Lee Harvey Oswald Was Killed By Jack Ruby, But Why?

By Kellar Ellsworth
Daily News front page November 25, 1963 - Headline: THE FATAL SHOT - Jack Ruby aims at Presidential assassin Lee Oswald in Dallas and shoots(Photo By: /NY Daily News via Getty Images)

On November 22, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy in Dallas; two days later, nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot Oswald in an act of vigilante justice. The story is well known, but, for decades, many people have wondered whether there's more to it. What was Oswald's true motivation, and why did Ruby kill him after he was already in custody of the authorities? The chaos following the assassination and the strange happenings in the years since have left ample fodder for conspiracy theories -- but even the most resolute skeptic has to admit, some things just don't add up.

Villains come in many shapes and sizes. Some parade giant oversized personalities that draw people to their cause. Others cloister themselves as standoffish loners. Lee Harvey Oswald gravitated toward the latter but, despite his infamous act, the life of Lee Harvey Oswald is shrouded in unconfirmed mystery.

The assassination of JFK, decades later, still generates suspicion and skepticism among many people. Even Oswald’s own death at the hands of Jack Ruby evokes more questions than answers. “Facts” on Oswald range from the ridiculous to inane. Nevertheless, here are some noteworthy details about the man who committed the most famous murder in United States history and the man who killed him: Jack Ruby.