David Lifton Posted May 21, 2012 Share Posted May 21, 2012 (edited) Edwin Walker's event was a put-on to help frame up the patsy.If one of the unmarked Mannlichers could fire into the house, the guy would be a lone nut gunman after the fact... Ok, so I'm trying to understand the Walker episode. It's almost up there with the Tippit mystery. I'm leaning towards believing, along with Shanet, that it was part of the setup to make the patsy look like a hard core left wing gun-totin' wacko. But... if that's the case then why wasn't the Walker episode publicized more after Oswald's death to reinforce the image they were manufacturing of him? Was it publicized a lot to help incriminate the patsy but I'm not aware of it? Seems like the propagandists would want maximum mileage out of the incident; why bother to set it up otherwise? Hi Myra, The Walker episode was in fact given lots of publicity--and the "start date" for the print media was Saturday, December 7, 1963. Here's the basic chronology: 4/10/63: Oswald left Marina a note, which provided instructions as to what to do if he was arrested or "taken alive". Someting like that. Marina, of course, was frightened. What the heck was going on, she wondered. Then, later that night, Oswald came rushing in, and lay down on the bed, shaking and palefaced, and told her he had shot Walker. He turned on the radio, flipping from station to staion, and listened to news reports, translating for Marina. (This is what she said. The Lord only knows if Oswald actually was faithfully translating). The next morning, he bought a newspaper home, and told Marina that Walker had escaped death, but it was by sheer accident; that he (Lee) had really tried to kill him, but Walker had moved his head at the last minute. Lee told her, according to Marina, that he was sorry that he had missed. Marina was angry, and scared. She was a child of Stalinist Russia,and here was her husband telling her that he had tried ot murder a U.S. army general. She saved the note and told Oswald she would go to the police, if he ever did anthing like that again. This is critical, because the note functioned as "the trigger." MARINA AND THE HIDDEN NOTE Marina had hidden it, and on November 22, when she heard (from Ruth Paine) that JFK was shot rom the building where Lee worked, she ran to the garage to see if the rifle was still in the blanket. She saw the blanket, and mistakenly concluded it contained the rifle. When the police arrived later, and asked point blank if her husband owned a rile, she pointed to the blanket (which she thought contained the rifle). When they raised it, and it was empty, her heart sank. She was scared, and fightened. She couldn't understand why Lee, who loved Kennedy, was shoot him. En route to the poiice station, seated next to Ruth Paine, she asked Paine (in a low voice, and in Russian): "Was Walker in the car with him?" (This is in Paine's sworn testimony). Marina kept the Walker affair totally secret until Tuesday, December 2, 1963. That's when the Secret Service--screening Marina's incoming mail and packages--opened a book that had been dropped of at the Irving Poice department, by Ruth Paine, on Saturday, November 30. The book contained the note. THE NOTE AS "THE TRIGGER" Please note: the note functioned as "the trigger". Without the note, those involved in this farce couldn't surface the Walker affair without revealing their own foreknowledge of the supposed "link" between the two events. IMHO: The note was "supposed to be found" on Friday afternoon, 11/22--but Marina (who is really quite clever, and was very protective of Lee) had hidden the note in a book. When certain police officers were searching the Paine home on Saturday, 11/23, Ruth Paine reports that they were flipping through various books, as if "looking for something"--and I'll bet they were! But, they couldn't find it. (Hurray for Marina!) However, . . that changed on Monday, December 2. SS agent Gopadze, who fount the note, called Marina on the telephone. She denied all knowledge. Then he confronted Ruth Paine with the note: she said she knew nothing about it (and she didn't). Then, on Tuesday, December 3, he personaly went to where Marina was staying, and showed her the note. Confronted with the note, her defenses collapsed, and Marina then told the whole story. The FBI interviewed her hours later that same day (December 3, Agents Boguslav and Heitman) and so now it was officially a matter of record: Marina had now confessed to what the note was all about--that her husband Lee Oswald had attempted to shoot General Walker the previous April, and indeed, that he told her that he had tried to kill him. THE WALKER BULLET Of course, there's a whole ancillary story about the bullet that was recovered from Walker's house. And by the way--it was not found inside a wall, or anything like that. It had (supposedly) gone through a wall, and was found lying atop some papers in another room (shades of 399!. . only this one was really battered and scrunched up). Also, there's the question of whether Walker --somehow--"knew" his supposed sniper was Oswald, and told that right wing German newspaper exactliy that in a translatlantic phone call on 11/23/63. He also behaved that same way with another journalist on Saturday, November 30, implying that his sniper had been Oswald, three days before Marina admitted that to the FBI. A KEY DATE: DECEMBER 7, 1963 The fact that Marina had told the FBI that her husband had shot at Walker was released to the press on Friday, December 6 (via the Dallas Police Department)--along with reports that Walker's name and phone number was in Oswald's address book--and all of that was headline news in the nations media on Saturday, December 7. The New York Times (for example) ran it as their lead story that Saturday--it was page 1, column 8. The headline: "Oswald linked to a shot fired at General Walker." The sub-heads read: "Said to Have Told Someone, Thought to be His Wife, of Dallas Attack in April. And: "BULLET PIECES STUDIED" "But Fragments Cannot Be Conclusively Connected to Kennery Murder Gun" Here's the lead: Dallas, Dec. 6 - A rifle shot that narrowly missed former Maj. Gen. Edwin A Walker in his dallas home last April 10 was ired by Lee H. Oswald, police sources said today. Oswald, the accused assassin of President Kennedy, told at least one person that he fired the shot at Mr. Walker, it was learned. That peson was believed to have been Oswald's Russian-born wife, Marina." etc etc. Myra, you can ignore those who propound the notion that Marina "made it up." I knew Marina well for about 14 years. Let me assure you: She did not "make it up." (That's the kind of line thats proposed by those who have a tendency, in this case, to "shoot the messenger" instead of reading the message.) Walker was Marina's personal nightmare, and she spent years coming to terms with it. In fact, the Walker affair was a major factor in causing Marina's "defenses" to collapse--circa Dec 3, 1963--and for her to move to the position that her husband had (apparently) shot Kennedy. That's what she really believed, for a while--indeed, for a long while. She held that position from December, 1963, all the way through 1981. MY OWN CONTACTS WITh MARINA - - starting in January, 1981 BEST EVIDENCE was published in January, 1981, and it was that month that I met Marina for the first time. Between Jan 1981, and 1988, I spoke with Marina dozens and dozens of times. There's no question but that I was instrumental in leading her away from that position, and providing alternate explanatons for the strange behavior of her husband. Subsequently, Marina reversed her position, and said so in a series of interviews with Myrna Blyth, the editor of the Ladies Home Journal, which were published in November, 1988. At that time, Marina "came out" and said that she no longer believed the official version. I worked closely with the produers and screen writer of the Marina Oswald story, aired in 1993. That was the first time the Walker affair was portrayed (albeit briefly) as a setup. Marina no longer believes her husband assassianted President Kennedy, but (I don't think) she was ever able to get around the fact that Lee Oswald came running in that night, and said he had in fact shot at Walker. In short, she was the victim of a manipulation. Of course, Lee did not intend to die that weekend, and not be around "to explain." As I learned from many conversations, Marina was something of a poet. In our 1990 filmed interview, she talked about her mixed feelings towards Lee and said "He left me to swim in this dirty water." Hope this helps. To be continued. . . DSL Edited May 21, 2012 by David Lifton Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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