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Half Price Books to Donate Collection of Jack Ruby Psychiatric Records to the Museum
DALLAS/May 16, 2008—Half Price Books is donating “Psychiatric and Psychological Examinations of Jack Ruby,” a collection of 17 original and photocopied documents and letters related to the trial of Jack Ruby, to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, the company said today. The formal presentation of the materials will take place at the Sixth Floor Museum on Friday, May 16, at 3:00 pm.
Ruby was the Dallas nightclub owner who shot accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald two days after John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas on November 22, 1963. The Half Price Books collection contains doctors’ reports of the extensive medical examinations to which Jack Ruby was subjected prior to his murder trial in 1964.
The documents, part of the Half Price Books collection of rare books, came from the personal files of Wisconsin neurologist Dr. Francis Forster, former Dean of the Georgetown University Medical School and an expert witness at the Ruby murder trial. Half Price Books received the materials after Dr. Forster’s death in 2006.
“The collection is certainly important to us,” said Gary Mack, curator of The Sixth Floor Museum. “Jack Ruby revealed information about his life to the doctors who examined and tested him, and details from those examinations are part of this collection. Some of these facts are likely not in the record anywhere else and are therefore historically significant.
“Melvin Belli, the high-profile attorney who defended Ruby, used these doctors’ determinations as the basis for his contention that Ruby was psychologically ill and therefore innocent,” Mack said. “Belli wrote extensively about the importance of these medical tests and doctors’ opinions. His book, ‘Dallas Justice,’ quotes verbatim from many of these papers.” Mack said the Half Price Books Collection will become part of the Museum’s future exhibits plans and will also be available to researchers.
“Half Price Books recognizes that this collection will be of interest to JFK historians and therefore deserves to reside in The Sixth Floor Museum,” said Steve Leach, Half Price Books rare books curator. “We’re always delighted when we find a gem such as this among the books our customers bring in to us. Since Half Price Books buyers are trained to spot rare and collectible items, people frequently bring material like this to us. Often, if the material is historically important and the customer is willing, we purchase it and donate it to the appropriate museum or library. ” Leach added.
About The Sixth Floor Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, interprets and supports the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history. Located at 411 Elm Street in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, the Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 12 to 6 p.m. Monday. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit on the sixth floor are available in seven languages, and a youth version is available in English. For more information, visit www.jfk.org or call 214.747.6660 or toll-free 888.485.4854.
About Half Price Books
Half Price Books is the largest family-owned new and used bookstore chain with 100 retail locations in 15 states. Half Price Books is the largest family-owned new and used bookstore chain with 100 retail locations in 15 states. Stores are open seven days a week and buy and sell new and used books, magazines, comics, records, CDs, DVDs and collectible items. Half Price Books has been dedicated to environmental and literacy efforts for 36 years and supports hundreds of local, national and international programs. For more information about Half Price Books, its store locations and corporate initiatives, please visit www.halfpricebooks.com.
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