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November 24, 1963: Jack Ruby Kills Lee Harvey Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald Being Shot by Jack RubyOn this day in 1963, Jack Ruby killed Lee Harvey Oswald inside the Dallas Police Headquarters. It was the first time a killing was ever captured on live television.

Of all of the moments in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the killing of Oswald is the most bizarre. As he was being escorted through the police headquarters shortly before 11:30 am to a car that would take him to the Dallas County Jail, Ruby emerged from the crowd and shot him. Oswald was rushed to Parkland Hospital, where he died less than two hours later.

We will never know Ruby’s true reasons for murdering Oswald. He was convicted and sentenced, but died of a pulmonary embolism in 1967 (also at Parkland Hospital).

The footage of the broadcast of Oswald’s murder is still as unbelievable today as it was in 1963.

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  1. Dot

    I didn’t see this when it happened live, though it was replayed often. We heard the news when we came out of church that morning and the general thought was that the world had gone crazy. Many many thought this proved the conspiracy theory (along with his “I’m just a patsy” statement) and Oswald was killed so he wouldn’t break someday and talk. It’s been interesting and poignant to relive history this week.

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