Lot 8099: Unsigned handwritten letter in pencil, nine pages, 6 x 4, no date. Ruby describes a close call with trouble, in part (spelling and grammar retained): "One evening at the Carousel I get a call from a fellow who was a friend of Kathy Kay…he tells me a story that there is a party going on in his apartment, and that if I would like to come up after I close the club, and he said be sure to invite Kathy and Millie…I asked are these going to be nice fellows and girls, and he said yes, I tried to pump as to who will be there and he said that I didn't know these people, and I said are they nice people and he said yes. Very rarely do I ever accept invitations to any party's, because as a rule I don't have any fun and before the evening is over the girls inevitably get to talking with me about the business and we get into a hassle…I accept the invitation against my better judgement, and I sent the girls ahead. I finally arrive there at the Picadilly after about an hour later, and I knock on the door and much to my surprise the persons I would never want to run into in a dark alley. Two of the biggest burly fellows that I've had static with at the Vegas Club many times. Then and there I made up my mind that I will never go anywhere's without my pistol. They each must weigh at 220 lbs. and they are the vicious type.One of the fellows brother I've had some very bad moments at my club. His name is Paul Carter and sometime back was shot in the stomach by a woman named Betty…As soon as I sat down I remarked that I only wanted to show my respects and drop by for a few moments, naturally that had upset these fellows plans. I definitely had made up my mind that I wasn't going to stay…I really thought we may have trouble trying to get out of there…In the meantime, the accountant friend of Kathy's suggested I go over to the next building being built, where there may be the opportunity of taking over the private club. This had given me the excuse to leave the apt. and we both walked out of the apartment, I used some excuse to go to the car, hence I went and taken the pistol out of the trunk of the car, without this person seeing me…Returned to the apt. and as soon as I returned I asked the girls what they were going to do and they received the hint and they said they were going, and the look on these fellows were all in anger, but luckily if I didn't have the pistol in my pocket and hadn't felt that I would be on the offensive they would have succeeded in keeping the girls there. When we left the building Kathy told how that before I got to the apt. that these fellows told her what they would like to do with me etc. I scolded her why she didn't call me and inform me of what they had said so I wouldn't have walked into a trap." Signed on the first page in red felt tip over the text by Ruby's brother, "Earl Ruby." In fine condition, with staple holes to upper left corner. A fascinating letter that explains why Ruby was carrying a gun on the morning of November 24—Ruby testified before the Warren Commission that the thought of killing Oswald had not occurred to him until he was already nearby the police station, having gone downtown to send a money order to an employee.
RR Auction's Remarkable Rarities Auction 461
Monday, 28th September 2015
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