In a Texas Court, a Fight for Lee Harvey Oswald’s CoffinDecember 11, 2014 – In The News
Brett Myers was mentioned in the New York Times article, “In a Texas Court, a Fight for Lee Harvey Oswald’s Coffin.” Full text can be found in the December 17, 2014, issue, but a synopsis is below.
After Lee Harvey Oswald’s body was exhumed in 1981 to dispel conspiracy theories involving the occupants of the coffin, a lawsuit followed between Robert Oswald, the younger brother of Lee Harvey Oswald, and Baumgardner Funeral Home.
Following the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, the funeral home attempted to sell Oswald’s coffin through a Los Angeles auction for $87,468. While the younger Oswald brother strongly protests this action, the funeral home claims that Robert Oswald abandoned his legal claim to the coffin and its contents when he gifted it to his deceased brother.
Brett Myers represents Allen Baumgardner, the funeral home owner, in this case and explains that Mr. Baumgardner’s argument centers around the fact that Mr. Oswald purchased the coffin as a gift to his brother’s estate and no other family to Lee Harvey Oswald have made a claim on the coffin.
“Allen without question believes he owns the casket,” Myers says.
However, even those involved reflect that the dispute extends beyond a decaying box of wood and into a part of American history that seems frozen in time.
“It seems like it happened so long ago,” says Myers. “But when you get a chance to talk to these people who have firsthand recollections of these events, it makes it seem like it wasn’t that long ago at all.”
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