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Jack Ruby, who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald, is shown being returned to jail after a psychiatric examination in Dallas, Tex., Jan. 28, 1964. (AP Photo/Ferd Kaufman)

Jack Ruby, who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald, is shown being returned to jail after a psychiatric examination in Dallas, Tex., Jan. 28, 1964. (AP Photo/Ferd Kaufman)

By JOHN L. SMITH
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Some days it seems all roads lead to Las Vegas. That includes one of the darkest days in American history, Nov. 22, 1963.

The voluminous Warren Commission Report from 1964 officially found that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone gunman and not part of a conspiracy. After many interviews and accessing FBI wiretap surveillance of key mob figures, the House Select Committee on Assassinations in the late 1970s determined just the opposite: Oswald was likely a small player in a larger plot to assassinate the president.

One element isn’t in doubt. Both efforts uncovered numerous links to Las Vegas and members of what was once euphemistically called the “sporting crowd.” That includes hoodlums, hustlers, and even suspected hitmen. The connections are numerous, the interviews voluminous, but the most intriguing question — Did people associated with our mobbed-up gambling community play a role in the assassination? — has no clear answer even half a century after the fact.

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