1958 YCSD investigators attempted to verify union organizer Elliot Perch's alibi

On Monday, April 14, 1958, Deputy Larry Kuhn traveled to Memphis, Tennessee, to try to corroborate union organizer Elliot Perch's whereabouts on the day of the murders, April 11, 1958.

Deputy Kuhn visited the Kit Kat Club of Memphis, where Perch claimed he was during part of that day.

The following interview summaries are taken directly from the 1958 case files.



James McDougal
737 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN

Interviewed at the Kit Kat Klub of Memphis.

Bartender James McDougal stated he was on duty Friday, April 11, 1958 until 4:00 a.m. Confirmed by Kit Kat Klub manager.

McDougal remembered Perch and said Perch has been in several times over the previous 4–6 weeks.

McDougal stated that he recalled Perch arrived at the Kit Kat Klub around 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 11. McDougal stated he did not recall noticing any signs of injury on Perch that night.

McDougal said Perch took a liking to one of the dancers, Trina Vail, on the night of April 11 and bought her several drinks.

McDougal said Perch and Vail left together when her shift ended at 1:30 a.m.

Conducted by Deputy Larry Kuhn.


Trina Vail (stage name)
AKA Christina Marks
550 Alabama Avenue, Memphis, TN

Interviewed at the Kit Kat Klub of Memphis.

Marks stated that she recalled Perch very well. Marks stated that she and Perch went to the Tic Toc Club, an after hours club on the strip, after her shift ended at the Kit Kat at 1:30 a.m. on April 11.

Marks stated that they were at the Tic Toc until approx. 4:00 a.m. and then went to her apartment.

She stated that Perch left about 8:00 a.m. and she has not spoken to him since.

Marks stated that Perch had a mild black eye which he told her was from a fight earlier in the day.

She stated that she did not recall seeing any other injuries on Perch's body.

Marks stated that Perch did not mention any murders in Oxford.

Conducted by Deputy Larry Kuhn.

Perch's vehicle

1957 Chevy Bel-Aire with white fins


Perch's vehicle is a 1957 Chevy Bel-Aire with white fins.

The new tires on this vehicle did not match the tire tracks found at the murder scene.




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