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Jack Ruby Signed Jailhouse Drawings, 6 Pcs

Six geometrical pencil drawings signed by Jack Ruby, all 7" x 4," with the edges folded back and dated 1965, from the Dallas County Jail in Dallas, Texas. Four are to Ray Pennington, the man who served as Jack Ruby's bodyguard in prison, and two are to Thomas Miller. Also included is a 1991 "New York Times" article entitled "Ruby's Family Gets Gun Used to Kill Oswald," and two handwritten letters totaling six pages from the Pennigntons to Dr. John Lattimer reflecting on Ruby's time in prison. Some staining, else near fine. Ex. Dr. John Lattimer. From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.

These mysterious drawing were perhaps best described by Ray Pennington within his letter to Dr. Lattimer. Pennington went into detail regarding when and how Ruby would work on the drawings, and his state of mind at the time: "He worked on these drawings when he was nervous, restless, or aggrivated [sic] about something. Just when the mood hit him - he would work until he got tired or sleepy. He sharpened his pencil constantly on a scratch piece of paper ... he never gave any reason for folding the paper around the edge...He could make phone calls but would hesitate to do so because 'they' would know who his family and friends were. 'They' would come + kill his family and friends. He never told me who 'they' were." Pennington's letter also acknowledges that Lattimer had purchased the drawings: "I was glad to hear from you. I was hoping we might know who purchased the drawings ..."

Dr. John Lattimer was a prominent urologist who served as both a professor and as chairman of the urology department at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He had treated top-ranking Nazis during the Nuremberg war crimes trials, and was the first non-governmental medical specialist allowed to examine the evidence in President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. His interests extended beyond the medical and spanned an array of fields. His 30-room, 1895 Federal-style home in Englewood was a virtual military museum until the collection went into storage last year. Its third floor was lined with medieval armor, Revolutionary and Civil War rifles and swords, a pile of cannonballs, World War II machine guns and German Lugers, and drawings by Adolf Hitler. Dr. Lattimer became a ballistics expert and, after the killing of President Kennedy, a student of assassinations. In his collection was a blood-stained collar that President Lincoln wore to Ford’s Theater the night he was shot. Dr. Lattimer wrote several articles in medical journals describing experiments he had conducted with rifles, scopes, and ammunition similar to those used by President Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. Then, in 1972, the Kennedy family chose Dr. Lattimer to be the first non-governmental expert to examine the 65 X-rays, color photos, and black-and-white negatives taken during the autopsy.

The forensic mystery around Ruby's geometric patterned drawings is still nebulous. Some believe in the possibility that there is significance in the patterns. This phenomenal set with its intriguing past is worthy of further investigation!

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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