23. Oswald had tried to kill before.

Major General Edwin “Ted” Walker was a racist, anti-communist, wingnut, who referred to former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, former President Truman, and former Secretary of State Dean Acheson as, “defiantly pink” (aka, communist sympathizers and fellow travelers). Criticized by President Eisenhower for expressing political views while in uniform, Walker was later found by the Kennedy Administration to have violated the Hatch Act, by attempting to influence the votes of his troops when he handed out John Birch Society material to them and preached his radical, conspiracy theorist beliefs to them.

After his military career was over, Walker became active in politics, losing the Democratic nomination for governor of Texas to John Connally in 1962 and speaking out in many public forms. He was a well-known figure in Texas, who was frequently in the news, and someone Lee Harvey Oswald greatly disliked. When the police later investigated Lee for shooting President Kennedy and Officer Tippit, not only did they find photographs of him proudly holding his weapons, they found photos that Lee had taken of Walker’s home, when Lee cased out the place with the intention of shooting him.

On April 10, 1963, Oswald took his shot at Walker through a window and ran. Back at home, his wife, Marina, found a letter from Lee telling her what bills had been paid and leaving her all the money he could, $60. Lee also told her to contact the Soviet Embassy in Washington and send them any newspaper clippings about what he did, so they could come to her aid. When Lee arrived home at 11:30pm, out of breath and nervous, she confronted him about the letter and he told her, “I shot Walker,” but Lee wasn’t sure if he had killed him.

Walker’s life was apparently saved by the window frame, which slightly defected the bullet’s trajectory and caused it to graze his face, before embedding itself in the wall. The incident reinforce what we know of Oswald and what he was capable of. He was a loner, impulsive, violent, and even capable of murder. He wanted to do something big and important, in his own mind. Something that might gain him the respect of the Soviets and other likeminded people and groups. And he cared little about the consequences for his family. Conspiracy theorists can make up some narrative about how this was all just part of an elaborate cover story, to make Lee look like an unstable killer, but their unwillingness to face the facts doesn’t make them any less factual.


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