Jan. 28, 1963: Jack Ruby pursues an exotic dancer

The business card of the man who silenced Lee Harvey Oswald.

On this day in 1963, Jack Ruby, owner of the Carousel Club in Dallas, returns to Dallas from Wichita, Kansas, where he visited the T-Bone Club to see Gail Raven, an exotic dancer.

One business associate in Dallas thought Ruby at some point planned to marry Raven. In their 12 years of association, this fellow nightclub owner described Ruby as “a rather quiet individual” who never expressed an opinion about communism or Fidel Castro.

When Ruby shot accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald dead on national TV on the morning of November 24, 1963, he did more to foster the public’s widespread suspicion of a JFK assassination conspiracy than any other person.

We have learned a lot about Jack Ruby since the Warren Commission, but the mystery of his motive in silencing Oswald endures.

Maybe Gail Raven recalls.

(Does anybody have insight into Jack Ruby? If so, please Email me along with links to, or scans of, the original sources.)


  1. Shane McBryde says:

    This is an astonishing documentary I found on YouTube. It’s something I had never seen before, although it may be well known within the research community. It was clearly produced in the late seventies and is a documentary about the House Select Committee on Assassinations’ investigation, before the committee had concluded its proceedings and issued its report. I know nothing about the individual who posted it, and there is no detail as to its origin.

    It seems however, to be a perfectly journalistically credible documentary, and not some hacked together video full of crack pots and half-baked theories. The documentary focuses solely on what was coming out of the HSCA’s investigation at the time, but obviously shortly before it had produced its conclusions. The title of the video is “JFK Assassination – Invisible Government,” but I can’t imagine that’s original because it rather belies what the video really seems to be presenting.

    The original director of the HSCA Richard Sprague, is featured prominently in the video talking about Oswald’s trip to the Soviet Union. There’s an interview with Warren Commission member, Warren Commission member, Senator John Sherman Cooper talking about his expressing doubt during meetings of the WC about the single bullet idea. Sen. Cooper also relates a comment made by the late Senator Richard Russell that Russell thought, “some else worked with Lee Harvey Oswald.”

    It features, Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry expressing doubt about a lone gunman, Assistant Attorney General of Dallas, TX. William Alexander commenting on Lee’s “curious demeanor during questioning” at Dallas police HQ., Judge Burt Griffin, legal counsel for the WC, saying the WC was “duped” by the CIA, and testimony to the HSCA by FBI agent James Hosty on the note given to him by Oswald which he was instructed to destroy.

    There’s even a presentation of a 1960 FBI memo from Hoover discussing Hoover’s suspicion that somebody was using Lee Harvey Oswald’s birth certificate. There’s Sylvia Odio being interviewed in silhouette and an interview with Antonio Vecianna. Gerald Patrick Hemming is interviewed stating he was offered money to kill Kennedy, the DRE’s Carlos Bringuier, who once debated Oswald on WDSU radio in New Orleans is interviewed, so is CIA operativeWilliam George Gaudet who was issued a travel visa to Mexico the same day as Oswald (Oswald’s visa was #24085, and Gaudet’s was #24084). There’s Gunrunner Robert McKeown being interviewed about being contacted by Jack Ruby, and even an interview included with Fidel Castro.

    There’s no connecting dots, or wild allegations about LBJ, Nixon or Bush. There’s none of that. Just interviews with a whole cast of principals. This documentary maybe well known in the research community, but I found it to be an exceptional example of the journalist approach to studying the case.

  2. billkelly says:

    Can you give us the title of the documentary or link to it?

    • Shane McBryde says:


      The link to it is embedded in the text, “documentary I found on YouTube.” And, again I put a link to it in the text, “JFK Assassination – Invisible Government.” I guess the links are hard to notice as they are not highlighted in anyway. I’m a little rusty on writing in HTML. Here I’ve cut, copied and pasted it. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1WbXck5Odfk

      Hope this helps.

  3. Here are some books relating to Jack Ruby:

    251Jack Ruby’s Girlsby Diana Anderson & Alice Hunter
    252Cashby Candy Barr
    253Candy Barr: The Small-Town Texas Runaway Who Became a Darling of the Mob and the Queen of Las Vegas Burlesqueby Ted Schwarz
    254The Jack Ruby Trial Revisited: The Diary of Jury Foreman Max Causeyby Max Causey and John Mark Dempsey
    255The Trial of Jack Rubyby John Kaplan
    256Four Warsby Mel Barney
    257The Ruby Cover-Upby Seth Kantor
    258Who Was Jack Rubyby Seth Kantor
    259Dallas Justice: The Real Story of Jack Ruby and His Trialby Melvin Belli
    260Ready for the Plaintiff! by Melvin Belli

  4. Jack Ruby, while in jail, told Al Maddox “In order to understand the [JFK] assassination, you have to read the book ‘A Texan Looks at Lyndon.'”

    “It was the most bizarre conspiracy in the history of the world. It’ll come out a future date,” Jack Ruby to journalist Tom Johnson.

    Jack Ruby to his jailer: “Now they’re going to find out about Cuba…..the guns…..New Orleans and everything.”

    Jack Ruby on the role of Lyndon Johnson in the JFK assassination:
    Jack: 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. . . .

    Jack: When I mentioned about Adlai Stevenson–“if he was vice president there would never have been an assassination of our beloved President Kennedy”–[and was] asked if he would explain it again, Ruby continued, Well, the answer is the man in office now.

  5. Here are some more Jack Ruby books that I forgot:

    844Jack RubyGarry Willis
    845The Kennedy ImprisonmentGarry Willis
    846Jack RubyGarry Willis and Ovid Demaris
    847Jack Ruby: The Man Who Killed the Man Who Killed KennedyGarry Willis and Ovid Demaris

  6. Joseph Magil says:

    Hi Shane,

    Do you have any more information about this documentary on YouTube? I clicked your link and got a YouTube page saying that the video had been removed due to copyright infringement.

    Joe Magil

  7. Carrie says:

    If you just type in the title and not use the link, the video comes up.

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