The Big Issue : Edition 550
THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 17 NOV–3 DEC 2017 23 ED CLARK BOUGHT judges, says Barr McClellan. This was clear in the trial of Malcolm “Mac” Wallace, the next most important man in this story. On 22 October 1951 Mac Wallace went to an Austin mini-golf course – but not to play golf. He was there to see the manager, John Douglas Kinser. The two men argued loudly, in front of witnesses. Wallace drew a gun and killed Kinser on the spot. Within an hour Wallace was arrested and charged with murder. Kinser had been having an affair with Wallace’s wife, in a swingers group. In that group was Josefa Johnson – the sister of LBJ. Kinser had been having sex with her, too. When Kinser realised who her brother was, he asked her for money, a “loan” – or was that blackmail? Wallace went to trial in February the next year. He pleaded guilty. He did not testify. No mention was made of motive. No mention was made of swingers’ parties or Josefa Johnson. On conviction, 11 of 12 jurors recommended the death penalty. The judge gave him five years. Suspended. According to Barr McClellan, every other person convicted of murder in Texas that year was executed. Mac Wallace walked from court a free man. Johnson’s secret was safe. IN THE TEXAS Schoolbook Depository, from where shots most certainly were fired, there were many fingerprints. All were identified as those of employees or police – except for one. In 1998, it was matched to Mac Wallace – not a perfect match (fingerprints virtually never are), but a better match than in most criminal cases. The match has been disputed. It was left on one of the cardboard boxes that formed the so-called “sniper’s nest”. Cardboard does not hold prints for long. MUCH HAS BEEN made of the fact that Johnson was on thin ice that 22 November. That very day there were hearings in Washington about Bobby Baker, who was Secretary to the Senate, serving Johnson. Straight after Air Force One – carrying Johnson, the widow Jackie Kennedy and the corpse of JFK – touched down in Washington, he inquired about the hearings. The assassination had disrupted them. Baker eventually ended up in jail for tax evasion – but the investigation into Johnson stopped. Coincidentally, at JFK’s inauguration Baker had stood in the icy cold National Mall and predicted the man taking the oath would die a violent death in office. In New York, on the Sunday morning following Friday’s assassination, Richard Nixon – who JFK had defeated in the 1960 election – was watching TV as Jack Ruby stepped from the shadows and shot Oswald dead. Nixon soon had visitors, who found him white as a ghost. “I know that man,” he told them, according to Roger Stone, longtime Republican warhorse (and lately Trump booster). Stone maintains in his book The Man Who Killed Kennedy, that Nixon knew from that moment Johnson was behind the assassination. Nixon liked to say that the difference between him and Johnson was that while both wanted to be president, “I wasn’t prepared to kill for it.” AND THIS IS where the story gets weird. Nixon was in Dallas the day of the assassination. He flew to New York before the fatal shots. According to Madeleine Duncan Brown, LBJ’s mistress for 21 years, Nixon was one of those present at a get-together the night before at the mansion of Clint Murchison Sr, one of the biggest of the big oilmen of Texas. Also present, she claimed, were FBI head J Edgar Hoover; oil man HL Hunt, then the world’s richest man, who had “Kennedy: Wanted for Treason” leaflets distributed in Dallas that deadly day; Texas Governor John Connally, who would ride with JFK the next day and get shot, crying out “They’re going to kill us all”; George Brown, who bankrolled Johnson, who in turn awarded him defence contracts worth many hundreds of millions of dollars; and gangsters Carlos Marcellos, Joe Civello, Jack Ruby – and Mac Wallace. Madeleine Brown knew all these men personally (except Hoover). In a long interview (it’s on YouTube), Brown tells how LBJ arrived late. The men convened in a conference room. When a seething Johnson emerged, he grabbed her by the arm. “After tomorrow those SOBs [the Kennedys] will never embarrass me again. That’s no threat, that’s a promise,” said Johnson, according to Brown. She says he repeated the phrase to her the next morning. It seems too good to be true: a rogue’s gallery of conspirators gathering together the night before the deed. We like to think conspirators keep their distance so as not to be linked to each other – but it can be just as important to conspirators that they smear each other with blood, so that none can rat on any of the others. THE CONSPIRACY THEORIES started the moment JFK died – his brother Robert was the first. He was having lunch at his estate in Virginia when J Edgar Hoover rang with the news. “I think he told me with pleasure,” Kennedy later remarked, according to one of his biographers. Robert Kennedy called federal marshals to surround his mansion – not the FBI nor the CIA, whom he no longer trusted. JFK had been maneuvering to sack Hoover, who had headed the FBI since 1924; LBJ appointed him director for life. Robert Kennedy called some Secret Service men. They told him they had been caught in crossfire in Dealey Plaza – that they had driven into an ambush. That is, there was more than one shooter. Later that day Kennedy phoned a CIA man and said: “One of your men did it.” Only decades later did the world learn the Kennedys and the CIA had an assassination planned for a week later – Cuba’s Fidel Castro was to be killed in a motorcade by a sniper, with a Russian soldier set up as the patsy. Just like happened to Kennedy. ROBERT KENNEDY DID NOT TRUST FBI OR CIA J EDGAR HOOVER, FBI HEAD APPOINTED FOR LIFE BY LBJ JACK RUBY, MOBSTER KILLED OSWALD, FINGERED LBJ LEE HARVEY OSWALD ASSASSIN OR PATSY?