Online Collection

Benny Bob Barrett Oral History

Object Number: 2009.001.0073
Category: Oral Histories
Oral history interview subject: Benny Bob Barrett
Oral history interviewer: Stephen Fagin
Type of Object: Oral history
Dimensions: 115 Minutes
Medium: DVD-R
Videotaped oral history interview with Benny Bob Barrett. A Dallas County deputy sheriff from 1966 to 1977, Barrett was often assigned guard duty inside Jack Ruby's cell at the Dallas County Jail and later in his room at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Over a period of approximately seven months, Barrett had numerous personal conversations and interactions with Ruby about a variety of topics, including the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald.

Interview conducted at the Dallas County Criminal Courts building and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on September 22, 2009 by Stephen Fagin, Associate Curator. The interview is one hour and fifty-five minutes long.

The video attached to this record is an excerpt. The entire interview is available in our Reading Room to on-site researchers or by submitting a Rights & Reproductions Request Form.
Curator's Notes

During this interview session, Mr. Barrett led me on an informative walk-through of Jack Ruby's jail cell on the sixth floor of the Dallas County Criminal Courts building. That videotaped tour runs thirty-two minutes, followed by a one-on-one interview session at The Sixth Floor Museum that runs one hour and twenty-three minutes. - Stephen Fagin, Associate Curator

Mr. Barrett passed away on July 28, 2015. - Stephen Fagin, Associate Curator

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