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Resigned General Edwin Walker (Part 3)

(Photograph of Edwin Walker from his West Point graduation ceremony of 1931.)

On 23 July 1964 General Walker testified before the Warren Commission (WC). His WC testimony took 30 pages, yet the WC heard far more about General Walker from other WC witnesses. Of the 26 WC volumes, the first 15 contain witness testimony while the remaining 11 contain photo exhibits. Within the 15 volumes of testimony, Walker is cited in 10 volumes. In the first five volumes alone Walker’s name appears more than 350 times – apart from his own testimony. Walker’s name is cited 502 times in the 15 WC testimony volumes.

I won’t review their full WC testimony, but in the weeks to come I’ll overview their WC testimony when they refer to General Walker. For now, I’ll simply name the 37 WC witnesses that referred to General Walker in any context for the WC between 3 February 1964 and 23 September 1964. They are:

  1. Will Fritz (DPD Captain)

  2. Jesse Curry (DPD Chief)

  3. JC Day (DPD Lieutenant)

  4. Joseph Nicol (DPD Agent)

  5. James Rowley (SS Agent)

  6. J. Edgar Hoover (FBI)

  7. Alan Belmont (FBI)

  8. Cortlandt Cunningham (FBI)

  9. Ivan Lee (FBI)

  10. James Hosty (FBI)

  11. Lyndal Shaneyfelt (FBI)

  12. Robert Frazier (FBI)

  13. Marina Oswald

  14. Robert Oswald

  15. Ruth Paine

  16. Michael Paine

  17. George De Mohrenschildt (Russian expatriate)

  18. Jeanne De Mohrenschildt (Russian expatriate)

  19. Ilya Mamantov (Russian expatriate)

  20. Raymond Franklin Kristinik (Russian expatriate)

  21. Lydia Dymitruk (Russian expatriate)

  22. Katherine Ford (Russian expatriate)

  23. Elena Hall (Russian expatriate)

  24. Samuel Ballen (Russian expatriate)

  25. Duncan Ford (Russian expatriate family)

  26. Max Clark (Russian expatriate family)

  27. Mrs. Donald Gibson (Russian expatriate family)

  28. Arthur Watherwax (Printer)

  29. Robert Klause (Printer)

  30. Bernard Weissman (CPUSA)

  31. Arnold Johnson (CPUSA)

  32. James Martin

  33. Revilo Oliver (JBS)

  34. Warren Reynolds

  35. Robert Allen Surrey

  36. Jack Ruby

  37. General Edwin Walker

In the weeks that will follow, I’ll briefly review the WC testimony of each of these WC witnesses as they may remark about General Walker. Also, in the weeks that follow, I’ll carefully review documents signed by Walker, as well as documents that I’ll argue were conceived by Walker and published secretly.

I obtained most of these documents from my exploration of the 90 boxes (non-indexed) of the personal papers of Edwin Walker, stored at the Briscoe Center for American History, Austin, Texas. Here’s an overview of my forthcoming argument:

  1. The Wanted for Treason handbill was Walker’s idea and Surrey’s publication.

  2. The Black-bordered Ad was Walker’s idea and N.B. Hunt’s publication.

  3. The Deutsche-NationalZeitung (DNZ) article was Walker’s idea and Dr. Frey’s publication.

  4. The National Enquirer article of 5/5/1964 (post-dated 5/17/1964) about which J. Edgar Hoover testified to the WC, was really Walker’s idea, and it repeats the DNZ punchline.

  5. These signed memos for The Friends of Walker merely repeated the DNZ punchline:

  6. Oswald A Known Criminal

  7. U.S. Senate and Its Senator Kennedy

  8. Chief Curry’s Boo-Boo

  9. Weekly Message

  10. Walker-Kennedy

  11. The Trojan Horse – USA

  12. Miscellaneous Writings

  13. JFK Didn’t Know He Knew His Assassin

  14. Letter to Senator Frank Church (which we've already seen), also repeated the DNZ punchline.

  15. Letter to Professor Robert Blakey repeated the DNZ punchline.

  16. Letter to Attorney General Janet Reno repeated the DNZ punchline.

Finally, I’ll argue that General Walker had the same DNZ punchline in mind when he and Robert Alan Surrey conceived of their short-lived book, The Assassination Story (1963).


--Paul Trejo

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