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  1. Out of curiosity

    Several years ago Gary Mack helped arrange an opportunity for me to view the Walker papers. I had not expected that and at the time only had a few hours of time available. I was first told that there was only one box of Walker material.....then found out that there was only one box that had been cataloged and was available at that time. Paul has assured me that he has had access to more material than I ever saw. For that I envy him! A couple of things that popped out at me in the brief time I had were the letters Walker wrote and received that were written at the time of the Overseas Weekly/Congressional controversy. I got the feeling that Walker was clearly confused about what was happening but seemed convinced that he was being set up in an intelligence operation for some reason and that he was blindsided it. Secondly were some notes, as I recall written by his secretary, that documented pages from the volumes of the Warren Commission documents. When I later followed up on that information I found that it almost all had to do with information about Silvia Odio and the investigation into that incident. I found that interesting. In reality I do hope to get to have an additional opportunity to pick my way further into the Walker papers at some time in the near future. Pretty sure my search would be productive in some way. To use a quote about a Nepoleonic era spy, Edwin Walker, "A Very Slippery Fellow" Jim Root
  2. Out of curiosity

    When the Movie JFK came out I had many students asking me about the assassination. While I remembered that day vividly and had read/seen information about the assassination during my lifetime, I knew i was not particularly well read on the topic. I went to a used book store and bought a copy of the Warren Commission Report. Within just the first few pages I realized that Oswald was also accused of attempting the assassination of Major General Edwin Anderson Walker. I was hooked on searching for a reason why Oswald would want to assassinate Walker. Without getting into a debate about that assassination attempt let me just say that I have uncovered several historical facts which have led to a few thoughts and ideas that I share on this forum occasionally. In No particular order these are some things that peak my interest still to this day. General Walker was traveling by plane in Europe at the same time as Oswald was in the process of defecting to Europe. My research shows how they could have been on the same plane at the same time.....but no passenger lists were presented of that travel in the WC Report One day before Oswald arrived in Helsinki the US Ambassador provided information to the State Dept. describing how a US citizen could obtain a VISA into the Soviet Union....Oswald followed those direction exactly which begs the question.....how did Oswald know how to do that? That same Ambassador was directly involved with a unit that Walker was part of and ultimately commanded during WWII A connection between Walker and John Hurt of the NSA can first be made in the 1930's The two men who researched Oswald from the NSA for the Warren Commission were both associated with John Hurt, Frank Rowlett and Meridith Gardner. (I have a picture with Hurt and Frank Rowlett together). Walker can be associated with Operation Stella Polaris (as can Richard Helms, John Hurt, Frank Rowlett and Meridith Gardner). In the first note (as reported by in the Warren Commission Report) that Oswald writes to the State Dept. to begin his attempt to return to the USA from Russia, Oswald mentions another note that he had written long before the one reported in the WC Report. WC Rport plays this off because "they" found no other "first" note. If Oswald did write a first note as he said then that note was written prior to the Overseas Weekly investigation of General Walker began. That investigation framed Walker as a "Right Wing" nut job and led to his resignation from the military despite his very distinguished career prior to that time. Oswald referred to Walker as a man who did not want to see peace between the Soviet Union and the United States and and as a leader of a bad organization. Why that description? The Raleigh Call never made it into the WC Report. Why? The phone operator present makes it clear the the Secrete Service was listening in on all calls. Walker has a military career that is very interesting to say the least. It suggest both bold fighter but also a man who was regularly involved in intelligence operation. It suggests when and from where Gerry P. Hemming was recruited into intelligence work by Edwin Walker (While Hemming never admitted that to be true to me he did become very forth coming while providing me with answers to other assassination connected information after i first asked him to verify that information. Walker was involved in several WWII military operations of direct importance to Asst. Sec. of War John J. McCloy during WWII. I do have a copy of a letter written by McCloy to Walker several months before the assassination and have found copies of that letter in three different places that make it easily available. The timing of Walkers phone call from a German Newspaper (Walker received the call while at the Captain Shreve Hotel in Shreveport, LA at 7:00a.m.) the morning after the assassination is interesting to say the least. How did the reporter know where and when to locate Walker and then report the story of Oswald's assassination attempt on Walker before the FBI began investigating that link. Walker's close connection to General Maxwell Taylor that goes back to Walker's cadet days at West Point and continues throughout his career is remarkable in many ways. The beat goes on but my time today is limited......so much more. Jim Root
  3. Yuri Nosenko

    If one goes back to the beginnings of the CIA mail opening operations in New York (1950's) two names that come up in this story as well as the assassination, Angelton and Helms. This is the same time that Oswald is writing letters to the Socialist Workers Party but as is pointed out in "Oswald and the CIA" no case file is opened on Oswald (that we are aware of). I suggest that it is possible that both Helms and Angelton became aware of Oswald at that time. If that were to be true....it is Helm's that seems to have continuously followed Oswald, especially after he returned from Russia before the assassination and I suggest that it is Angelton that wanted to know why. Nosenko is just one more key to unlocking the assassination story. Jim Root P.S. John J. McCloy missed a Warren Commission meeting to be at the Nuclear Arms meeting when Nosenko defected.
  4. Yuri Nosenko

    On June 1, 1962 Lee and Marina Oswald receive a repat loan to return to the United States. That same month Nosenko first makes contact with the CIA. Coincidence ? Shortly after the assassination of JFK Nosenko defects. Another coincidence? Jim Root
  5. Yuri Nosenko and the Warren Report

    Hi Michael I do not get over here as much as I used to but am still committed to research on the subject. My interest in Abt is twofold, one obvious and the second much more obscure. First is Oswald's sophistication in knowing who Abt was. I find this interesting on many levels but in my post above my interest in Abt is only to present Oswald obsession with getting in touch with the man as opposed to his lack of determination to get a hold of John Hurt. (Paul, on one of my visits to the 6th floor museum, Gary Mack queued up a news reporter relaying a story on Oswald's attempt at making a phone call Saturday night. This led both Mack and myself to believe that the "Raleigh Call" was an outgoing call.) Secondly ( and more importantly for my point on this thread ) is the number of people Oswald tried to help him get him touch with Jonathan Abt vs his one and only attempt to call John Hurt. I speculate that the operators felt that after the failed attempt to contact Hurt, Oswald would want them to make additional efforts to find John Hurt just as he had done with Abt....that did not happen. More importantly the information about that call never made it into the Warren Commission Report! WHY? Michael, if you research my past posts you will find a great deal about a real John Hurt who was very much involved in NSA spy craft. You will also find that Frank Rowlette and Meredith Gardner (Venona Project fame) both knew and worked with John Hurt while in the NSA. They would also be tasked with writing a report on Oswald at the request of the CIA. I speculate that the Hurt call was to a "cut-out" and that Oswald knew the name was all he needed to pass on. Jim Root
  6. Yuri Nosenko and the Warren Report

    Hi Paul Was aware that Oswald repeatedly tried to get in touch with Johnathon Abt and had several others attempt to contact him. Two of my questions have always been connected to the attempts to contact ABT. 1). "Why and how was Oswald aware of Abt?" 2). "With the many attempts by Oswald to contact Abt, why was there only one attempt to contact John Hurt (which was left completely out of the Warren Commission Report)?" Jim Root
  7. Yuri Nosenko and the Warren Report

    In reading John"s excellent post I found it interesting to see the name John Abt. Anyone else find this interesting? Jim Root
  8. Can we possibly AGREE....

    Ron Not sure why MacNamara or Taylor's son would write something that was not true. But from both I do believe that MacNamara was in a Budget meeting and that there was a meeting of the Chiefs of Staff. Two points which they both agree upon. Of course I like the Taylor account because it fits with Max's protocol approach to things.....George Marshall was alone when the Japanese attacked (which he had pre-Knowledge of) and I find it interesting that Taylor would find a way to be sequestered alone when the assassination occurred ( if he had pre-knowledge of the potential for an assassination attempt). Jim Root
  9. Can we possibly AGREE....

    According to a November 22, 2013 article, Bryan Bender and Neil Swindey, Globe staff writers seems to contradict McNamara's memory. First it seems that Bobby Kennedy only called McNamara long after McNamara should have already been aware of Kennedy's death and second that Bobby Kennedy called McNamara to arrange transportation to Dallas not to inform him of the Presidents death. "...(Bobby) Kennedy glanced at his watch. It was 1:45 p.m. “We’d better hurry and get back to that meeting,” he told his guests. Just then his wife, Ethel, called over to him, holding the patio phone extension. “It’s J. Edgar Hoover,” she said, a look of worry playing over her face. They both knew the FBI director never called Bobby at home....(Robert) Morgenthau, in a recent interview, recalled watching Kennedy drop his sandwich, race over to the phone, and then quickly cup his hand over his mouth as he heard the devastating news. “Jack’s been shot in Dallas,” Bobby said with a gasp. “It may be fatal.”..... Walking the grounds of Hickory Hill just an hour after receiving confirmation of his brother’s death, Bobby confided in an aide something truly unsettling. That aide, Edwin Guthman, would later recount it in his book “We Band of Brothers.” “I thought they would get one of us,” Bobby said, adding, “I thought it would be me.” In his second-floor library, Bobby tried to displace his grief with action, changing his clothes and then working the phones, according to previously published interviews with some of the people he interacted with in those initial hours. Reaching a Secret Service agent at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Bobby told him to make sure there was a priest at his brother’s side. The actions the attorney general took in these first crucial hours underscored the various, critical roles he played as the nation’s top law enforcement official, as his brother’s chief protector, and as the Kennedy clan’s chief executive after his father suffered a debilitating stroke less than a year into JFK’s presidency. Bobby called Defense Secretary Robert McNamara to arrange transport for him to Dallas, figuring he would head there. He took a call from John McCone, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and asked him, “Jack, can you come over?” He called family members, handing out assignments based on their individual strengths. His sister Jean, who was closest to the first lady, would fly to Washington to be with Jackie when she returned, while sister Eunice, who was closest to their mother, would fly to the family compound in Hyannis Port to be with Rose, according to William Manchester’s book “Death of a President.” Meanwhile, he decided his younger brother Teddy would also fly to Hyannis Port, giving him the toughest task: breaking the news to their father. That, Joseph Kennedy’s personal nurse, Rita Dallas, said in an interview, would require some elaborate choreography. While awaiting Teddy’s arrival, the household staff had to pretend that the patriarch’s TV set was broken, a ruse to prevent him from learning the devastating news about his son from newsman Walter Cronkite. Bobby called National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy, and, according to Manchester, instructed him to have the locks changed on his brother’s files, knowing that a new president, a man he did not trust, would soon be in charge. As for that new president in waiting, Bobby took a call from Lyndon Johnson as he sat aboard Air Force One, phoning to get from the attorney general the precise wording for the oath of office he would soon take. The conversation between RFK and LBJ, like their relationship itself, was strained, with their mutual disrespect barely concealed. Even in his grief, Bobby had to recognize this: He may have been the second most powerful man in government, but the assassin’s bullet that killed the president had also gravely weakened his brother. It would usher into the Oval Office the man he had aggressively tried to keep off the ticket in 1960, and then had belittled and ostracized for the three years that followed. There would be payback. When McCone arrived from CIA headquarters, Bobby paced the lawn of his estate with him. As Bobby later told historian and aide Arthur Schlesinger, he asked McCone point blank if the CIA “had killed my brother, and I asked him in a way that he couldn’t lie to me, and they hadn’t.” McCone was a devout Catholic, leading many to believe that their shared faith was behind Bobby’s confidence in the CIA director’s candor." It was a confusing time, I am sure, but whose account carries the most weight, Taylor's son or McNamara's which seems to be contradicted in some ways by those with Kennedy at the time? I don't have that answer but appreciate how you are looking deeper into Maxwell Taylor's potential involvement in the assassination story Ron.....something I have been looking at for years. Jim Root
  10. Can we possibly AGREE....

    Ron Interesting. Am I correct about the military not being put on high alert? Jim Root
  11. Can we possibly AGREE....

    Ron I will try to find the exact cite but the information, if I remember correctly, comes from, "An American Soldier: the Wars of General Maxwell Taylor" John M. Taylor, Presidio Press, 1989 (john Taylor being Maxwell's son). Taylor himself had been in a heated argument with Kennedy over the Limited Test Ban Treaty of 1963 which, Taylor felt, put the US at a disadvantage with the Soviet Union in the development of small scale nuclear weapons. John J. McCloy agreed with Taylor on that point and actually refused Kennedy's request to negotiate the Limited Test Ban Treaty with the Soviets. Need to note that McCloy did not want the Limited Test Ban Treaty of 1960 as well and the U-2 Incident led to the failure of the Paris Summit where the 1960 Treaty was to be signed. After Kennedy's assassination McCloy was brought back as Johnson's Chief Arms negotiator. An interesting read is Maxwell Taylors speech to the graduating class at West Point in 1963 where he refers to the president as the "temporary custodian" of the Constitution. In the same group of activities leading up to that graduation John J. McCloy receives the Sylvanus Thayer Award and Edwin Walker resigns as a member of the West Point Alumni Association. Some cotemporary input from others that knew Taylor: "Military Analyst S.L.A. (Slam) Marshall of the Detroit News, a retired brigadier general and one of the nation's leading military historians (The River and the Gauntlet), has serious reservations about the man he followed through Normandy, Holland, Belgium and Korea. "I think I know Max Taylor as well as any man in America. He was an extraordinary battle commander-the most tightly self disciplined officer I ever knew. But Taylor is the wrong man for this job. Taylor is not a conciliator. He's actively interested in the exercise of power for his own sake." Add this prophetic statement about Taylor in the same article that preceeded the assassiantion of John F. Kennedy by two years: "He'd never mix with the fellows when we went on a trips, drink a beer or join in chitchat. He'd go over in a corner of the plane and read a book." Says one Hill leader, "I see nothing but trouble ahead." Lawerence D. Freedman stated in a Foreighn Affairs article (September/October 2002): "During the Cuban missile crisis, for example, the first offerings from the Joint Chiefs of Staff set as the U.S. objective the liberation of Cuba, even as the president set down the more restricted goal of removing offensive weapons from the island. When asked what the Soviet reaction might be to their preferred option of massive air strikes against the island, the brass answered, "Soviet reaction unknown." And they were still pressing for offensive action when Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev conceded.' "Kennedy later remarked that the first advice he would give to his successor was "to watch the generals" and not think that "just because they were military men their opinions on military matters were worth a damn." Some thoughts... Taylor was a special opps kind of guy. He did his famous mission to Rome in 1944 and if my information is correct other covert trips into Rome during WWII. His association with the Japanese language program in Tokyo prior to WWII (that became associated with Friedmans code work and the creation of the NSA), his pre Pearl Harbor South American tour, his creation of the "Green Berets", his battles with the other service Chiefs of Staff during the Eisenhower administration, his battles with Eisenhower on how the Army should be used, his conflict with the Air Force in matters of budget allocation and how the next war would be fought, etc., etc. show that Taylor could be discribed as an "independent thinker and lone wolf." Taylor, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff held authority over NSA's General Blake, a former student of Taylors, he had a certain amount of control over the movements of the President via Chester Clifton and influence in the CIA through Marshall Carter, Deputy Director of the CIA. Both Carter and Blake were classmates of Edwin Walker at West Point and I have, in previous threads, addressed the associations between Taylor and Walker. I have read that by the early 1960's NSA was controlling a majority of the US intelligence budget (Puzzle Palace). While in the mind of the public the CIA was the leading intelligence agency we have now learned that this was just not true. And the reality is that the NSA was associated with the Army from the begining. Taylor, with a great amount of influence in the Kennedy Administration and with the internal and international power associated with control of the NSA was in a position to impose his will upon the American public. But perhaps not without the approval of his old tennis buddy John J. McCloy. Jim Root
  12. Can we possibly AGREE....

    Maxwell Taylor, at the time of the Assassination, was alone in his pentagon office. He had just taken a break from meeting with a group of NATO Brass and asked that he not be disturbed while in his office. After the assassination Taylor, who had been distrurbed with the information, returned to his meeting and as I understand it did not put the US Military on highest alert (please correct me if I am wrong about the alert part). Taylor's actions remind me of the actions of George Marshall. Dispite the fact that the US Government/military knew we were about to be attacked somewhere on Dec. 7, 1941 and we had a pretty good idea of exactly when the attack would occur (from Japanese intercepts translated by John Hurt) George Marshall chose to be alone and away from his desk (horseback riding alone) as we entered the "fog of war." Max Taylor was George Marshall's secretary at that time (one of I believe six secretaries). Jim Root
  13. Ruby's Motive for Murder

    Craig Let me know what you dig up on Belasco.......I had to go deep but the few degrees of separation creates some interesting potential connections....maybe nothing except that Virginia comes on the Ruby scene just prior to the assassination. Jim Root
  14. "Oswald shot at Walker." .. ?

    Gene I think you ask a great question, "Was there something going on around April of 1963 in Walker's life ... something that may have been supported or enhanced by someone taking a potshot at him? " But I would change the Question to "Was there something going on around April of 1963 in Oswald's life ... something that may have been supported or enhanced by someone taking a potshot at him (Walker)? You bring up the potential of three Oswald targets that seem unconnected, but are they? According to Oswald, Walker was the leader of a bad organization that did not want to see peace between the Soviet Union and the United States. Where does Oswald come up with that in the then current political atmosphere that Walker was living within? Richard Nixon was a former Vice President and the man who lost to Kennedy in the 1960 election. And Kennedy was the current President of the United States. What connects them? Shortly after the April 10th attempt on Walker's life, (involved or not) Oswald left Dallas and went to New Orleans. While there he delivered a speech at spring hill college. From a series of posts I did in 2005: Summary of a Speech by Lee Harvey Oswald Jesuit House of Studies, Spring Hill College Mobile, Alabama-July 27, 1963 Source: CE 2649 WC Volume XXV Robert J. Fitzpatrick who spoke to several students who attended the speech prepared the following summary. The summary was prepared after Fitzpatrick learned of Oswald's arrest in connection with the assassination of JFK. On Saturday, July 27, 1963, a relative of Lee Oswald, a member of the community at the Jesuit House of Studies, asked Mr. Oswald if he would address the scholastics on his experiences in Russia. The request was not unusual, for the scholastics try from time to time to have either prominent persons or others who have something interesting to relate speak to the scholastics on their experiences. Because Mr. Oswald was an American who had gone to live in Russia and who had returned, obviously for a reason, it was thought that he might be able to communicate the nature of the Russian people themselves better than any official reports might. Those who went to listen to him expected to hear a man who had been disillusioned with Soviet communism and had chosen America to it. What they heard was only partially this. The major points of Mr. Oswald's address and details from it are given below, probably never in verbatim form, but always true to his intent, at least as he was heard by a number of people. He worked in a factory in Minsk. When he applied for permission to live in the Soviet Union, the Russian authorities had assigned him to a fairly well advanced area, the Minsk area. He said that this was a common practice: showing foreigners those places of which Russians can be proudest. The factory life impressed him with the care it provided for the workers. Dances, social gatherings, sports were all benefits for the factory workers. Mr. Oswald belonged to a factory-sponsored hunting club. He and a group of workers would go into the farm regions around Minsk for hunting trips. They would spend the night in the outlying villages, and thus came to know Russian peasant life too. In general, the peasants were very poor, often close to starvation. When the hunting party was returning to Minsk, it would often leave what it had shot with the village people because of their lack of food. He spoke of having even left the food he had brought with him from town. In connection with the hunting party, he mentioned that they had only shotguns, for pistols and rifles are prohibited by Russian law. Some details of village life: In each hut there was a radio speaker, even in huts where there was no running water or electricity. The speaker was attached to a cord that ran back to a common receiver. Thus the inhabitants of the hut could never change stations or turn off the radio. They had to listen to everything that came through it, day or night. In connection with radios, he said that there was a very large radio-jamming tower that was larger than anything else in Minsk. More about factories: factory meetings were held which all had to attend. Everyone attended willingly and in a good frame of mind. Things came up for discussion and voting, but no one ever voted no. The meetings were, in a sense, formalities. If anyone did not attend, he would lose his job. Mr. Oswald said that he had met his wife at a factory social. The workers, he said, were not against him because he was an American. When the U-2 incident was announced over the factory radio system, the workers were very angry with the United States, but not with him, even though he was an American. He made the point that he disliked capitalism because it's foundation was the exploitation of the poor. He implied, but did not state directly, that he was disappointed in Russia because the full principals of Marxism were not lived up to and the gap between Marxist theory and the Russian practice disillusioned him with Russian communism. He said, "Capitalism doesn't work, communism doesn't work. In the middle is socialism and that doesn't work either". After his talk, a question and answer period followed. Some questions and his answers: Q: How did you come to be interested in Marxism? To go to Russia? A: He had studied Marxism, became convinced of it and wanted to see if it had worked for the Russian people. Q: What does atheism do to morality? How can have morality without God? A: No matter whether people believe in God or not, they will do what they want to. The Russian people don't need God for morality; they are naturally very moral, honest, faithful in marriage. Q: What is the sexual morality in comparison with the United States? A: It is better in Russia than in the United States. Its foundation there is the good of the state. Q: What impressed you most about Russia? What did you like most? A: The care that the state provides for everyone. If a man gets sick, no matter what his status is, how poor he is, the state will take care of him. Q: What impresses you most about the United States? A: The material prosperity. In Russia it is very hard to buy even a suit or a pair of shoes, and even when you can get them, they are very expensive. Q: What do the Russia people think of Khrushchev? Do they like him better than Stalin? A: They like Khrushchev much better. He is a working man, a peasant. An exampleOf the kind of things he does: Once at a party broadcast over the radio, he had a Little too much to drink and he began to swear over the radio. That's the kind of thing he does. Q: What about religion among the young people in Russia? A: Religion is dead among the youth of Russia. Q: Why did you return to the United States? (The question was not asked in exactly this way, but this is its content). A: When he saw that Russia was lacking, he wanted to come back to the United States, which is so much better off materially. (He still held the ideals of the Soviets, was still a Marxist, but did not like the widespread lack of material goods that the Russians had to endure). More points that were contained in the main part of his talk: He lived in Russia from 1959 to 1962. He only implied that the practice in Russia differed from the theory, he never stated it directly. The policy of Russia was important: After death of Stalin, a peace reaction. Then an anti-Stalin reaction. A peace movement leading up to the Paris conference. The U-2 incident and its aftermath. At the factory he had trouble at first meeting the men. They did not accept him at first. He joined a hunting club. He belonged to two or three discussion groups. He praised the Soviets for rebuilding so much and for concentrating on heavy industry. He said at one point that if the Negroes in the United States knew that it was so good in Russia, they'd want to go there. Another question: Q: Why don't the Russians see that they are being indoctrinated and that they are being denied the truth by these jamming stations? A: They are convinced that such contact would harm them and would be dangerous. They are convinced that the state is doing them a favor by denying them access to Western radio broadcasts. I think it is interesting to note that the U-2 incident and the Paris Peace Summit "were contained in the main part of his talk". Were they important to him for a reason? I still believe that the U-2 Incident and the failure of the Paris Peace Summit and the part that Oswald may have played in it did play heavily on Oswald's mind. From my post in 2005: Appendix 15: Transactions Between Lee Harvey Oswald and Marina Oswald, and the U.S. Department of State and the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Department of Justice "...on October 31, 1959, a Saturday, Oswald presented himself at the American Embassy in Moscow....Oswald stated to Snyder that he had voluntarily told Soviet officials that he would make known to them all information concerning the Marine Corps and his specialty therein, radar operation, as he possessed." "... the Embassy received an undated letter from Oswald postmarked Minsk, February 5. The letter stated: Since I have not received a reply to my letter of December 1960, I am writing again asking that you consider my request for the return of my American passport. I desire to return to the United States, that is if we could come to some agreement concerning the dropping of any legal proceedings against me. If so, than I would be free to ask the Russian authorities to allow me to leave. If I could show them my American passport, I am of the opinion they would give me an exit " "On May 26, 1961, the Embassy sent a despatch to the Department 94 advising that on May 25, 1961, it had received a letter from Oswald Page 754 postmarked Moscow, May 16, 1961.95 In his latest letter Oswald said he wanted "to make it clear"" that he was asking for full guarantees that he would not be prosecuted "under any circumstances" should he return to the United States. Oswald went on to say that if the Embassy could not give him these assurances, he would "endeavor to use my relatives in the United States, to see about getting something done in Washington" However, on Saturday, July 8, 1961, before the Embassy had received the response from Washington, Oswald appeared without warning at the Embassy in Moscow. "...He denied that he had made any derogatory statements concerning the United States to radio, press, or TV in the Soviet Union, and he denied that he had turned over any information to the Russians as he had threatened to do in the 1959 interview with Snyder." He, Oswald seemed worried that the US Govt. might have reason to prosecute him for?????? Oswald while in custody after the assassination of JFK said "The reason I am being arrested is because I went to the Soviet Union, I'm a patsy." Trying to tie so many loose ends together is difficult but let me try: Nixon was Vice President when the U-2 was shot down and the Paris Summit failed (I suggest that if the Paris Summit happens Nixon wins the Presidency but John J. McCloy did not want that summit to happen). I have shown that it is possible for Walker to have been on a plane with Oswald as he left London and journeyed to Helsinki (why passenger lists were never presented as evidence in the Warren Commission Report) which connects Walker to the group that did not want the Paris Summit to happen. And Kennedy? As President of the United States an assassins trial would be the biggest news ever and Oswald could show (with his Left leaning attorney Jonathan Abt) the subterfuge that he (Oswald) had gotten caught up in.....the PATSY. Jim Root
  15. "Oswald shot at Walker." .. ?

    Gene In 1962 Edwin Walker ran for Governor of Texas in the Democratic Primary. Walker, I believe came in last place. Any thought of a political career had been embarrassingly erased by April 1963 when the failed assassination attempt occurred. Jim Root