Jack Ruby’s Route
Here you can se in a nutshell Jack Ruby’s route to destiny. He is at the Western Union office making a money transfer at 11:17 AM. Four minutes later, Oswald lies dying as Jack Ruby is tackled to the ground. The Warrenatti want you to believe this act was random. Let’s add this up. A man has a gun with the intent to kill Oswald; he walks down a police car ramp and randomly encounters Oswald as he is brought out seconds later. He shoots Oswald. You would have better odds at winning the lottery.
Jack Ruby, according the Warrenatti, walked down Main to the Main Street ramp, then slipped past a police officer who was assigned to guard the ramp. Much testimony and debate has been registered about which route Ruby took, but we need not rely solely on testimony. Jack Ruby would not have taken the Main Street Ramp because Jack Ruby was not able to look into the future. Jack Ruby didn’t know who was on that ramp. All he knew was that he had to get to a certain point at a certain time, which is why he would have taken the secure route, the route through the back, unless, of course, the Warrenatti are willing to posutlate that indeed Jack Ruby DID know who was on that ramp. Of course, Jack Ruby also didn’t know if the alternative route was being guarded by police; or did he? Frankly, it’s irrelevant which route he took; he got there with impeccable timing – that is what is important.
Constructing the Magic Trick
What appears to be magic to us is nothing more than technique, science and practice to the magician.
It’s easy when you know how.
When we construct a magic trick, we work the problem backwards.
Let’s think it out exploring as many possibilities as possible. Let us place ourselves in the mind of the Director, the assassination architect. Let us freely associate.
First, given the importance of success, we, the assassination architect will personally assist Jack Ruby carry out the mission. It’s our baby, and success is of paramount importance. Oswald must die.
In the case of Jack Ruby killing Oswald, we know where we want Jack Ruby to be. That’s easy. The trick is getting him there at the correct time.
How do we achieve the timing with certainty and precision?
We do so by eliminating variables.
The variables are those elements we can not control – weather, humanity and chance events.
If we try to walk Jack Ruby from the Western Union office to the Dallas Police Department, we encounter variables we can not control. So for the trick to achieve perfection and reliability, we must eliminate those variables.
We can not control people with 100% precision. Yes, we can buy off a policeman, but we can not be assured he will become distracted or compromised in some way. Perhaps he decides to chicken out. Perhaps his boss reassigns him.
Given the impossibility of repeating the trick; given the absolute necessity of achieving 100% success, we must think hard about police bribery as an option.
The only way to achieve success is to either a) place Jack Ruby in the police garage well before the killing, or b) position an inside man posing as a police officer who can grant Jack Ruby access to the police building through other means than the Main Street ramp.
To position Jack Ruby in the police garage beforehand means to employ a double at the Western Union office. If this is done, then there must be a means to transfer the Western Union ticket to Jack Ruby’s clothing after the arrest. Again, this would most likely involve police collusion. It would seem unlikely that a Jack Ruby double would then walk into the police garage and hand the Western Union ticket to the real Jack Ruby. If that were the case, why resort to a double at all. Aside from that, Doyle Lane, the agent at the Western Union office knew Jack Ruby well enough to make using a double problematic but not impossible.
If we position Jack Ruby in the garage beforehand, he would need to hide. If he tried to mingle as a reporter, he would run the risk of being recognized and thrown out – unless, of course, he posed as a reporter with a press pass.
Thus, we are left with having the real Jack Ruby enter the police garage through the employment of an inside man posing as a police officer. This method would not involve police collusion. One would only need to employ an experienced operative who knew how to act so that he appeared to belong there.
If this approach were accepted as a possibility one would have to a) secure a safe alternative route into the police garage, and b) know when Oswald was being brought down within five minutes to achieve the effect of randomness.
The effect of randomness is an essential key to this effect. Randomness is another word for surprise. Things just happen; they appear out of thin air – like a rabbit being pulled out of a hat.
Of course, things just don’t happen.
So, this is what we must accomplish to achieve our trick.
- Jack Ruby must be given a clear path to the double doors at the bottom of the police car ramp.
- The magician must know within five minutes when Oswald will be brought down.
Conventional thinking would postulate that Lee Oswald would be brought down first, a message would be communicated to Jack Ruby, then Jack Ruby would be given a clear path to Oswald. This is certainly an option. But one could also think the reverse. Jack Ruby would communicate to an intermediary that he has left Western Union and is walking toward the garage; then the intermediary would call for Oswald to be transferred. This seems less likely, but it must be entertained.
This is certainly a trick worthy of Houdini.
One thing is for sure: For this trick to work, there must be a chaperone beside Jack Ruby to assure that the trick is successful. Jack Ruby is not the magician; he is the instrument. Additionally, it is absolutely essential that Oswald die; therefore, there must be a chaperone that can brush people away should they look at Ruby and say, “Hey, what are you doing here?”
Achieving communication between the police building and the Western Union office is not difficult to do. They are on the same side of the street. One could communicate with telephone, lights or flags. It’s not difficult for someone to flip their car lights on and off or for someone to wave a colored flag in the air. The distance is about a football field.
A seemingly more difficult part of the trick is to get Jack Ruby in that police building while creating the illusion that he got in the way he said he did – via the Main Street ramp. Also, one would need to assure that the Western Union ticket be found on Jack Ruby. At this point, let us assume that it was legitimately found on his body at the time of his arrest.
There is every reason to believe that Ruby may have entered via other means than the Main Street ramp. Yes, on first questioned, Ruby states that he walked by Vaughn and Pierce down the ramp, but then a short time later refuses to say how he got into the basement. This is odd.
It certainly would have been possible for Ruby to walk up to the Main Street ramp, spot Vaughn, walk back to the alley and enter the basement from the east side, then walk over to the railing, stand to the side of the green car, look over the railing and watch Pierce exit by Vaughn onto Main Street. It would cut the timing close, but it could be done.
At any rate, someone on the third floor of the DPD tipped off somebody that Oswald was on the move or received a tip that Ruby was on the move. There would no other way to get the timing down unless, of course, Ruby had been in the garage all along.
It would seem safer to bet that the tip came from the third floor to Ruby. A third-floor tipster would only have to draw blinds, flash a light three times to indicate that Oswald was being prepped to move.
This still does not answer the question of how Jack Ruby got into the garage. His equivocation upon being questioned indicates that it was not the Main Street ramp. Additionally, why would Officer Vaughn want it on his record that he let Jack Ruby into the garage? Furthermore, Ruby’s explanation does not seem possible. Certainly, Officer Vaughn would have seen an elderly gentlemen moving down the ramp once Pierce’s car had cleared.
As for Napoleon Daniels: Daniels state clearly that Jack Ruby did not slip by Vaughn; rather he states that at some point, either before or after the shooting, a man did go down the ramp as Vaughn nodded to him.
With the ramp excluded, this leaves the elevators at the east side of the garage which were guarded but certainly not foolproof.
If one were going to enter the police garage, this would be the least conspicuous route, especially with everyone’s back to the elevators and stairwells. This would be the safest way to enter the garage.
And it may be that Ruby entered with a chaperone who was known to the police department in some official capacity who distracted the guarding officer while Ruby, with a fake press pass, slipped into the shadows of the garage only to walk forward thirty seconds later with a camera or press pass pretending to belong there.
It does not seem difficult to do at all.
So let’s play a game of Sudoku.
Jack Ruby knows that he has three minutes to get to where he needs to go. It’s 11:17, and he is on the clock.
He is only going to go down the Main Street ramp if a) he knows that the ramp is clear and b) Vaughn will let him by. This requires that a) Vaughn can be safely bought in perpetuity and b) that no other policeman will interfere. This is a risky bet. If Ruby goes to the Main Street ramp and he can not get by he will have blown his chance. He will not have the time to go another route.
Ergo, Ruby will not choose that route. He will go through the alley. By going through the alley, he can gain access through an area not witnessed by outsiders. An official can enter the stairwell, distract an officer and have Ruby slip into the garage unseen. This is the easiest way to get Ruby into the garage.
But why run the risk of getting Ruby into the garage at the last moment? Who can know if that police officer will refuse to be compromised? Further ask whether a citizen-hero will step in at the last moment to gum up the works?
Given that, given the absolute necessity of achieving success, given that Jack Ruby will have to be placed into the garage beforehand at some point in time, it is safer and less complicated to place him in the garage well before Oswald is brought down. Then a double can approach the Western Union office with a pre-signed, pre-filled Western Union ticket and arrange for the money transfer. The double with special government clearance can then walk down the Main Street ramp right by Officer Vaughn which is what Napoleon Daniels noted. The double can then hand Jack Ruby the ticket. With all in place, a signal can then be sent to the third floor that all is ready to go.
It does seem odd that Mayor Earle Cabell is calling Jesse Curry just as Oswald is being readied for transfer. Given that Earl Cabell’s brother (Charles) was a CIA officer and our Director (the hidden hand) is a member of the CIA, one would have to conclude that some signaling might have been going on.
Suppose that the signal was given to the third floor at the time the double leaves Western Union. The double then walks to the Main Street ramp, is seen as walking down the ramp, meets the real Jack Ruby by the green automobile, hands him the Western Union ticket, then drifts into eternity as Jack Ruby meets his moment of destiny.
And should Lee Oswald, arrive before our double arrives to give Jack Ruby the ticket, no problem. Plan B will involve planting the ticket on his body, or dropping the ticket on the floor of the police garage followed by a quick, “Hey, what’s that?” to a nearby detective.
To the east of the ramp is the police parking area. It is an L-shaped garage. Oswald was brought down the jail elevator to the west of the ramp. Ruby could have gotten access through any of the stairwells or elevators to the east of the ramp. These access points were reportedly guarded. Normally cars would access the garage by going down the Main Street ramp (top); they would egress up the Commerce Street ramp (bottom). The curved red arrow above is Oswald’s route to where he was shot by Jack Ruby.
The dotted yellow line above represents the outside walls of the first floor above, The tiny green squares are pillars.
Officer Vaughn was positioned at the top of the Main Street ramp on the inside of the ramp facing out. The only time he stepped out was at 11:18 AM when the police car carrying Lieutenant Rio Pierce exited the Main Street ramp (the car had to go that way because of the armored car that was blocking the Commerce Street ramp). At that point, Officer Vaughn stepped to his right and out onto the sidewalk with his back toward the east (Western Union side). At that point, Jack Ruby says he slipped behind Officer Vaughn. This seems unlikely as Officer Vaughn’s peripheral vision would have spotted Jack Ruby ambling down the ramp. Additionally, a former police officer, Napoleon Daniels, who was standing right there beside the ramp clearly states that nobody slipped by Officer Vaughn at that point in time.