A Plot
To Kill Kennedy?


Conspiracy theorists who have long questioned the lone gunman theory in the death of President Kennedy may have more fodder for debate. A transcript of a purported conversation between Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby has been discovered. Above, the president and first lady arrive in Dallas on the day of his slaying in 1963.


The transcript is about an alleged discussion between Oswald and Ruby about killing JFK in order to stop his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, from prosecuting the Mafia. Above, Kennedy and the first lady are shown moments before he is killed in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.


Two days after Kennedy's death, as police were taking Oswald to the country jail in Dallas, Ruby fired point-blank and killed the assassin. The transcript claims Ruby and Oswald had met the previous month to discuss a plan to kill the president. But some authorities said the transcript is little more than material for a movie that was never made.


Ruby, shown here in 1964, was convicted and sentenced to death but he successfully appealed. He became ill and died in 1967, at the age of 55, before he could be retried.


The transcript and other documents were found in a Dallas courthouse safe and included letters from former District Attorney Henry Wade, who prosecuted Ruby. Current District Attorney Craig Watkins, shown addressing the media on Monday, said he learned of the documents' existence after he took office in 2006.


This pistol holster and brass knuckles were among the items shown to the media. They were found in Ruby's possession when he was arrested for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, Watkins said.


Above, Oswald stands outside his home, holding the weapon the Warren Commission said he used to kill Kennedy in 1963.


The transcript also resembles one published by the Warren Commission, above, which investigated Kennedy's assassination and concluded Oswald acted alone. The FBI had determined the conversation between Oswald and Ruby -- this time about killing Texas Gov. John Connally -- was definitely fake.


JFK Assassination Documents Revealed


DALLAS (Feb. 17) - Long-hidden items and documents relating to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy are being revealed for the first time in decades.

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins presented the items at a news conference Monday. Watkins says they were locked in a safe for nearly two decades and that investigators had made him aware of them after he took office in 2006.

Among the items are documents relating to Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and his killer, Jack Ruby, including a transcript of a purported conversation between them about killing the president. Curator Gary Mack of the Sixth Floor Museum near where the president was shot hasn't seen the transcript but doubts it is real.

While the transcript reads like a conspiracy theorist's dream Oswald and Ruby plotting to kill Kennedy the DA's top assistant said it's likely material for a proposed movie.

Other items found in an old safe on the 10th floor of the county courthouse include letters to and from former DA Henry Wade, the now-dead prosecutor in the Ruby trial, and a movie contract Wade signed. The former prosecutor wrote about the proposed movie, "Countdown in Dallas," in letters found in the safe.

There are also letters to Ruby, records from his trial, a gun holster and clothing that probably belonged to Ruby and Oswald, said District Attorney Watkins.

The transcript purports to be from a meeting between Ruby and Oswald at Ruby's nightclub on Oct. 4, 1963, less than two months before the Nov. 22 assassination. In it, they talked of killing the president because the Mafia wanted to "get rid of" his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy.

Says Oswald in the transcript, "I can still do it, all I need is my rifle and a tall building; but it will take time, maybe six months to find the right place; but I'll have to have some money to live on while I do the planning."

Terri Moore, Watkins' top assistant, said she believes the transcript is part of the movie Wade was working on with producers.

"It's not real. Crooks don't talk like that," Moore said. "If that transcript is true, then history is changed because Oswald and Ruby were talking about assassinating the president."

Gary Mack, curator of the Sixth Floor Museum near where the president was shot, hasn't seen the transcript but doubts it's real. It is well-documented that Oswald was in Irving the evening of Oct. 4, at a home where his wife was staying, Mack said.

"The fact that it's sitting in Henry Wade's file, and he didn't do anything, indicates he thought it wasn't worth anything," Mack said. "He probably kept it because it was funny. It's hilarious. It's like a bad B movie."

The transcript resembles one published in a report by the Warren Commission, which investigated Kennedy's assassination and determined that Oswald was the lone gunman. The FBI determined that conversation between Oswald and Ruby about killing the governor was definitely fake.

The account in the commission report was "re-created" for authorities by a now-deceased Dallas attorney who claimed he recognized Oswald in a newspaper photo as the man he saw talking to Ruby.

It's unknown whether the boxes Watkins and others found in the courthouse about a year ago have information previously undisclosed to the public or the Warren Commission.

The search began after Watkins was told the gun used to kill Oswald was somewhere in the courthouse. They didn't find the gun, which Mack said is privately owned. The boxes probably sat in the safe since being moved when the courthouse opened in 1989.

The items are still being processed and eventually will be donated to an entity that can authenticate them, preserve them and make them available to the public, Watkins said.

"It's interesting, and it's not ours," Watkins said. "It's the public's."


Posted: 2008-02-18