Jack Ruby’s demise is often cited as one of the “convenient deaths” associated with the Kennedy assassination. Why? In the 2-3 years subsequent to Kennedy and Oswald’s murders, Ruby made repeated cryptic statements to the news media hinting at a broader conspiracy in the President’s death, even hinting at the involvement of Kennedy’s successor LBJ. Ruby’s lawyers had been trying to have his murder conviction overturned on the grounds that a change of venue should have been granted – i.e. that he couldn’t have gotten a fair trial in Dallas. On October 5,1966, Ruby’s conviction for killing Oswald was in fact overturned and he was granted a new trial on just those grounds. The trial was set to begin in February, 1967, in Wichita Falls, TX, but of course Ruby never lived to see his new day in court. On January 3, 1967, he would die of cancer, only three and a half weeks after being diagnosed. If there was a broader conspiracy in Kennedy’s assassination, and Ruby had been a part of it, then his death was indeed convenient for anyone else involved.

The notion of Ruby having been injected with cancer in order to kill him is not as farfetched as it sounds. Edward Haslam in his book “Doctor Mary’s Monkey”, details what he believes was a secret project in New Orleans, involving Lee Oswald in a minor role, which was aimed at creating a cancer-causing bioweapon to be used in killing Fidel Castro. Judy Vary Baker wrote a book, “Me and Lee”, in which she claims to have been part of this endeavor with Oswald. She claims that while working on this project she and Lee had an affair. She also claims that Jack Ruby had a minor role or at least was aware of what they were trying to do, and that he and Oswald were long-acquainted. It’s difficult to vouch for everything Baker claims, and some details in her book have been rightly called into question. However, the broader outlines of her story do hold up. She was a nationally-recognized medical student at the time, and she did work at the Reilly Coffee Company in New Orleans at exactly the same time Oswald did in the summer of 1963. According to Baker, the cancer bio-weapon was eventually tested on a prisoner and he died in 28 days, roughly the same amount of time it apparently took to kill Ruby.

For all of these reasons I find the above interview with Marguerite Oswald immediately upon Ruby’s death to be quite revealing. Take note of what she says at the end: “…And I now will help the family [Jack Ruby’s family] all I can, since they feel like things are not right in the death of Jack Ruby.” Apparently Ruby’s relatives also thought Jack’s death was suspicious and they communicated that to Oswald’s mother. Velly interesting.