This is fascinating, not the least of which is the interview with Major General Edwin Walker the night after the assassination attempt where he quite correctly describes a ‘threat from within’ this country. Little did they know that same threat, the communist Oswald, would kill Kennedy just seven months later. Nor did we know at the time Johnson would then use the falsely perpetuated collective American guilt for the assassination to further every liberal legislative fantasy, leading to Johnson’s failed ‘Great Society.’

Via Smithsonian.

Seven months before Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F. Kennedy, he took his Mannlicher-Carcano rifle to Major General Edwin Walker‘s house, stood by the fence, aimed towards the window, and shot at him. Walker was a stark anti-communist voice and an increasingly strident critic of the Kennedy’s, whose strong political stances had him pushed out of the army in 1961. In an excerpt, published at the Daily Beast, from a new book, Dallas 1963, Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis tell the story of how Walker found himself in the sights of Lee Harvey Oswald.

On April 10, 1963, Oswald left his wife a note and made for Walker’s house. He took aim, ready to carry out his thoroughly researched plan.

Oswald lifts his rifle and stares into the window. Surrounding Walker are folders, books, and stacks of packages wrapped in brown shipping paper. The walls are decorated with panels of foil wallpaper embossed with an Asian-style flower motif. Walker’s head is in profile. He has a pencil in hand, and he is perfectly still, focused on something at his desk. From outside looking in, it must look a bit like a painting—as if Walker is caught in thought with the right side of his face clearly visible.

Oswald squints into his telescopic sight, and Walker’s head fills the view. He looks so close now, and he’s sitting so still, that there’s no possible way to miss. Drawing a tight bead on Walker’s head, he pulls the trigger. An explosion hurtles through the night, a thunder that echoes to the alley, to the creek, to the church and the surrounding houses.

Walker flinches instinctively at the loud blast and the sound of a wicked crack over his scalp—right inside his hair. For a second, he is frozen. His right arm is still resting on the desk alongside his 1962 income tax forms. He doesn’t know it, but blood is beginning to appear.

Oswald missed his shot and escaped into the night. “The Warren Commission, relying on testimony from Oswald’s widow, Marina, said Oswald tried to kill the general because he was “an extremist,”” says the New York Times. The next day, Walker was interviewed about the attempted assassination:

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  1. Dave says:

    So Oswald was just a patsy huh?

  2. bamconola says:

    All I keep thinking about is the magical bullet and Oswald’s terrific aim in killing Kennedy.

  3. pamelarice says:

    This threat from with in still continues to this day. Little would General Walker know, just how far up the chain this would go…

  4. midget says:

    The irony is that if Oswald had not failed, it is probable that the Dallas trip would have been cancelled, Oswald would have been caught, and the world might have been a different place altogether.Not to mention that over 55,000 people might have never died in Vietnam.

  5. jimmer says:

    This is good stuff. Thanks Tammy.

  6. Norm says:

    Excellent piece of history. By the way, Stephen Hunter used this event to create a fictional account of that day and the days leading up to it. I know this is fiction, but he uses all these real events and their timelines to make a story that is….well, more than believable…a “make you stop and think” novel….


  7. makeshifty says:

    Not knocking this on the history, but seems to me this gives fodder to conspiracy theorists: “See? Oswald couldn’t even shoot straight.” However, this might help explain how the JFK assassination happened. According to the official narrative we’ve had for years he didn’t kill Kennedy with the first or second shots. He missed completely on the first shot, then hit Kennedy in the neck with the 2nd, then, finally, in the head.

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