Pat Hall is trying to sell her Oak Cliff home, the one-time residence of alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
The property has been on the market going on four months. So in the interest of history and cash flow, she is opening the house at 1026 North Beckley Ave. to tourists.
For $20 you can see Oswald’s tiny bedroom and metal-frame bed plus the living room and dining room he shared with others – all with furnishings from his days.
“I’ll answer questions about the house,” Hall said. And “they’re going to be able to touch,” she said, maybe even sit on the bed. But the kitchen and bathroom he used will be off limits.
Her grandmother, Gladys Johnson, rented Oswald a room for $8 a week including refrigerator privileges. A sixth-grader at the time, Hall recalls he was a quiet man who would play catch in the front yard with her two brothers, who once broke up their fighting and told them to never harm another person.
Oswald returned to his bedroom about 30 minutes after the assassination. He hurriedly left with what investigators believe was the gun he used to kill Dallas police Officer J.D. Tippit less than a mile away.
Sadly, Kennedy was assassinated three years into his presidency during a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in Dallas in November 1963. Oswald was charged with the crime, but was killed two days later by nightclub owner Jack Ruby.