Saturday, September 19, 2020

Oswald and the Walker Shooting


Oswald and the Walker Shooting

In preperation for the Walker shooting Oswald surveyed the area, took photos of the Walker house and alley, kept a scrapbook of Walker newspaper clippings, kept a notebook of his activities, wrote a letter to Marina telling her what to do if he was killed or captured, arranged for his raincoat to conceal the rifle when he traveled on a bus, left the weapon near the scene, then destroyed most of the above in a toilet. He returned home hypervenelating and excited hours after the shooting and told Marina Walker should be killed as Hitler should have been, echoing Volkmar Schmidt’s talk to him.

As Rolf M-Larrson mentioned in his CAPA presentation, Oswald did none of this before the assassination of the President.

There is another aspect of the Walker shooting that has not received any attention. The date of the shooting – April 10, 1963 coincides with another major event that occurred that morning – the sinking of the nuclear submarine USS Thresher.

The two events at first appear unrelated, but in retrospect, there are some ties that are more than coincidences.  

For one, the Thresher was discovered by sonar ships from the Woods Hole research lab in Massachusetts, just across the bay from the Forbes family island that Ruth Paine and Michael’s mom Ruth Forbes Paine Young visited shortly before Ruth picked up Marina in New Orleans.

It was scientists from the Woods Hole facility who devised the acoustical echo analysis of the Dallas Police dictabelt for the HSCA.

The sinking of the Thresher was blamed on faulty O-rings, that were ostensibly made by the Bendix corporation, who were sued in court by a former employee (Bray vs. Bendix). At that trial Bray tried to introduce a film of the assassination that was not the Zapruder film, but was apparently denied.

Bray also said that he was visited by a group of men in suits and ties who claimed to represent JFCOTT – Justice For Crew Of The Thresher, who blaimed the sinking of the Secretary of the Navy, who they said should be shot. To me this sou nds remarkably like the three men who visited Sylvia Odio, two Cubans and Oswald, who said that the President should be shot because of the Bay of Pigs.

The Secretary of the Navy, John Connally, was replaced by Fred Korth, both men from Texas. Oswald wrote to Connally from the USSR complaining about the change in his military discharge to “undesirable,” after his defection. Since the USMC come under the Dept. of Navy, the Navy Secretary could intervein. But Connally had left the Navy Secretary job to run for Governor, and the letter from Oswald was passed on to Korth, his successor. Korth knew of Oswald too, as he had represented Oswald’s mother in divorce proceedings.

Now all of this could be considered nonsense and ignored if it wasn’t for James Reston, Jr., son of the famous New York Times editor. Years after the assassination, Reston, Jr. came out with the theory that Oswald was shooting at former Navy Secretary Connally and not the President, who was accidently shot in the back and the head. At least Oswald had a motive to shoot Connally, Reston, Jr. argued.

In any case, Oswald and the Walker shooting is a yet unresolved issue.

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