It’s shameless of Dallas Morning News columnist, Alan Peppard, to use the Tony Zoppi obituary to spout the big lie, and while doing so, Peppard had to be hard-pressed to pull out the original attempt at fooling Americans with “(Ruby) … told me he didn’t want Jackie Kennedy to have to come to Dallas and appear in court against ‘that Commie rat.’” – Comment by Dallas resarcher
How could Ruby have known to correct D.A. Henry Wade at the impromptu press conference inside the Dallas jail on the day of Oswald’s arrest, who said that Oswald was a member of the “Free Cuba Committee”? Ruby yelled out, “Fair Play for Cuba Committee”. Oswald had indeed been the sole member of a fake chapter of the FPCC in New Orleans and had leafleted the Trade Center there with their information. He was accosted by anti-Castro Cubans who worked with the CIA and would have been part of a “Free Cuba Committee” instead. They knew Oswald from his role in their own offices at the address he stamped on the flyer, where FBI/ONI operative Bannister and CIA operative David Ferry planned actions and raids against Cuba. Fair Play was clearly Oswald’s assigned “left” cover. Clay Shaw, another CIA asset with a long history in covert operations, worked at the Trade Mart and walked by Oswald before the fight broke out. But, how would a strip club operator tied to the mob in Chicago and Dallas know the difference if he did not in fact know Oswald. Ruby and Oswald were both ONI veterans and FBI informants. There was nothing spontaneous in Ruby’s shooting of Oswald in the custody of the Dallas police. He paced and sweated afterwards until he was informed Oswald had died. Ruby had been an asset to the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 50′s, and was rewarded later by then Vice President Richard Nixon (who had his own ONI and organized crime ties), who wrote from the White House to protect “Jacob Rubenstein”, second in command at the time to mob boss Sam Giancana in the Chicago Waste Handler’s Union from a subpeona by the McClellan Congressional investigation into corruption of unions by organized crime. Ruby later ran guns to Fidel Castro for the CIA prior to the fall of dictator Fulgencio Batista and the Cuban revolution that ran the mob and the gambling/prostitution casino operations out. Oswald had to be silenced before a trial. The reason the Dallas police later claimed not to have any recordings or minutes of their two-day interrogations of Oswald in custody for the crime of the century was that he had said far too much. See “The Last Words of Lee Harvey Oswald” compiled from the public comments and testimony of those who heard them by researcher Mae Brussell in People’s Almanac #2. And read Who Was Jack Ruby? by Dallas reporter Seth Kantor, who saw Ruby at Parkland Hospital where Kennedy died. Ruby got his publicity, but he never had any class.
Jack Ruby sought publicity and class, Tony Zoppi remembered
Dallas Morning News
Published: 26 August 2012 11:14 PM
On Friday evening, we lost Tony Zoppi, the 92-year-old former entertainment columnist for this paper who was friends with the biggest of the big-timers — Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Tony Bennett. But because fate has a penchant for irony, he was forever linked with the smallest of the small-timers — strip club owner Jack Ruby.
Ruby was always looking for free publicity, and Tony Zoppi was the man who could give it.
Zoppi later told News columnist Kent Biffle that Ruby reminded him of con artists and pool sharks he had known growing up on the New Jersey shore.
“How can you put up with that motormouth?” one colleague asked him.
“He’s like a letter from home,” Zoppi answered.
Ruby seeking class
On the day Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, Zoppi sat down and wrote a column for The News to explain the ways of the short-tempered club owner nicknamed “Sparky.”
“One of his favorite words is ‘class,’” Zoppi wrote. “While he operated a striptease place, he was always trying to find ways to make his business ‘classy.’”
King’s Club call
Ruby’s status as a jailed murderer of a presidential assassin did not stop his desire for approbation from the columnist. A few days after the shooting of Oswald, Zoppi was having lunch at the King’s Club on the mezzanine of the Adolphus Hotel. The manager George Elson summoned him to the office because Ruby was on the phone from jail.
“I said, ‘Jack, why in the hell did you do it?’” Zoppi recalled. “He started crying and told me he didn’t want Jackie Kennedy to have to come to Dallas and appear in court against ‘that Commie rat.’”
Jada relents too late
Zoppi speculated that one thing weighing on Ruby’s mind the day he killed Oswald was financial desperation. He was paying $350 a week to a headline stripper named Jada. Business was not good and Ruby was trying to get out of the deal he had made, but Jada was holding him to the terms of her contract.
A couple of hours before Ruby shot Oswald, Zoppi met Jada for coffee across the street from Union Station. “I saw her gold Cadillac at the curb, her famous tiger rug and literally everything she owned,” he later told The News.
“I’m letting the S.O.B. out of the contract,” she told Zoppi. “I’ve got a good deal in Hot Springs and I’m driving up there today.”
“I said, I knew Jack would be happy with her decision because he was broke,” Zoppi said.
“Unfortunately, he didn’t know of her plans. He went ahead with his own agenda in the basement of a police station.”