The film Jack Ruby Essay

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The film Jack Ruby

Jack Ruby started of as a small time club owner in Dallas called the Carousel Club. He also did small time bootlegging. Some indications that Jack Ruby was a player in Dallas or in the Mafia was that when ever he was arrested he seemed to be let of with a small fine or even nothing and it always the same day. This suggests he had connections with the Dallas Police.

At some point Jack Ruby went to Cuba and met a man that was in the Mafia supposedly. This man told Jack Ruby to kill Santos Trafficanta, which happened to be Jack Ruby’s friend. The thing he did next made him a big player, Jack Ruby decided instead of killing Santos Trafficanta he would kill the man who asked him to kill Santos Trafficanta. When Mafia found out about this they thought that they could use him, a small time Mafia person to do their dirty work so they invited him to Las Vegas. When he got there they asked him to kill Fidel Castro. He declined. The Mafia then decided not to use his club as a Mafia meeting place but to use Jack Ruby’s rivals club instead.

There aren’t many indications that Jack Ruby had connections with the CIA. There is one main link that Jack Ruby was involved with the CIA, this was a man supposedly named Maxwell. Maxwell followed Jack Ruby for quite a while and saw him kill the Mafia man in Cuba. Then Maxwell turned up at his club the Carousel. They talked for a while. Apart from this there are no other links between Jack Ruby and the CIA even after my extensive research.

There is no real reliable source as to why Jack Ruby of Dallas killed Lee Harvey Oswald. Many people think, I included that he killed him because the Mafia rejected him and they said he was just a small time club owner. He resented that. Also he thought that if Lee Harvey Oswald was killed the truth about the assassination would have to come out sometime. He also thought that an innocent man shouldn’t have to go thought the stress of prison. Another reason may have been that he had hated the way things had been going for him lately and he may become the American hero if he did this. Another wild guess as to why Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald was that he might have been a complete psycho (very unreliable).

According to the film ‘Jack Ruby’ there are many reasons as to why the Mafia wanted John F. Kennedy. First of all in the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro took all of the work from the Mafia resulting in them leaving Cuba. Now the Mafia expected John F. Kennedy to fight to get back control over Cuba but instead he wanted to solve matters peacefully.

This aggravated the Mafia. Then the President John F. Kennedy came to an agreement with the CIA about taking over Cuba. John F. Kennedy said that he would supply air support for them before they land in the Bay of Pigs. The Mafia saw this as their chance to get Cuba back so they helped out, also Cuban exiles wanted some action. When it came to the day of the attack the CIA, Mafia and exiles set off in ships to attack but just before they got to the Bay of Pigs the President called the air strike off thus causing the CIA and the Mafia to be slaughtered. This is the main reason why they wanted John F. Kennedy dead.

According to the film ‘Jack Ruby’ the organisations behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy were the Mafia. Also the CIA and the FBI had small roles in the assassination.

The Mafia had the main part because they were behind all the organisation of ‘Patsies’ and who the assassinators were going to be. The Mafia were responsible for the training of the assassinators. The Mafia were the ones with the real motive for killing John F. Kennedy. However the CIA also had a good motive, they wanted him dead because he wanted to abolish the CIA.

The CIA had a small role. The CIA was responsible for making the Presidential car go slower so that the assassinators would have a better shot. They were the ones that also made it possible for the Mafia to get away with it.

The FBI also had a small part with the assassination of John F. Kennedy. They took bribes from the Mafia making them turn a blind eye to what was happening. Also they were the ones that helped get Lee Harvey Oswald convicted so quickly.

In the film ‘Jack Ruby’ they portrayed Jack Ruby to be not a very nice guy. There is evidence as to that being the case but some of what the film said cannot be proved. The film said that Jack Ruby shot a man in Cuba because he didn’t like his idea. After my extensive research I have found no other evidence as to that happening so it is unreliable. It also showed a scene of Jack Ruby severely beating up a man. Again there is no evidence as to that happening.

Contrary to all this, the film did show Jack Ruby as having a heart. The film said that Jack Ruby killed Lee Harvey Oswald to help the public understand who killed John F. Kennedy. There is evidence as to this happening because it said that in his statement. Over all the portrayal of Jack Ruby being a bad guy is unreliable. Personally I think he was a good guy messed up in bad things. I think the Mafia used him.

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