The Dallas County Jail, above the Criminal Courts building on the northeast corner of Main and Houston streets in Dealey Plaza, was Jack Ruby’s final home until being taken to Parkland Hospital in late 1966. His sixth floor cell was well within the building’s walls and offered no outside view into Dealey Plaza. In fact, the cell was in an open area leaving plenty of room for him to walk around while being observed by a jail guard.
Ruby attempted suicide several times during his three years in custody but never came close to harming himself. He was allowed visitors on occasion and had final say over who could come see him. - Gary Mack, Curator
Part of a series of photographs surreptitiously taken inside Jack Ruby's cell at the Dallas County Jail, this image was first published in Ruby family attorney Alan Adelson's memoir, The Ruby-Oswald Affair, in 1988. - Stephen Fagin, Associate Curator