DescriptionJack Ruby Archive of Letters. Four emotional and intimate letters that show contradictory views of the man who murdered JFK's assassin in 1963 on live television. All are written after Ruby shot Oswald and while he was in the Dallas County jail, and from 1964 through 1966. The only letter in the lot not written by Ruby is an autograph letter signed to Jack Ruby from "Doris", a woman Ruby wanted to marry. Four pages, 6" x 7.75", Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1965, to Ruby in the Dallas County jail. Doris tells Ruby in part: "I don't suppose you know that Curtis and I are divorced now. Our situation was really hopeless as I am sure you and a lot of other people will realize. . . I have a nice apartment and for the first time in years I am really happy. . . . Just keep your spirits up, Jack, and I am sure things will work out better than you ever thought. . . you were always good and thoughtful to me." Includes envelope. Very fine.
2. Jack Ruby Autograph Letter Signed "Jack" to Doris. Four pages, in pencil, [Dallas County jail], January 8, 1966. In part: "You have been the only person that I have constantly thought of outside of my immediate family. . . . I surely realize now what a wonderful and blissful life we had both been cheated out of. Had I only known how much you really cared for me, perhaps I too would have been more serious in our future for us. However at [the] time, I thought that you and Curtis would have worked something out, and then I wouldn't have felt any guilt of breaking up a home, especially with a child. Had you only been divorced at the time, I know in my heart I would have wanted you for my wife. . . if you would have wanted me. . . I have never stopped thinking of you. I know that I am responsible for a dreadful tragedy that has happened in the world, because I was a fool to let myself be carried away that fatal Sunday morning. Perhaps our beloved Presidents death had effected me more than anyone else." Very fine.
3. Jack Ruby Autograph Letter (unsigned). Twenty-nine pages, in pencil, 6" x 4", Dallas County jail, n.d. This letter, which is numbered in Roman numerals in the top left of each leaf, is missing leaf "XIII". Still, it is an interesting mixture of personal advice and political ramblings, the point of which is that President Lyndon Johnson has allied with Nazi elements to destroy all Jews, including Ruby. "Johnson has an appointment with French Premier DeGaulle, and will [find] some way to betray him. . . . I may be burned alive, because I'll be the last Jew alive of the States and they are planning a big party for me." About Kennedy's assassination: "Do you honestly think. . . that I would walk right into the police station and commit the act as I have and knowing all the while that I am a party to most heinous crime in the history of the world. . . . I won't be around to defend myself. This is so tragic from the way this thing has turned out." About business, Ruby wrote that he owned two of the most popular night clubs in Dallas and owed excise taxes. Then, writing about his family: "My precious family all done away with because of my stupidity. . . . My tragic mistake was, that owning a nite club has made it possible for me to become familiar with pistols." Interestingly, key words are missing in some sentences, the result of a mind that worked faster than the pencil. Some pages are mildly soiled or smudged. Fine.
4. Jack Ruby Autograph Letter Signed "Your friend, Jack Ruby". One page, in pencil, 6" x 4", Dallas County jail, January 7, 1964, to Grace Jeffery of Honolulu, Hawaii. Ruby thanks "Mrs. Jeffery" for her "beautiful Christmas card, and may God Bless you and yours for thinking of me at this time." With airmail envelope addressed by Ruby. Fine.
Also included is a facsimile of seven typed pages analyzing Jack Ruby's handwriting and drawings. The analyses are done by Ken Nobel (October 21, 1967), Fred Brown (n.d.), and Rose Wolfson (n.d.). From the John K. Lattimer Collection.
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