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Janet Adams “Jada” <I>Mole</I> Washington

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Janet Adams “Jada” Mole Washington

Birth
New York, New York County, New York, USA
Death
9 May 1980 (aged 44)
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
Burial
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA Add to Map
Plot
Patio section, South Corridor "F", Tier "B", Crypt 12 (owned by her father-in-law, Joseph Conforto)
Memorial ID
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From an excellent post on the Education Forum by the British JFK researcher and retired police detective, Ian Griggs who extensively researched "Jada" who was one of the strippers/entertainers at Jack Ruby's club in Dallas.He stated that the first 3 paragraphs are directly from his book:


"JADA (Janet Mole Adams Bonney Cuffari Smallwood Conforto Washington) [My note: actually "Adams" was her middle name, not a married name]. When his star performer, Shari Angel, was obviously going to be absent for some time through sickness (peritonitis), Jack Ruby went to New Orleans where he signed up Jada from the Sho-Bar. She was one of the best-known club strippers on the scene in the early-60s and she commanded higher wages than any other Carousel Club performer.


"She began work at the Carousel Club on 17th July 1963 and extensions to her contract would have kept her there until 1st January 1964. She caused Ruby many problems. In particular, she had a habit of going too far with her act and on occasion Ruby would turn the lights out on her. Local journalist Seth Kantor described her as being 'supercharged with animalism' in his 1978 book 'Who Was Jack Ruby?'


"Following arguments and disagreements with Ruby, Jada quit the Carousel Club during the first week of November 1963. She was killed in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 9th May 1980 when the motorcycle she was riding was in collision with a school bus. She was 44 years old. Jada was one of the stars of the 1960s burlesque film 'Naughty Dallas' (available on video)."


"In March 2001, 'The Dealey Plaza Echo' published an interesting and well-researched piece by Kansas researcher Mark K. Colgan entitled 'When a mysterious death is no longer mysterious.' This dealt solely with the life and death of Jada and Mark included pictures of her crypt and the cemetery and also a press cutting about her death (including a photograph of her mangled motorbike). He also included a cutting of her press obituary.


Among her many husbands (look at all the surnames in her full name!), perhaps the most interesting would have been Ralph C. Smallwood. Mark Colgan's extensive research revealed that Mr. Smallwood was a jockey.


The story goes that she used to ride around Dallas in an open pink Cadillac. I have heard the story of her being involved in a traffic accident on the morning of the assassination but whether that was in a white Cadillac or the well-known pink one I don't know."


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Her parents, were John Ives Mole (b. Dec 4, 1904; Manhattan, NY - d. Sep 24, 1991; Issaquah, WA ) & Elsa Teresa Clarke (b. Jan 26, 1905; Trinidad, West Indies [1940 Census says Spain, but likely means "Port of Spain," the Capitol of Trinidad] - d. Jan 20, 2000; Livingston, NY [abt 2hrs north of NYC], immigrated to NYC in 1933).


They were married in Brooklyn, NY on Jun 12, 1933. According to a divorce notice in the Fresno Bee, they separated in 1944 and divorced in Fresno, California in 1962. Her mother was born in Trinidad and was a native West Indian, who immigrated to the US in 1930.


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DPD documents show that Jada was indeed involved in an accident at 10:45am 11/22/63, slightly striking a pedestrian, Charles Burns, crossing Atwell St. on his way to work at Texas Instruments. He denied needing a doctor but Jada called a male friend to take him to be examined and was overheard saying to the friend "Let's hurry up and get this over with I have to get to New Orleans." DPD document:


http://jfk.ci.dallas.tx.us/03/0338-001.gif (now available on the Way Back Machine)


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Excellent genealogical work by Mark K. Colgan:

"When A Mysterious Death Is No Longer Mysterious"

http://www.jfklancer.com/pdf/Jada_mark.pdf


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Jada at the 1959 New Orleans Mardi Gras as captured in a Chicago Film Archives clip, looking quite glamorous (she enters at 1:53): http://www.chicagofilmarchives.org/collections/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/12426

From an excellent post on the Education Forum by the British JFK researcher and retired police detective, Ian Griggs who extensively researched "Jada" who was one of the strippers/entertainers at Jack Ruby's club in Dallas.He stated that the first 3 paragraphs are directly from his book:


"JADA (Janet Mole Adams Bonney Cuffari Smallwood Conforto Washington) [My note: actually "Adams" was her middle name, not a married name]. When his star performer, Shari Angel, was obviously going to be absent for some time through sickness (peritonitis), Jack Ruby went to New Orleans where he signed up Jada from the Sho-Bar. She was one of the best-known club strippers on the scene in the early-60s and she commanded higher wages than any other Carousel Club performer.


"She began work at the Carousel Club on 17th July 1963 and extensions to her contract would have kept her there until 1st January 1964. She caused Ruby many problems. In particular, she had a habit of going too far with her act and on occasion Ruby would turn the lights out on her. Local journalist Seth Kantor described her as being 'supercharged with animalism' in his 1978 book 'Who Was Jack Ruby?'


"Following arguments and disagreements with Ruby, Jada quit the Carousel Club during the first week of November 1963. She was killed in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 9th May 1980 when the motorcycle she was riding was in collision with a school bus. She was 44 years old. Jada was one of the stars of the 1960s burlesque film 'Naughty Dallas' (available on video)."


"In March 2001, 'The Dealey Plaza Echo' published an interesting and well-researched piece by Kansas researcher Mark K. Colgan entitled 'When a mysterious death is no longer mysterious.' This dealt solely with the life and death of Jada and Mark included pictures of her crypt and the cemetery and also a press cutting about her death (including a photograph of her mangled motorbike). He also included a cutting of her press obituary.


Among her many husbands (look at all the surnames in her full name!), perhaps the most interesting would have been Ralph C. Smallwood. Mark Colgan's extensive research revealed that Mr. Smallwood was a jockey.


The story goes that she used to ride around Dallas in an open pink Cadillac. I have heard the story of her being involved in a traffic accident on the morning of the assassination but whether that was in a white Cadillac or the well-known pink one I don't know."


**

Her parents, were John Ives Mole (b. Dec 4, 1904; Manhattan, NY - d. Sep 24, 1991; Issaquah, WA ) & Elsa Teresa Clarke (b. Jan 26, 1905; Trinidad, West Indies [1940 Census says Spain, but likely means "Port of Spain," the Capitol of Trinidad] - d. Jan 20, 2000; Livingston, NY [abt 2hrs north of NYC], immigrated to NYC in 1933).


They were married in Brooklyn, NY on Jun 12, 1933. According to a divorce notice in the Fresno Bee, they separated in 1944 and divorced in Fresno, California in 1962. Her mother was born in Trinidad and was a native West Indian, who immigrated to the US in 1930.


**


DPD documents show that Jada was indeed involved in an accident at 10:45am 11/22/63, slightly striking a pedestrian, Charles Burns, crossing Atwell St. on his way to work at Texas Instruments. He denied needing a doctor but Jada called a male friend to take him to be examined and was overheard saying to the friend "Let's hurry up and get this over with I have to get to New Orleans." DPD document:


http://jfk.ci.dallas.tx.us/03/0338-001.gif (now available on the Way Back Machine)


**

Excellent genealogical work by Mark K. Colgan:

"When A Mysterious Death Is No Longer Mysterious"

http://www.jfklancer.com/pdf/Jada_mark.pdf


**

Jada at the 1959 New Orleans Mardi Gras as captured in a Chicago Film Archives clip, looking quite glamorous (she enters at 1:53): http://www.chicagofilmarchives.org/collections/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/12426



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  • Created by: Linda
  • Added: Jun 24, 2018
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID:
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/190850496/janet_adams-washington: accessed ), memorial page for Janet Adams “Jada” Mole Washington (12 Feb 1936–9 May 1980), Find a Grave Memorial ID 190850496, citing Lake Lawn Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA; Maintained by Linda (contributor 48291572).