this day in crime history: november 24, 1963

On this date in 1963, Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and killed presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald at Dallas Police headquarters. Ruby was arrested on the spot (one of the hazards of committing a crime at police headquarters). He was tried and convicted of murder and sentenced to death. His death sentence was overturned on appeal in 1966, and a new trial was ordered. Jack Ruby died in 1967, before he could get a new trial.

Ruby’s motive for the murder has been the subject of much speculation over the last 45 years. Was he carrying out a hit for the mafia? The CIA? The monsters living under Oliver Stone’s bed? Or was he just trying to rid the world of an undesirable? We’ll probably never know.

Further reading:

Wikipedia – Jack Ruby

JFK Online – In Defense of Jack Ruby

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5 thoughts on “this day in crime history: november 24, 1963

  1. John D.:
    Remember seeing this happen LIVE on TV…
    My dad went slack-jawed when it happened and he said “now we’ll never find out who did it”.

    And to this day, a LOT of speculation still exists, in spite of the Warren Commission.
    HIGH TREASON was a good book as were the two WHITEWASH books.

    Very good post.

    Stay safe (and warm) out there

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    • A lot of people speculated that Oswald was killed to silence him, but he was in police custody for almost 2 days. Had he a story to tell, I think he would have told it by then. I’ve always believed that Oswald acted alone.

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