Assassination Attempts: George C. Wallace Alabama Governor Part 2

About the assassination of Alabama governor George C. Wallace, biography and history of the possible assassin Arthur Bremer.

The Victim: GEORGE C. WALLACE, the governor of Alabama

The Would-Be Assassin: Arthur Herman Bremer was a janitor's assistant at Story Elementary School and also a busboy at the Milwaukee Athletic Club until he quit these jobs some 18 weeks prior to the attempt on the life of Governor Wallace. Bremer had taken on these jobs when he left home soon after his 21st birthday in 1971. For the short period that he worked in 1971-1972, Bremer's records show that his total earnings were $1,611.

On September 14, 1971, Bremer purchased a 1967 Rambler for approximately $800. He rented an apartment on West Michigan Avenue in Milwaukee on October 15, 1971, for $138 per month. In January of 1971, Bremer had purchased his 1st firearm, a .38-caliber revolver.

On November 18, 1971, Bremer was arrested for the 1st time in his life. He was sitting in his car, which was parked in a "NO PARKING" zone. Next to him on the seat was some ammunition. He was approached by a police officer and upon being questioned about the boxes of bullets, he showed the officer his .38. He was originally charged with carrying a concealed weapon, but then the charge was reduced to disorderly conduct. The police department confiscated his weapon.

On January 13, 1972, Bremer bought a new gun, another .38 revolver. He had also acquired a 9-mm., 14-shot, semiautomatic Browning pistol, at some point before the assassination attempt on Wallace.

On March 1, 1972, Arthur H. Bremer began his tour along the Wallace campaign trail by attending an organizational meeting for Wallace at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. On the 23rd, he appeared at the Downtowner for a $25 per plate benefit dinner for Wallace and was seen at a Wallace rally that night. He also showed up at a Humphrey rally during his pilgrimage, on April 3, 1972. On the 4th, he attended a Wallace victory party in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn Midtown.

He then began to travel out of State to political affairs; on April 7 and 8, 1972, Bremer was a guest at the exclusive Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, where Hubert Humphrey was also staying. From there, he moved to the Lord Elgin in Ottawa, Canada, another aristocrat among hotels. On April 15-18, he patronized the Sheraton Motor Inn in New Carrollton, Md. On May 10, he attended a Wallace rally in Cadillac, Mich., where he sat with a neatly dressed man about 40 years old, who has remained unidentified. Bremer was next reported at a Wallace rally in Landover, Md., and then was seen back in Michigan again on May 12 and 13 at the Reid Hotel in Kalama-zoo for yet another Wallace rally.

All of this traveling would seem to be far beyond the means of an unemployed janitor's assistant and former part-time busboy. It is obvious that Bremer's 18-week trip was financed by resources other than his own. It has been established that his parents did not contribute any of the money he used during his travels or spent for the guns, ammunition, clothes, and records that were found in his possession at the time of his arrest. When arrested, he claimed to be ". . . only worth about $300." It is surprising that he would have had even that much considering that a conservative estimate of his expenses while tailing Wallace is $5,000.

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