Jack Ruby, the man who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald two days after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, asked an FBI informant the morning of the assassination if he would like to “watch the fireworks,” according to new records last week.
The new details, which were first pointed out by the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato, reveal the interaction between FBI informant Bob Vanderslice and Ruby on the day Oswald shot and killed JFK, according to CBS News.
“The informant stated that on the morning of the assassination, Ruby contacted him and asked if he would ‘like to watch the fireworks,’” the record states.
“He was with Jack Ruby and standing at the corner of the Postal Annex Building facing the Texas School Book Depository Building at the time of the shooting. Immediately after the shooting, Ruby left and headed toward the area of the Dallas Morning News Building.”
Vanderslice told the FBI that Ruby left immediately after the shooting “without saying anything to him.”
Vanderslice didn’t officially inform the FBI of his interactions with Ruby until March 1977, over 13 years after Oswald shot and killed JFK from the sixth-floor window in the Depository Building on Nov. 22, 1963.
Ruby was arrested after he fatally shot Oswald in the basement of the Dallas police headquarters with a concealed .38 revolver. He said his motivation for killing Oswald was his anger about JFK’s assassination.
Vanderslice just so happened to be arrested on an unrelated criminal charge at the same time Ruby was incarcerated at the Dallas County hotel.
The newly released record stated that Vanderslice got to know Ruby better while they both spent time in the County Jail. According to Vanderslice, Ruby’s mind began to deteriorate, and he became “very suspicious and felt that someone was trying to poison his food and do him harm.”
Ruby died of lung cancer at a Dallas hospital in January 1967 while awaiting trial.
The Warren Commission found that Oswald acted alone in killing JFK, and also found that Ruby acted alone in killing Oswald.
However, the document revealed Friday begs the question — if Oswald truly acted alone in killing JFK, then how did Ruby know to tease Vanderslice the morning of the assassination, asking if he would like to “watch the fireworks?”
Conspiracy theorists don’t buy the official narrative that Oswald acted alone.
Immediately after JFK’s assassination, Gallup found that 52 percent of Americans believed Oswald was “part of a larger conspiracy,” according to the Miami Herald.
That figure grew to 81 percent by 1976.
President George H.W. Bush signed a law in 1992 stipulating that the National Archives release classified documents about Kennedy’s assassination by Oct. 26.
President Donald Trump has authorized the release of all JFK files with the exception of any document that contains the names of any person still living.
“I am doing this for reasons of full disclosure, transparency and in order to put any and all conspiracy theories to rest,” Trump said.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2017
Last week’s release of 10,744 FBI records related to JFK’s assassination was the fifth release of Kennedy assassination records so far this year, according to The Associated Press.