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Today: Lee Harvey Oswald’s Bedroom Set
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Ripley’s Lee Harvey Oswald Collection
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was only 46-years-old when on November 22, 1963, he was tragically shot while traveling in a presidential motorcade. Ripley’s has long been fascinated with the Kennedy assassination. Throughout the years, we’ve picked up a few interesting items.
We acquired the mortician’s toe tag of Lee Harvey Oswald directly from the Oswald family via Herman Darvick Auctions of New York in 1994. Shown here is the actual identification toe tag signed by the doctor, nurse, and mortician. A lock of Oswald’s hair clipped by the attending nurse is also affixed to the tag. The tag is currently on display at our San Antonio Odditorium.
We also own the machine used to embalm Oswald. We have a Letter of Authenticity for each item by the Funeral Director, Allen Baumgardner, who assisted on Oswald’s embalming.
But Perhaps the Strangest…
One of the strangest items in or collection is the bedroom set of Lee Harvey Oswald. Oswald lived in many locations around the Dallas and Irvine Texas areas months leading up to the assassination of JFK. We acquired this bedroom set from the St. Augustine, Florida’s Tragedy in US History Museum after they closed their doors in 1998. The bedroom set has been shelved in our warehouse ever since, never having gone on display – until today.
We have eight pieces of furniture and five framed papers from the room where Lee Harvey Oswald planned President Kennedy’s assassination.
- Mattress and box spring (pictured above)
- Wood slat chair
- Small end table
- Dresser with mirror
- Wire mesh trash can
- Oil lamp
- Bed with head and foot boards
- Blanket with two pillows
- Vanity dresser
This bedroom set’s owner is actually Mary Bledsoe who rented the room to Lee Harvey Oswald for just one week a month and a half before the assassination.
At first, Mary had no issues with her new tenant.
At first, he seemed very nice, clean, very neat in the way he kept his room and dressed.
But very quickly her opinion changed.
At this time, is when I begin to think he was somewhat unbalanced. He would seclude himself in his room, only coming out to get drinking water from the refrigerator, very nervous, mad, he would talk in a foreign language. He would make secret like phone calls, talking in a foreign language.
Being an elderly woman in her sixties, she became fearful of her new tenant and asked him to leave. She did not see him again until a month and a half later, on November 22nd…the day of the assassination…stating that he looked excited, nervous and startled.
Read Mary’s Full Affidavit
The Car that Drove Oswald
Buell Wesley Frazier was Lee Harvey Oswald’s neighbor and close friend. Oswald did not have a driver’s license and regularly had Frazier drive him to work.
On the morning of Nov. 22, 1963, Frazier drove Oswald to the Texas School Book Depository. In the back seat of this car wrapped in papers was the $12 rifle that Oswald used to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. Frazier thought the package contained curtain rods.
Stricken with grief and haunted by the memory, Frazier sold the car years later for a mere $10. This car is also on display at the San Antonio Odditorium.
Read Frazier’s Full Affidavit
The Shot Heard Around the World
Was Oswald working alone? What is all a government cover-up? Was it the Russians, Cubans, or even the C.I.A.?November 22nd will be forever remembered as one of the great tragedies for the American people. The assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald was shocking, and conspiracy theories circle this event.
Ripley’s has collected these theories, and other unbelievable facts, figures, and statistics, in our annual, Dare To Look!