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I ran across some random notes dictated by Jack Ruby, I guess while he was in jail. They appear to run about 75 pages.

I just started reading, and haven't run across any bombshells or anything, but it's facinating reading about Ruby's life in Dallas. He sure got in a lot of fights.

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/...649&relPageId=1

Steve Thomas

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I ran across some random notes dictated by Jack Ruby, I guess while he was in jail. They appear to run about 75 pages.

I just started reading, and haven't run across any bombshells or anything, but it's facinating reading about Ruby's life in Dallas. He sure got in a lot of fights.

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/...649&relPageId=1

Steve Thomas

Thanks, Steve.

Some of that stuff is most interesting. In particular the entry and I quote, "Why don't you ask Felix McKnight out to lunch. He visited Russia also."

I would love to know the context of that. McKnight did indeed go to Russia in the summer of 1962 with 12 other U.S. newspaper editors and interviewed Nikita Khrushchev.

The image below shows Felix McKnight on the left, Ted Dealey (son of G.B. Dealey) in the center and Robert Stripling (The Texas spy chaser) on the right.

James

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I ran across some random notes dictated by Jack Ruby, I guess while he was in jail. They appear to run about 75 pages.

I just started reading, and haven't run across any bombshells or anything, but it's facinating reading about Ruby's life in Dallas. He sure got in a lot of fights.

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/...649&relPageId=1

Steve Thomas

Steve, I have a sketch of Ruby in his cell done by a cartoonist for the long defunct Sydney Daily Mirror. The sketch is captioned: "A Killer Writes His Memoires."

Have tried to put it up as a file attachment but it's way too big, and I can't figure out how to reduce it in size. If you want it, send an email and I'll attach it in reply.

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In Ruby's notes, he also mentions his 'buddy' Melton Turlington who was cut during a fight. Turlington is still alive and is the president of Harmony Hills Cemetary. I am wondering if he has ever been interviewed. If not, he might be worthwhile pursuing as his perspective on events in 1963 might be of some value.

Ruby also seems to have been friends with Ukie Sherin even though Ruby spells his name incorrectly. Sherin was a gag writer/comedian and seemingly the prototype for Dave Barry penning some humor columns for the Dallas papers. Sherin mainly worked for Benny Bickers who is a fascinating character all on his own.

FWIW.

James

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I ran across some random notes dictated by Jack Ruby, I guess while he was in jail. They appear to run about 75 pages.

I just started reading, and haven't run across any bombshells or anything, but it's facinating reading about Ruby's life in Dallas. He sure got in a lot of fights.

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/...649&relPageId=1

Steve Thomas

Thanks for poining this out Steve.

There might not be any bombs but you can hear Ruby's voice in his notes, and he does recall meeting Wes Wise outside the TSBD Saturday and his attempts phone Gordon McLendon (a David A. Phillips connection), and says that he took the photos of the Impeach Earl Warren billboard for McLendon.

Other interesting tidbits include Wally Weston arguing with a patron who told Weston to go to Russia, which sounds vaguely familiar, and Weston doing JFK's 50 mile walk.

BK

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Greg,

Steve, I have a sketch of Ruby in his cell done by a cartoonist for the long defunct Sydney Daily Mirror. The sketch is captioned: "A Killer Writes His Memoires."

Have tried to put it up as a file attachment but it's way too big, and I can't figure out how to reduce it in size. If you want it, send an email and I'll attach it in reply.

Sure, you could send it to me.

What file format is it in?

You can get a free picture viewer/editor program called Irfanview. Once you get it installed, click on the word image and then resample/resize. You could send it to me, I'll resize it and post it on the forum.

sthomas@ohio.lib.in.us

Steve Thomas

I just started reading, and haven't run across any bombshells or anything, but it's facinating reading about Ruby's life in Dallas. He sure got in a lot of fights.

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/...649&relPageId=1

Steve Thomas

If nothing else, these notes put to bed the lie that Ruby only carried a gun because he carried lots of money. They also put to bed the lie that JR didn't carry his gun around with him and only kept it locked in the trunk of his car.

Steve Thomas

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I ran across some random notes dictated by Jack Ruby, I guess while he was in jail. They appear to run about 75 pages.
Oh, now this is intersting.

On page 37 of his notes, Jack tells about going out to the airport with the band to meet country music star Hank Snow. He says he confided to Snow that it was Jimmie Dickens who had called him (Ruby) to look after Hank Williams. See here for a picture of Jimmie Dickens:

http://nashville.about.com/library/blank/f...bldickens02.htm

Jimmie Dickens is calling Jack Ruby?

"We all retired at the Hotel, and Hank Williams was still asleep when I came back to the room..."

Jack Ruby is sharing a hotel room with Hank Williams?

He starts out, "The following morning..." and it looks like there is a paragraph whited out.

Steve Thomas

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Mark,

Years ago I read or heard about how Jack Ruby was actually the father of Oswald. Obviously not true but weird to consider the possibility.

On December 9, 1963 Lt. Jack Revill and Detective H.M. Hart filed a report with Chief Curry writing that Lt. George Butler had informed them that he (Butler) had information that Jack Ruby had applied for a visa to visit Mexico at the same time Oswald traveled there. Butler suggested to Revill that Revill should contact the Mexican Consulate.

They also said that Butler told them that he had information that Oswald was Ruby’s illegitimate son.

DPD Archives, Box 5, Folder# 7, Item# 36

http://jfk.ci.dallas.tx.us/box5.htm

I once spent some time trying to determine if Jack Ruby was in San Francisco at the same time as Marguerite Oswald. I never was able to pin it down satisfactorily. Ruby went back to Chicago in 1937 and Oswald is supposed to have been born in 1939.

Steve Thomas

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I ran across some random notes dictated by Jack Ruby, I guess while he was in jail. They appear to run about 75 pages.

I just started reading, and haven't run across any bombshells or anything, but it's facinating reading about Ruby's life in Dallas. He sure got in a lot of fights.

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/...649&relPageId=1

Steve Thomas

Steve, I have a sketch of Ruby in his cell done by a cartoonist for the long defunct Sydney Daily Mirror. The sketch is captioned: "A Killer Writes His Memoires."

Have tried to put it up as a file attachment but it's way too big, and I can't figure out how to reduce it in size. If you want it, send an email and I'll attach it in reply.

You can download an excellent easy to use free program that allows you to reduce the size of Jpeg’s and most image files to whatever size you want.

http://www.fookes.com/ezthumbs/

I’d like to see the cartoon so please post it here.

Also I believe you can post images of any size as long as they are hosted externally there are several free image hosting sites. One of the better ones is villagephotos.com.

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I ran across some random notes dictated by Jack Ruby, I guess while he was in jail. They appear to run about 75 pages.

I just started reading, and haven't run across any bombshells or anything, but it's facinating reading about Ruby's life in Dallas. He sure got in a lot of fights.

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/...649&relPageId=1

Steve Thomas

Steve, I have a sketch of Ruby in his cell done by a cartoonist for the long defunct Sydney Daily Mirror. The sketch is captioned: "A Killer Writes His Memoires."

Have tried to put it up as a file attachment but it's way too big, and I can't figure out how to reduce it in size. If you want it, send an email and I'll attach it in reply.

You can download an excellent easy to use free program that allows you to reduce the size of Jpeg’s and most image files to whatever size you want.

http://www.fookes.com/ezthumbs/

I’d like to see the cartoon so please post it here.

Also I believe you can post images of any size as long as they are hosted externally there are several free image hosting sites. One of the better ones is villagephotos.com.

Thanks for the info guys. I'm not all that great with technology. I'll send it to Steve who hopefully can post it. It's from a collection of sketches done during Ruby's trial. The collection includes LHO, Belli, Judge Brown, Wade, Curry, Decker, Fritz, Tonahil, Senator, Sweatt, Waggoner Carr, Edwin Walker, Earl Cabell... and of course... Sheba...

The reason I mentioned it at all is because I believe that's what the notes are... an attempt to write his memoires.

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I ran across some random notes dictated by Jack Ruby, I guess while he was in jail. They appear to run about 75 pages.

Oh, now this is intersting.

On page 37 of his notes, Jack tells about going out to the airport with the band to meet country music star Hank Snow. He says he confided to Snow that it was Jimmie Dickens who had called him (Ruby) to look after Hank Williams. See here for a picture of Jimmie Dickens:

http://nashville.about.com/library/blank/f...bldickens02.htm

Jimmie Dickens is calling Jack Ruby?

"We all retired at the Hotel, and Hank Williams was still asleep when I came back to the room..."

Jack Ruby is sharing a hotel room with Hank Williams?

He starts out, "The following morning..." and it looks like there is a paragraph whited out.

Steve Thomas

It was always my impression that Jack started to lose his marbles (or at least pretend so) soon after he went to jail. There was that weird letter he sent his brother about Israel facing imminent destruction.

On a similar note I met and staid with the late great one-man band and slightly crazed Rockabilly legend Hasil Adkins. He told me about the time Jerry Lee Lewis told him how great he was. I told the owner of his record label, Billy Miller*, about this who told me "the Haze" probably imagined the whole thing and never met "the Killer".

Len

*No relation I assume to this forum's Bill Miller

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Speaking of sketches, I find this one of the smirking and sinister Lee Harvey Oswald most interesting. In the early days, it is representations like this that helped forge public opinion that Oswald was guilty.

Not to mention the distorted distance between the window sill and the floor...which was actually a matter of inches and not feet, as is depicted here.

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Speaking of sketches, I find this one of the smirking and sinister Lee Harvey Oswald most interesting. In the early days, it is representations like this that helped forge public opinion that Oswald was guilty.

Not to mention the distorted distance between the window sill and the floor...which was actually a matter of inches and not feet, as is depicted here.

Indeed, Mark.

Here's another one that distorts many things including the alleged firing angle.

James

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