Jack Ruby's Girls by Diana Hunter and Alice Anderson
Atlanta, Ga. : Hallux, Inc., 1970. First Edition. Stated. Hardcover. 190 pages ; 23 cm. $4.95 dust jacket with a large fold in the front jacket. Corners bumped. Price sticker residue on flyleaf. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.
JACK RUBY'S GIRLS
Strippers, B-girls and naive bus station broads knew Jack Ruby best. Two of the girls who worked for him — felt the sting of his insults and the childlike gentleness of his compassion for all living things — have given a fascinating account about life in Ruby's Carousel Club in Dallas. And in doing it, they have also told a compelling story about Jack Ruby himself.
Diana Hunter and Alice Anderson have put together their stories and the stories of the other Jack Ruby Girls with straightforward honesty. They are sometimes funny. Sometimes tearfully pathetic. And sometimes $exy.
More effectively than other writers and reporters who thought they understood Ruby and why he shot the man who killed President Kennedy, these girls give their own penetrating insight into Jack Ruby's character. They offer the most believable explanation yet for his undoing— a compulsion for what he thought of as "class."
Ruby died (and the Carousel Club with him) while legal minds were studying what should be done about the death sentence placed on him for a deed he thought should have made him a hero.
And even the Dallas "established" gets another blast from these tart-tongued girls, when one of their characters sums up the multiple tragedies that happened in Dallas in 1963 by saying: "This goddam town will never know how to embrace the dead in the right way, or how to kiss a ghost goodbye."
JACK RUBY'S GIRLS is a funny book about the sad and tawdry milieu of a man and a place where "dirty-ankle sex" was the basic product. It tells about the girls who worked at Ruby's Carousel Club, how they bilked customers were frequently counter-bilked. It is not an erotic book, but a bawdy one. Jack Ruby was. a jangling mosaic of eccentricities, and while we probably will never know why he did what he did, the book helps explain the things that made him what he was.
—DICK HITT Dallas Times Herald
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