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.
Dorothy Kilgallen was one of the first female syndicated columnist in U.S. newspapers after World War II. After JFK was killed she broke a big stories about Jack Ruby, the assassin of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
Written by Ronnie Cohen and Jane Beale, “Witnessed by the World” opens on Thursday November 7 at the 59E59 Theaters in New York.
The producer’s describe it as a 90-minute thriller about a journalist writing a screenplay about Jack Ruby, the Dallas nightclub owner who murdered accused assassin Lee Oswald on national TV. Read more