Feature: Three Odd Chicago Connections to the JFK Assassination

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Finally, the assassin of the alleged assassin, Jacob “Jack Ruby” Rubenstein, was a Chicago native with links to organized crime in the city. It was rumored that he exiled himself to Dallas due to some activities that were not conducive to the philosophy of “The Outfit.” On November 24th, 1963, Ruby walked into the basement of the Dallas Police Station where Lee Harvey Oswald was about to be transferred to a county lock-up. At 11:21 Central Time, Ruby shot Oswald with a pistol at point blank range, and Oswald later died at the same Parkland Memorial Hospital where JFK expired.

Dallas Police Mug Shot of Jack Ruby After He Killed Lee Harvey Oswald
Photo credit: File Photo

Ruby was born in 1911, and lived in the Maxwell Street Neighborhood in Chicago. He belonged to the Yiddish Connection mafia, and was allegedly involved in illegal underworld gambling, narcotics and prostitution. He move to Dallas was intended to take over the prostitution business there, and he opened a number of burlesque clubs, including the infamous Carousel Club of Dallas, before he met his date with destiny. His killing of Oswald was the first murder to be shown live on television (NBC-TV). Again, to the David Von Pein’s JFK Channel for the live-on-TV killing of Oswald by Ruby …

THANKS ALWAYS to David Von Pein.

For a link to the entire David Von Pein JFK collection, click DVP JFK CHANNEL. For the online “The Museum of Classic Chicago Television” click FUZZY MEMORIES.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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