Seven months prior to Kennedy’s assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald made a different assassination attempt – on retired Army General Edwin Walker.
Walker was living in the Dallas area and was affiliated with right-wing causes. He had run for governor of Texas in 1962, getting beat in the primaries. He had also pushed the McCarthyism ideals that there were Communists inside the U.S. government. He had orchestrated riots against desegregation at the University of Mississippi and he railed against the “anti-Christ Supreme Court,” etc. You get the picture.
It was April 10th, 1963. Oswald left home that night and didn’t give details to his wife Marina about what he was doing. He didn’t return until very late. He left a note for her, which she kept and hid.
The note was about how he had paid rent and he left her as much money as he could. He also instructed her to throw out his clothes but not his personal documents. The note also told her where the city jail was, if he were “alive and taken prisoner.”
According to sources, Oswald aimed at Walker through a back window at his house. The bullet hit the window frame, was deflected, and passed near Walker’s head. Oswald learned from the radio the next day that Walker hadn’t been killed.
Marina later testified to the Warren Commission that Oswald actually told her that he had tried to assassinate Edwin Walker. Marina also told the Warren Commission about the note he left (which she still had). A handwriting expert confirmed the writing was from Oswald.
Photos of Walker’s house were found that were taken by Oswald’s camera. That year, experts could not say for sure that the bullet fragments were from Oswald’s gun.
Another examination in 1977 concluded that the metal elements in the bullet exactly matched the Mannlicher-Carcano ammunition used in Oswald’s rifle. (The technology for this didn’t exist back in 1963.)
For seven months, no one knew who tried to assassinate Edwin Walker – the evidence came out after Kennedy was shot.
Until he died, Walker believed that Oswald had an accomplice – and Walker spent decades trying to learn his identity.