Who Was Jack Ruby?

The John F Kennedy Assassination....nothing speaks of conspiracy and coverup quite like that particular event. The file is full of unanswered questions, unsolved mysteries and in some cases, pat answers that make no sense. One of the questions that plagues me about the assasination is what motivated Jack Ruby to kill Oswald. It was a given that if Oswald was found guilty of the assassination, his life wouldn't be worth a plug nickel anyway. Was Jack Ruby that incensed by the murder that he was driven to avenge Kennedy? Why would a nightclub owner feel so close to the President that he would need to seek revenge in the manner he did.

In the interview Ruby is acknowledged to have said,

Everything pertaining to what's happening has never come to the surface. The world will never know the true facts, of what occurred, my motives. The people had , that had so much to gain and had such an ulterior motive for putting me in the position I'm in, will never let the true facts come above board to the world.

Reporter : Are these people in very high positions Jack ??

Jack : Yes.

Why has nobody seen this footage at the time it was shot? Because certain people with enough power didn't want you to see it. Just like they didn't want you to see the Zapruder film. Imagine what would have happened if the american public was shown just both of these films.

Here is a video of Jack Ruby, this is the interview I quoted above.


So who was Jack Ruby anyway? He was a man who led a varied life, his real name was Jacob Rubenstein (Jack Ruby), and he was the fifth of eight children. He was born in Chicago on 25th March, 1911 to Polish parents who had emigrated to the United States in the early 1900s. Ruby served in the U.S. Military, then moved through various jobs and businesses. Always in his background there appear to be connections to organized crime, although it could be argued that this is only circumstantial.

In the 1950's Ruby owned several nightclubs in Dallas, Texas, beginning with the Silver Spur Club and the Bob Wills Ranch House, a western-style nightclub. These nightclubs weren't successful, and in 1954 Ruby became a part-owner of the Vegas Club. He also failed in an attempt to open another club, called the Sovereign Club, but undaunted he opened another one, the Carousel Club. Considering the number of apparent business failures, it seems strange that he was able to continue to find financing to open one club after another. You'd think that after a few attempts banks and financiers would become shy of lending him more money, but judging by the lineup of clubs he opened, that didn't seem to be a problem.

All of his history seems to be at polar opposite to a man who would be so affected by the death of the president that he would commit murder in plain sight to avenge it. When he was on trial Ruby claimed he had killed Lee Harvey Oswald because he "couldn't bear the idea of the President's widow being subjected to testifying at the trial of Oswald". That sounds like the words of a family member, or someone very close to the first family, or the president, very emotional.

However, Ruby later changed his mind about why he did it, claiming that his lawyer, Tom Howard, had put him up to his statement about sparing Jackie Kennedy from the trial. Instead he pleaded guilty by reason of insanity. He was found guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald on March 14, 1964, by a jury and sentenced to death.

Of course the circumstances of Ruby's involvement in the assassination prompted lots of speculation and furthered the conspiracy theories. However, in 1964, the Warren Commission reported that it "found no evidence that either Lee Harvey Oswald or Jack Ruby was part of any conspiracy, domestic or foreign, to assassinate President Kennedy".

The Warren Commission also found "no significant link between Ruby and organized crime". They drew this conclusion after interviewing friends and colleagues of Jack Ruby, including Dave Yarras, a known Mafia hit man.

Jack Ruby's conviction was later overturned and he was granted a new trial. However, he died from cancer on 3rd January, 1967 before the trial began.

It's unfortunate that Ruby died before the truth came out. It seems to me that two people held the key to the mystery surrounding the assassination, Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald. When Ruby killed Oswald, that reduced the number to one, and we will probably never know how much Ruby actually knew. It seems to me that it's plausible that he was ordered to kill Oswald as part of the master plan, perhaps never being told the real reasons why. His behaviour might have been motivated out of fear for his own life, money debts, or an owed alliegance to a secret organization who needed Oswald silenced as quickly as possible.

For those of you who haven't seen the video and I doubt that is anyone, here it is again....

Depending on the circumstances, Jack Ruby may not have known why he was ordered to do what he did, or who was behind the order. Conversations he had with a reporter indicated that there was more to the story, but he refused to give any details, at least not while he was in Texas. Of course that may have been the ramblings of a mad man, or an attempt to put the blame for Oswald's death on someone else. Perhaps Ruby's statements to the reporter, that the world will never know the truth, were very accurate.

And finally, this is Dallas Deputy Sheriff, Al Maddox, in an interview in 1996 talking about a note that Jack Ruby gave him alleging the Kennedy assassination was a conspiracy and Oswald was killed to silence him.

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