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Oswald’s former home torn down

A bulldozer tore into the apartment building in Dallas where Lee Harvey Oswald lived briefly with his family.

Nomaan Merchant/Associated Press

A bulldozer tore into the apartment building in Dallas where Lee Harvey Oswald lived briefly with his family.

DALLAS — A handful of history buffs and onlookers watched Monday as a bulldozer tore through the walls of a dilapidated apartment building where Lee Harvey Oswald lived a few months before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The uninhabited 10-unit, two-story apartment complex built in 1925 was one of several remaining places tied to Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963. Oswald lived at the building at 600 Elsbeth St. with his wife, Marina, and young daughter from November 1962 to March 1963.

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The residence is mentioned in the Warren Commission report that investigated Kennedy’s death and concluded Oswald acted alone.

The bulldozer started with the side where Oswald lived. Police blocked off Elsbeth Street and the sidewalk in front, but let onlookers grab bricks. Tom Sclar, a local resident and musician, put five bricks in a backpack as souvenirs and possibly sale items.

‘‘People sell this crap for money,’’ Sclar said.

‘‘I’m doing it out of a weird, kitschy interest.’’

Associated Press

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