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JFK Murder Taxi One Of Many New Marvels In Roscoe

Wayne Lensing shops hard so the rest of us don’t have to.

We talked with the automobile/pop culture collector after learning that he’d just bought the Dallas taxicab that Lee Harvey Oswald hopped into after he (allegedly) shot JFK.

Oswald taxi.
Lee Harvey Oswald getaway taxi.
Wayne reportedly paid $35,750 for the 1962 Checker cab, which had been on display south of Dallas at the now-defunct Pate Museum of Transportation. Later this year the cab will join Wayne’s other one-of-a-kind exhibits at his Historic Auto Attractions museum in Roscoe, Illinois.

“But I’ve already got the tombstone on display,” Wayne said. The tombstone? He told us that last month he purchased Lee Harvey Oswald’s original tombstone. It’d been stolen from Oswald’s grave in 1967 and only recently rediscovered, hidden in a crawlspace under the house of Oswald’s long-dead mom. Now it’s part of Wayne’s extensive JFK assassination collection in his museum, joining Oswald’s ambulance of death, the hat and shoes worn by Jack Ruby (who shot Oswald), and, soon, the taxicab.

Oswald tombstone.
Oswald tombstone, circa 1965.
Wayne has also been busy shopping for other parts of his museum. From Texas he acquired full-size mockups of a Mercury space capsule, an Apollo moon capsule (complete with astronauts), and a Lunar Lander — as well as a space couch used by Ham the Astrochimp. All are now exhibited “back by the Bigfoot truck,” according to Wayne, until he can find more room. And from the Hollywood Wax Museum rummage sale he acquired dummy dioramas of the TV shows M.A.S.H., All in the Family, Star Trek, and Happy Days, which Wayne has set up next to his Sanford and Son display. “Now it’s all like TVLand.”

But of all of his recent acquisitions, Wayne sounded most excited about another purchase from the Pate Museum, a 20-foot-wide wingspan model of a Boeing 707, “exactly like the one that JFK flew in.”

“It’s huge!” Wayne said. “I want to paint it up like Air Force One and maybe have miniatures of Jack and Jackie walking down the ramp onto Dallas Love Field.”

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Historic Auto Attractions

Historic Auto Attractions

Address:
13825 Metric Drive, Roscoe, IL
Directions:
I-39/I-90 exit 3. West on Rockton Rd, then after one mile look for the small oval Historic Auto Attractions sign on the right. Turn right onto Metric Drive. At the end of the street, on the right.
Hours:
Summer Tu-Sa 10 am - 5pm, Su 11 am - 4 pm (Call to verify)
Phone:
815-389-7917
Admission:
Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students (ages 6-15) $7, Under 6 free
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One Response to “JFK Murder Taxi One Of Many New Marvels In Roscoe”

  1. john Says:
    June 24th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    that place will be missed — lived up that way yrs ago — wanted my sis and them to see that place, kinda sad to hear, was fun to see and experience at least one time. A replica will be nice for those who don’t know the real one.

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