Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Walker Shooting Revisited

The Walker Shooting Revisited

[Excuse the typos, this is a first draft.]

The April 10, 1963 Walker shooting remains an enigma in the JFK Assassination story.

If the murder of Dallas policeman J. D. Tippit is the "Rosetta  Stone" of the assassination then the Walker shooting is the Prologue to the assassination. Prologue meaning, in the Shakespierian sense that the past sets the stage for the main act that's about to begin - a murder.

While it is often used by Warren Commission appologists as proof of the accused assassin's penchant for violence and ability to commit such an act, in retrospect and knowing what we know now, it appears to have been a "dry run" mission, not to actually kill Walker, but to establish those penchants and abilities.

Walker was a much easier, stationary target than the President,  moving away from the Sixth Floor of the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD), and as, George deMohrenschildt joked to Oswald, "How did you miss?"

The many outstanding questions surrounding the Walker shooting may be easier to answer than the questions we still have about what happened at Dealey Plaza, and can and should be addressed.

As Volkmar Schmidt told me and as reported in Edward J. Epstein's "Legend - the Secret Life of Lee Harvey Oswald," Schmidt said that in February 1963 he had an extended conversatiion with Oswald in which he compared Walker to Adolph Hitler, and suggested Walker should be assassinated as Hitler should have been, specifically mentioning the July 20, 1944 plot

Shortly thereafter Oswald ordered a mail order Manlicher-Carcano rifle, creating a paper tail directly to him, when he could have just paid cash for one at any Dallas sporting goods or department store, as John Hinckley did as well as a fellow TSBD employee the day before the assassination.

Oswald also ordered the rifle under one of his favorite aliases "Hidel," and had it sent to his Dallas Post Office box that wasn't authorized to receive mail  or packages for ‘Hidel’ , as his New Orleans P.O. Box was.

Unlike the assassination at Dealey Plaza, that Oswald's older brother, the late Robert Oswald called a "spontaniious"  and "coincidental," the Walker shooting was a well planned and executed mission. Oswald cased out the neighborhood ahead of time, took photographs of the Walker house, and left a detailed note for Marina, telling her what to do if he was arrested.

Oswald also had Marina take the photos of him in the backyard, dressed in black, with the rifle and pistol and holding two leftest publications, much like photos military men take before going on a mission.

Marina also said that when Oswald returned home that night, without the rifle (it was burried back at the scene), he was sweating, nervous and hyper ventalating, totally unlike his cool, calm deminier in the minutes after he is accused of blowing open the president's head.

Other anomalies in the Walker shooting story are the undisputed facts that:

1) Oswald is not known to have ever fired that rifle before that April 10, 1963 date.

2) There is no known source for the bullet. Like cigarettes, you can't buy just one bullet, they come in packs, boxes and batches. The mangled bullet from the Walker shooting, now in a vault at the National Archives, cannot be positively identified as having been shot from the rifle found in the TSBD.

3) The three shells that were found under the window on the Sixth Floor of the TSBD were traced to a batch sold to the U.S. Marine Corps in 1954. Because the USMC does not have a weapon in their invitory that can fire such ammo, it has been suggested they were to be usesd in covert operations, possibly in Guatemala, a hot spot that year.

4) FBI agent Hosty was assigned to investigate the Walker shooting and keep tabs on Oswald but didn't put two and two together even in the immedate aftermath of the assassination.

5) The Secret Service advance agents to Texas were never informed by their Protective Research unit or the local authorities, or Hosty and the FBI, that there was a Unknown Suspect sniper on the loose in the area.

6) Two men were seen leaving the scene in a car.

7) There were other suspects including residents in the Walker household.

8) Most significantly, Oswald's connection to the Walker shooting remained a secret and unknown to the Secret Service, FBI, CIA and the news media until a small article was published in an obscure Munich, Germany publication and the story was picked up and elaborated on in the National Enquirer tabloid.

That is a subject dealt with in the Warren Report in a chapter debunking conspiracy allegations, a chapter written exclusively by official Air Force historian Alfred Goldberg and investigated more thoroughly in Europe by Joachim Joestein on one Warren Report lie - The Munich Report on the Walker shooting.

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  1. This could have been a dry run (considering he missed) if under hypnosis.

  2. That's "if" this was a legit attempt.

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  4. The Walker bullet was analyzed to be for a Carcano, manufactured during WWII. JFK bullets also Carcano, but made in US ten years after war, likely for the CIA. See Thomas, Hear No Evil, Chap 4.

  5. Yow. I'd heard of the sourcing for the JFK bullets, not a good look for the CIA. And I'd heard that no one ever found Oswald had any ammunition or gun-cleaning equipment. I wonder how one came by original-issue Carcano ammo in 1963?

  6. Wasn't it from one of the batches sold by Jack Ruby?