Texas: Trying for the Truth of It

Jack Ruby's main chance of escaping the electric chair lies in being found insane. Last week he was certainly trying to act like a madman.

During a predawn card game with a guard in his Dallas County jail cell, Ruby asked for a glass of water and, when left alone, charged headfirst into a plaster cell wall. He suffered only a two-inch cut and a knot on his skull; moments later, guards found him trying to rip his white jail uniform into strips — presumably to fashion a noose.

Later that day, Dr. Louis J. West, a University of...

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