| Josefa Johnson
(Lyndon Johnson/Body count)
|25 December 1961 (Age 49)
Cause of death
Sister of Lyndon B. Johnson, premature death.
Josefa Johnson was the sister of Lyndon B. Johnson.
Josefa took a keen interest in politics and helped her brother in his successful 1948 senatorial campaign. In 1955 she married James B. Moss. She had a reputation for wild behaviour and was said to work for Hattie Valdez's private club. Josefa was also an alcoholic and was admitted to hospital several times with health problems.
She had an affair with Mac Wallace (Wallace is most widely known for his alleged participation in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; and has been called "Lyndon Johnson's personal hit man"), as well as John Douglas Kinser. Wallace murdered Kinser on 22nd October, 1951, at his miniature gold course. He was soon caught by local police.
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.
Josefa died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 25th December, 1961. Despite state law, no autopsy was conducted. Twenty-three years later the lawyer, Douglas Caddy, wrote to Stephen S. Trott at the U.S. Department of Justice. In the letter Caddy claimed that Billie Sol Estes, Lyndon B. Johnson, Mac Wallace and Cliff Carter had been involved in the murders of several people including Josefa Johnson and John Kinser.