Malcolm Wallace

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Malcolm Everett Wallace
Born15 November 1921
Mt. Pleasant, Titus County, Texas, United States
Died7 January 1971
Mt. Pleasant, Titus, Texas, United States
NationalityUS
Known forassociation with Lyndon Johnson
Spouse(s)Mary Andre Dubose Barton
 
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Malcolm Everett Wallace
Born15 November 1921
Mt. Pleasant, Titus County, Texas, United States
Died7 January 1971
Mt. Pleasant, Titus, Texas, United States
NationalityUS
Known forassociation with Lyndon Johnson
Spouse(s)Mary Andre Dubose Barton

Malcolm Everett Wallace (November 15, 1921 – January 7, 1971) was an economist for the United States Department of Agriculture and a student president for the University of Texas.[1]

Early years[edit]

Malcolm Wallace was the son of Alvin James Wallace, Sr. (1895-1973), a cement and construction contractor, according to the 1930 US Census, and Alice Marie Riddle (1897-1959). Malcolm Wallace served as a private in the US Marine Corps. As a student at the University of Texas at Austin, Wallace led a 1944 protest against the ouster of University president Homer P. Rainey. [2] Wallace graduated from the University of Texas in 1947. He was a student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, from September 1947 to May 1948 but did not graduate with a degree.

On October 22, 1951, Wallace fatally shot John Douglas Kinser, who had been having an affair with his wife, in the clubhouse of an Austin golf course owned by Kinser.[3]

Later years[edit]

Wallace worked for 15 years as an administrator for Ling-Temco-Vought. The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that Wallace was killed about 7:35 p.m. Thursday, January 7, 1971, when his car ran off the road 3.5 miles south of Pittsburg, Texas on U.S. 271. [4][5] According to his death certificate, he died of a compound comminuted skull fracture with possible basal skull fracture. He is buried in Nevills Chapel Cemetery, Mount Pleasant (Titus County), Titus County, Texas, USA. [6]

Posthumous allegations[edit]

In 1984, Billie Sol Estes told a grand jury investigating the 1961 shooting death of Henry Marshall, an official with the Department of Agriculture, that Wallace was his murderer.[1] Estes, who was convicted in 1963 on federal charges related to non-existent fertilizer businesses, said that Marshall possessed information linking Estes' fraudulent schemes to a heavily-funded political slush fund run by Lyndon B. Johnson.[1] According to Estes, he and Johnson discussed the need to stop Marshall from making their illegal ties public.[1] In exchange for immunity from prosecution, Estes was also prepared to provide the United States Department of Justice information of eight killings orchestrated by Johnson, including the assassination of John F. Kennedy.[7] He claimed that Wallace persuaded Jack Ruby to recruit Lee Harvey Oswald and that Wallace fired a shot that struck Kennedy.[7]

Barr McClellan, author of Blood, Money & Power: How LBJ Killed JFK, reiterated many of Estes claims in 2003 stating that Johnson, Wallace, Estes, and Cliff Carter were responsible for the death of Marshall.[8] According to McClellan, Wallace fired one shot at Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, then ran to escape.[8] He stated that fingerprints and an eyewitness placed Wallace in that location and that Wallace could be seen as a "shadowy figure" in photos of the building.[8]

Roger Stone, author of the 2013 book The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ, called Wallace "Lyndon Johnson's personal hit man" and also said that Wallace shot Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository.[9] Similar to McClellan's account, Stone said six eyewitnesses placed Wallace in that location and that a fingerprint found on a box in the sniper's nest was his.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Jones, Garth (August 14, 1985). "Federal Official's Death Certificate Ordered Changed". The Victoria Advocate (Victoria, Texas). AP. p. 8A. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ TEXAS BOARD OUSTS UNIVERSITY HEAD: Students March on Capitol to demand Governor call meeting on discharge of Rainey. New York Times Nov 3, 1944, p 38.
  3. ^ Dalton, Kyle. "Butler Pitch and Putt in Austin: Murder in the clubhouse, fun on the golf course". www.golftexas.com. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ Malcolm Wallace obituary. Dallas Times Herald. Friday, January 8, 1971
  5. ^ M.E. Wallace Services set for Sunday. January 10, 1971 The Dallas Morning News.
  6. ^ Malcolm Wallace on findagrave.com
  7. ^ a b McFadden, Robert D. (May 14, 2013). "Billie Sol Estes, Texas Con Man Whose Fall Shook Up Washington, Dies at 88". The New York Times (New York). Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "An interview with Barr McClellan, author of Blood, Money & Power: How L.B.J. Killed J.F.K.". http://news.findlaw.com. CourtTV. December 1, 2003. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Ames, Michael (November 22, 2013). "This Man is Positive LBJ Hired a Man to Kill Kennedy. And He Knows That Man's Name.". Esquire. Retrieved June 17, 2014.