J.D. Tippit, Jack Ruby, Lee Harvey Oswald, and The CIA – Kennedy Part 4

Who killed Officer Tippit? How were Jack Ruby, J.D. Tippit, and Oswald connected? What other connections are there in the Kennedy assassination? Find out in part 4 of “Kennedy 50 Years Later” on The Michael Opitz Show. Michael and special guest, Garland Favorito, discuss all this and more in part 4 of their special report on the Kennedy assassination.


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Jack Ruby Murders Oswald & Dies in Prison After Injections

Oswald was arrested the same day after the murder of police officer, J.D. Tippit. Two days later; on Saturday, November 24 national television cameras were present to record his transfer from Dallas City Police Headquarters to the Dallas County jail. As he was escorted through a crowd of reporters in the basement, Jack Ruby merged from the throng to shoot Oswald through the abdomen and kill him.

Ruby was the owner of the Carousel night club and acquainted with many Dallas police officers and several national organized crime figures. Despite the incredibly high profile event, some building doors were unlocked and security guards were not present.

Ruby’s original claim that he killed Oswald out of emotional concern for Jackie Kennedy and the children was eventually found to be fabricated. The Warren Commission did not want to interview him until requests written by his sister, Eileen, were publicized. When Ruby was interviewed for the Warren Commission, he claimed that his life was in danger. He personally asked Chief Justice Earl Warren,  and then Representative, Gerald Ford, that he be transferred to another venue but his request was denied. Ruby told Deputy Sheriff Al Maddox and others that while in prison he received injections for a cold against his will. He stated that he believed the injections to be cancerous. On January 3, 1967 he died of lung cancer.

 Oswald’s Capture & the Mysterious Murder of Officer Tippit

Oswald was at the book depository at the time of the assassination but from that point on, facts are in dispute. Several witnesses, including Deputy Roger Craig and Mrs. James (Helen) Forrest positively identified him as entering a Nash Rambler with other men at the scene. Craig confirmed his identity at the police station after he was arrested.  Mrs. Forrest stated that “if it was not Oswald it was his identical twin”. Cab driver William Whaley claimed that Oswald took his cab to a location a few blocks from his boarding house at 1026 N. Beckley Ave. Oswald was arrested with a bus transfer that led many to believe he left by bus but got off with a transfer and took the cab when the bus encountered heavy traffic.

Oswald left the boarding house at a few minutes after 1:00 according to housekeeper, Earlene Roberts, but once again, the events afterwards are in dispute. Ms. Roberts said that a police car with two men pulled up outside, blew the horn and drove off. She last saw Oswald at the northbound Beckley Avenue bus stop after he left the house. Five or ten minutes later, Dallas Police Officer, J.D. Tippit, was shot to death at 10th and Patton Street, about 10 blocks south of the boarding house.

If Ms. Roberts account is correct, Oswald would not have had time to get to the scene of the crime. If Oswald was at the scene of that crime he would have walked briskly in the direction of the Oak Cliff apartment owned by Jack Ruby at 223 S. Ewing. Oswald had been seen with Ruby by witnesses on a couple of occasions. Ruby’s sister, Eva Grant, confirmed that Tippit and Ruby were close and that Tippit frequented the Vegas club she managed. Ruby would kill Oswald in the Dallas Police station.

Officer J.D. Tippit was murdered about six blocks from Ruby’s apartment when he confronted one or two individuals walking down the 10th street. Tippit was shot four times. Witnesses who saw two men at the scene of the crime were never called by the Warren Commission. If present, Oswald, changed directions and fled to the Texas Theater after the murder. He was captured in the theater after a brief struggle and arrested for the murder of Tippit. Oswald was interrogated for 12 hours at Dallas Police Headquarters but there is no transcript of his interrogation.

Police transcripts clearly show that one assailant fled to the Jefferson Branch library, now the North Oak Cliff branch at 302 W. 10th  Street; but when police converged on the library, they found Secret Service agents who told them that the man was named Adrian Hamby and he was not a suspect. Detective Marvin Buhk recorded this bizarre event in his report to Police Chief Jesse Curry but the agents or imposters and their purpose of being in the library were never determined.

Officer J.M. Poe, who investigated the scene of the crime, marked his initials on two of the spent shells at the scene while Detective Pete Barnes was present. But when presented by the Warren Commission with the shells that matched the gun carried by Oswald, he found that those shells did not have his markings. Neither he nor Barnes could properly identify them. A police radio transcript from the scene indicated that they believed the killer had an automatic weapon. Oswald was arrested with a revolver.

Another mystery is a wallet that Capt. W.R. Westbrook retrieved at the scene. He was videotaped examining the contents by a WFAA TV camera crew. The wallet contained Oswald’s identification and identification of Oswald’s alias, Alek J. Hidell, according to FBI agent Robert Barrett. The wallet is not mentioned in the police report but it is recorded in FBI records. Tippit’s wallet was still on his person when he was removed from the scene. Oswald was carrying his wallet when arrested at the Texas Theater. Since Oswald did not kill Kennedy he would have no motive to kill Tippit unless he realized that Tippit, Ruby’s friend, was going to kill him just as Ruby did two days later.

 Ruby,The Mafia, and The CIA

The day before the assassination, Jack Ruby visited the restaurant of Joe Campisi. Joe and his brother, Sam, were known to be deeply involved in the Dallas underworld as lieutenants of Carlos Marcello. Marcello wanted John Kennedy killed after being deported by Robert Kennedy. Ruby had known Campisi and Sam Giancana for decades. Ruby, who was originally from Illinois, was an associate of Giancana, the Chicago organized crime boss. Giancana was shot to death in his kitchen on June 19, 1975 just before he was scheduled to testify before a U.S. Senate committee that was investigating organized crime connections to the CIA.

Giancana’s children insist that he would not have opened the door for anyone other than a close friend and that his killer must have been known to him. Although the killer was never identified, they suspected Johnny Roselli a Los Angeles based mobster who was deeply involved in Operation Mongoose, the CIA assassination plots against Fidel Castro. Roselli testified before the same committee on June 24 and again on September 22 about the operations; but on April 23, 1976, Roselli testified specifically about CIA/Mafia connections in regards to the Kennedy assassination. When the Senate wanted to recall him three months later, Roselli immediately went missing. His dismembered body was found in an oil drum floating in Dumfounding Bay near Miami.

Miami was under the control of Florida mob boss, Santo Trafficante, who operated several Havana casinos during the reign of President Fulgencio Batista. Jack Ruby knew Trafficante well since he made several trips to Havana to see his Dallas gambling friend, Lewis McWillie, who operated the Tropicana Club for Trafficante. In 1959, Batista was overthrown by Fidel Castro with the help of CIA operatives such as Frank Sturgis, who is seen celebrating the overthrow with Castro in the House Select Committee records. Castro immediately drove out American organized crime while aligning Cuba with Communism and the Soviet Union.

Oswald’s CIA Connections

After joining the Marines in 1956, Oswald was trained in radar operations and received a U.S. Security clearance. He was later stationed at Atsugi Naval Air Facility in Japan. In 1955, Oswald was in the same Louisiana Civil Air Patrol with the most notorious CIA pilots of all time. His commander was David Ferrie a frequent CIA operative who often worked for New Orleans crime boss, Carlo Marcello. Ferrie is believed to be the pilot who flew Marcello back into the country after he was unconstitutionally deported by Attorney General Robert Kennedy in March of 1961. Ferrie was in court with Marcello when he was acquitted of charges brought by Attorney General Robert Kennedy in 1963. Ferrie also provided logistical support in a covert government operation in which cancer researcher Dr. Mary Sherman was murdered in 1964.

Seal was a member of the Operation 40 assassination team in the ZRRIFLE unit at the time of the Kennedy assassination. He went on to become the infamous Iran Contra pilot who flew weapons to the contras in the early 80s and returned with plane loads of cocaine. The cocaine was dropped in key locations around Arkansas where it was picked up and distributed by ground crews during the `980s when Bill Clinton was governor. After making the late night drops, Seal would land his empty plane at the Mena, Arkansas airport. Seal was the photographer of the picture used by President Ronald Reagan on national television to implicate Sandinistas in drug trafficking. When Seal turned informant he was set up by federal authorities in a Baton Rouge Salvation Army house where he was murdered on February 19, 1976. Afterwards, his attorney, Sam Dalton, found in his car trunk a number for George H.W. Bush’s personal office.

Oswald became the only American to defect in 1959 to Russia where he married his wife Marina and then easily re-entered the U.S.in 1962. A man who befriended Oswald and helped him get established in Dallas was George De Mohrenschildt, a CIA operative. De Mohrenschildt was shot to death just as he was about to be questioned by the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1976. Mark Lane and other authors reported that his personal telephone book was located after his death and found to contain the entry “Bush George H.W. (Poppy) 1412 W. Ohio also Zapata Petroleum Midland”.

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Michael is a Registered Domestic & Civil Mediator and Arbitrator. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the OSI and retired from AT&T/Lucent Technologies. Michael is the founder of the Madison Forum and actively involved in politics.


  1. Danny Senkow says:

    The rambler is important. Why was not Ruth Paine investigated? Surely we should know if she owned a green rambler with a roof rack. She is still alive in Okl today. Also the jfk skull even today would tell us of a second gunman. Do you see technology someday able to accurately map the skull without digging? Much like seismic today.

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