Friday, April 1, 2022

Dispelling Some Burial Myths

I have pulled together a few pages (see below) relevant to my previous two posts. Some of the damaging innuendo regarding Valentino's coffin and burial have been dispelled both in our book, The Rudolph Valentino Case Files and in Jeanne DeRecqueville's book, which Renato heroically translated, “Rudolph Valentino In English”.

Robert Florey presented the absurd claim that Valentino's body remained in a shed awaiting burial which I proved false. In 2003, I visited Campbell's Funeral Home and it was then I discovered the shipping case or sarcophagus which was found still sitting in the same mortuary where the coffin was received in 1926.

Collector Bill Self confirmed this with images of Valentino's coffin, inside the case, being off-loaded from the funeral train by the mortuary workers. This is how Bill Self found the case before I told him where it was.

Contrary to Robert Florey's grisly, false tale, Valentino's coffin was safely taken to the same mortuary where the shipping case was found by yours truly in 2003.

I first share the account from Florey's “Inoubliable, InoubliĆ©, Rudolph Valentino Survives His Legend”, which Renato translated from the French and which is included in its entirety in our book The Rudolph Valentino Case Files, I excerpt page p. 103-104 from “Installment #4” as it appeared in Cinemonde #1160 on 11/1/1956.


And in Jeanne De Recqueville's book, she includes a letter she received about this from Alberto Valentino in which he again denies Florey's account. Alberto's comment on this is in italics.


9 comments:

  1. This is a prime example of why you should dig deep, do your own research and, particularly, why you should read Ms. Zumaya's and Mr. Floris' work. Rumors easily get circulated due to ignorance.

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    1. It is frustrating that our work has been so excommunicated by Terhune, Hill and that they have blocked us and censored mention of our work completely on both of their Facebook groups. I think people would find it interesting and the only reason we have been banished by them is out of pure jealousy and their zeal to control their false narrative. One would think they would be interested and have many a conversation. Our banishment was certainly never our doing or choice.

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    2. When Leader Terhune forbids any mention of us and our work it is obvious who is doing the censoring. We carry on doing what we do as best we can and contributing. It is their loss and frankly who would ever want anything to do with people like that? Cruel, self-serving and imo unstable people.

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    3. I agree with you Evelyn,it puzzled me that they do not to learn anything new about Valentino. Florey was bitter that Rudy fired him and yes, the information and theories come from the poison pen and mouth of Florey. If you and Renato are banned from those sites,that is not your doing , you wrote the truth as it was presented to you. And I think those on those sites are unstable. Interesting! because they accused of being unstable and having mental problems(which is not true, by the way).

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    4. Accusing you of being unstable.

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    5. They accuse us of everything they are.

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  2. Thanks for clearing that up.

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  3. Robert Florey isnt he the one Rudy fired? He would say crazy things about Valentino.Especially the shed story.

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    1. Yes. Bill Self knew Florey and told me that he was the only person who ever had an unkind word to say about Valentino. And he added that was because Florey was the only person Rudy ever personally fired. I think some of the gross misconceptions in the so-called, "VSC" are based in Florey's bitterness over that.

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