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Superb Jack Ruby Signed Check & Photo at Book Depository

Jack Ruby signed check drawn on the Mercantile National Bank, Dallas, Texas.8.25" x 3". Written out to "Dallas City Water Wks" for "Twenty two and 96/100". Dated "5/10/1950", and signed by Ruby as "Jack L. Ruby". Accompanied by a glossy black and white photo of Ruby at the Texas School Book Depository, and a second glossy black and white portrait of him which appears to be a copy of a newspaper clip showing "March 14-LISTENS TO VERDICT - Jack Ruby sits in a courtroom in Dallas today and listens as Judge Joe B. Brown read the verdict. Ruby was found guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald and sentenced to death in the electric chair". Near fine condition. From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.

Jack Ruby, originally known as Jacob Rubenstein, operated strip joints and dance halls in Dallas and had minor connections to organized crime. He also had a relationship with a number of Dallas policemen, which amounted to various favors in exchange for leniency in their monitoring of his establishments. He features prominently in Kennedy-assassination theories, and many believe he killed Oswald to keep him from revealing a larger conspiracy. In his trial, Ruby denied the allegation and pleaded innocent on the grounds that his great grief over Kennedy’s murder had caused him to suffer “psychomotor epilepsy” and shoot Oswald unconsciously. The jury found him guilty and sentenced him to die.

In October 1966, the Texas Court of Appeals reversed the decision on the grounds of improper admission of testimony and the fact that Ruby could not have received a fair trial in Dallas at the time. In January 1967, while awaiting a new trial to be held in Wichita Falls, Ruby died of lung cancer in a Dallas hospital.

The official Warren Commission report of 1964 concluded that neither Oswald nor Ruby were part of a larger conspiracy, either domestic or international, to assassinate President Kennedy. Despite its seemingly firm conclusions, the report failed to silence conspiracy theories surrounding the event, and in 1978 the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded in a preliminary report that Kennedy was “probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy” that may have involved multiple shooters and organized crime. The committee’s findings, as with those of the Warren Commission, continue to be widely disputed.

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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