Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Where Could They Be?

 A main resource for Affairs Valentino were those court records I discovered. With those thousand pages, I was able to fact check what everyone was saying. Just imagine if the entire case file was made public. How frustrating and actually illegal that is to even have those in one's possession. I knew when Donna Hill told me the case file was purchased from a collector for one of Valentino's shirts by the Valentino family, that those valuable records were probably lost forever. 

Tracy Terhune admitted he knew of three people who had them in their possession. Donna Hill admitted she knew two. Really? I would think they would both want to report that to the County Clerk at once and get those Valentino records back where they belong. 

The records I found are so informative and just as an example look at these two perfect documents from the file. They are from the Falcon Lair household ledgers, during the first 6 months of 1926.

Above: I see that the court clerk can not spell "Italian", that Rudy Valentino bought his ice from the "Union Ice Co., that he was dishing out gaping amounts of cash to his brother Alberto, that chicken was purchased for the falcons from L.B. Nolte Poultry and that the Italian (Ilatian) Store was doing a swift business with Rudy.

Above it is itemized that Lou Mahoney made $45.00 a week as handyman at Falcon Lair. His brother Charles took home $15 less a week. Rudy's secretary Raymond Fager made $60.00. I always thought this debunked Lou Mahoney's grandiose opinion of his role in Rudy's household. Not quite the picture. 

So imagine if Terhune and Donna Hill decided to report that stolen case file and make it available. And imagine if Donna Hill had not told me about that? But in the least the documents I tracked down make a difference. I found them all so informative. I will at some point have them uploaded to an online archive for posterity. 

13 comments:

  1. Could they not be in trouble for doing that?

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  2. Did not see the sentence that that is illegal, removing documents.from their place. Would they be prosecuted for that?

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    1. I do not know how that would work out. But I doubt anyone will ever find that case file. It has probably been sold off in a millions pieces and spread far and wide.

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  3. Probably lost forever.

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  4. Ms. Zumaya made two discoveries: finding copies of the Valentino court records and bringing to light that a crime was committed due to the fact the originals were obviously stolen from their appropriate place.

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  5. Who is the "Darling" on the list?

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    1. Being paid 30$ a week would put them in the lower tier household staff.

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  6. I see the name Walter several times în these reords. The question îs : Who îs Walter? 😀

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  7. And Alberto getting so much money. George Ulmann looks like he was a having a salary of aprox 400-500 dollars a month... Not too bad, but not very high either I would guess, considering all The things he hâd to do for his boss, Valentino

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  8. The amount of money going to Alberto is staggering. It dwarfs all else and suggests quite a story. Ullman, supposedly the scheming all powerful evil doer out to make Valentino’s life a misery, receives a mere pittance. The facts just don’t track with this narrative. The money does the talking, and it is crystal clear who was taking Valentino for a ride.

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    1. The injustice in all of it is Alberto sues Ullman for giving him - ALBERTO - money from the estate! How ironic is that?

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    2. The money recorded in these ledgers reflects money given to Alberto by Rudy. It is no wonder their relationship was at a low point when Alberto returned to Italy. I like to think had Rudy lived, the brothers would have worked it all out as siblings do. But according to Ullman, at the dock Alberto asked Rudy for more money and Rudy told Ullman, "I am not giving him another dime." Bee Ullman gave Alberto money she had in her purse. Then those infamous words Rudy said to George as they spotted Alberto waving from the deck of the ship, "I hope I never see the bastard again." In his memoir, George left out the word "bastard" but when collector Bill Self told me the same story, he said Rudy called Alberto "the bastard". I reported it as they told it and was accused of making that up. Of course I did no such thing and looking at these records it seems clear why the bad blood at the time. Remember that currency exchange rates for today are x13! $500 today would be equivalent to $6500.

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