2018-11-18 14:37:13 UTC
Who, if anyone, knew that Lee Harvey Oswald was an assassin prior to
On April 10, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald attempted to assassinate General
Edwin Walker, a right- wing leader in Dallas with a high-powered rifle,
after aborting a previous attempt on April 5th. The evidence of this
assassination attempt includes the testimony of his wife, Marina Oswald,,
a note in his handwriting Russian describing what Marina should do, after
the Walker shooting, if he were arrested, killed or had to go into hiding,
photographs of Walker's house from the sniper's position taken by Oswald's
camera and pasted into Oswald's scrapbook, and a Neutron Activation test
that showed that the metallic elements found in the bullet that was
recovered in Walker's home matched the ammunition used in Oswald's rifle
in the assassination of Kennedy (This technology for this test, done in
1977, did not exist in 1963). Oswald had told a number of people he knew
that someone should shoot Walker a month prior to the shooting, and, on
April 5th, when he made his first attempt, he had Marina take a photograph
of him dressed in black, armed to kill with a rifle and telescopic sight,
and holding in his hand the radical newspaper, The Militant. Those who
reportedly knew that he was a self-styled assassin include:
1) Marina Oswald. She testified to the Warren Commission that when Oswald
returned on the evening of April 10th, he explained to her that he had
just attempted to kill General Edwin Walker with his rifle.
2) George De Mohrenschildt. He had seen Oswald's sniper's rifle. He had
heard Oswald make rabid threats against Walker the prior month. He had
received the photograph which was signed "For George, Lee Harvey
Oswald" and dated April 5th, 1963 (Oswald's first attempt on Walker).
If he had any doubts why Oswald was holding the rifle in the photo,
Marina had scribbled on back in Russian "Hunter of Fascists. Ha. Ha"
After he heard on the radio that a sniper had fired a shot at General
Walker and, next day, he went over to Oswald's house to find out what
had happened to the rifle. According to Marina's testimony, he had
rushed up the stairs, and said "Lee, how did you miss General Walker?"
3) Jean De Mohrenschildt. According to Mohrenschildt, he had told his wife
in April 1963, when he left Dallas to go to Washington DC.
4) J. Walter Moore, a CIA officer working in the CIA's Domestic Contact
Division in Dallas, according to De Mohrenschildt. De Mohrenschildt
told me that he had reported the Walker assassination attempt and the
telltale "Hunter of Fascists" photograph to Moore.
5) Eusebio Azque, the Cuban counsel in Mexico City. Marina testified that
Oswald brought photos of the Walker shooting to Mexico to support his
request for a visa to go to Cuba. According to witnesses at the
consulate, Oswald showed these photographs to Azque, and became
involved in a heated argument with him about his bona fides as a