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JACK RUBY AND FAMILY CORRESPONDENCEJACK RUBY (1911-1967) Dallas nightclub owner who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald following Oswald's assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Fine grouping of correspondence from Jack Ruby and other Ruby family members to journalist William Woodfield, all ca. February, 1964 while Ruby was awaiting trial. Among the items are: JACK RUBY A.L.S. 1p. 12mo., [Dallas County Jail], Feb. 4, 1964 to Woodfield and Ruby's brother Earl, who had negotiated the author's contract. In full: "Dear Billie and Earl Thanks very much for the good story. You made a few mistakes. However I think it will be alright. Love, Bro. Jack". Mounted to cardboard with some glue show-through at top, else very good; EARL RUBY A.Ms. [unsigned], 1p. 4to., ca. late November, 1963, in part: "...Jack called my sister Eileen Friday sometime after the shooting...he was in tears and telling her how terrible he felt about it and he kept saying Oh! My God! Oh! My God!...I'll fly up to be with the family and I said it isn't necessary and asked how Eva felt...he said she felt terrible..I said he should stay with her...I did call and Eva said he had gone to the synagogue...". HY RUBINSTEIN A.N.S. [n.p., n.d.] mentioning that he had a great deal of information on "Tidewater Oil", with a T.L.S. 1p. 4to., Feb. 18, 1964 suggesting that Woodfield write another story on the Texas "oligarchy" and Tidewater Oil; an unknown family member sending an annotated clipping ("Can you use this...") about a man who stabbed his stepfather over a remark he had made during Kennedy's funeral; a copy of a list of names of Ruby family members and acquaintances; a telegram from Eva Grant prohibiting release of any material Woodfield obtained from her or Jack; and 26pp. of copies of typewritten interviews by a private detective hired by Ruby's defense team to interview potential witnesses, in this instance interviewing brother Samuel Ruby in Dallas and sister Eva Grant, also in Dallas. Sam is asked routine questions as to his parents' heritage, names and addresses of relatives, Jack's involvement in unions, travels abroad, his patriotism, and so on. Sam does acknowledge that Jack's temper "led him to a state of temporary insanity". Grant is asked many of the same questions, and is also queried about Ruby's association with "Mack Willie" (gambler and Trafficante associate Lewis McWillie], "Alice Nichols", and "Ralph Paul". She also volunteers the names "George Senator...Joe & Sam Campisi...Breck Wall...Andy Anderson...Leo Torti...Sam Lasser". She describes Ruby as "broken, baffled and depressed" when he visited her after the assassination, adding: "...he made four phone calls...Don Safrine, two calls to him..." She further details Ruby's movements in the days preceding Oswald's murder, and concludes mentioning that she and others believed that Ruby had been insane at the time of the shooting. Overall very good to fine condition.
Estimate $ 1,500-2,000

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