowed onlookers to take bricks from the side of the building.
One local resident, Tom Sclar, took the opportunity to remove five bricks, putting them in his backpack as souvenirs and possible sale items. He noted that the building was once included on tours of the area he used to give to groups interested in alternate theories about President Kennedy’s death.
Yahoo! News notes that another man, Jose Sorola, has been fascinated by the history of both Oswald and John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Abraham Lincoln. Sorola heard about the upcoming demolition of Oswald’s former home and purchased an apartment window from the complex for $125.
His goal is to build a “traveling wall” around the window so that it will be on display to others. Sorola added:
“He still lived here, and in my opinion, he’s a part of Dallas history. Maybe for the wrong reason, but he’s still a part of history.”
John F. Kennedy’s assassination still generates several theories and controversy, especially around the discussion of Oswald. Several question that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone when he killed the president, shooting him from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository building.
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