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Busted again: Tex Italia

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Busted again: Tex Italia

Post by greg parker on Fri 24 Feb 2017, 11:47 am

In Harvey & Lee, Armstrong writes:

Following the murder of her husband Marina was taken by the Secret Service to the Inn of the Six Flags in Arlington, Texas. The manager of the Inn, James Herbert Martin, became friendly with Marina and invited her to move into his home (with his wife and children) on November 29. A week later Marina authorized Martin to handle her personal and business affairs and in February, 1964 he accompanied Marina to Washington, DC. Marina told the FBI that she had a brief sexual encounter with Martin, but the affair soon ended. When Martin told the Commission about his affair with Marina, Chief Justice Earl Warren ordered that portion of his testimony be stricken from the record. [italics Armstrong's]

While Marina was in Washington, DC, an unknown entity named Onajet Productions rented a small office in the Samuel Goldwyn Studios in Hollywood, CA on February 8. The company, also known as Tex-Italia Films and Cinema International Productions, was headed by Charles Lasater, George V. Douglas, and Wesley B. Blankenship, but never made a single film. [bold mine]

On February 10, Marina moved out of Martin's house and into Robert Oswald's house in Denton, Texas. The following day she moved to the Declan Ford residence at 14057 Brookcrest in Dallas and signed a contract with Tex-Italia films. The unknown company agreed to pay Marina $75,000 for worldwide movie and TV rights, $7500 for each film appearance, and $1500 for each personal appearance. Within a few months Marina had received $132, 350 from the unknown company, and her willingness to provide testimony to the Warren Commission that implicated her dead husband in the assassination became obvious....

....Shortly after signing the contract with Marina, Tex-Italia films was asked to leave Samuel Goldwyn Studios for failure to pay rent on their small office. On April 24, 1964 SA Leslie Warren completed an investigation into Tex-Italia films and wrote, "Indices of the Los Angeles office reflect no other pertinent information that could be identified with the names Charles Lasater, George V. Douglas, or Wesley B. Blankenship. In other words, these men were probably not using their real names and monies paid to Marina by the unknown Tex-India films company came from unknown sources. [Italics Armstrong's]

On June 5, 1964 Hoover wrote a letter to J. Lee Rankin of the Warren Commission and advised:

"For your information, this Bureau is conducting no investigation regarding the commercial ventures or contract negotiations of Marina Oswald in connection with our investigation of Lee Harvey Oswald."
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Three times that I count, Armstrong calls Tex Italia Films an "unknown company" which is obviously not true on it's face. The names behind it were known and the office space it occupied was known. Armstrong's reinforcement of this non-fact however, allows him to go on and claim that the source of the money paid to Marina was therefore "unknown" and for good measure, he claims that the company directors were "probably not using their real names".

This, from the man who traveled the world interviewing witnesses and criss-crossed the country building his case for two Oswalds and even more absurdly, two Marguerites. Yet he couldn't be arsed checking to see what he could find on those gentlemen? Bullshit. Whenever Armstrong makes qualified accusations that he does not pursue to verify, you know why. It's because he knows or suspects that his vague allegations will fall apart.

So here are the names again:

Charles Laseter  
Lasater was an actor/producer
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2913915/

George V Douglas
Have not nailed Douglas yet, but there are a number of possibilities.

Wesley B Blankenship
An electrical engineer (Edwin Ekdahl's profession), businessman and investor. He was also involved in his parents company, Wallace Theater Inc. which owned and operated 25 movie theaters. His other interests included the movie business in Hollywood and Mexico. In addition he was active in the oil business and in banking. Resident of Austin and Lubbock.  Note that Laseter's one movie credit at IMDB was filmed in Austin.
http://lubbockonline.com/stories/092905/obi_092905063.shtml#.WK94i_k2vIU

And so ends another Armstrong "mystery"...

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Post by greg parker on Fri 24 Feb 2017, 1:00 pm

From Blankenhip's obit:

Dub (Wesley) had a lifelong interest in photography, and some of his photographs taken on an African safari were exhibited at the West Texas Museum.
Dub is survived by his children, Terry Blankenship and wife Shay of Austin, Steve Blankenship and wife Deanna of Edmund, Okla., and Bruce Blankenship and wife Cheryl of Boulder, Colo.; a brother, Royce Blankenship and wife Jan of Dallas; grandchildren, Trey, Colin, Brian and Kevin; and a great-grandson, Aidan.

Who else do we know that liked going on African Safaris, hmm?

Meanwhile Trey likes wrestling:
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Re: Busted again: Tex Italia

Post by greg parker on Fri 24 Feb 2017, 10:47 pm

Tex Italia agreed to pay Marina $75,000 for worldwide movie and TV rights, $7500 for each film appearance, and $1500 for each personal appearance. After a few months, she accrued a total of $132, 350.

On that basis, she must have racked up a few paid appearances and had a powerful reason to start toeing the official line at those times.

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Re: Busted again: Tex Italia

Post by Ed. Ledoux on Sun 26 Feb 2017, 1:31 pm

Dark Continent Safaris,... like some old Byrd.

Well if Blankenship lived in Austin the state capital then this is his wife,

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth821933/m1/4/zoom/?q=McAllen&resolution=6&lat=6826&lon=3236

Yorktown Ranch House story lists her as Texas Historical Commission Chairman

And also she lived in ....Lubbock
https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth599727/m1/80/

Yep its Maxine,
https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth599727/m1/42/

"Maxine Wiese Blankenship was born in Petersburg, Texas and was an active supporter of many ..."

See the whole family history here
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/ttusw/00291/tsw-00291.html

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Post by greg parker on Sun 26 Feb 2017, 8:18 pm

Thanks Ed.

Whilst the following document has been referenced in the past, it has been quite deliberately skewed and misrepresented. Nor has it ever been cited as the source of the claims. With good reason.

Armstrong and others (perhaps innocently following Armstrong's lead) have tried hard to give the impression that the film company was set up specifically to target Marina and then folded once the money was paid to her. That is not the case.

Facts are that Lasater and Douglas set up at Samuel Goldwyn Studios along with German actor Horst Buchholtz in about April 1963 with the intent of editing and distributing a German circus film. In doing so, they were representing Cinema International Pictures. The financial backer they had for this venture was Dub Blankenship.
https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=58983&relPageId=31

The deal on the German film fell through, but they hung on for a while trying to find a good story as a basis for another film. Enter the assassination and Marina. And the payments to her of rights to her story and appearance fees. It was a lot of money. 1.05 mil in today's dollars. But had it come off, the return was potentially much bigger.

The underlying theme that the money was paid to Marina specifically to get her to support the government version is ostensibly weakened by the actual facts. But it is still very much on the table despite them.  Blankenship had the kind of background that smells like it would attract intelligence agencies. The three of them no doubt all had government ties of one sort or another and would almost certainly be anti-communist patriots who could be government assets if the right buttons were pressed. It would certainly aid plausible denial to have Marina paid at arms length by genuine Hollywood hangers-on.

The misrepresentations, skewing and cherry-picking by Armstrong are disgusting.

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Post by Ed. Ledoux on Tue 04 Apr 2017, 4:07 pm

German Circus can only mean one name...

http://www.circopedia.org/Circus_Williams
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Post by Ed. Ledoux on Tue 04 Apr 2017, 4:13 pm

The Last Years

Circo Americano's elephants in Italy (1963)
In 1963, news spread across Europe that John Ringling North was sending a touring unit of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to Europe. Seeing an obvious and dangerous competition, Arturo Castilla signed a contract with Ferdinando Togni, whose huge Circo Heros was Italy’s (and one of Europe’s) largest circus. Since the Ringling show was scheduled to play sport arenas, Castilla and Togni booked a winter tour of Castilla’s Circo Americano (which means, in Italian as in Spanish, "American Circus"), reinforced with the animals and casts of Circo Heros and Circus Williams, in major Italian sport arenas. (Chances that an American circus such as Ringling would visit Franco’s Spain were rather slim!)
The combination of Togni’s and Williams’s talented troupes and vast animal collections, along with Castilla’s flair for production and marketing, generated a show that was far better than what Ringling had planned for its European visit. The Circo Americano’s star-studded show ended with a spectacular display of twenty-six elephants working together in the vast hippodrome, under the guidance of Erwin Bauer, Henry Strassburger, Bruno Togni, and Gunther Gebel-Williams—an image against which Ringling’s hastily gathered herd of eleven elephants performing in three separate groups couldn’t match. Eventually, Ringling’s poorly planned tour proved a disaster, and it was quickly aborted.
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Williams vs Ringling in 1963 Germany
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