Jack Ruby – A Historical Perspective
Jack Ruby was born on March 25, 1911 in Chicago.
Ruby never made it past the 8th grade. By the age of 16 he was known as “Sparky” to his friends. As a young man Ruby ran errands for Al Capone. At the age of 28 Ruby was working in the shadow of some of the worst criminals in Chicago.
Ruby Makes His Way From Chicago to Dallas
Ruby eventually left Chicago for Dallas and the nightclub business. According to Ruby, the move was arranged by his mob associates. A Dallas businessman who knew Ruby well said “Jack Ruby would sit at a table where I was seated and talk about how he was sent down to Dallas by “them”- he always referred to “them” – meaning the syndicate in Chicago.”
While in prison Ruby told a psychiatrist that the assassination was ”an act of overthrowing the government” and that he knew “who had President Kennedy killed.” He said he had been “framed into killing Oswald…” “They got what they wanted on me.” He never did say who “they” were.
In early June 1963 a number of Chicago mobsters met in Dallas at Ruby’s nightclub.
After killing Oswald Ruby said “The only thing I can say is – everything pertaining to what’s happened has never come to the surface. The world will never know the true facts of what occurred-my motive, in other words, I am the only person in the background to know the truth pertaining to everything relating to my circumstances.”
When asked by the interviewer if he thought the truth would ever come out Ruby replied “No. Because unfortunately these people, who have so much to gain and have such an ulterior motive to put me in the position I’m in, will never let the true facts come aboveboard to the world.”
The Dallas Police View of Ruby
L.D. Montgomery, a Dallas homicide detective with the Dallas police department said “Ruby was very friendly, especially to the police, and I’m sure that some of the policemen frequented his clubs either on or off duty. But I don’t draw any inference from that because, as a police officer, you’re supposed to know the business people in your district, especially the ones that operated bars and places where there was a potential for a problem. I’ve got all kinds of ideas as to why he killed Oswald, but the story about his being upset over the killing of the President is a bunch of hogwash!..”
Nancy Rich who worked for Ruby at the Carousel Club testified, “I don’t think there is a cop in Dallas that doesn’t know Jack Ruby. He practically lived at that station. They lived in his place.”
“Ruby was well known among members of the Dallas Police Department,” noted a police lieutenant who said he knew Ruby well. Ruby was on speaking terms with about 700 out of 1200 men on the police force”; he was “very friendly with members of the Dallas Police Department”; he “knew everyone on the police force,” other witnesses reported.
Other Related Facts
Ruby told his tax lawyer on November 19, 1963 that he expected to receive money soon to cover his debts.
Ruby was involved with the CIA in the late 1950′s when he was smuggling guns from Florida and Texas to Fidel Castro.
On the morning of November 22, 1963, Julia Ann Mercer witnessed Ruby delivering a man with a rifle to the grassy knoll an hour and a half before the assassination.
These are the facts as history has recorded them. What do you think? Leave me a comment.