World Trade Center on way, and Lee Harvey Oswald in the Village?


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December 5, 1963, Vol. IX, No. 7

The World Trade Center

The World Trade Center will radically alter one of New York City’s oldest sections, the Lower West Side. A 13-block area will be demolished to make way for the $400 million project. Slated for demolition is one of the city’s most colorful commercial centers, bounded by Liberty, Church, West, and Barclay Streets. The network of streets is honeycombed by fish markets, book stalls, flower shops, hardware stores, and most of all, electronics shops. Almost to a man, the owners are fighting to hold on to their businesses.

Villagers Report Oswald Was Here

The Voice has learned that a number of proprietors of Greenwich Village establishments have been given photographs by the FBI of a youthful right-winger who has spent considerable time in the Village.

The subject of the photographs has been identified as Stephen L’eandes, a native of Wiggins, Mississippi. The FBI is checking out information that Lee Harvey Oswald, alleged assassin of President Kennedy, had spent time in Greenwich Village reputedly in the company of L’ eandes. L’ eandes has not yet been located. The FBI is apparently eager to fill out the details of Oswald’s life.

Meanwhile, reports have been snowballing that Oswald actually lived in the Village for a time since his return from Russia. A number of people insist they knew Oswald, but informants present their story via the telephone and have generally avoided direct contact with the FBI and the newspapers. One rumor links Oswald with a Village psychotherapist whose card Oswald was allegedly carrying at the time he was picked up by the Dallas police.

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