Howard was shown into a meeting room to see a bewildered Ruby who had not asked for a lawyer.For the next two days--until Ruby's brother, Earl, soured on him, and had Howard relieved--he was Jack Ruby's chief attorney and public spokesman.
Ruby's sister, Eva Grant, even accused Howard of leaking information to the DA. Roberts testified that while Oswald was in his room, two uniformed cops pulled up in front of the rooming house and honked twice--"Just tit tit," she said. Roberts was subjected to intensive police harassment. Droby of Dallas arranged the meeting for the two newsmen.Martin grinned and said: "Oh, you're looking for a conspiracy." I nodded yes and he grinned and said, "You will never find it." I asked soberly, "Never find it, or not there?Dorothy Kilgallen was another reporter who died strangely and suddenly after her involvement in the Kennedy assassination. Tom Howard, who died of a heart attack, was a good friend of District Attorney Henry Wade, although they often opposed each other in court.Miss Kilgallen is the only journalist who was granted a private interview with Jack Ruby after he killed Lee Harvey Oswald. Brown granted the interview during the course of the Ruby trial in Dallas--to the intense anger of the hundreds of other newspeople present. Howard was close to Ruby and other fringes of the Dallas underworld.It was never quite clear whether Howard was working for Ruby or against him. The police department issued a report saying all patrol cars in the area, except Tippit's, were accounted for. They visited her at all hours of the day and night.