John Douglas Kinser was born March 29, 1918 in Austin, Texas. He was murdered on October 22, 1951.
John had become a business man in Austin and an opportunity presented itself to him in the late 1940s. On a piece of land located south of the Colorado River and the city of Austin, the Butler Brick company operated a prosperous clay mine. After years of mining clay on the small piece of land, Butler Brick closed down the mine in the late 1940s and turned the property over to the city of Austin. The land was in bad shape. The city of Austin had two choices – clean up the land or leave it in its poor condition. The city opted for the latter. John Douglas had an idea. He wanted to build a nine-hole par-3 golf course on the site. Kinser took his idea to the city in a meeting of city legislators. The city of Austin never hesitated and granted Kinser permission to build the course on the land. After months of planning and preparation, Butler Park Pitch and Putt Golf Course opened on June 1, 1950. The course is located on 201 Lee Barton Drive. As one drives south on Lamar Blvd, it will be seen on the left as you approach the intersection. During this period of time, John had become known around town as a “playboy”, joining the Austin Community Theatre group and having numerous affairs while having been married, he divorced. – Ron Humphrey
John Douglas Kinser was the owner of a miniature golf course in Austin, Texas. He was also having an affair with Josefa Johnson, the sister of Lyndon B. Johnson. Josefa was also having a relationship with Mac Wallace, who worked for Johnson at the Department of Agriculture.
According to Barr McClellan, the author of Blood, Money & Power: How LBJ Killed JFK, Kinser asked Josefa if she could arrange for her brother to loan him some money. Johnson interpreted this as a blackmail threat (Josefa had told Kinser about some of her brother’s corrupt activities).
On 22nd October, 1951, Mac Wallace went to Kinser’s miniature golf course. After finding Kinser in his golf shop, he shot him several times before escaping in his station wagon. A customer at the golf course had heard the shooting and managed to make a note of Wallace’s license plate. The local police force was able to use this information to arrest Wallace.
Wallace was charged with murder but was released on bail after Edward Clark arranged for two of Johnson’s financial supporters, M. E. Ruby and Bill Carroll, to post bonds on behalf of the defendant. Johnson’s attorney, John Cofer, also agreed to represent Wallace.
On 1st February, 1952, Wallace resigned from his government job in order to distance himself from Lyndon B. Johnson. His trial began seventeen days later. Wallace did not testify. Cofer admitted his client’s guilt but claimed it was an act of revenge as Kinser had been sleeping with Wallace’s wife.
The jury found Wallace guilty of “murder with malice afore-thought”. Eleven of the jurors were for the death penalty. The twelfth argued for life imprisonment. Judge Charles O. Betts overruled the jury and announced a sentence of five years imprisonment. He suspended the sentence and Wallace was immediately freed.
According to Bill Adler of The Texas Observer, several of the jurors telephoned John Kinser’s parents to apologize for agreeing to a “suspended sentence, but said they did so only because threats had been made against their families.”
On 9th August, 1984, the lawyer of Billie Sol Estes, Douglas Caddy, wrote to Stephen S. Trott at the U.S. Department of Justice. In the letter Caddy claimed that Estes, Lyndon B. Johnson, Mac Wallace and Clifton C. Carter had been involved in the murders of Henry Marshall, George Krutilek, Harold Orr, Ike Rogers, Coleman Wade, Josefa Johnson, John Kinser and John F. Kennedy. Caddy added: “Mr. Estes is willing to testify that LBJ ordered these killings, and that he transmitted his orders through Cliff Carter to Mac Wallace, who executed the murders.”
In 2003 Barr McClellan published Blood, Money & Power: How LBJ Killed JFK. In the book McClellan argues that Lyndon B. Johnson and Edward Clark were involved in the planning and cover-up of the murder of John Kinser.
Thirty-year-old “Mac” Wallace stared intently at each of the 12 jurors as they filed into the still-as-a-tomb courtroom. As the solemn-faced men, weary from nine days of confinement and strain, took their seats in the jury box for the last time, bright sunlight flashed from Wallace’s dark, horn rimmed glasses.
If there was tension within him when Court Clerk Pearl Smith cleared her throat to read the verdict, Wallace kept it out of sight. No trace of feeling crossed his face as the clerk read the verdict of the jury: guilty of murder with malice in the October gun slaying of Golf Professional “Doug” Kinser.
Still no expression when the sentence was read: five years in the State Penitentiary. Then came the recommendation – suspended sentence – and for a fleeting moment Wallace’s mask broke. A faint smile played about the corners of his mouth….
Judge Charles O. Betts had warned that there would be no demonstration of any kind when the verdict was read. There was none; only a low “hum” in the half-filled courtroom.
At mid-afternoon on October 22, 1951, thirty-year old “Mac” Wallace drove up to the Pitch and Putt course, walked in on “Doug” Kinser at the keeper’s house and shot him dead. Wallace fled, but was caught, indicted for murder with “malice aforethought,” and released on $30,000 bond. Strangely, no counsel appeared for him at first; only William E. Carroll, “a university friend,” who somehow arranged the bond – later reduced to $10,000; while Carroll refused to say who the counsel would be.
Strangely too, District Attorney Bob Long called in a psychiatrist. Wallace, arrogant throughout the hearing, refused to see him. Still with no attorney, but with his “University friend” contending he was being held “without cause,” and with bond posted, District Judge Charles A. Betts issued a writ of habeas corpus and released him.
He was brought to trial in the 98th District Court of Travis County before Judge Betts, with John Cofer, Johnson’s every ready and able lawyer in times of trouble, and Polk Shelton, as attorneys for the defense. Cofer was not unduly searching hi his examination of jurors, but qualified each on his attitude toward the “suspended sentence law”.
The case went to trial. District Attorney Bob Long – notwithstanding the identity of the car, a bloody shirt and a cartridge of the same caliber as used in the shooting, found in Wallace’s possession, and witnesses who heard the shots and saw the departure of a man who fit Wallace’s description – described it as “a near perfect murder.”
Wallace did not take the stand. No evidence was presented to suggest cause or extenuating circumstances. Cofer simply filed a brief, one-page motion for an instructed verdict, pleading that there was no evidence upon which the State could “legally base a judgment of guilt.” Long said nothing whatever in rebuttal. After less than two hours of testimony which was shut off so “abruptly” that it “left the packed courtroom with jaws ajar.” Long urged the jury to “punish punish Wallace in whatever degree you can agree upon.”
Thus after one of the briefest and most perfunctory trials of a prominent murder case on record, even in Texas, the jury nonetheless found, March 27, 1952, that Wallace was, as charged, guilty “of murder with malice aforethought.” Its penalty, a five-year suspended sentence – for murder in the first degree.
Long was on his way out of the courtroom while the verdict was being read. His staff seemed “dumbfounded,” but his own comment to the press was no less strange than his action: “You win cases and you lose them… usually everything happens for the best.” Somewhat understandable, therefore, was the comment of The Austin Statesman that this case, “marked from the start to finish by the unusual,” had left the people of Austin shocked and “quizzical.”
“You knew this Malcolm Wallace, right?”
“Yes, you see, back in the 50’s Lyndon’s sister, was involved in a love triangle with Wallace, and a golf pro, down in Austin, by the name of John Kinser. Wallace shot Kinser in cold blood. He never spent one day in jail; he posted a bond; he never took the stand to defend himself when it went to trial. A fellow by the name of John Cofer, one of Lyndon’s attorneys, filed a one page brief, and the judge gave him a five-year suspended sentence for a capital murder in 1952… in Texas!”
“So he must have had quite a bit of influence.”
“Yes he did. He worked for Lyndon, but the kind of work he did was… well, he was a bad man.”
“You mean, he killed people?”
“Yes he did. Clint Peoples (a Texas Lawman) personally told me that it was Wallace who murdered Henry Marshall. Do you all know who he was?”
“Never heard of him.”
“Well, Marshall worked for the U.S.D.A. He was involved with the investigation of the land deals that Billie Sol Estes was making. Lyndon was part of it.”
“I’ve heard of Billie Sol,” I said.
“Well Malcolm Wallace murdered Marshall. Made it look like a suicide.”
“A cold-blooded killer,” I noted.
“That’s right, and I’ve said all along, that the other shooter in Dealey Plaza that day when Kennedy was killed, was none other than Malcolm E. Wallace. I told Larry Howard (President of the JFK Assassination Information Center) that the first day that I talked to him.”
“Is Wallace still alive?” I asked.
“He was killed in a one-car accident in Pittsburg, Texas. I think is was in the early seventies. He supposedly ran his car into a bridge abutment.”
One of the biggest mysteries in the Kinser killing is how the jury could convict Wallace of murder with malice, but recommend only a suspended sentence. In a recent Times Herald interview, juror D. L. Johnson, 68, a retired Highway Department employee, acknowledged he was the first cousin and good friend of Gus Lanier, who during the trial sat at the defense table of Wallace and his main lawyers.
D. L. Johnson, who is not related to LBJ, also said he alone among the jurors favored acquittal and that he forced the guilty-with-suspended-sentence verdict by threatening to cause a hung jury.
Mr. Estes was a member of a four-member group, headed by Lyndon Johnson, which committed criminal acts in Texas in the 1960’s. The other two, besides Mr. Estes and LBJ, were Cliff Carter and Mac Wallace. Mr. Estes is willing to disclose his knowledge concerning the following criminal offenses:
1. The killing of Henry Marshall
2. The killing of George Krutilek
3. The killing of Ike Rogers and his secretary
4. The killing of Harold Orr
5. The killing of Coleman Wade
6. The killing of Josefa Johnson
7. The killing of John Kinser
8. The killing of President J. F. Kennedy.
Mr. Estes is willing to testify that LBJ ordered these killings, and that he transmitted his orders through Cliff Carter to Mac Wallace, who executed the murders. In the cases of murders nos. 1-7, Mr. Estes’ knowledge of the precise details concerning the way the murders were executed stems from conversations he had shortly after each event with Cliff Carter and Mac Wallace.
In addition, a short time after Mr. Estes was released from prison in 1971, he met with Cliff Carter and they reminisced about what had occurred in the past, including the murders. During their conversation, Carter orally compiled a list of 17 murders which had been committed, some of which Mr. Estes was unfamiliar. A living witness was present at that meeting and should be willing to testify about it. He is Kyle Brown, recently of Houston and now living in Brady, Texas.
Mr. Estes, states that Mac Wallace, whom he describes as a “stone killer” with a communist background, recruited Jack Ruby, who in turn recruited Lee Harvey Oswald. Mr. Estes says that Cliff Carter told him that Mac Wallace fired a shot from the grassy knoll in Dallas, which hit JFK from the front during the assassination.
Mr. Estes declares that Cliff Carter told him the day Kennedy was killed, Fidel Castro also was supposed to be assassinated and that Robert Kennedy, awaiting word of Castro’s death, instead received news of his brother’s killing.
Mr. Estes says that the Mafia did not participate in the Kennedy assassination but that its participation was discussed prior to the event, but rejected by LBJ, who believed if the Mafia were involved, he would never be out from under its blackmail….
II. The Illegal Cotton Allotments
Mr. Estes desires to discuss the infamous illegal cotton allotment schemes in great detail. He has recordings made at the time of LBJ, Cliff Carter and himself discussing the scheme. These recordings were made with Cliff Carter’s knowledge as a means of Carter and Estes protecting them selves should LBJ order their deaths.
Mr. Estes believes these tape recordings and the rumors of other recordings allegedly in his possession are the reason he has not been murdered.
III. Illegal Payoffs
Mr. Estes is willing to disclose illegal payoff schemes, in which he collected and passed on to Cliff Carter and LBJ millions of dollars. Mr. Estes collected payoff money on more than one occasion from George and Herman Brown of Brown and Root, which was delivered to LBJ.
John Simkin: I believe in the past you represented Billie Sol Estes. On 9th August, 1984, you wrote to Stephen S. Trott at the U.S. Department of Justice. In the letter you claimed that Billie Sol Estes, Lyndon B. Johnson, Mac Wallace and Cliff Carter had been involved in the murders of Henry Marshall, George Krutilek, Harold Orr, Ike Rogers, Coleman Wade, Josefa Johnson, John Kinser and John F. Kennedy. You added: “Mr. Estes is willing to testify that LBJ ordered these killings, and that he transmitted his orders through Cliff Carter to Mac Wallace, who executed the murders.” Did Billie Sol Estes provide you with any evidence that suggested his story was true?
Douglass Caddy: My relationship with Billie Sol Estes began in 1983 when Shearn Moody, a trustee of the Moody Foundation of Galveston, Texas, asked me to visit Billie Sol who was incarcerated in the federal prison at Big Spring, Texas. Billie Sol had telephoned Mr. Moody at the suggestion of a fellow inmate who knew Moody from past days when that inmate had been a lobbyist in the state capital. Billie Sol told Moody that he wanted to tell the story publicly about his long and close relationship with Lyndon Johnson (LBJ) as LBJ’s bagman and requested Moody’s assistance in getting this done. Moody was happy to oblige.
I met with Billie Sol in prison, who related his desire to tell all. I suggested that he do so in book form and that I would be helpful in any way that I could since I already had two books published.
Moody and I heard nothing more from Billie Sol until soon after his release from prison in early January 1984. At that time he called Moody and Moody again asked me to visit Billie Sol at the latter’s home in Abilene, Texas.
There Billie Sol presented me with a copy of the recently released book that his daughter, Pam Estes, had written based on my suggestion to him when he was in prison. Its title was “Billie Sol: King of the Wheeler-Dealers” and it had caused a minor sensation. Based on its limited success, Billie Sol said that he wanted to have his own story published. His daughter’s book only told her personal story of the tribulations of the Estes’ family in the preceding 20 years.
However, Billie Sol said that before he could tell his full story in book form that he had to get immunity from prosecution by the Texas law authorities and by the U.S. Department of Justice as there is no statute of limitations for murder. A friend of mine, Edward Miller, a former Assistant Director of the FBI, arranged for Miller and myself to meet with Stephen Trott, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Justice Department, to discuss the question of granting immunity to Billie Sol.
Miller and I met with Trott several times. The Forum has already in its discussions among its members remarked upon the letters exchanged between Trott and myself. In the end the immunity effort came to an abrupt halt when Billie Sol got cold feet at the last moment and backed out of a meeting with three FBI agents sent by Trott to meet with him and myself in Abilene in September 1984.
The contents of the letters between Trott and myself speak for themselves. Billie Sol did not provide me with any evidence that his story, as detailed in the letters, was true. I never heard nor saw the clandestine tape recordings that he claimed that he had in his possession that had been made years earlier, which allegedly supported his contentions.
However, there is quite a bit of supporting evidence from other sources. This is as follows:
(1) In 1964, J. Evetts Haley, a distinguished Texas historian, wrote “A Texan Looks at Lyndon.” Millions of copies of this paperback were widely distributed. Haley’s book provided concrete evidence concerning most of the murders outlined in my correspondence with Trott.
(2) In attempting to get Billie Sol immunity in 1984, I worked closely with Clint Peoples, U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Texas. Peoples had followed the Estes’ story for many years, having been assigned to the Estes’ pending criminal case in the 1960’s when he was a Texas Ranger. Peoples had several large file drawers containing materials about Estes and the murders that he showed me when I visited him in the U.S. Courthouse in Dallas. He was on good terms with Estes and constantly encouraged me to do my best to get Estes’ story out. When he retired he became head of the Texas Rangers Museum in Waco, Texas, and in 1992 was killed in an automobile accident. Where Peoples’ extensive files on Estes and the murders are today is unknown.
(3) I arranged for Lucianne Goldberg, then a literary agent and now sponsor of http://www.lucianne.com/, to visit Billie Sol in Abilene in 1984 in an effort to get his story published. Lucianne there disclosed to us that she had once met Malcolm (Mac) Wallace, who was the stone-cold killer retained by LBJ, when she had worked in the White House in LBJ’s administration.
(4) The Texas Observer, a highly respected journal of opinion, published a thoroughly researched article by Bill Adler in its November 7, 1986 issue titled, “The Killing of Henry Marshall.” The article is required reading for anyone interested in the murders.
(5) In 1998, a video titled “LBJ: A Closer Look” was released, having been produced by two Californians, Lyle and Theresa Sardie. The video contains interviews with key persons who knew of the murders and of the LBJ-Billie Sol connection.
(6) In 2003, the book “Blood, Money & Power: How LBJ murdered JFK” was published. Its author is Barr McClellan, father of Bush’s current press secretary in the White House, Scott McClellan. Barr McClellan was a lawyer with the law firm in Austin that handled LBJ’s secret financial empire before and after he became President.
(7) Also in 2003, the History Channel showed “The Men Who Killed Kennedy: The Final Chapter.” Much of this show drew on McClellan’s book and my letters to Trott. After it was telecast several times, immense pressure was brought upon the History Channel to withdraw the video from being offered for sale to the public. For the first time in its own history the History Channel succumbed to this outside pressure that was orchestrated by Jack Valenti, head of the Motion Pictures Association of America and former LBJ aide, and reluctantly withdrew the video from public circulation.
(8) Both Barr McClellan and I, among others, have in our possession documents and papers, too numerous and lengthy to detail here, that help to round out the full LBJ-Billie Sol story, including letters from LBJ to Billie Sol.
John Simkin: Could you explain in more detail what you mean by the phrase that the conservative movement in “had been hijacked by sociopaths and opportunists”?
Douglas Caddy: I became active politically while still in high school in New Orleans in the early 1950’s. Later, as a student at Georgetown University, I helped organize the National Student Committee for the Loyalty Oath in 1959. This led to the creation of Youth for Goldwater for Vice President in early 1960 and later that year to Young Americans for Freedom. This was the genesis of the modern conservative movement in the United States.
In 1961 the first mass conservative rally, sponsored by YAF, was held in Manhattan Center in New York City. The next year an even larger rally was held in Madison Square Garden.
If I were to pinpoint when the conservative movement was first hijacked by sociopaths, I would say it took place in 1974, just after President Nixon was forced to resign. His resignation opened the way for the sociopaths to take over.
In late 1974, the board of directors of the Schuchman Foundation met. Robert Schuchman was the first national chairman of YAF. In attendance at the meeting, in addition to the foundation’s directors, were Edwin Feulner, Paul Weyrich and Joseph Coors. Coors, president of Coors Beer Company, told the foundation directors that unless they did exactly what he and Feulner and Weyrich directed them to do, he would destroy them and their organization.
The Schuchman Foundation directors brushed aside Coors’ threat. Shortly thereafter, Coors, Feulner and Weyrich organized the Heritage Foundation and the Committee for a Free Congress. The latter two organizations, extremely well funded in the last 30 years, have crafted the national legislation and federal regulations that have enriched the wealthy and crucified the poor and disabled in America.
Since 1974 the conservative movement and the Republican Party, dominated by sociopaths with no social conscience whatsoever, have successfully engaged in what I call “The Politics of Death.”
In addition to the sociopaths, a large group of opportunists moved into the conservative movement and the GOP and gained power. The emerging Abramoff lobbying scandal, which leads directly to members of Congress and to the White House, is an example of this opportunism.
Before this scandal had run its course, other opportunists such as the hypocritical Christian leader Ralph Reed and his cohorts would be exposed for sacrificing the public good for their personal gain.