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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 496« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of James Herbert Martin)

Mr. Dulles.
Has she had conversations with others, to your knowledge, who have been writing material, Isaac Don Levine, for example?
Mr. Martin.
The only one would be Levine.
Mr. Dulles.
The only one would be Isaac Don Levine?
Mr. Martin.
Levine told me she told him that her husband was a Trotskyite.
Now what that means, I don't know but he seemed to think quite a bit.
Mr. Dulles.
Marina told Isaac Don Levine?
Mr. Martin.
Mr. Dulles.
That Marina's husband?
Mr. Martin.
Lee Oswald was a Trotskyite.
Mr. Dulles.
He was a Trotskyite.
Mr. Redlich.
Mr. Martin, in what way do you consider yourself a patsy?
Mr. Martin.
Well, because this, for instance----
Mr. Redlich.
May we introduce this in evidence so we know what we are talking about?
Mr. CHAIRMAN, I offer----
Mr. Dulles.
Identify it.
Mr. Redlich.
In the course of the witness' explanation of his business representation of Mrs. Oswald the witness has presented before this Commission a list of arrangements that he has entered into or is considering entering into concerning the sale of certain aspects of Mrs. Oswald's story. This document is, we are told, written in Mr. Martin's handwriting. I show the witness Commission Exhibit No. 325 and ask you whether this document is one that you have brought before the Commission and whether its contents are as I have described them.
Mr. Martin.
Yes, it is.
Mr. Redlich.
Mr. Chairman, I ask that Commission Exhibit No. 325 be admitted.
Mr. Dulles.
It shall be admitted.
(The document referred to was marked Commission Exhibit No. 325 for identification and received in evidence.)
Mr. Redlich.
It is understood that a photostat of this exhibit will be made part of the permanent record of the Commission, and that the original will be returned to the witness.
Mr. Dulles.
I wonder if you wouldn't leave us the original in this case because this was prepared for the Commission?
Mr. Martin.
You can have the original.
Mr. Dulles.
We will keep the original and we will be glad to give you a photostat for your records.
Mr. Martin.
I have it right up here.
Mr. Dulles.
Do you want to read that into the record, it is quite short and it might make the record more intelligible.
Mr. Redlich.
Since this is in the handwriting of the witness may I suggest that the witness read it?
Mr. Dulles.
Mr. Martin.
Texitalia Films, $75,000 movie and the TV rights, World Wide plus $7,500 plus expenses per film appearance, plus $1,500 per--plus expenses for personal appearance. Contract was signed February 11.
Life Magazine was $5,000, North American rights for Lee had photo with rifle and pistol.
Stern Magazine, $12,500, story serial rights for Germany and Italy only, with a 70-30 percent reciprocal for serial rights in Europe, 70 percent to Marina.
Stern Magazine, $2,650 picture rights on the seven photos with same arrangements as above.
Mr. Redlich.
Finish the documents.
Mr. Martin.
Meredith Press, $25,000 advance on world book rights.
London Daily Mirror $2,209 guarantee on 50-50 reciprocal for British Commonwealth rights on rifle photo.
Detroit Free Press stole photo and has sold it to foreign news media thereby leaving themselves liable.
This Week Magazine, $1,500 for 500-word article.
Total is $132,350.
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