The Walker Shooting

This excerpt from Dick Russell's excellent book, The Man Who Knew Too Much, answers a lot of questions, especially regarding the question of how Oswald, a right wing fanatic himself, tried to shoot Walker. Russell interviewed Bradford J. Angers, a highly reliable federal security agent, who knew the men that accompanied Oswald when the attempt was made to shoot the general.

(quoting from Russell's book)

On the evening of April 8, Robert Alan Surrey, a printing salesman and associate of General Walker, says he "saw two men around the house peeking in windows" as he drove up. Spotting a dark colored new Ford sedan without license plates on the street into which Walker's back alley ran, surrey waited until the men returned to the car and then briefly tailed them. When the car doubled back, Surrey, believing he had been spotted, abandoned the trail. He reported the incident late that night to Walker; the general says he called the police.

The shooting incident came two nights later. At about 9 PM, while Walker was sitting at a desk in his study, a bullet came whizzing through the window, passed near his head, and embedded in a wall, showering Walker with plaster.

Although the testimony of a teenage neighbor boy, Walter Coleman, was glossed over by the Warren Commission, the teenager said he observed three men outside Walker's house. Two of them sped away down an alley in a white or beige older model Ford... Coleman saw the third man put something on the floorboard of a 1958 Chevy in the adjacent church parking lot, then hastily leave the scene...

The Walker Shooting Revisited

Bradford J. Angers, a former Army security agent and private investigator, today continues to manufacture electronic surveillance equipment in semi-retirement in Dallas. For a brief time in 1963 he had been in the employ of H. L. Hunt, until the oilman demanded that Angers pack for Washington and go to work on his Lifeline radio project. Angers refused, and walked out of the office.

Then, several weeks after the assassination, Angers says he got a surprise phone call from Hunt."He said,'Brad, I'm sending a guy over to you, I want you to put him to work.' It was like an ultimatum." Angers agreed to do so.

When I spoke to Angers on a tip in the spring of l992, he refused to identify publicly the person whom Hunt asked him to hire. But it quickly became obvious to me who it was.

Angers recalled the young man as being "a frail fellow, very meticulous. He patterned himself after Joseph Goebbels. He and I used to talk about how Goebbels used syllogistic logic to build the Nazi empire."

Angers landed him a job in Austin, assisting Lady Bird Johnson's radio station in an advertising campaign. Then, suddenly, the FBI showed up at Anger's door."They said,'how much do you know about this guy that you just put to work for the president's wife?'" I said "Well, I know he's a helluva smart guy." Then they told me about CUSA and the black-bordered ad. I had never associated this fellow with the ad. So I tried calling the fellow up, but he'd disappeared. Finally his housekeeper called me and said to come over; that he needed medical care and some money. I went to his apartment in Austin. His face was all bandaged up. He had his arms in splints, and his wife had her leg in a cast. They said they'd had a little accident near Denton County.

"I gave them some money and then called this old sheriff up in Denton. He said there had been no major accidents there in several weeks. But one of their squad cars did pick up a man and woman who'd been beaten up and thrown out of a car. The sheriff said they gave phony ID, but he gave me a description. So I went back to this fellow and asked him what was up, and he let me tape-record our conversation. He told me that he and his wife had been picked up by the Secret Service. They were told if they even mentioned any relationship with the Kennedy assassination, or the Hunts, they`d be dead."

"Before the assassination, this guy's brother had gotten close to General Walker. Eventually he became his chauffeur. It was part of their infiltrating Walker's organization, and it went back to a power struggle in Germany when this fellow had been in the Army there and starting forming his own little group. Apparently this fellow couldn't stand Walker. Neither could his brother. "Somehow that spring of '63, the brother had made Friends with Oswald, who was also trying to get close to Walker. But this fellow I knew had never met Oswald, l don"t think, until his brother introduced them that night in April. The three of them got drunk together. They got in a car and the brother said,"Somebody ought to shoot that no-good son of a bitch Walker." And this fellow said,"I've got news for you, I got him kicked out of the goddamned Army in Germany." Then Oswald said, "I've got a rifle, let's go hit the son of a bitch."

"The three of them drove down St. Johns Avenue, and stopped the car close to a little stone bridge that went over Tuttle Creek. The brother and Oswald went down the creek, and Oswald laid down on the embankment looking at Walker's house. Remember the great big window Walker had in the front?"Walker was a nut, he would turn up a lamp and just pace back and forth reading in the room. They saw his shadow against the back wall and Oswald pumped off a shot. It hit the wall instead. Then they jumped in the car and took off"

Angers's story has never before been made public. The young man he is describing could only be Larrie Schmidt. This would mean that Schmidt, who was in touch with Charles  and the Hunt family, would have been perfectly positioned to pass the word along about Oswald. Schmidt and/or his brother might even have been acting under instructions in the first place to involve Oswald in the Walker incident. If this account is true and Angers is sure it is-the implications are staggering.

In the summer of 1992 I recontacted General Walker, now eighty-two, at his Dallas home. He well remembered Larrie Schmidt and his brother Bob."Larrie had been in a logistics command under General [James] Gavin down in Munich. The Schmidts" objective here in Dallas was to take over a ready- made organization. They started out moving in on Frank McGee's National Indignation Convention. Then Young Americans for Freedom became a good cover for them. Finally, they wanted to take over my organization."

Walker could not remember just when he took Bob Schmidt onto his personal staff, but it was probably before he hit the road with preacher Hargis early in 1963. It was Walker's aide-de-camp, Robert Surrey, who first brought the Schmidt brothers around."I had six to eight people working for me at the time. and Bob ran a lot of errands," Walker recalled."I had a station wagon, people coming into the airport, all my publications had to be printed across town. Larrie would hang around, just being a nuisance. Finally l ran him out of my house and told him never to set foot in it again. The dead giveaway was when one day he appeared on the front page of the Dallas Times Herald as a Dallas businessman. I thought he was overdoing it, he didn't seem to have much objective except making a power play. People don't realize how vicious it was; people were sabotaging within the organizations you see, even on the conservative side."

Finally l asked this question: Did Walker think it was conceivable that the Schmidt brothers could have gotten together with Oswald to shoot at him? His reply stunned me. "I've been told that they were," Walker said."Several people investigated the shooting as best they could, and raised that possibility. They were plenty capable of working with Oswald, sure. I think it's rather natural to suspect they were helping him one way or another."