A weird relic rested on the bookcase in my family's last home in New Orleans: a wooden pipe that had belonged to Jim Garrison, the Orleans Parish district attorney who tried and failed to convict a local businessman named Clay Shaw for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The pipe still smelled of the tobacco its owner had packed and lit before setting it down at a cocktail party. Garrison—that's him on the right—had left the party and forgotten his pipe. And because he was still a hero to some, and especially to my mom, she took Garrison's pipe home as a souvenir.
This morning, under the shadow of controversy, the city of Dallas demolished an apartment building that was once home to Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who assassinated President John F. Kennedy. The 10-unit apartment building located at 604 Elsbeth Sreet was vacant and has been for years. Oswald, his wife and his daughter lived in the building until March 1963 — seven months before Oswald would allegedly shoot and kill the President as well as Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit.