Did Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald know each other before President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas? Who was the unidentified "Babuska Lady" seen in Abraham Zapruder's film on the other side of the street filming the events? Where is her film?
Beverly Oliver, once a friend of Jack Ruby, a singer at Ruby's Carousel Club and the adjacent Colony Club, and co-author of Nightmare in Dallas, shared startling revelations about Kennedy's assassination based on her riveting personal experiences on Monday, November 19, at the Allen Public Library. Co-author Coke Buchanan was also on hand.
On Nov. 22, 1963, Garland native Beverly Oliver was a 17-year-old teenager who was suddenly thrust into a pivotal chapter in American history. Her story of this historical event begins in the summer of that same year, when she accompanied Jack Ruby to New Orleans where she met Mafia bosses Johnny Roselli and Carlos Marcello. Shortly after that, she recalls Ruby introducing her at his Dallas nightclub, the Carousel Club, to Lee Harvey Oswald as a friend of his.
Beverly Oliver shares that on Thursday evening, November 21, after having dinner with Jack Ruby at the Egyptian Lounge she accompanied him to the plush Cabana Motor Hotel where an owner of various Pepsi Cola franchises was hosting a lavish party. After dancing and socializing, Ruby and Beverly departed heading to different destinations and into the pages of history. Beverly went to Fort Worth and Jack is believed to have returned to his nightclub. These two friends never saw each other again. When asked to describe Ruby, Beverly responded, "Complex, but he was always a gentleman with me."
Beverly states that she was the infamous and mysterious "Babushka" lady seen standing on the south side of Elm Street when President Kennedy was assassinated the following day. She was therefore one of the closest witnesses to the fatal shot that killed President Kennedy.
To be an eyewitness to this event is significant enough, but that her story conflicts with the Warren Commission's account of what happened that day is of much greater interest. Further, she claims that she filmed the event with her new movie camera but three days later, two men who identified themselves as government agents confiscated her film and never returned it, even after repeated requests.
Come hear the intriguing story of Beverly's experiences surrounding the Kennedy assassination, knowing Jack Ruby personally and meeting Lee Harvey Oswald.
Co-author Coke Buchanan serves as director of the Center for Indigenous Culture, Center for Global and Local Outreach, and Center for Spirituality with the Memnosyne Foundation.
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