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Vivian Castleberry's subpoena for the Jack Ruby murder trial

Object Number: 1991.002.0004
Category: Documents
Type of Object: Document
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (21.6 x 8.9 cm)
Medium: Paper
Subpoena for the Jack Ruby murder trial, issued February 4, 1964.

The subpoena summons four individuals to appear as witnesses on behalf of the defendant (Jack Ruby) on February 10, 1964: Elgin Crull, City Manager; Warren Bossworth (sic), Dallas Times Herald; Darwin Payne, Dallas Times Herald; Vivian Castleberry, Dallas Times Herald.
Curator's Notes

Vivian Castleberry encountered local nightclub owner Jack Ruby on several occasions. As she recalled in her 2004 oral history, "He liked the press, and he liked to roam around the city room [at the Dallas Times Herald]. And in those days, we had open house all of the time. There was no clearance for anybody to come in. Any nut could walk in off the street, and believe me, they did. I remember the time the exotic dancer came up [with Jack Ruby] with a boa constrictor wrapped around her neck. I mean, it was just wild!" - Stephen Fagin, Curator 

Despite this summons, Vivian Castleberry did not testify at the Jack Ruby trial in 1964. - Lindsey Richardson, Curator of Collections

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