Grave mistake to buy killer’s coffin
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.