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Oswald's apartment in Dallas to be razed

Jan. 7, 2013 at 5:40 PM

DALLAS, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A Dallas apartment building where presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald once lived will be demolished this week, the city's senior assistant attorney said.

The derelict property at 600 Elsbeth St. was ordered bulldozed by court order in 2011, but owner Jane Bryant successfully fought off municipal demands until now, The Dallas Morning News reported Monday.

"The condition of the property was worsened" and is "an attractive nuisance to vandals and threatens harm to the public health, safety and welfare," Dallas Senior Assistant City Attorney Andrew Gilbert wrote in a letter sent Monday.

Demolition of the building, where Oswald and his wife Marina lived from November 1962 to March 1963 -- eight months before he shot and killed President John F. Kennedy and was himself gunned down by Jack Ruby -- will begin with asbestos abatement expected to take until Wednesday, the newspaper said.

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