Nov. 24, 1963: Jack Ruby kills Oswald. Why?

In an exclusive interview with JFK Facts earlier this year, one of Ruby’s friends–a dancer who worked in his nightclub in 1963 and knew the man well, offered this informed explanation.


  1. Ramon F Herrera says:

    The Ruby element provides one of the biggest holes in the LN argument.

    “I did it to save Mrs. Kennedy from going to a trail”

    Everybody in America wanted to know (some of us still do!) more about Oswald. For instance, how about a MOTIVE? Wasn’t Mr. Ruby the last curious?

    He later said: “Actually, my lawyer told me to say that”.

    “I did it in order to prove that the Jews are not cowards”

    Come on! Give me a break! What kind of absurd argument is that!

    Both Lee and Ruby publicly CONFESSED about being part of a conspiracy. It is on video.

  2. Ramon F Herrera says:

    I wonder how well documented is the following version:

    A policeman asked Ruby: “Why didn’t you kill him earlier?, on Friday you had the opportunity.”

    Ruby: “I was afraid I would shoot one of you guys”.

  3. Juniper says:

    Hey, here’s a song didn’t make it into the “best JFK songs” post awhile back. This seems like a good day to play “Jack Ruby” by Camper Van Beethoven:

    “So draw the box along quickly
    Avert your eyes with shame
    Let us stand and speak of the weather
    And pretend nothing ever happened on that day…”

  4. al says:

    Ruby aka Jack Rubenstein was an informant to Nixon in the 50’s on Mob activities. Ruby worked directly for Capone as a driver. He was known as an active member of the Bronfman Family (Capone’s Bootleggers). He got the contract from Santos Trafficante. Santos was an underboss to Joe Bonnano (Leader of the Southern Mafia – See Hoffa Wars -Modela). Bonnano’s other underbosses were Sam Giacana, Carlos Marcellus. Joe Kennedy Sr. Made a deal with Bonnano to gain his support for JFK to be president. Bonnano had to play a major role in the JFK murder. See Docs Section PDF. Ruby’s Nephew Alan Rubenstein is a judge for They are behind the Warren Commission to setup the JFK Single Bullet Theory via (Specter, Sprague, Walter Annenberg, Sen Schweiker and Herb Barness prior leader).

  5. J.D. says:

    The official explanation for Ruby’s shooting of Oswald has always struck me as the single most unbelievable aspect of the entire official story. I wonder if there’s a single other example in history of a man who walks into a police station, sees a heavily guarded prisoner being escorted by police in handcuffs, and suddenly decides to take the law into his own hands.

    If Ruby had simply assaulted Oswald, or if he had just started shooting blindly in Oswald’s direction, I might be able to buy the idea that he acted out of impulse. But that’s not what he did. Think about it: If Ruby had not moved with the dispatch of a professional who had planned out the killing in advance, he almost certainly wouldn’t have succeeded. If we believe the Warren Commission, we’re asked to believe not only in a second lone gunman who acted for no coherent reason, but in a man who makes the decision to shoot someone in a matter of seconds and has the state of mind to move toward Oswald at just the right second, pull out the gun at just the right second, and shoot at just the right second. We’re also asked to believe that the aforementioned man was a completely unreliable nut who could not possibly be depended upon to do anything right.

  6. Photon says:

    March 24, 1964.

  7. Victor DiEleanora says:

    I love your suggested point that Oswald WAS NEVER convicted of these crimes, and should be alluded to as “the alleged assassin” which is actually on the plaque at the Texas School Book building today.

    I also wonder about this:the events happened in late November, colder weather and if you look at the picture taken at the time Ruby shoots Oswald, everyone is dressed in dark clothing except for Detective Leavell, who is in a white suit and hat, much taller than those around him–and is handcuffed to the suspect!

    Why has no one, not even Sabato explained who those people were on the Grassy Knoll identifying themselves as “Secret service?” And along with the smell of gunpowder right there, why Posner, Bugliosi et al aren’t suspicious?

    Lets keep pushing this until there is truth for America, resolution for JFK and justice for Lee Harvey Oswald–whoever he was..

  8. Photon says:

    Nor did they John Wilkes Booth.

  9. Photon says:

    And your point?

  10. Fearfaxer says:

    If that’s a reference to Howard Brennan, that shows just how desperate you Lone Nut Buffs are. Brennan claimed to have seen Oswald fire from a standing position. No one could have fired from the so-called sniper’s nest while standing, they would have to have fired through the window glass, and obviously that didn’t happen. That window only opened some 18 inches at maximum. Not only that, but a number of people who’ve studied film and photos of the assassination state that Brennan wasn’t even looking at the TSBD at that point, he was looking at the Presidential limousine.

  11. Fearfaxer says:

    Who jumped onto the stage in a crowded theatre during the performance of a play, screamed out “Sic Semper Tyrannis,” and then exited none too quickly due to his injured leg. Aside from going out of his way to draw attention to his act in that fashion, he was a popular actor who would doubtless have been recognized in that venue — as indeed he was. In fact, he was as well known to the Ford’s Theatre crowd as Ruby was to the Dallas Police Force.

    Anyway, Booth died while trying to escape arrest, so your comment doesn’t make any point worth making.

  12. David Regan says:

    Booth acted as part of a conspiracy. The Co-Conspirators . The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln . WGBH American Experience | PBS

  13. Tim Gratz says:

    The man or men claiming to be secret service agents, at least one of whom even showed “credentials” is in my opinion ironclad proof of a conspiracy. And a suspect, Ray Hargraves, had shown a neighbor that he had secret service credentials. Although the information on Hargraves was forwarded to the Warren Commission apparently no further investigation of Hargraves was made. Inexplicable to me.

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