Jim DiEugenio has a nice article on new revelations about Secret Service Criminal ELMER MOORE and his very significant role in the cover up of the JFK assassination. Remember LBJ’s man Rufus Youngblood was in de facto charge of the Secret Service after LBJ became president. Everything Secret Service chief James Rowley did had to be approved by Youngblood. That nugget came out in Carol Leonnig’s new book on the Secret Service Zero Fail.
Web link to Jim’s article: https://kennedysandking.com/john-f-kennedy-articles/the-ordeal-of-malcolm-perry


Robert Morrow

Presidential Historian, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Institute for the Study of Presidential Crimeand the World’s Foremost Authority on the JFK Assassination as well as the Top Historian in the World on Lyndon Johnson.

Austin, TX   

Secret Service Agent Elmer Moore and the Ordeal of Malcolm Perry:


Using recent evidence discovered by Rob Couteau, Jim DiEugenio revisits the experiences of Parkland Hospital Dr. Malcolm Perry regarding the anterior neck wound he observed in President Kennedy and the concerted and persistent efforts to manipulate his testimony and obscure the clear evidence of a frontal entrance wound.

On the afternoon of the JFK assassination, within an hour or two after his death, there was a press conference at Parkland Hospital. Three important pronouncements were made. In fact, they were so important that they should have shaped the case in a permanent manner.

First, acting press secretary Malcolm Kilduff talked about how Kennedy had died.

When he did so, he pointed to his right temple and said something like: it was a matter of a bullet through the head. Very shortly after, Chet Huntley said the same thing live on NBC television. On the air, he revealed his source to be Dr. George Burkley, President Kennedy’s own personal physician.

Dr. Kemp Clark, chief of neurosurgery—the man who actually pronounced Kennedy dead—said he observed a large gaping hole in the rear of Kennedy’s skull. (Michael Benson, Who’s Who in the JFK Assassination, p. 80) Dr. Malcolm Perry, who cut a tracheostomy across the bullet wound in Kennedy’s neck, said that the wound was one of entrance. (James DiEugenio, The JFK Assassination: The Evidence Today, p. 367)

Therefore, from these three pieces of evidence, one would have had to conclude that Kennedy was hit from the front.That implication would be almost inescapable. Therefore, some strange things happened with this key press conference. First of all, there is no film available of it today, which is remarkable in and of itself, because, as one can see from pictures and film snippets, there were many reporters in that conference room. It is very hard to comprehend how not one of them called for a film camera to cover the initial public pronouncement of President Kennedy’s death. Second, initially, the Secret Service told the Warren Commission that they did not even have a transcript of this conference. According to former Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) analyst Doug Horne, there are two real problems with the Secret Service saying this. First, according to Horne, the Secret Service went around collecting the films of this press conference. Thus making it disappear. (See Horne at Future of Freedom Foundation conference of May 18th. This is at the FFF web site.)

But further, the Secret Service lied to the Commission about having the transcript. In responding to Commission counsel Arlen Specter’s request, Chief of the Secret Service James Rowley wrote a letter to chief counsel J. Lee Rankin. He said that he could not locate either the films or the transcript of this press conference. (DiEugenio, p. 367) As the ARRB proved, this was a lie, because they found a transcript of that press conference that was time stamped, “Received US Secret Service 1963 Nov. 26 AM 11:40”. (ibid) Does it get much worse than that? In other words, the Warren Commission’s own investigators were keeping important pieces of evidence from them—and then lying about it.

As most of us know, Perry was pressured to alter his first day story. By the time of his appearance before the Commission, he now said that the edges of the wound were neither ragged nor clean and that the wound could have been an exit or entrance. Gerald Ford got him to say that the reporting from the press conference was inaccurate. Allen Dulles applied the icing on the cake: he said Perry should issue a retraction—which, of course, he just had. (DiEugenio, pp. 166–67)

The reason Ford and Dulles could do this is because, in all probability, the Secret Service had absconded with the films and the transcript. But further, Perry had been worked on. As the Church Committee had discovered, a man named Elmer Moore had taken it upon himself to convert Perry to the Commission’s point of view. Moore was a Secret Service agent who was forwarded to work for the Commission. One of his first assignments was to take up a desk at Parkland Hospital and convince the doctors there that they were wrong and the autopsy report was correct. One of his priority targets was Perry. (DiEugenio, p. 167)

As Pat Speer later discovered, this story about Moore gets even worse. After he performed his assignment in Dallas so effectively, he got a promotion to a longer term one. He became the aide de camp to Commission Chairman Earl Warren. (DiEugenio, p. 168)

But it was not just Moore—and it was not just a couple of weeks later. As Horne stated during that FFF conference, Nurse Audrey Bell testified that Perry told her he was getting calls that evening directing him to alter his testimony.(DiEugenio, p. 169) This is now backed up by a startling piece of evidence surfaced by author Rob Couteau. Martin Steadman was a reporter at the time of the JFK assassination. Couteau discovered a journal entry by Martin that is online. Steadman was stationed in Dallas for several days after the assassination gathering information. Some of it got in print and some of it did not. From all indications, the following did not.

One of the witnesses he spent some time with in Dallas was Malcolm Perry. Steadman was aware of what Perry had said at the press conference about the directionality of the neck wound. Steadman wrote that, about a week after the assassination, he and two other journalists were with Perry in his home. During this informal interview, Perry said he thought it was an entrance wound because the small circular hole was clean. He then added two important details. He said he had treated hundreds of patients with similar wounds and he knew the difference between an exit and entrance wound. Further, hunting was a hobby of his, so he understood from that experience what the difference was. And he could detect it at a glance.

Steadman went on to reveal something rather surprising. Perry said that during that night, he got a series of phone calls to his home from the doctors at Bethesda. They were very upset about his belief that the neck wound was one of entrance. They asked him if the Parkland doctors had turned over the body to see the wounds in Kennedy’s back. Perry replied that they had not. They then said: how could he be sure about the neck wound in light of that? They then told him that he should not continue to say that he cut across an entrance wound, when there was no evidence of a shot from the front. When Perry insisted that he could only say what he thought to be true, something truly bizarre happened. Perry said that one or more of the autopsy doctors told him that he would be brought before a Medical Board if he continued to insist on his story. Perry said they threatened to take away his license.

After Perry finished this rather gripping tale, everyone was silent for a moment. Steadman then asked him if he still thought the throat wound was one of entrance. After a second or so, Perry said: yes, he did.

What is so remarkable about this story is that it blows the cover off of the idea that the autopsy doctors did not know about the anterior neck wound until the next day. Not only did they know about it that night, they were trying to cover it up that night.

But things always get worse in the JFK case. And this issue does also, because, if the reader can comprehend it, that night was not the first time Perry was told to revise his story—or to just plain shut up. Bill Garnet and Jacque Lueth have written, produced, and directed a documentary called The Parkland Doctors. It was shown at the CAPA Houston mock trial a few years back, but only to those in attendance, not to the viewing audience.  Robert Tanenbaum is the host of the documentary. He let me see it at his home two years ago. It is a good and valuable film, since it features seven of the surviving doctors at that time, 2018.

Towards the end of the program, Dr. Robert McClelland made a bracing comment about Perry. He said that as Perry was walking out, a man in a suit and tie grabbed him by the arm. After he got his attention, he forcefully said to Malcolm, “Don’t you ever say that again!” I turned to Tanenbaum and said: “This is about ninety minutes after Kennedy was pronounced dead.” Tanenbaum said, “Jim, they knew within the hour.” At the very least, someone knew that there had to be a cover story snapped on.

Malcolm Perry was a victim of a large-scale crime. The evidence above indicates that the cover up was planned with the conspiracy. I would love to know who that well-dressed man who accosted him was.

One last point. When Elmer Moore was asked to appear before the Church Committee, he brought a lawyer with him. (DiEugenio, p. 168)

Doug Horne: on the importance of Dr. Malcolm Perry

Dr. Malcolm O. Perry, Key Parkland Hospital Witness to JFK’s Wounds, Dies 

December 8th, 2009

Dr. Malcolm Perry’s passing, at the age of 80, was just announced in Texas newspapers.

Dr. Perry attempted to save President Kennedy’s life on November 22, 1 massage in Trauma Room One at Parkland hospital.

The tracheostomy he performed was a small, transverse incision 2.5 to 3 cm wide, which he made through a puncture in the President’s throat—below the Adam’s apple and just to the right of the midline—a puncture which he characterized as AN ENTRANCE WOUND three different times during the televised hospital press conference that afternoon following JFK’s death.

On the day President Kennedy was treated, all of the attending physicians who saw the bullet wound in the throat characterized it as a typical entrance wound. Their observations have always stood in stark opposition to the official U.S. government cover story that President Kennedy was killed by an assassin firing from above and behind, and that he was not shot from the front by anyone.

What most of the public does not know—and what is detailed in my book, “Inside the Assassination Records Review Board,” is that late on the night of President Kennedy’s autopsy at Bethesda Naval hospital, Federal officials located at Bethesda began harrassing Dr. Perry on the telephone in an attempt to get him to change his mind about having seen an entry wound in the President’s throat earlier in the day. Nurse Audrey Bell told me in 1997 that Dr. Perry complained to her the next morning (on Saturday, November 23, 1963) that he had gotten almost no sleep the night before, because unnamed persons at Bethesda had been pressuring him on the telephone all night long to get him to change his opinion about the nature of the bullet wound in the throat, and to redescribe it as an exit, rather than an entrance.

In his 1981 book “Best Evidence,” David Lifton documented that the Secret Service confiscated videotapes of the Parkland hospital press conference from at least one local television station, and that Secret Service Chief James Rowley had informed the Warren Commission in 1964 that no videotapes or transcripts of the press conference could be found. But as Lifton revealed, a White House verbatim transcript of the press conference (White House Transcript 1327-C) later surfaced. In my own book, “Inside the ARRB,” I reveal that Chief Rowley lied to the Warren Commission when he said no transcripts could be found, for on the last page of transcript 1327-C, the document is stamped as received by Rowley’s office on November 26, 1963. His statement to the Warren Commission was therefore false.

A graduate student, James Gochenaur, revealed to both the Church Committee and to the HSCA in the mid-1970s that Secret Service Agent Elmer Moore had confessed to him in 1970 that he had “leaned on Dr. Perry” shortly after the Bethesda autopsy to get him to stop describing the bullet wound in President Kennedy’s throat as an entrance wound. (The Bethesda autopsy report concluded it was an exit wound.) According to Gochenaur, Moore also told him that the Secret Service had to investigate the assassination in an expected, predetermined way or they would “get their heads chopped off.” Moore, unfortunately, also told Gochenaur that sometimes he thought President Kennedy was “a traitor” because he was “giving things away to the Russians.”

[According to Arlen Specter, this same Elmer Moore was present when Chief Justice Warren, Gerald Ford, and he interviewed Jack Ruby in Dallas; and Arlen Specter also revealed in 2003 (at a conference in Pittsburgh) that Elmer Moore was the Secret Service Agent who showed him an undocumented photograph of President Kennedy’s back wound during the May 1964 re-enactment of the Dallas motorcade conducted by the Warren Commission.] 

Unfortunately, after Federal officials at Bethesda (on November 22-23, 1963) and Elmer Moore (between November 29-December 11, 1963) “leaned on” Dr. Perry, he spent the remainder of his life straddling the fence and saying that the bullet wound in JFK’s throat “could have been either” an entrance or an exit wound.

But that is not what he said on the afternoon of the assassination, before there was an official explanation for the crime to fall in line with. White House Transcript 1327-C makes that very clear, as I reveal in my book, in Chapters 7 and 9.

Former Chief Operating Room nurse Audrey Bell related to me in 1997 that Dr. Perry was in a state of torment on November 23, 1963, after being pressured by Federal officials all night long to change his mind, because, as he put it, “my professional credibility is at stake.” Sadly, he appears to have decided for the remainder of his life that discretion was the better part of valor.

The story does not end here. The chief prosector at the President’s autopsy, Dr. James J. Humes, described the throat wound in the autopsy report as having “widely gaping, irregular edges,” and in his Warren Commission testimony, Humes said the gaping wound in the throat was 7 to 8 cm wide. In contrast, Dr. Charles Crenshaw, a third year resident at Parkland in 1963, told ABC’s “20/20” news magazine in 1992 that after the tracheostomy tube and flange were removed from the President’s neck following his death, that the very small incision made by Dr. Perry closed of its own volition, and that the bullet wound had NOT been obliterated and was still clearly visible. When Dr. Crenshaw viewed the widely published bootleg autopsy photo (from Bethesda Naval hospital) showing the incision in JFK’s neck, he expressed the opinion to ABC’s “20/20” that the incision in that photograph was DOUBLE the width of the incision Dr. Perry originally made on the President’s body. 

The descriptions of the incision in the anterior neck, provided by Dr. Humes and Dr. Crenshaw, together constitute de facto evidence that JFK’s throat wound was tampered with prior to the start of the Navy autopsy at Bethesda Naval hospital. President Kennedy’s body was in the custody of the U.S. Secret Service while enroute Washington D.C. from Dallas, Texas. END

Secret Service Agent Elmer Moore sent to Intimidate Dr. Malcolm Perry into saying there was no frontal entry wound into the neck of John Kennedy

Phil Nelson: A Dallas Secret Service agent named Elmer Moore admitted years later that “. . . ‘he had been ordered to tell Dr. Perry to change his testimony.’ Moore said that in threatening Perry, he acted on orders from Washington and Mr. Kelly of the Secret Service Headquarters.’ . . . Moore [admitted that he] ‘badgered Dr. Perry into ‘making a flat statement that there was no entry wound in the [front of the] neck. . . [and, Moore continued] ‘I regret what I had to do with Dr. Perry’. . . [but] he had been given ‘marching orders from Washington. . . I did everything I was told, we all did everything we were told, or we’d get our heads cut off.

Ron Bulman (1-1-2021) on Elmer Moore:


Moore is a key to the fact the assassination was a conspiracy.  Perry’s initial certainty the throat wound was one of entrance is first hand, same day, expert analysis.  He was a experienced trauma room physician well familiar with gunshot wounds in the ER of a major city’s main hospital.  He only changed his opinion to a possible exit wound after pressure from Moore.

Perry later confirmed to Dr. Donald Miller Jr., Professor Emeritus, University of Washington (with whom he taught there),  as well as Anchorage surgeon Dr. Robert Artwhol that the throat wound was one of entrance.  No matter what he said to the Warren Commission.

Moore later admitted in an interview to Washington Graduate Student James Gochenaur he regretted having to pressure Perry to change his story.  And stated JFK was a traitor.  Gochenaur testified to this.

Moore’s refusal of the HSCA is interesting given he was one of three SS supervisors of the SS investigation into the JFKA.  If Moore thought of JFK as a traitor was this belief prevalent within the Secret Service or at least a part of it.  

If as mentioned earlier in the thread by Micah, Moore called Burris of the Dallas Times Herald about a back shot exiting the throat, was he the true father of the magic bullet?

Moore stymied the fact of a frontal throat shot.  He admitted it.  A frontal throat shot means a conspiracy.  WC bs equals dust in the wind.


Micah Mileto (12-29-20) on Elmer Moore


Elmer Moore personally called Dallas Times-Herald journalist Bill Burris and leaked the autopsy’s conclusions of a bullet entering Kennedy’s upper back and exiting his throat. David Lifton was personally told this by Burris himself. 


Jim DiEugenio on Elmer Moore:


Elmer Moore was in on the cover up up to his neck.

He was one of the best and most important discoveries of the ARRB.

In fact, the belated discovery of Moore shows how deep the cover up went.

And to show you how bad it was, Moore ended up being the aide de camp to Earl Warren on the Commission.