- Category : 1917-births
- Type : PSE
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Endeavor 2
American police employee and World War II army veteran, also known as "Machine Gun Walker," and remembered for a violent series of thefts, burglaries, and shootouts with police in Los Angeles County, California, in 1945 and 1946, one of which resulted in a fatality. The 1948 film He Walked by Night was loosely based on Walker's 1946 crime spree.
Walker was sentenced to death in the gas chamber. After an apparent suicide attempt he was successfully revived, and his execution was postponed indefinitely while a psychiatric examination was performed.
In 1961, Walker was declared sane by a panel of psychiatric examiners. On 28 March 1961, in response to a clemency hearing appeal by Walker, Governor Pat Brown commuted Walker's death sentence to life imprisonment without possibility of parole.
Walker applied for parole in 1974, which was granted, and he was released. After a short stay at a halfway house, Walker was released from further parole restrictions. Immediately after leaving prison, he legally changed his name. After obtaining a job as a chemist, he disappeared from public view. Walker died on 7 October 2008 in Reno, Nevada, at age 91.