I don't want people to think that this blog fixates on the Great Unpleasantness of 50 years ago -- although I do feel obligated to mount some sort of resistance against the deceptive works
filling our bookstores and teevee screens. Even if you have an allergic reaction whenever anyone starts to discuss the minutia surrounding that event, you may find the following to be of interest.
Robin Ramsay, editor of the quirky (but respected) U.K. parapolitical journal Lobster
, has reviewed a book called The Man Who Killed Kennedy
. This work claims that LBJ masterminded the assassination. I don't buy this idea, for reasons we may discuss another time. But the book makes one assertion that intrigued Ramsay and startled me:
‘Stone reveals, in a game changing addition to the historical record, that Richard Nixon recognized Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassin, strip club owner Jack Ruby, as “one of Lyndon Johnson’s boys” who Nixon had arranged to be placed as a paid informant for the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 as a favor to then Congressman Lyndon Johnson.....Stone reveals that Nick Ruwe (a former top aide to Nixon) said that when Nixon saw Jack Ruby on TV after he murdered Oswald, Nixon exclaimed, “I know that man!”’
Ramsay adds: "This is new and significant." Indeed. But is it true?
The 1990 obit for L. Nicholas Ruwe may be found here
. Oddly enough, he befriended Hunter S. Thompson
. If you type "Nick Ruwe Nixon" into Google, most of the links will take you to stories about his interactions with the world's most infamous drug-addled journalist.
The author of the above-referenced book, Roger Stone, also worked for Nixon. In this interview
, Stone says that he got the information from a personal discussion
1. Why didn't Ruwe mention this Nixonian "recognition scene" to anyone else? You'd think that Hunter Thompson would have loved the story.
2. Did Stone record his Ruwe interview? Since Ruwe is dead, and since some of Stone's other assertions seem dubious, we would all be better off if Stone put his evidence on the record.
3. Entire books have been written about Jack Ruby. (The best is Seth Kantor's.) If Ruby worked for LBJ, how did all previous authors miss this important link?
4. In the letter reproduced here (written in prison), Ruby recommends a short anti-LBJ book titled A Texan Looks at Lyndon
. He calls LBJ a "Nazi of the worst order." So why doesn't he simply add "I should know -- I worked for the guy"? Why be coy?
Later in the letter, Ruby says:
... isn't it strange that Oswald who hasn't worked a lick most of his life, should be fortunate enough to get a job at the Book Building two weeks before the president himself didn't know as to when he was to visit Dallas, now where would a jerk like Oswald get the information that the president was coming to Dallas? Only one person could have had that information, and that man was Johnson who knew weeks in advance as to what was going to happen, because he is the one who was going to arrange the trip for the president, this had been planned long before the president himself knew about, so you can figure that one out. The only one who gained by the shooting of the president was Johnson, and he was in a car in the rear and safe when the shooting took place. What would the Russians, Castro or anyone else have to gain by eliminating the president? If Johnson was so heartbroken over Kennedy, why didn't he do something for Robert Kennedy? All he did was snub him.
Clearly, Jack Ruby was an early "LBJ did it" theorist. (For what it's worth, so was my father. I may tell that story at another time.) But if he's willing to lambaste the new president in this letter, why wouldn't he also mention that he was himself an "LBJ man"?
Sorry, but I'm having a hard time believing what Stone says that Ruwe said that Nixon said.
A young Jack Ruby did
once work for Al Capone as an errand boy. Quite a resume, Jack had. But I doubt that Johnson was one of his bosses.