Ruby Phone Calls:
Associates of Ruby, such as Lawrence Meyers, Alexander Gruber, and Lewis J. McWillie;
Individuals called by Ruby in 1963, such as Barney Baker and Frank Goldstein;
The companies which in 1963 employed Baker (Chicago Loop Auto
Refinishing Co.) and Myers (Ero Manufacturing Co.);
J.D. Tippit, the Dallas policeman slain by Lee Harvey Oswald after the President's assassination;
Bruce and Karen Carlin (Mrs. Carlin worked for Jack Ruby under the stage name of Little Lynn);
Carlos Marcello, an important organized crime figure;
David Ferrie, an individual linked with both Marcello and Lee Harvey Oswald;
Robert Maheu, Sam Giancana and John Roselli, individuals involved in CIA plots to assassinate Fidel Castro in the early 1960's; and "Dutz" Murret, the uncle of Lee Harvey Oswald.
This list is only partial, and in many instances the records obtained included phone calls for only a portion of the 1963 period. In some instances, the committee's requests for telephone records could not be accommodated. The committee also had access to and used fragmented telephone numbers and numbers whose subscribers were unknown.
Analysis of the calls
It was not possible to explain adequately all of Ruby's telephone contacts. Although explanations have been given, questions and speculation about his associates and contacts remain. For example, there was a 3-minute call to Clarence Rector of Sulphur Springs, Tex.,
on April 10, 1963. Rector told the FBI he had known Ruby since 1950, and that in 1960 Ruby had mentioned that he had been to Cuba in an attempt to obtain some gambling concessions with some associates.
Rector had also made a visit to Cuba in late 1959.(835) The FBI did not question Rector about the April telephone call, and the committee was unable to locate him.
Another unexplained call was to Elizabeth Anne Matthews of Shreveport, La., on October 3, 1963, at 11:03 p.m. It lasted 13 minutes. Matthews was the former wife of Russell D. Matthews, an acquaintance of Jack Ruby and an individual known to be connected with gambling and other criminal enterprises in Dallas. In his deposition to the committee, R.D. Matthews said he had no knowledge of this call or of any connection between Ruby and Matthews' ex-wife. Elizabeth Anne Matthews was not located by the committee, but she had told the FBI on December 1, 1962, that she had no recollection of any calls
from Dallas on or about October 3, 1965.
Other ostensibly explained but still suspicious calls included number of possibilities. A brief account of these calls and individuals, in chronological order, follows.
LEWIS J. McWillie.--Between June and August 1963, Ruby placed seven long distance calls to McWillie, one of his closest friends. He spoke at length of this friendship during his Warren Commission testimony, stating at one point that he idolized McWillie.) In 1959, Ruby had visited him in Havana, Cuba, where McWillie was working in a syndicate-controlled casino. FBI records established that McWillie at least knew Santos Trafficante, the powerful Florida Mafia leader who played a role in the assassination conspiracies against Fidel Castro. McWillie denied anything more than passing acquaintance
Ruby's phone calls to McWillie occurred on June 27, September 2 (two calls), September 4, September 19, September 20, and September 22. The first two were placed to McWillie's home number, the remainder to McWillie's place of business, the Thunderbird Casino in Las Vegas.
McWillie stated that the purpose of these calls was Ruby's desire for assistance in solving his labor dispute with AGVA.
Irwin S. Weiner.--On October 26, 1963, Jack Ruby place long distance call to Weiner in Chicago; he spoke with him for 12 minutes. Though the Warren Commission had been aware of this telephone call, it had never sought to have Weiner questioned, nor did it explore his background and associations.