The Assassination: A Nonentity for History

Skeptics will always wonder whether Jack Ruby's televised murder of Presidential Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was the meticulously designed act of a conspiratorial network or — as the Warren Commission concluded — simply another irrational element in a tragic tangle of non sequiturs surrounding the death of John F. Kennedy.

Shortly before he died at 55 last week in Dallas of a pulmonary embolism, Ruby tried to dispel any doubt about his role. In a surreptitious hospital-room recording describing the events that put him in the basement of the Dallas Police and...

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