The depository paid Oswald $1,25 an hour, $50 a week, which worked out to just more than $108 each half-month, or a little more than $100 after deductions, Roy Truly, an official of the firm, said. Oswald received such paychecks Oct. 31 and Nov. 15. Truly said there was overtime work to be done, but Oswald did not ask to be let do any of it, nor did he ask for wage advances, as some of the other workers did. A COUPLE OF TIMES after a weekend in Irving, Oswald went to work at the depository Monday with a packed lunch. “He had very little money,” Mrs. Paine said. He asked her, she said, not to tell hospital authorities he had gotten a job, apparently fearing there would be a charge for the child’s birth if authorities knew. but when they asked her if he had, she told them yes, and the fact did not affect Mrs. Oswald’s eligibility for free care. The baby. the Oswalds’ second girl, was born Oct. 20 at Parkland hospital, where the President and his accused assassin died the next month. “I still feel like he was just hunting a job,” Truly said. “When he did come to work, he may have known the President was coming, but he couldn’t have known the route. “He impressed me all along that he was just anxious to go to work for his family.” He was not a neat dresser, but he wasn’t sloppy. “He was that type of fella, if he didn’t have any money, he could hitch-hike across the country,” Truly said. According to Will Fritz, captain of the homicide and robbery bureau of the Dallas police, Oswald had just $13 in his pocket when he was cornered and captured in the Texas Theater. The Killer of the Accused Killer The way Jack Ruby seemed to people who knew him in Dallas depended on what kind of people they were, and which way they knew him, it seems. Ruby was a member of the large conservative Jewish congregation in Dallas, and he ran a strip tease joint, the Carousel, across the street from the Adolphus. He was always befriending and trying to befavor policemen and newspapermen, and a lawyer told me that one day he saw him beating another man until blood flowed and the lawyer stepped between them. And according to one of the men who will prosecute him for killing Lee Oswald, which nobody can doubt that he did, Ruby tried to create a tough-guy atmosphere around his burlesque place and his night club, the Vegas, at the same time he was tipping off the police about questionable characters who might float into them. No one I talked to \(or read about, for had any politics except patriotic fervor about presidents. \(The Dallas News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram rode for a while with the happenstance that .a man named Jack Rubinstein, Ruby’s name before he had it legally changed, was identified as a communist in some old Washington files, but the suspicion they were the same man was blown out of the tub by statements from investigators in Washington who said RUBY AS A SAYER of prayers was well known to his rabbi, although not as well known as he would have been if he had gone to church more than two or three times a year. When Rabbi Hillel E. Silverman of Shearith Israel visited Ruby in his cell here, Ruby broke down crying “every three minutes,” and at one point, when the question of his psychiatric examination came up, he looked to Dr. Silverman and said, “Tell me, am I insane?” Silverman has visited with him twice since he was locked up. “All he remembers is seeing a crowd of people, and Oswald; and Oswald was just leering, there was a smirk on his face, and he just lost his headas an American he just had to shoot the man that shot the President,” Silverman said. “I’m convinced it was not premeditated,” the rabbi said. “He saw crowds, he saw people around, he saw this man, this assassin, the man had a smirk on his face, as if he was proud of what he did.” Ruby told him, the rabbi said, ” ‘I kept thinking of Mrs. Kennedy coming back for the trial, and the poor children.’ ” Ruby never mentioned to Silverman, as an element in his motivation, indignation against communists, to which Ruby’s defense lawyer, Tom Howard, has been quoted alluding. “It would be awfully convenient if he afraid it just wasn’t that way,” Silverman said. “To me, he was very shallow intellectually. I don’t think he knew the difference between a Republican and a Democratic platform. All he knew was he loved Kennedy, he loved Eisenhower, he loved every presidentit was a symbol of his America,” Silverman said. “It’s incredible that there could be any connection between Ruby and the communists, Ruby and Oswald, or Ruby and the right wing,” Silverman said. A related conclusion is stated here also by the first trial assistant in the district attorney’s office, Bill Alexander, to whom a large role in Ruby’s prosecution will be assigned, if Ruby is tried. “As of this point, I don’t know of anything to connect the guy with Oswald,” Alexander said. Ruby was not deeply religious, but was sentimentally so, Silverman said. He did not attend Sunday services, but came to church on two or three religious holidays a year. When, four or five years ago, his father died, he attended 20-minute memorial services at the synagogue every morning and evening for eleven straight months; this is when Silverman came to know him. “He’s a member of this congregation. I’m not proud of that fact,” Silverman said. “It’s a dastardly crime by a person who was obviously deranged.” A bachelor, Ruby had a “morbid attrac tion” for dogs and once drove by Silverman’s house with six little dachshunds in the back of his car. Apparently he wished he had children; he suffered “a tremendous emotional instability,” Silverman contended, illustrating this with this story: On Jewish New Year’s, one of the high holy days, about two months ago, Ruby called the rabbi, “crying on the telephone,” because he and his sister had had a spat, and asked the rabbi to intervene for him with her. He did, and the next day they had made up. Ruby is, not exactly a status-seeker, but a seeker of “the plaudits of the crowd,” Silverman said. Raised in abject poverty in a tough part of Chicago, and failing to finish high school, he lusted after notoriety, and “he wanted to be a martyr,” Silverman said. People have been writing him, congratulating him on his deed and even sending him money for his legal defense. “His mind is not working,” Silverman said, citing, as an example, his request that the rabbi see that instead of sending money to help in his defense, his admirers buy advertisements in their local newspapers saying “that they approve of what he’s done and that he’s done the American thing.” Silverman saw Ruby at services Friday night after the assassination. “You could see tears. He was very disturbed, you could see,” he said. Ruby told him he had been very upset in conversations with his sister and by watching TV about the assassination: that he had closed his own two clubs and asked other operators why they did not close theirs. Ruby was most concerned what people, and what the rabbi, particularly, thought of him. “I tried to comfort him, first of all,” Silverman said. He told Ruby he had deprived the government of an opportunity to bring Oswald to trial, and this was not right. “It didn’t occur to him. It wouldn’t occur to a man like him,” Silverman said. Speculation was abroad, too, Silverman told Ruby, that he had some tie-up with December 13, 1963 7
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