Friday, December 15, 2006

Many researchers believe that the document above, linking Jack Ruby to Richard Nixon is a fake. They note that the document includes a zip code which did not exist in 1947.

But a researcher who posts under the name tomnln at alt.assassination.jfk has challenged that opinion. He wrote:

The one-page xerox obviously is really a composite of 2 different documents. At the top is a half-page undated FBI note STAPLED TO THE TOP OF A FULL PAGE UNDERNEATH. Only the bottom half of the full sheet is seen. The note, on the letterhead of the Office of the Director, is signed by LS. It does have an illegible zip code.

The cover sheet says...

QUOTE: NOTE: Extra copy. Inclosure not verified by official report. Return to file. This is sensitive.

Obviously, a note of transmittal has been attached years later to an extra copy of a document found in the HUAC files. THEN THERE IS A VERY OBVIOUS SHADOW OF THE EDGE OF THE HALF-PAGE COVER SHEET SLANTING ACROSS THE XEROXED PAGE

Under the shadow the LOWER HALF OF THE HUAC DOCUMENT IS SEEN. Here is what the HUAC document says:

It is my sworn statement that one Jack Rubenstein of Chicago noted as a potential witness for hearings of the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities is performing information functions for the staff of Cong. Richard M. Nixon, Rep. or California. It is requested Rubenstein not be called for open testimony in those aforementioned hearings.

Sworn on this day 24 November 1947


Staff Assistant

I hope this accurate assessment of this dual document debunks the zip code myth. If it is a fake document, the ZIP code is obviously immaterial to such a conclusion, since it is on a transmittal cover sheet. The HUAC document and its FBI cover sheet seem genuine to me. On this basis, I believe Ruby was an informant for Nixon circa 1947.

It appears that tomnln is correct that what we have here are two documents, the FBI cover sheet likely stapled on top of the letter from the Staff Assistant to Congressman Nixon. Certainly a letter or memo from HUAC would not be on FBI letterhead. Nor would a letter sent by a Congressman's office contain a note at the top indicating that this is an "extra copy" that should be returned to the file.

So, the fact that the document as we have it contains a zip code would not seem, in itself, to prove fakery. This does not mean that the document is necessarily authentic. There is another apparent problem with the document. The zip code is illegible but would seem to begin with a "9"or an "8". Zip codes for Washington DC begin with "2" and, as far as I know, did so in 1947 as well.

Anthony Marsh, in a posting on alt.assassination.jfk on October 22, 1999 wrote:

"We have a few suspicions of who might have forged it and why. Some fringe researchers such as David Truby and Trowbridge Ford."

Trowbridge Ford, a former Professor at Holy Cross College, not only denies forging anything, but believes himself that the memo is a fake. He says that the source of the memo was a journalist by the name of J. David Truby. All quotations are from this website.
a leading investigator of the JFK assassination, Jim Marrs, published Crossfire in which he, unbeknownst to me, completely trashed all my work on the Dallas assassination by claiming that President Nixon had had a long covert relation with Jack Ruby, going all the way back to the late 1940s. According to another JFK assassination researcher, Jim DiEugenio, though I have not seen the book, Marrs wrote this about about my work: "By the early 1980's, Ford told this author he had studied literally thousands of genuine FBI documents, and had slowly come to the conclusion that the Nixon-Ruby memo was probably legitimate." (e-mail, Oct. 20, 2003)

As far as I remember - though my former college employer destroyed all my files on the JFK assassination shortly after my departure, and without any consultation with me when I had persmission from my replacement to keep them in my old office until I had found new storage facilities, so I cannot be sure - I have never talked with with Marrs. The reference to the early 1980s sounds completely bogus as I was overseas from May 1981 until August 1984. I certainly know that I have never studied "literally thousands of genuine FBI documents," probably a handful at most. I have never visited any Bureau facility where they are stored. More importantly, I never came to believe the memo genuine. I originally was willing to look into its authencity, though I had not discovered it, but I quickly came to the conclusion that it was a forgery.
Ultimately, after Truby had written a draft article, and provided 10 pages of documentation, The National Tattler agreed to publish it since one of the documents was a memo by a Bureau staff assistant to a House committee stating the following: "It is my sworn statement that one Jack Rubenstein of Chicago, noted as a potential witness for hearings of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, is performing information functions for the staff of Cong. Richard M. Nixon, Republican of California. It is requested Rubenstein not be called for open testimony in those aforementioned hearings." By this time, though, I had concluded the memo was a forgery, especially since it had a distinct line running across it, indicating that the FBI lettterhead had been pasted onto the memo's body, and I threatened Truby by Western Union telegram that I would sue him if he published the story.

My biggest complaint of the memo, though, was that it contradicted my research. I discovered a compilation of documents that HUAC had prepared in 1939 as background for dealing with the alleged communist menace, and among them was a document, stating that Miriam Silvis and Jack Rubenstein had been dropped from the leadership of America's Young Communist League as part of Stalin's takeover by William Z. Foster of the whole operation. (Exhibit No. 211, "A Compilation of Sources Used as Exhibits to Show the Nature and Aims of the Communist Party," Congressional Hearings, House Un-American Activities Committee, 76th Congress, 1939-40, Appendix 1, pp. 919-22) By tracing Rubenstein's subsequent career - joining the Mafia, moving to Dallas, and changing his name to Ruby - Nixon helped find the basis of the Nixon-Mundt Bill which was intended to make other communists change their lives in similar ways. In sum, Nixon knew all he needed to know about Rubenstein without ever meeting the former communist, or using him in any way.

After Ruby shot Oswald there were a number of stories about the "Communist" Jack Rubenstein. However, it is now clear that the Communist Jack Rubenstein was a different individual than the Jack Ruby (formerly Rubenstein) who shot Oswald. Yes, there were two Jack Rubensteins. More information about the Communist Jack Rubenstein can be found here.

The memo, while Truby had made it part of the documentation, was neither found nor supplied by me. The claim that Nixon had gotten Ruby out of a jam - what implied that he would be willing to do something for the Congressman in return - was completely false. Nixon had so turned up the heat on the former communist, and seller of Iskra in Chicago that he had become a runner for Sam Giancana in Dallas. Lutz did repeat, though, that "I'd be more than happy to explore our arguments in court" with all concerned, explaining why nothing resulted from them for fear that any action, and clarification would just compound Nixon's problems.

Seven months later, the respected Writer's Digest published two articles relating to my problems, one entitled "Tattling on The National Tattler," showing what a sleazy, fly-by-night publication it was, and another dealing directly with Truby and me, "Meanwhile at The Tattler: 'Dirty Tricks and Terror'." I was quite satisfied with it because it showed that Truby had learned of me through Tatro, had gotten the memo from a Justice Department source, had misunderstood its content in a way I never would have - claiming that Jack Rubenstein was an alias of Ruby when it was his real name - and had supplied the memo both to the tabloid and Writer's Digest. (January 1976 issue, p. 34) The rest of the article was more in keeping with the first one, Truby claiming that the Lutz article had been stolen from him, and demanding payment, though the WD one did repeat my challenge to Nixon, Connally, Helms, and other to sue me if they objected to my claims, and explained that I was not suing anyone in order not to ruin my contentions about the conspiracy over minor mistakes.

In fact, I was so confident that claims about the memo were dead that I never even mentioned its existence when I had a three-part article on the JKF assassination published in The National Exchange, only adding this to what was said before about the former President's knowledge of Ruby: "Nixon had come across this one-time member of the national bureau of the Young Communist League when he was researching his two monographs for HUAC on what to do about Communists in the wake of the House citing the 'Hollywood Ten' for contempt of Congress." (vol. 2, no. 9, April 1978, p. 8.

Trowbridge Ford's reasons for believing the document to be a fake were groundless. The line across the middle of the document appear to be the result of the second FBI document stapled to the HUAC letter and Ford was mistaken in thinking that Ruby was ever a member of the Young Communist League.

So which Rubenstein is the subject of the memo? The reference to him being from Chicago would indicate that it was the Jack Ruby.

I am going to look into this further and will hopefully update this post. If any of my readers live in Pennsylvania, perhaps some research into the J. David Truby Collection would shed some more light into the matter.


Blogger Joseph Cannon said...

Excellent post. I had run across this document before but always presumed it was a fake. Now I am not sure.

The theory that makes the most sense to me (at this writing) is that the document is real but refers to the Communist Jack Rubenstein. But he lived in NYC (according to the info at the site you linked to), not Chicago. So I am not sure how to reconcile this.

"Zip codes for Washington DC begin with "2" and, as far as I know, did so in 1947 as well."

The zip code system began in 1963, although zip-less mail was still fairly common up until the early 1970s. I recall seeing a magazine cartoon circa 1969. An unhappy man is being dragged away by several hulking Men In Black, as his wife calls after him: "I TOLD you to start using zip codes!"

So the zip on that document -- 98686? -- is incredibly mysterious. Is it the same font size...? Zip codes beginning with 5 have been in use in DC, but it takes some squinting to see that shape as a 5. Zips beginning with 9 were used in Washington STATE.

Note this from the Wikipedia site:

"Rarely, a locality is assigned a ZIP code that does not match the rest of the state. This is when the locality is so isolated that it is served from a sectional center in another state. For example, Fishers Island, New York, bears the ZIP code 06390 and is served from Connecticut — all other New York ZIP codes (excepting those at Holtsville for the IRS) begin with "1""

Now, it is possible, without much squinting, to see that first number as a 0. So here, I think, we may have an answer -- especially if we presume that the cover page was issued early in the zip code system, when the number assignments were still somewhat in flux.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Joseph Cannon said...

I think I may have it. The mystery is resolved if we assume that the cover document was issued by the FBI while the J. Edgar Hoover Building was under construction, which occurred between 1964 and 1974. During that time, "FBI headquarters" were actually spread out over nine separate offices.

Those offices, if I recall correctly, were not all in DC proper. Yet they may still have had "Washington DC" letterhead.

You have a similar situation with the CIA. CIA HQ, according to the map, is in Langley, Virginia. But if you dial information in that state and ask for the main CIA number, there will be no listings. You have to dial 411 in DC to get the CIA.

Unless memory is playing tricks on me (as has been known to happen), I recall seeing CIA documents issued after the construction of the Virginia facility which have "Washington, DC" on the letterhead.

So perhaps we should presume that the post office issued the FBI one of those provisional numbers (referenced in my previous comment) beginning with 0. This is an inelegant solution, since that shape really does resemble an 8. All "8" zip codes are in the West, unfortunately.

Naval vessels and military bases have been assigned zip codes beginning with 9 and 3...

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find this thread the biggest bunch of gobbledygook possible.

Instead of talking about the forged memo about which Jim Marrs made several libellous remarks about me when he published Crossfire - what was intended to set me up for a criminal libel action by Nixon, Helms, and Haig - and what Jim DiEugenio and Lisa Pease expanded upon to make into a license to kill me with their special issue of Probe magazine in January 1996 -what claimed that I was the leader of a covert plot to destroy falsely Tricky Dick - you go on endless about the memo being genuine despite the problems of Jack Ruby having been resident in Dallas since 1947, the zip code of the meno being wrong, the Ruby Nixon was interested in had come from Chicago, not NYC, and the cover head for the memo having skewed edges.

Instead of continuing this idle pursuit, I suggest you investigate why these three were out to get me - what you delicately avoided by failing to mention that the article you cited by me, as I recall, was entitled "More Confessions about America's Plot to Kill Me."

Why were they?

1:23 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is rubbish. There were a lot of Jack Rubenstein's in Chicago I'm sure. There's no evidence that it was Jack Ruby. Besides, are you saying even if this is true...that Nixon and Ruby planned his death way back in 1947!!!

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nixon may not have been planning THAT murder in 1947, but Nixon and his growing gang of Industry Servants were assembling a cast of useful idiots and stooges.

Paging Mister Oswald, paging Mister Oswald..........

-Bill Mitchell

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Zip code looks like 20686 (or possibly 20606 or 28686 or 28606)

Also, the document in the top of the Xerox is not "stapled to the top of a full page underneath".
The top half of the xerox is the top half of a document with the sworn statement laid over the bottom half of the letter-headed document.

The Zip code 20686 is now St. Marys, MD (?) but may have been Washington D.C. in the past.
Note this document:

u.s. Department of Energy
Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy
Washington, D.C. 20686
February 1987

5:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Want the truth? Kennedy's Secretary Ms Lincoln's husband heard some of the conspirators rt before the murder. She wrote a nice letter specifically stating it was a conspiracy and Johnson etc. were in on it. at the bottom of this page are here two letters:

Wake up it was a coup. multilevel CIA Mossad job. End of story.

1:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

J. David Truby is the proverbial "legend in his own mind." With the exception of a handful of books on how to make gun silencers, etc., and retired state school professors, NOBODY knows him. He's the type that must rue the day the internet happened. Before then, there was no way to know him for the charlatan he is.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a picture of Dick Nixon, Jack Ruby and Prescott Bush extant.

8:21 AM  
Blogger jimmo said...

Forget all of this nonsense. Zip codes were not even in use by the United States Postal Service until 1963.

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

chicago hoodlums addresses chicago old 1920-30-40 census:
Chicago Illinois.HSCA Testimony--(ALEXANDER PHILLIP GRUBER) :.Wednesday, June 14, 1978 and November 17th, 1963 in evening, you called him at 9:28 at the Carousel Club--(ALEXANDER PHILLIP GRUBER) 4471 sangamon Chicago il.(lived during 1930-1940s)
Barney Ross Rosofsky 3524 Roosevelt Road Chicago il.(boxerfighter)
Maurice Kahn aka Maury Cahn stated Ruby family moved 1932 Independence blvd and roosevelt rd.
On October 12, 1963, Ruby called
Irwin S. Weiner in Chicago and talked for 12 minutes.
Irwin Weiner 3011 W Armitage Ave chicago.
Bennie Barrish.Barrish was boxer friend to Mickey Cohen mafia mobster.Bennie lived 1643 Lawndale Chicago IL and went Lawndale poolhall.(Teenagers Young men hung out ate cafe play pool)
JOHN BINTZ,work as counterman, New Lawndale Restaurant&pool
hall , 3714 westRoosevelt Road, advised that be has worked here for over 30 years.
Lenny Patrick & bro bought Lawndale 3714 West Roosevelt Road.
Jack Ruby Rubenstein chicago Illinois addresses:
14th -Newberry/15th/Halsted/12 and 14th street (earlydays)
The Rubenstein Ruby family lived in chicago census records.
1232 West Morgan
1109 Marshfield Street
1120 Sacramento Blvd
1551 Clifton Park Chicago IL
729 Kostner Chicago
722 Independence blvd
624 Independence blvd Chicago
3650 West Lexington Chicago (lived over 17 years)
3864 West End Ave
118 N Hamlin Ave Chicago
735 S Homan Chicago Illinois.
Joseph Rubenstein -1355 Peoria Street Chicago Illlinois (Census, 1930)Hyman rubenstein 3650 Lexington (1940 to 1958) moved 1044 Loyola,Hyman Rubenstein said You have known Hoodlums all your life you dont ignore them,
chicago hoodlums addresses
Felix Phil Alderisio 921 Hope St (westernav) BlueIslandChicago.
Sam Giancana addresses chicago:
914 S Hermitage (1944) chicago
2022 West Lexington Chicago
2825 Lexington Chicago
2822 W Lexington Chicago.
1148 S Monitor chicago
1147 Wenonah Ave
1106 Taylor Street Chicago.
1444 Taylor Street
1422 Taylor
1022 Taylor Street Chicago.
Michael Shore (RepriseRecords)1709 West Taylor Chicago.MICHAEL SHORE11/27/63 was contacted at his place o£ business,Reprise Record Los Angeles .SHORE stated that the first time
he ever heard fromJACK RUBY was about a year and a half .
Bernie Bennis Barrish 1643 Lawndale Chicago IL.
Charles Nicoletti addresses :
Charles Nicoletti 42,of 2745 Lexington Chicago,
had been arrested ,investigated, and released.
charles Nicoletti 2450 Lexington moved 2745 Lexington Chicago.
:737 Campbell ave Chicago IL
919 Campbell Ave Chicago IL
2450 W Lexington Chicago
2745 Lexington Chicago
1807 N Broadway Melrose Park IL
1638 N 19th Avenue Melrose(1968) Park.IL
Nicoletti age 50 ,1638 N 19th ave Melrose Park IL.( newspaper 3-14-68).gambling raid 1000 Loomis street corner Taylor Street - business DistrictChicago in which Nicoletti in rear of grocery owned by wife Agnes Nicoletti.
James Files 2924 S 9th Ave Melrose Pk IL
James Files 122 N 22nd AVe Melrose Pk IL.
mrs Eilene Rubenstein KAMINSKY. 6724 North Talman av, Chicago David Yaras 1966 Evergreen Ave Chicago il (Western ave next campbell ave )
Paul Dorfman lived at 903 Independence blvd.(gaveRubyJob)
Jack Ruby his family lived Rubenstein moved 624 Independence blvd chicago Illinois.

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(laura) Jane Addams her entourage that lived at Hull-House supposedly did so much good for the community but why did it not help jack Ruby & Sam Giancana ? Hull House 800 Halsted inbetween Taylor,polk,roosevelt,campbell,Western,which where the boys hung out at roosevelt-lawndale restaurant/poolhall. So why didn't these boys go to Hull -House since it supposedly had a aboys club ? Why didn't it reach boys in trouble?Jane (laura) Addams -Hull House 1889-1935! and Ellen Gates Starr 1889-1928 Hull house! These two women both educated Rockford (college) Seminary Female College.They both went to Europe and both end up start Hull -House 800 South (west) Halsted chicago illinois. Both women never married and both women lived in same building Hull-House together for remainder of lives? Some came and gone Julia C Lathrop 1890,Florence Kelley 1891,Alice Hamilton 1897 as well other women that lived there.In early years support for Hull House came primary from women many made homes at the settlement? These Women went to reform social /governmental agencies and complain that work in factories (sweat shops) were bad for girls/boys (children) that work for them shouldn't start til age 14 but they felt same group children can work help at parents farm loose days from school to work in fields to harvelt / put up food for the winter? When people work & do not have idle time then tend to not cause mischief- trouble? Instead live off Welfare/Foodstamps and any -all - free assistant programs?

9:44 PM  

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