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Ex-flame says Jack Ruby ‘had no choice’ but to kill Oswald

“Gail Raven,” an exotic dancer in the southwestern United States in the 1960s, became friends with Jack Ruby.

Who says new JFK witnesses can’t be found?
After JFK Facts recounted Jack Ruby’s pursuit of an exotic dancer named Gail Raven in January 1963, I received a message from a woman who identified herself as Raven’s daughter. She told me that her mother was still alive, and she confirmed that her mother and Jack Ruby were close. I asked her if her mother would share her memories of the man who killed accused assassin Lee H. Oswald. She said yes.
In 1963 Gail Raven was the stage name of a precociously mature 20-year-old woman who danced on the national nightclub circuit that included Ruby’s Carousel Club in Dallas. Ruby (born Jack Rubenstein) was a Chicago tough guy who took a shine to her, and they became friends.
Now close to 70 years old, Gail Raven is living in the southern United States. I have confirmed her real name but have agreed not to publish it here to protect her privacy. Read more

Dallas police chief Jesse Curry and his JFK assassination file

Dallas police chief Jesse Curry was riding in the lead car on November 22, 1963. When the shots rang out he grabbed his radio and told his men to check the area that would become known as “the grassy knoll.”

That’s where Curry thought the fatal shot had come from.

Source: Jesse Currys, JFK Assassination File. Limited Collectors Edition

Inside Brad Melzer’s ‘House Of Secrets’ 

“I used the Nixon and Kennedy names for my characters because they were the best conspiracies of all. The one that was solved and the one we still cannot answer: Watergate and the JFK assassination.”

‘The House Of Secrets’ | Military Press

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The message in the Kennedy Kards

The now poignant Kennedy Kards deck was published in early 1963 when the public infatuation with JFK had been revitalized by his statesmanship in the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962.

JFK was the Jack of Hearts, First Lady Jackie the Queen of Hearts, and Bobby Kennedy, the King of Diamonds.

“Long live the King, Queen and Jack,” proclaimed an informational card that came with the deck.

Within the year, the Jack of Clubs, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, would be president. Read more

Jacqueline Kennedy’s pink Chanel suit: then & now

One of the most haunting images from November 22, 1963, is Jacqueline Kennedy’s pink suit smeared with President Kennedy’s blood in Dallas.

Source: Jacqueline Kennedy’s Pink Chanel Suit: Then & Now

The complicated sisterhood of Jackie Kennedy and Lee Radziwill

 

Jackie Kennedy had a life of her own apart from her husband and it was full of glamour, lovers, sorrow, and sibling rivalry.  From Vanity Fair, a look at the most famous sisters in the world, the Bouvier girls—Jacqueline and Caroline Lee.

 

The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates 

In 1960, the group was granted direct access to John F. Kennedy, filming him on the campaign trail and eventually in the Oval Office. This resulted in three films of remarkable, behind-closed-doors intimacy—Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, and Crisis—and, following the president’s assassination, the poetic short Faces of November.

Source: The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates- The Criterion Collection (HT/ejc)

JFK’s Pacific swim

JFK’s Pacific Swim”August 1962 

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‘Fear and loathing’ began in Dallas

Bill Kelly points out that Hunter S. Thompson coined his immortal phrase “fear and loathing” on the day of JFK’s assassination. In three words, the gonzo journalist had captured a mood that would never go away.

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The women at the heart of the JFK assassination story

Many of this year’s commemorations highlight the curious fact that so much JFK “assassination art” focuses not on the presidential victim or even on the shooter(s), but on the drama’s leading ladies, Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe.

Source: Artists Address the Women at the Heart of JFK’s Assassination | The Creators Project

Voices from the JFK filmography 

Because of my fascination over the years with the killing, I’ve been able to directly interview some of the performers and directors of the various John F. Kennedy assassination films….. here is a pastiche of the interviewees and their viewpoints.

Source: Death of a President: Voices from the JFK Filmography – Film Autonomy by Patrick McDonald.

Natalie Portman will play Jackie Kennedy in a new biopic

With Natalie Portman already signed on to play the former First Lady and the recent news that Peter Sarsgaard is in final negotiations to play Robert Kennedy, Jackie is stacking up to be a movie that will go down in history as one of the best.

Source: A New Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Biopic Is In The Works, So It’s Time To Brush Up On Your American History | Bustle

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Where do the 2016 presidential contenders stand on secrecy?

The Republican presidential candidates debating on October 28 will, if elected, face a question of secrecy.

The CIA retains 1,100 documents related to the assassination that are supposed to be made public in October 2017. The CIA is likely to ask for continued secrecy.

What will President 45 do? Read more

How Dallas led to Beatlemania 

Source: Krerowicz will discuss how the assassination of Kennedy helped Beatlemania flourish.

‘Assassination Theater’ and the risk of rabbit holes

Assassination Theater

“The labyrinth of circumstances and people who could have been involved”

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