An Early Interview with Perry Russo
Updated: Mar 4
You can watch the video on YouTube. The date is marked March 15, 1967, but this is from a taped interview with Jim Kemp, February 24, 1967.
Here is a transcript of this short video:
Russo: Now, in late September or during October, the month right prior to the Kennedy assassination in November, Dave Ferrie had occasion to come over to the house on several instances and I went to his place, and just passing, and he made specific references that, in talking about Kennedy, he said, 'We will get him and it won't be very long.' Now, the last time I can remember him saying that was sometime in October, but he was obsessed with that idea.
Q: Did he ever mention Lee Harvey Oswald's name?
Q: No conversation at all about --
Russo: No. I had never heard of Oswald until the television of the assassination.
Q: Why have you never said anything about this before? Didn't it strike you that it might have some connection?
Russo: Well, when the assassination, of course, caught me by surprise and caught everyone else, I would guess, when it finally was over and the Warren Report -- Warren Commission was set up and they intended to go and examine all of the details and made claims that it was going to do everything extensively, and I left it to the professionals. And they were supposed to come out with the verdict. Then they came out with the verdict that Oswald was the only man. So I forgot it. Then Garrison began his probe and subsequently got in the newspapers in New Orleans. And then later on on television everywhere and in that probe, he said that there was a conspiracy and he could prove it. It still didn't ring a bell anywhere along the line. I just -- it was far from me that I would, you know, ever have met a person that would have been a conspirator to kill the President of the United States. Thereafter, when Dave Ferrie died, the name, I still doubted if it was the same guy. I just thought it was another Dave Ferrie. But when I saw his picture in the paper, then I knew it was the same man and I had just as well say something to someone. And I wrote the District Attorney the next day, and he should have gotten it Friday. Now, I saw the pictures this week.
Q: You haven't talked with any federal agents or anybody from the Warren Commission about this?
Russo: No, no one has contacted me. Actually, the first time I made a remark about this was today and -- to anyone in public.’’
This was probably filmed in Baton Rouge right after Russo came forward.
It's interesting that the assassination caught him by surprise. He didn't even come forward when Garrison's probe was announced. He had no recollection of meeting Lee Harvey Oswald. Russo only came forward after David Ferrie died. There is no mention of Clay Shaw.
Check out these three other posts about Perry Russo in New Orleans:
Russo's initial story was different from the story in the courtroom.
James Phelan wrote a memo listing all the inconsistencies in Perry Russo's stories.
A link to an audio recording of a Perry Russo interview
It was only after Perry Russo was brought to New Orleans that his story began to change. He was administered sodium pentothal, and then he was hypnotized on three occasions. And then all the details of his recovered memory of a party in which they discussed the assassination came out.
Previous Relevant Blog Posts on Perry Russo
Russo tells Shaw's attorneys what it was like to be injected with sodium pentothal.
You can read Andrew Sciambra's memorandum after interviewing Perry Russo in Baton Rouge, and a link to a recording of Russo's third hypnosis session.
A transcript of an April 1971 interview of Perry Russo by Clay Shaw's attorneys.
In January 1971, Russo told Shaw's attorneys that Clay Shaw was not at the supposed conspiracy meeting at David Ferrie's apartment.
Jim Garrison had Perry Russo take a lie detector test. It did not go well.
When asked about Russo's lie detector test, Jim Garrison lied.