Dallas tears down ex-home of JFK assassin Oswald

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm •  Published: January 14, 2013
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Gary Mack, curator of the Sixth Floor Museum, said Oswald ordered the revolver that killed Tippit in January 1963, when Oswald was living at the Elsbeth Street apartment. But, he added, "The most important parts of the Oswald story are what he did, not where he did them.

"One has to draw the line somewhere at what is or is not historically significant. For those studying Oswald's life, this may be a more important address, but for those who are curious about the Kennedy assassination, what actually happened in Dealey Plaza is of far more significance," Mack said.

Jane Bryant bought the apartment building in 2007, later saying she hadn't known at the time about its link to history. But she was never able to realize plans to renovate it. In 2008 she got caught up in litigation with the city over the state of the building.

The city got a court order last May to have it razed and took over demolition when Bryant failed to act quickly enough.

Bryant told The Associated Press late Monday that she has spent "close to $100,000 in legal fees trying to save a historic property and trying to do everything the city asked me to do." But she said the city "made it impossible for me to renovate."

The city estimated demolition and asbestos abatement would run about $52,000 and said it may put a lien on the property to recover its costs.

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Associated Press writer Jamie Stengle contributed to this report.

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