Excerpted with permission from LBJ: From Mastermind to “The Colossus”
Jack Valenti’s presence in Hollywood might have been behind one of the more mysterious “real-life” dramas played out there in the late 1960s, which was indirectly tied to two murders back in Texas that soon followed. It all started in 1968, when a news item appeared in two national magazines announcing that Lyndon Johnson had a “double,” a man who was known to have “stood-in” for Johnson on a number of occasions when Johnson wanted his presence known to have “existed,” even though he needed to be someplace else at that point in time. . Lyndon’s cousin, J. Bert Peck, had a close resemblance to Johnson, and a voice that sounded like him.
Other researchers are convinced that Johnson had his Secret Service agent, the sycophantic Rufus Youngblood, drive him to the Murchison home at Clint’s insistence, which would explain Johnson’s surly attitude upon his arrival there, as described by Madeleine Brown).
The following article, which validates the point about J. Bert Peck’s known role as an “LBJ Stand-in,” appeared in the People section of Time magazine, in the edition dated August 2, 1968,.(a similar article appeared in Newsweek three days later):The Man Who Killed Ken... Best Price: $9.39 Buy New $10.63 (as of 02:55 EST - Details) Blood, Money, & Power:... Best Price: $4.09 Buy New $10.26 (as of 02:40 EST - Details) permanent, like a movie. All of which begs the questions, “Who would have had the power to delete that footage, and change the movie description to delete all references to the “presidential” scenes and change the credits to list only “J. B. Pick” (instead of “Peck”) and instead of listing his character name (LBJ) it is only listed as “uncredited.” One must carefully ponder this question and consider the implications, as part of this exercise in deductive reasoning: “Is it possible that LBJ picked up the telephone and called Jack Valenti one day in August, 1968, and asked (or, more likely, ordered) him to have those changes made to the movie? If not, how then did these obviously telling yet otherwise innocuous set of changes get made, and by whose order?” Executive Action Best Price: $8.99 Buy New $12.45 (as of 03:25 EST - Details) mysterious deaths that occurred later, during 1971, Johnson’s embarrassment was most likely the proximate cause of Peck’s death. He was found shot on the evening of Friday, July 4, 1969, and died the next day. According to his obituary in the Garland Texas News on Sunday, July 6, 1969, he had achieved considerable fame, having appeared on the Johnny Carson television show as well as the movie referenced above. That appearance on the Johnny Carson show was also “cleansed,” apparently by Jack Valenti at the same time as the other changes noted; neither Peck nor Pick is listed among the hundreds of other guests tabulated by the show’s staff of all the guests who ever appeared on the show. Perhaps it was his appearance on Carson’s television show, something that would have incensed the former president, that was the “final straw.”
According to Billie Sol Estes, John M. Liggett, a murderous mortician who will shortly be examined further, was ordered to kill Jay Bert Peck and tell Peck’s wife that he had killed himself.[i] Based upon facts to be revealed in the next section, on Liggett’s documented attempt a few years later to kill Peck’s wife Dorothy, it is reasonable to infer that he had threatened her to go along with the “suicide” story, thereby forcing her to cooperate. There was scarcely any other news about Jay Bert Peck’s murder, except for his obituary two days later. The abbreviated news coverage on the death of Mr. Peck resulted in yet another unresolved anomaly: Although he was found by his wife Dorothy shortly after the gunshot, when she ran into the bedroom to find him lying in bed with a bullet wound in the head, there was no indication in any report of a gun ever being found at the scene.
 The name of the movie was changed from House of Seven Joys (which had been the “working title”) to The Wrecking Crew.