“Jack Ruby” by Deep Purple

Deep Purple use the lyrics of this classic to talk about Lee Oswald Harvey’s killer, Jack Ruby, in what seems to be an appraisal of his sudden outburst.

The song describes how Jack was not motivated by any conspiracy or craft but simply took justice in his own hands, walked into the police cell and shot the killer known as Lee Oswald Harvey. Throughout the song, the writer likens himself to Jack Ruby, describing him as his own man who didn’t rely on a sense of self-control, forgiveness or any seemingly ‘soft’ human attribute, but went straight to get rid of an assassin he believed deserved to die.

This track was released on June 2, 1998. It appears on the 1998 project titled ABandOn.

The man who killed Lee Harvey Oswald

Jack Leon Ruby, an American nightclub owner is best remembered as the person who killed Lee Harvey Oswald. He murdered Oswald on 24th November, 1963 while the latter in a police cell. Oswald had been charged with the murder of Dallas policeman J. D. Tippit as well as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy two days prior and was placed in custody.

Following the shooting, Ruby was found guilty of murdering Oswald by a Dallas Jury and sentenced to death. His conviction was later appealed with an imminent new trial. Leon Ruby however fell ill while in prison and died of lung cancer on January 3, 1967 before his new trial date could be set.

Jack Ruby’s Mugshot

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