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Records: Jack Ruby Told FBI Informant to ‘Watch the Fireworks’ Hours Before JFK’s Assassination

John F. Kennedy, via White House archives.

By Steve Neavling

Jack Ruby, who would shoot and kill Lee Harvey Oswald, told an FBI informant to “watch the fireworks” just hours before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, according to newly released JFK files.

The interaction between Ruby and FBI informant Bob Vanderslice wasn’t relayed to the FBI until March 1977, nearly 14 years after Kennedy was shot, the Independent reports

“The informant stated that on the morning of the assassination, Ruby contacted him and asked if he would ‘like to watch the fireworks’,” the FBI record stated.

“He was with Jack Ruby and standing at the corner of the Postal Annex Building facing the Texas School Book Depository Building, at the time of the shooting.

“Immediately after the shooting, Ruby left and headed toward the area of the Dallas Morning News Building, without saying anything to him.”

Ruby died in jail in 1967.

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Former FBI Agent Recalls Investigating JFK’s Assassination

Stee Neavling 

Jim Graham was planting a Russian olive tree outside his suburban Kansas City home when the phone call of his life came, the Kansas City Star reports.

President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated, and the FBI wanted Graham, who was an agent, to help investigate.

So he did.

But he doesn’t buy into the conspiracy theories and she has no doubt the killer was Lee Harvey Oswald.

“He acted alone and he would have told us why he did it if (Jack) Ruby hadn’t killed him,” Graham told the Star.


Former FBI Agent: Oswald Acted Alone

Jacqueline Kennedy-1961/white house photo

By Danny Fenster

A former FBI agent who worked in the Kennedy assassinations believes  the conspiracy theories may have resulted from suspicions after the FBI decided to initially withhold some information, reports the Salem News. He still believes Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

Former agent Jim Graham of Overland, Ks., says the FBI withheld initially, at the request of Jacqueline Kennedy, evidence indicating the bullet that killed Kennedy came from Oswald’s position and his rifle, according to the Salem News. That, he says, may have created the conspiracy theories.

“Mrs. Kennedy did not want this evidence released immediately because she did not want her children to see it,” Graham told the paper.

Graham was a street agent in Kansas City at the time of the assassination, listening in over the radio from his car as it happened. Two days later Jack Ruby killed Oswald and Graham wound up investigating the incident in Dallas with hundreds of other agents. His work made it into the Warren Commission report, the large investigation into the murder.

Graham firmly believes Oswald acted alone. “Oswald was a small person who always wanted to be somebody,” he told the paper. “Killing the President of the United States was his claim to fame.” Graham believes Oswald would have confessed had he not been killed.

To read more about Graham’s career click here.