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How Lyndon B. Johnson's Best Friend Killed JFK

Updated on December 18, 2016


Lyndon B Johnson, was suddenly sworn in as the 36 president of the United States on November 22nd, 1963, after an awful event stunned the nation. America lost their young President John F Kennedy who died from a gun shot wound to the back of the head while being driven down a Texas street.

There have been many doubts over the years about the truth surrounding the event. How the murder happened, who was behind it, and why it happened are a few heated topics about the seemingly never ending debate. Barr Mclellan, is the author of the book Blood, Money, and Power: How LBJ Killed JFK, and the lawyer who was involved with the inner workings of LBJ's Law Firm. His book uncovers many of the mysteries surrounding the past, present, and future of the incident. Mclellan explains in his book that the events leading up to this tragedy were not executed by a single mad man with no plan, who was thought to be Lee Harvey Oswald, but a conspiracy orchestrated at the highest levels, by an intellectual lawyer with a plan that took a few years to develop.

The Evil Mastermind

Edward Clark and Lyndon B. Johnson initially met each other in 1935 in Austin Texas. Johnson was working for The National Youth Administration at the time, while Ed Clark was a secretary to Governor Allred of Texas. These two men would bully their way into great power, and eventually reach the presidency through a conspiracy to assassinate JFK.

Both of these men grew up in different areas of east Texas. Lyndon and Clark lived during a time where rough justice reigned. This was an era of 'justified lawlessness', which began during the founding of Texas, and continued into the age of Johnson and Clark. This justified lawlessness were actually criminal actions carried out in the name of personal survival with no concern for the consequences.

Johnson and Clark formed a friendship in which they were literally partners in crime. Clark was a powerful lawyer with connections in Congress, the Senate, and in various parts of the government. He used the right of privacy that came with attorney-client privilege, to commit many crimes that benefited him, especially Johnson. Clark made paid offs or made deals with powerful people to get his way. The deal that Johnson and Clark made among themselves entailed the condition that Clark would take all the blame if he was caught in cover ups and or pay offs, while Johnson would remain disconnected from any criminal activity.

Edward Clark made all the plans for the assassination of JFK. It took Clark two years to streamline his plans for the assassination and cover up scheme. There were many details that had to be made in advance, which would not only give Johnson absolute power, but also tons of money, projected somewhere in the millions. Johnson didn't know the exact details of the cover up, but Johnson knew he couldn't possess the power he dreamed of without dethroning his hated 'ally',JFK. Becoming the President of the United States was Johnson's end goal in his bid for power, and John Kennedy was the sole obstacle.

The Assassins

Edward Clark hired three snipers to kill JFK. The first was a man named Mac Wallace, who was a veteran assassin, as well as a Marxist. This former Marine did a lot of clean up killings for Lyndon B. Johnson and Clark over the years. The second sniper was Junior, whose real name has yet to be identified. The third person was the infamous Lee Harvey Oswald, a former Marine and Marxist.

Mac Wallace and Lee Harvey Oswald

Conspirators Take Their Positions

Wallace and Oswald were on the sixth floor of the Texas Book Depository, while Junior was at the grassy knoll adjacent to the Texas Book Depository. A man named Bill Yates was also involved in the conspiracy. He was a sentry who made sure no one entered the Texas Book Depository building while the assassins were preparing to kill Kennedy. All four of these men dressed up in suits, and owned legitimate secret service badges.

Snipers Nest at Sixth Floor of Texas Book Depository

The Assassination

The plan began to unwind. Each of the three snipers were given the same bullets to make sure only one person would be implicated as the patsy. No surprise, it turns out Oswald was the pasty.

The motorcade was directly under the Texas Book Depository on Elm Street at 12:30 pm. The two snipers above would have a clear shot once the motorcade passed the tree and the sign below the depository. When that time had come, Oswald fired a premature shot but nothing happened because there was a spent cartridge still in the gun which caused it to jam. Oswald reloaded and fired again. This first official shot hit the pavement to the right of the Lincoln motorcade, which only startled some pigeons on the depository building.

The second bullet fired from Wallace's gun hit Kennedy in the neck. This bullet continued to travel through the air, hitting the windshield, then penetrating the cement curb in front of an onlooker named Tague. A cement shard from the curb went into Tague's cheek. The next bullet fired by Oswald missed Kennedy on the left and hit Senator Connally who was on the right. The pain caused Senator Connally to twist and fall toward his wife. The onlookers started noticing the turmoil, and began reacting to the shots. Wallace was ready for the next hit, but it was Junior who fired the fatal bullet into Kennedy's head. These four shots were fired in the span of seven seconds.

The Fatal Moment (Viewer Discretion Advised;Graphic Content)

Escape Plan In Action

Now the escape plan was in play. Wallace moved out of the building like the rapid fire of lightning in the sky. He disconnected his gun and hid it under his jacket as he ran down the stairs. Meanwhile Junior hid his weapon while at the grassy knowl. Wallace joined Junior and Yates outside on the grass, posing as Secret Service agents trying to secure the chaotic crowd.

Oswald, on the other hand, was slow to leave the crime scene. One of the reasons for his hesitation was that his orders were vague:' hide and be ready to shoot.' .Oswald left his weapon behind some boxes, and then fled to the second floor break room of the depository. Police officers saw Oswald in the break room and dismissed Oswald at the time since he was known to work at the depository. He escaped the depository once those officers dismissed him as a harmless worker.

Officer Harkness, not involved in the conspiracy at all, was in front of the Texas Book Depository when the shots were fired. After recovering from the shock of the event, Harkness traveled to the northeast corner of the depository and was surprised to see Yates and Wallace there. One of them flashed their secret service badges, and Harkness nodded in approval, never suspecting that these secret service agents could be phonies. After this event, Junior and Wallace escaped for good, including Yates.

Visual of Dealey Plaza Where JFK was Assassinated Moments After the Event

The Plans Take a New Turn

Oswald was outwardly violent, which affected his escape from police. Oswald killed one policeman, and was eventually captured soon after. Lee Harvey Oswald was supposed to die in a shootout with police. Since that didn't happen as planned, Clark used his secret contacts, Murchison and H.L. Hunt to arrange for Jack Ruby to assassinate Oswald. Once Ruby killed him, Oswald wouldn't spout out any damning evidence.

When Jack Ruby found Oswald, he shot him at point blank range in the abdomen. Lee Harvey Oswald was then rushed over to the same hospital where JFK had been taken a few days earlier. Johnson called the hospital about updates concerning Oswald,and wanted the doctors to get a deathbed confession, which proved to be unsuccessful. Oswald like Kennedy, died at that same hospital.

When Jack Ruby was captured all assumed from what he said that there was no conspiracy. Ironically somehow he let his friends know that Johnson was involved in the assassination. Ruby was given legal help from Clark, who gave him an attorney. Jack Ruby accepted the help. Jack was found guilty of capital murder and would be sentenced to death. Oddly enough the conviction was reversed, but while Jack Ruby was waiting for his second trial, he died of cancer.

The Cover Up

As soon as JFK died, Johnson was sworn in as President of the United States. He requested Jackie Kennedy by his side, who was still in shock over the death of her husband. The president couldn't contain his perverted excitement that Kennedy was dead. He turned his face away from Jackie as shown in the photograph above. He then smiled at his friend Congressman Thomas who winked back at him.Even his wife Lady Bird Johnson grinned back at her husband. This strange event was caught on camera, and this is proof of Johnson's amoral attitude. Johnson later remarked that on that day "I never felt better."

Johnson had JFK's body flown on Air Force One with Jackie and Johnson in attendance. This delay also allowed President Johnson to have control of the body. The Kennedy motorcade was taken to Cincinnati, Ohio to be cleaned out and refurbished three weeks after Oswalds death. These actions erased all valuable evidence.

Clark told Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade to shut up about a conspiracy, and he listened. Johnson silenced the head of the police Homicide Bureau Wiil Fritz, and he also was quiet. All the doubters had to be deceived and given false testimony to keep the one-man-killer theme hanging around.

Clark had to clean up all the evidence of the conspiracy, and he used Texas Law to do it. Clark anticipated a Texas Court of Inquiry, which is where the attorney general examines a crime and makes a report. This inquiry would allow Clark to make the cover up air tight. Of course Clark and Johnson used their own men and to lead the inquiry. Leon Jaworski would be the actual head of the inquiry, while Attorney General Waggonner Carr would be the puppet figurehead. Jaworski's job was to keep all evidence secret that pointed in Johnson's direction.

To keep the facade that there was no cover up, Johnson had to agree to a Joint Congressional Committee to examine the murder case.Johnson named a national panel in which he chose the members. He also picked the judges who would lead the case, and his appointed men would keep things silent.

Johnson was given a statement of what he had witnessed, and he signed it. Hoover agreed to the signing without requiring any further proof. Hoover's investigation on a single man assassin was backed up by Johnson, and then followed up by the Warren Commission.

The FBI and the US Government were in charge of their own investigation, which was why a conspiracy was never accepted during that time. Not only was the government trying to cover up their mistakes, but the FBI were also trying to cover up their tracks. Although an independent investigation was made by The Warren Commission to give another point of view, they were in complete agreement with the status quo. The Warren Commission's conclusions closed the case, and satisfied most Americans and the media at the time.


The facts in this article are articulated by a man named Bar McClellan who was a practicing attorney, representing Lyndon B. Johnson from 1966 though 1971. He wrote the book Blood, Money and Power: How LBJ Killed JFK to report his findings about the case .Barr partnered with Edward Clark's law firm for twelve years from '66 to '77. McClellan's main sources of information were the indirect but obvious references to criminal activity by Ed Clark, and the more direct references from Don Thomas. Another source of information regarding Johnson was Barr's first mentor and associate Martin Harris.Others who gave important information that proved that a conspiracy was at work were: Clark's secretary Edna O'Donnell; Hazel Arnold, a man who helped Don Thomas with the money-laundering cooperation; and Francis Colby.

Important political contacts Barr had made along the way, included such men as Republican Senator John Tower, Democratic Senator Ralph Yarborough, and Democratic Congressmen Jake Pickle. The assistants to these men also gave meaningful information were the following: Lloyd Hatcher, George Phoenix, Tony Profitt, Leonard Killgore, and numerous others on the congressional staffs .Preston Smith, Attonrney General Waggoner Carr, and General Crawford Martin were all people Barr knew personally. Their legal teams gave in depth understanding about Lyndon B. Johnson. Barr also had contacts concerning Johnson's business ventures into gas, oil, and the Railroad Commission. Barr McClellan also had connections with a man named Linward Shivers who knew all these business interests very well.

Barr had conversations with Clark and Johnson's personal friends. Some of these were Johnson's boyhood friend Emmette Redford, and Clark's first bought judge District Judge Jack Roberts. Also Buck Hood who was a client of McClellan's, knew many stories that had been dismissed during Johnson's bid for political power. These also included stories following JFK's assassination. Hood was a 'personal arranger for Johnson in the White House.' Barr knew Harris Fender who had colorful antedotes about his dealings with Clark .Barr became personally familiar with Johnson's campaign financing.

Barr had gained the background evidence for why Johnson wanted this assassination, by consulting a business associate named Sam Castorani, and a handful of history students such as David Weinstein, David Vasquez, Rob McCoy, Bill Pugsley, and Warren Ford. A superb assassination researcher by the name of J. Harrison helped McClellan with his information on the matter. Harrison owned one of the most complete libraries on the JFK assassination. To prove Mac Wallace was one of the killers in the assassination, there was a man named Nathan Darby, a certified print examine,r who made the print match, and also aided McClellan in his search. Another assassination expert by the name of Walt Brown assisted Barr McClellan with his research and showed the print evidence to the AARB and the public.

Barr McClellan had a colleague in the oil business named Martin Harris that told him how the Texas oil field operated, in a legal and illegal capacity.

Barr McClellan used the following four sources to find documents to back up his claims: The Texas State Archives, Kennedy Assassination records at the National Archives in Bethesda, Maryland, Johnson's Library in Austin, Texas, and Southwestern University's Clark Collection in Georgetown, Texas.


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