October 25, 2013 |
Small gestures rather than grand conspiracies are what Peter Landesman went looking for when he decided to write and direct the film "Parkland," about the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy's Nov. 22, 1963, assassination. Starting with Vincent Bugliosi's nonfiction book "Four Days in November," he turned his journalist's eye to the seldom-examined trove of banal facts surrounding the days in Dallas experienced by players on the periphery of history. "The JFK assassination theories are nonsense," Landesman insists.
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November 9, 2001 |
Joe Tonahill, the colorful defense attorney who helped represent Lee Harvey Oswald killer Jack Ruby in Dallas, has died. He was 88. Tonahill, who defended Ruby along with San Francisco attorney Melvin Belli, argued that their client shot the man suspected of killing President John F. Kennedy while in epileptic shock triggered by flashbulbs going off around Oswald in the basement of the Dallas police headquarters.
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March 2, 2001 |
Henry M. Wade, the legendary Texas prosecutor whose 36-year tenure as Dallas County district attorney placed him in the national spotlight during two historic moments--he was the Wade in the landmark abortion ruling Roe vs. Wade and he prosecuted Jack Ruby--has died. Wade died in Dallas on Thursday of complications from Parkinson's disease, according to a spokesman for his law firm, Geary, Porter & Donovan. He was 86. He was a law-and-order icon in Texas who never lost a case he prosecuted.
November 17, 2000 |
Tom Miller knows his Southwest, and in "Jack Ruby's Kitchen Sink" he takes us on a tour of some of its quirky, funky characters and out-of-the-way places. Unlike the much-better-known travel writer Paul Theroux, who regards the people he encounters on his journeys with an unpleasant mix of condescension and distaste, Miller is tolerant and amused by most of the oddballs he runs into. Some of them are just ordinary people, more or less, whom Miller finds doing odd things.
December 15, 1993 |
FBI agents cast a wide net after the November, 1963, shooting death of Lee Harvey Oswald, trying to determine whether Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby had acted alone or as part of a Mafia- or Communist-led conspiracy to silence President John F. Kennedy's assassin, newly released records showed Tuesday.
March 27, 1992 |
First there was "JFK." Now there's "Ruby." What's next, "Lee, We Hardly Knew Ye?"? The fascination of some filmmakers for the J.F.K. assassination may make for some highly dubious history, but it's no wonder these movies get made: The conspiracy theories, replete with mobsters and shady CIA operatives and para-military yahoos, are movie naturals. They're a melodramatist's dream--high-level muckraking with a lurid overlay. In "Ruby" (citywide), we're given an askew view of the conspiracy.