Oswald’s shooting at Gen. Edwin A. Walker is the Rosetta Stone for solving this case. The reason Oswald missed Walker is the same reason his first shot at JFK ‘missed’: his Marine Corps indoctrination in the indispensable requirement of zeroing the reassembled firearm (or a lack thereof in the Walker instance).
Three days prior to the shooting, Oswald took the bus to the vicinity of the Walker residence with his rifle wrapped in a green military raincoat. He knew the shorter and less ‘rifle-looking’ the bundle, the less suspicion would be aroused so he disassembled it for transport. This first trip was for the sole purpose of hiding the bundle under some leaves about a mile from Walker’s home, just as his third trip three days after the shooting was solely to retrieve the Carcano.
David McCullough said about his biography of John Adams that he immersed himself in ‘becoming’ Adams. I did the same with Oswald. If I wanted to shoot Gen. Walker and had to take my rifle on the bus, I’d do everything I could to allay suspicion by shortening that bundle by any length. My life could depend on it.
The Final Truth: Solving the Mystery of the JFK Assassination
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