John Judge replies to this article which discusses plans to create a mural of Jack Ruby in Dallas.
TO: CBS 11, Dallas, TX
I am writing to comment on the story posted October 2 about honoring Jack Ruby with a mural in downtown Dallas written by your “award winning” reporter J.D. Miles. I don’t think Ruby should be honored, even if some of his nightclub strippers have fond memories of him. If your reporter had done some background work on who Ruby was it might have helped balance the piece, though I know it’s not done anymore. Newspapers used to keep clipping morgues for that purpose, now they throw them away and we live without historical or political context.
I would recommend local Dallas reporter Seth Kantor’s book on Ruby for a start. Born Jacob Rubenstien, Jack worked for the Capone mob in Chicago and eventually rose to second in command of the corrupted Waste Handler’s Union under his capo, Sam Giancana, a crimelord whose career spanned several presidents, including JFK. Both Giancana and Ruby had ties to covert US intelligence projects. Ruby was ONI during WWII and ran guns to Castro for the CIA prior to the fall of Batista. Giancana and other key mobsters were approached by both ONI and CIA for jobs during WWII and to set up a domestic assassination squad under the cover that they were plotting to kill Castro.
Bobby Kennedy went after both of them over the years. On the Kefauver Commission, RFK was part of the decision to subpoena Giancana for union racketeering, and when Sam refused to testify he was held in contempt of Congress. They began to move on calling Jacob Rubenstein instead when a letter from the Vice President’s office arrived, signed by Richard Nixon, telling them not to subpoena this individual since he had assisted them on the House Un-american Activities Committee. In fact, there is a picture of Ruby in the weather tunnel exhibit of Dallas history leading from Union Station to the Hyatt Regency, he is standing directly behind Dwight Eisenhower during his campaign visit in 1954, the same year Nixon shields him from testifying.
Ruby was no hero in the Kennedy assassination and there was no passion in his crime. He was still tied to both organized crime and the FBI, and was performing the time honored Mafia tradition known as Omerta, silencing Oswald before trial, and he did it with the help of the corrupted Dallas Police Department. Ruby was seen in the old Dal-Tex Building that morning, a possible source for some of the assassination shots. He was seen by one witness taking a rifle up the back of the now infamous Grassy Knoll, prior to the shooting. He met the description of gunman given by all but one witness to the shooting of Officer J.D. Tippit, who knew both Ruby and Oswald and frequented the Carousel. The shoe store employee who tipped the police to arrest Oswald at the Texas Theater lived above Ruby and knew him. Ruby was at Parkland Hospital when JFK died. He attended a press conference in the Dallas jail when Oswald was introduced as a member of the Free Cuba Committee, and Ruby corrected Captain Fritz, saying it was Fair Play for Cuba Committee. How would he know? Upon arrest, Ruby showed signs of being in a hypnotized state, which broke when he heard Oswald had died. He later tried to tell the Warren Commission about a larger conspiracy in the case and begged to be removed from the Dallas jail, where he would be killed if he spoke.
There is much more to be told about Jack Ruby if your reporter cared to check. His background and Oswald’s extensive ONI and FBI connections tell us more about who killed Kennedy than the Warren Commission ever did. A mural to Jack Ruby should not show him with his strippers but with the Mafia and intelligence assassins of JFK who really ran his life. If you want to know who did kill the president in Dallas, read Jim Douglass’ new JFK and the Unspeakable. He will speak at our COPA conference November 20-22 this year. Perhaps your reporter should come and hear some history at our events.
Coalition on Political Assassinations