Jada (Janet Mole Conforto) was hired by Jack Ruby in June 1963 after he saw her perform in New Orleans. She first performed at the Carousel Club in Dallas on July 17, 1963. She and Ruby frequently clashed, arguing about her salary, absenteeism from the club, and performances that pushed the boundaries of Dallas' decency laws. Ruby ultimately fired her - though some accounts indicate that Jada quit - about three weeks before the assassination.
Jada sometimes appears on lists of "mysterious deaths" in the assassination story, largely because researchers were unable to locate her for many years due to her multiple marriages and low profile. She was killed on May 9, 1980, when her motorcycle collided with a school bus in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The mother of two was forty-four years old. - Stephen Fagin, Curator
In order to ensure its long-term care and preservation and to facilitate public access, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office placed their Jack Ruby Trial Collection (sometimes referred to as "the DA's Jack Ruby file") on long-term loan with The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in 2017. The Museum is working to make the entire collection accessible through this online collections database. To find out more about this collection or to access materials not yet included here, contact the Museum's Reading Room at firstname.lastname@example.org. - Megan Bryant, Director of Collections & Interpretation
This item, along with materials from the DA's Ruby file (which is on loan to the Museum) and from the Museum's permanent collection, briefly appeared in a temporary display on the Museum's seventh floor in 2017. - Lindsey Richardson, Curator of Collections