Grave mis­take to buy killer’s cof­fin

Pretoria News - - SPORT - – Auc­tions Writer

IN 1981, the body of Lee Har­vey Oswald – the man ac­cused of as­sas­si­nat­ing US pres­i­dent John F Kennedy – was ex­humed by Oswald’s wife, Ma­rina, and Bri­tish au­thor Michael Ed­dowes, who was con­vinced Oswald’s corpse had been switched with that of a Soviet spy.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion proved it was Oswald, but the cof­fin was too wa­ter-dam­aged to be reused, so he was re­buried in a new cof­fin. The fu­neral home sold the old cof­fin on auc­tion in 2010 for £57000.

In the end, there was just a fum­ing anony­mous buyer.

Oswald’s brother, Robert, ob­tained court or­ders to have the old cof­fin re­turned to him.

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