2013-03-03 14:47:02 UTC
As promised - free of charge , free of copyright. It is more conspiratorial than neutral or LN in tone , though there are qualifications in the notes. I don't see Ruby's presence or absence as an issue , unless you want to belive the tale of Ruby giving Oswald a pistol.I did 95 per cent of this from memory - I had to check up on a couple of points , such as Newnam's testimony , but I did not have the time (or inclination) to re-check most of it ,so it may be far from perfect. Regardless, it presents a MUCH STRONGER case for Ruby being in Dealey Plaza , than what you have(namely,incorrect speculation)on the Oswald Innocent Campaign website.You get a bit of a deserved roasting for that,but it's a small price to pay for my time. And for the increase in your knowledge.
Was Jack Ruby in Dealey Plaza on 22nd November 1963 ?
That question has engendered much speculation and is still debated today.
The official line is that Ruby was at the offices of the Dallas Morning News.
He was seen by,and conversed with, a DMN employee named Wanda Walker.John Newnam , an advertising salesman with the DMN , told the Warren Commission that he first saw Ruby that day at 12:40pm.Newnam exchanged greetings with Ruby.
So that seems pretty clear : at the time of President Kennedy's assassination , Jack Ruby was not in Dealey Plaza.
But hang on a minute . Is there any evidence to the contrary ? Yes , there is (1). Anthony Summers , author of “Conspiracy/Not In Your Lifetime” claimed that Jack Ruby was unseen at the DMN offices for around twenty minutes . Further , The Oswald Innocent Campaign speculated(2) that Ruby was the man in the Fedora hat , captured in a photograph taken by James Altgens. Thanks to the efforts of a well-respected British researcher (3),it is now known that this was not Jack Ruby .
Ralph Cinque is responsibile for this error and will probably institute a revolutionary new policy : from hereonin , OIC will look at clear photos only and attempt identification by study of faces , rather than hats.
The researcher has explained that the man's FACE can be seen in other photographs , in Robert Groden's book "The Killing of a President".
Accordingly , OIC is honour-bound to update its website , correct this error and apologise for misleading its readers.
This new policy could lead the OIC , and particularly Ralph Cinque , to discover another photograph (4) , commonly known as "Willis 8".
Look at the far right of the photograph . Who is that man in sunglasses ? Either it is Jack Ruby , or it is his identical twin ! (5)
Another photograph of a man who looks , and dresses , like Jack Ruby can be seen on p.49 of Robert Groden's "The Killing of a President".
This photo was taken shortly after the last shot was fired at Kennedy and shows the man walking along the knoll , towards the triple underpass.
Could it have been this man who was seen by Lee Bowers , behind the Grassy Knoll Fence , prior to the shooting ? Possibly - see the Malcolm Summers drawing of the man he encountered , with a gun under his coat ,in Dealey Plaza (6).
So much for the photographic evidence. What about the eyewitness testimony ?
Julia Ann Mercer reported seeing Ruby at the wheel of a truck , from which an assembled rifle was unloaded (7).
Victoria Adams testified to the Warren Commission that she and Avery Davis saw a man who looked like Ruby (8),standing at the corner of Elm Street and Houston Street .
Possibly this was the man seen in “Willis 8”? Adams and Davis believed he was either a police officer , or a reporter.
Jean Hill also reported seeing Ruby running towards the Grassy Knoll(9).
Cameraman Mal Couch told the Warren Commission that he was told that Ruby had been seen near the TSBD , a few minutes after the assassination , though he admitted this was hearsay.
What about the ladies who claim to have seen Jack Ruby give a pistol to Lee Harvey Oswald ? What better proof could there be of Ruby and Oswald knowing eachother?
Could ALL the photographic evidence , all the eyewitness reports , be wrong ?(11)
What about Ruby’s own words ? He did not state to the Warren Commission that he had been in Dealey Plaza. But we know , from an informant report that Ruby , allegedly , had called a friend to ask him if he wanted to come to “watch the fireworks”. That could hardly have been a literal reference to fireworks – so did Ruby go to Dealey Plaza because he had foreknowledge of the assassination ?
And how far are the offices of the Dallas Morning News from Dealey Plaza?
See for yourself - look at the map – it’s not far at all.
What other evidence can we use ? What about Jack Ruby’s personality ? He was known as a ‘hanger on’ , someone who wanted to be at the periphery of the action. .Respected reporter Seth Kantor said that he encountered Ruby at Parkland Hospital . Ruby denied this – and the Warren Commission chose to believe him. Could Kantor have been mistaken about WHERE he saw – and spoke with – Jack Ruby ? He could , but Kantor’s recollection is specific and is likely more credible than Ruby’s denial.
And of course – Jack Ruby attended the DPD press conferences on the evening of 22nd November 1963. Was this to fulfill a mission to kill Oswald ? Or was it merely indicative of Ruby’s wish to be where the action was?
Is the official line correct ? Or did Jack Ruby slip out of The Dallas Morning News offices , just for a few minutes , to watch a “fireworks display” , the smoke of which still casts a stench over the United States of America to this very day ?? (12)
===============================================================================(1)But this evidence is far from conclusive.
(2)Due to sloppy research.
(3)Is there an emoticon for "stifled , incredulous laughter" ?? If so, insert it here.
(4)It's been known to most people for 50 years (or 20 years , if we are relying solely on the internet ), so "finally find at last" , rather than "discover" , may be a more apt phrase.
(5)There is a resemblance , but it likely is not Ruby.
(6)This is reaaalllyy stretching it - but hey , I promised it would be conspiratorial in tone !
(7)Did she REALLY identify Ruby ? I don’t think so , but let’s not spoil the oft-repeated myth.
(8)This was , perfectly reasonably , after seeing television footage of Ruby. She did not actually know him.
(9)Maybe she did.Or maybe she saw a man who resembled him.Jean Hill’s story is known for having been ‘enhanced’ over the years.
(10)Does anybody seriously believe that anyone , let alone Ruby , handed a pistol to Oswald , shortly after the assassination and in broad daylight ?
(11)Yes, they could. Are Newnam and Walker both wrong about Ruby being at the Dallas Morning News offices and the time of his presence?
(12)Poetic , heh ?!