Manuscript/Mixed Material Note, Jack Ruby to attorney Elmer Gertz revealing the assassin's despair and paranoia, 9 September 1965.

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Title

  • Note, Jack Ruby to attorney Elmer Gertz revealing the assassin's despair and paranoia, 9 September 1965.

Created / Published

  • 9 September 1965

Headings

  • -  Arrest
  • -  Lawyers
  • -  Imprisonment
  • -  Law
  • -  Presidents
  • -  Assassinations
  • -  Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald) (1917-1963)
  • -  Prisons
  • -  Dallas (Tex.)
  • -  Gertz, Elmer (1906- )
  • -  Jews--Persecutions
  • -  Oswald, Lee Harvey (1939-1963)
  • -  Ruby, Jack (1912-1967)
  • -  Texas
  • -  Manuscripts

Genre

  • Manuscripts

Notes

  • -  Reproduction number: A41 (color slide; page 1) A42 (color slide; page 2)
  • -  On 24 November 1963, Dallas, Texas, police were transferring Lee Harvey Oswald (1939-1963), who had been arrested for murdering President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) two days earlier, from one jail to another. In the jail's basement garage, a crowd of journalists, photographers, and police watched as Oswald emerged and was about to be placed in a police car. In an action caught on television cameras, Jack Ruby (1912-1967), an owner of a Dallas nightclub and admirer of President Kennedy, edged forward in the crowd, drew a gun, and killed Oswald. Convicted of murder, Ruby was sentenced to be executed. He appealed and won a retrial on the basis that procedural errors had occurred. Before the retrial could be held, however, Ruby died in prison in 1967 of natural causes.
  • -  After his original conviction and during the appeal process, Ruby's mental condition disintegrated, and he increasingly became subject to delusions. At an appeal hearing in 1965 in Dallas, Ruby gave Elmer Gertz (1906- ), one of his attorneys, this note. In it, Ruby expressed despair and voiced his belief that government authorities in the courthouse were killing and torturing "our people," a reference to Jews. In a similar fashion, Ruby told his sister that government authorities were engaged in murdering twenty-five million Jews.

Source Collection

  • Elmer Gertz Papers

Repository

  • Manuscript Division

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Note, Jack Ruby to attorney Elmer Gertz revealing the assassin's despair and paranoia, 9 September. 9 September, 1965. Manuscript/Mixed Material. https://www.loc.gov/item/mcc.075/.

APA citation style:

(1965) Note, Jack Ruby to attorney Elmer Gertz revealing the assassin's despair and paranoia, 9 September. 9 September. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mcc.075/.

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Note, Jack Ruby to attorney Elmer Gertz revealing the assassin's despair and paranoia, 9 September. 9 September, 1965. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/mcc.075/>.