Jack Ruby knew that Oswald was scheduled to be transferred that morning, but did he know that the scheduled time was 10 o'clock? There is controversy about that. But, there is no controversy about the fact that if he had planned to kill Oswald, that he would have made it his business to know the exact time of the transfer and to get there in time for it. Therefore, if he planned to kill Oswald, not only would he not have brought his dog Sheba along, but he would have gotten there on time. And like the reporters, he would have endured the long wait.
What are we SUPPOSED to believe about this? That Ruby went to the garage to shoot Oswald but got there nearly an hour and a half late but was simply lucky that it got delayed?
When a bank robber has a plan to rob a bank as soon as it opens at 9, he doesn't show up at 10:20.
It's obvious to me that since Ruby brought his dog along and left her in his car, a dog whom he referred to as his "wife", that HE DIDN'T EXPECT TO BE GONE THAT LONG. And therefore, whatever he expected to do in going down that ramp, he didn't expect it to take that long. He obviously didn't think that he was walking to his doom.
So, what could it have been, on his mind? And again; forget about shooting Oswald because as he walked down that ramp, he must have thought that Oswald was probably already moved, already transferred. Why not? So, he didn't have an expectation of even SEEING Oswald, never mind SHOOTING him.
You had all these reporters hanging around that garage WAITING for Oswald to be brought out. They just wanted to see him or snap his picture, but they got there on time, just for that. So, don't you think that a guy who was hell-bent on shooting Oswald would make a point of getting there on time?
That's why I say that as Jack Ruby walked down that ramp, he could not possibly have had the intention of shooting Oswald. And, if he had no intention of doing it, then the idea that somebody put him up to it vanishes. If somebody put him up to it, they would have said:
"Oswald is scheduled to be moved at 10, Jack, and we want you there to shoot him then. So, that's 10 o'clock, Jack. Don't be late because if you're even a little late, it could be too late; and he'll be gone."
But obviously, that didn't happen because if it did happen, Ruby, presumably, would have made it his business to be there by 10, that is, before 10. So, what are we left with? We are left with a guy who had no intention of shooting Oswald and whose every action indicated that he had every expectation of walking out that ramp the same way he walked in and back to his beloved dog. So what happened? Did he just SUDDENLY GET THE URGE, THE IMPULSE, THE COMPULSION TO DO IT?
I think the facts, as they are presented, force you to make that conclusion. I don't see an alternative to it. But, even though it's a very strong, compelling ipso-facto, it's typically glossed over.
How often do you hear in official reports that Ruby left his dog in his car? You don't. In fact, IN THE RECORDING OF RUBY'S LAST INTERVIEW, THEY SPLICED IT OUT. I kid you not. He said it, but they took it out. They redacted it; like it was Classified. They just want us to think that Ruby shot Oswald to spare Jackie the burden of a trial with the implication being that he had it all planned out.
But, when you listen to Ruby's death bed interview, the impression that you get, not only from him but from his interviewer, is that he suddenly became possessed. The interviewer actually said to him:
"When did you finally realize that something had happened?"
What kind of question is that to ask a murderer? Think about what it implies. It implies that he wasn't in possession of his faculties when he shot Oswald. Here is Ruby's response:
"It happened in such a blur... it happened in such a blur...that before I knew it, I was down on the ground; the officers had me on the ground."
Now, what did he mean by that? He was already on the ground, wasn't he? Isn't everybody on the ground? He must have meant that the officers pushed him flat down to the ground, where he was lying on the ground, where he was no longer on his feet. But, that NEVER happened to the Garage Shooter. There is no visual evidence that the Garage Shooter was ever off his feet and flat on the ground. How could they get him into the building in less than 10 seconds if they pushed him flat down to the ground? They couldn't. And they didn't.
Then get this, the interviewer asked him:
"Had you realized you had done anything?"
Again, what is the implication of that? That Ruby was in a trance when he shot Oswald?
Ruby's response: "Again.... really, it happened so fast, and everything else, I can't recall what happened from the time I came to the bottom of the ramp until the police officers had me on the ground."
Now, do you understand why I keep saying that Ruby had no memory of shooting Oswald? That although he didn't DENY doing it, neither did he CONFIRM doing it.
Interviewer: You have no recollection?
Ruby: But, I know that they were holding my hand and grabbing for the gun.
Interviewer: Did you ever know Oswald before?
Ruby: No. Never had known him or seen him before.
(Note: Ruby definitely saw Oswald over the preceding two days. So, was this a lie, or was he referring to the context of the assassination?)
Interviewer: Had you ever planned anything like this?
Ruby? I was so emotionally upset for 3 days.
(Note: Didn't he mean 2 days? It was less than 48 hours since Kennedy got shot.)
Interviewer: Any truth at all to stories Oswald had been in your club?
Ruby: None whatsoever. It's just a fabrication.
Interviewer: Normally, you carried a gun with you, didn't you?
Ruby: Yes, I did. I always carried a gun because of various altercations I had in my clubs, and I carried a pretty large sum of money at times.
(Note: he reportedly had over $2000 in cash on him, which is equivalent to having over $15,000 in cash today, according to one inflation calculator.)
Ruby cont.: The ironic part of this is that had I not made an illegal turn behind the bus in the parking lot, had I gone the way I was supposed to go straight down Main Street, I would never have met this fate, the difference being 30 seconds one way or the other.
RC: Huh. You can relax about that, Jack. They would have waited for you. Note: I really don't grasp the mechanics of what he is saying there about the bus. Someone would have to show it to me on a street map. But obviously, if he left the house planning to kill Oswald, it would never have come down to that because he would have been vigilant about getting to the church on time.
Interviewer: whispers something
Ruby: He was supposed to be moved at 10:00.
That's the final word from Jack about the shooting before they start talking about his health problems. And he says it very matter-of-factly, like he knew all along that Oswald was supposed to be moved at 10. Listen to it yourself and see if you agree. Start at 3:50:
Note that at the beginning of the interview, Ruby said that what prompted him to walk down the ramp was all the people that he saw assembled on Main Street by the ramp BEFORE he entered Western Union to transact his business. We do NOT have an image of that, but we do have an image of people assembled on Commerce Street where the Brinks truck was parked. So, was it like that? But think about it: if there was a crowd there on Main Street, what prevented any of them from going down the ramp to the garage? Well, they must have had the entrance guarded to keep people out. In fact, they said they did. So, if the entrance was guarded, how come it wasn't guarded when Ruby went there? Why didn't Officer Rio "Sam" Pierce stop Ruby from entering? If Ruby saw him, why didn't he see Ruby? And what about the other officer who was with Pierce? And I don't mean in the car but on the street. So, Ruby passed 2 police officers, and neither one stopped him.
The man who did the interview with Ruby was his attorney, Elmer Gertz. Gertz went on to write a book about Ruby called Moment of Madness. Moment of madness? Well, that's exactly what I'm saying, that as you look at the big picture that Ruby could have had no plan or intention to kill Oswald. It isn't just a defense counsel gimmick. You can't tell me that it occurred to him to bring his dog along and leave her in the car to make it look like he had no intention of doing anything. That's because: HE DEARLY LOVED THAT DOG.