Above is the house Christine Rosamond lived in when she drowned. A dentist owned it for awhile, and when he put it up for sale, he hung Rosamond’s artwork on the wall. He had a collection of her work. After the funeral, we gathered around the small island in the kitchen. Here was the last time we were sane. My mother and her sister sat across from me. We shared Royal’s quirky humor. Lilian went looking for something to drink, but, Christine left the Rosy Rosamond Circle on her first sober birthday. Rosemary produced a flask, and poured herself a Vodka drink. My aunt tried to get some, and her sister moved the flask away. We all laughed. I had my friend go to the store and get a quart. I had seven years sobriety. That’s Lillian and Rosemary on the left, with June and Bonnie. These names invoke – flowers. No one knew Royal was born of two Rose Names. I made this discovery, and many others, that I have given away for free in this newspaper/blog. Looters take things that do not belong to them in order to make a profit.
Note the awning with the name ‘Rosamond’. I suspect this once graced the gallery, but, it was the wrong color. Flowers at a Mortuary? I, and the beautiful woman who owns the house, had a long chat on facebook. She asked me this;
“Hey Greg did anyone ever pass in this home My Daughters bedroom is always freezing……………..”
Tom Snyder is a ghost writer hired by Stacey Pierrot who was sold my families Artistic and Literary history by the special executor who was appointed by Judge Silver, because the adult Heir, Shannon Rosamond, was in a legal death grip with Christine’s ex-husband. The vicious divorce was finalized just before Rosamond’s death. A plan to make a movie about my famous sister was hatched in her home the day after she drowned. I was kept away. I am the surviving family artist – and writer!
After the funeral and reception at the Rosamond Gallery in downtown Carmel, we gathered in Christine’s home where this very popular artist’s autobiography was found. Vicki Presco showed parts of it to me. Then, it was disappeared because it was part of the estate and thus the property of my two nieces. If a movie was made from it, THEY would not realize any profits. Who are – THEY?
Snyder knew nothing about Art & Literature. He had published a travel guide. In his ‘When You Close Your Eyes’ he claims Royal Rosamond wrote ‘The Squaw Man’. Wrong! Edwin Royle wrote this story that Cecil B. De Mille made into a movie. Without supplying any evidence, or a police report, Snyder claims members of Rosemary and Lillian’s family, looted Christine’s house – in their presence! Why didn’t these Family Elders try to stop the looting? Is Snyder suggesting Royal’s daughters took part? These sisters descend from the Wieneke family who were venerated by the Order of Saint Francis. They were raised devout Catholics by their mother, Mary Magdalene Rosamond.
Rosamond’s fans had seen the paintings of our children. They were behind this Family Endeavor. They were not happy to read this – sander. They were wondering how Stacey Pierrot, who Christine hired, came to own it all. Pierrot titles herself ‘The Caretaker’. Lillian said she inherited a lot of money. She has not gifts. She is Snyder’s – boss!
“Before the service, Vicki had taken the trouble to go through Christine’s
bedroom, putting her jewelry and intimate belongings out of sight. As matters
turned out, it did little good, for the funeral was not long over before family
members and others were ravaging Christine’s house, taking whatever could be carted away. The artist’scloset, a veritable mother lode – took the worst
beating. World-class spender that Christine had been, much of the clothing had never been worn. So whatever still bore price tags was hauled off to be
exchanged for money. Jewelry disappeared, as well as other personal belongings. Gallery employees and close friends of the family, along with Vicki, were doing their best to staunch the flow – the estate had not yet been inventoried – but to no avail.”
A crime is taking place. Why didn’t someone call the police? How many people tried to “staunch the flow” to no avail!
- Vicki Presco
- Stacey Pierrot – Gallery employee
- Jacci Belford – Gallery employee
- Close friends of the family
Close friends would have to consist of at least two people. That’s at least five people. How many looters were there? Did the Protectors use physical force, or, did they make pleas to “family members, and others”.
“In God’s name stop! This is showing utter disrespect for the dead – and art! Please don’t force us to call the cops! It would be just awful to know you are in jail while we are free to do what we want, like write books and make movies!”
Vicki put jewelry and other intimate belongings out of sight – in anticipation there would be wholesale looting! Why didn’t she hire a armed guard, and bill the estate? The facts are, that house, and the gallery, should have been sealed. There were tens of millions of dollars worth of art in the garage and gallery. Vicki and Jacci were first and second named executors. They were responsible, as is Tom Snyder for this evil and slanderous lie!
WHO WAS THERE?
A pilot for a T.V. series?
No gallery people were there. Cross out Stacey and Jacci. Vicki, and her son Shamus Dundon, was there. Rosemary and her sister Lillian, was there. Raphael, Pip, and Cindy Blake, were there. They had arrived the day before, and were spending the night. Mark Presco stopped by to see how things are going, then left. Shannon Rosamond, was there, and fought with Rosemary after I left. Shannon said papers were missing. My friend, Michael Harkins, was there, in a professional capacity. He was a Private Investigator. He drove me to Deer Lane. We both were suspicious when Vicki un-invited me from the meeting THEY held in Christine’s house, allegedly to raise money for the funeral.
So, is Tom Snyder suggesting Royal Rosamond’s daughter looted Christine’s house? Tom was, not there. He never met Christine. Who told him these criminal act took place? Do you see the line drawn in the sand? Do you see the Heroes?
We know this looting took a long time, because, the jewelry that Vicki hid, was found. If the criminals had rushed ustairs to Christine’s bedroom, surely Vicki, her son, the gallery employees, and close friends, would have followed. Vicki knew where the goodies were hidden. Did she just stand there and say;
“You’re getting warmer! Warmer! Warmer, still! Drats! You always were a good finder, GREG!” Now stand still while I mace you in the face – GREG!
Is it any wonder I have a Christ-Complex? My family knew next to nothing about Royal. The non-gifted ones had attached themselves to Christine’s success back in the 70s. Not able to get along with me, and making me no offer, they hired their first ghost writer, who happened to be an artist. Faulkner produced a Rosamond Forgery! Then, when I caught her, she quit the book, and absconded with a $5,000 dollar advance – according to Vicki ‘The Protector’ and designated Liar – who devastated this Family Legacy, with the help of outsiders. Vicki, Christine, and Vic Presco formed a partnership in 1987 and never saw a cent. Vic had died six months after his daughter. Vicki wanted her investment back. She refused to serve as Christine’s first named Executor. She forsake a sacred Trust. She could care less what our sister’s last wishes were.
I found this letter on the Rosamond photo file. I could not make out the signature, and googled Sulphur Mountain and Santa Paula. This is a letter from the famous director, Gaston Melies, the brother of the even more famous director, Georges Méliès.
I was in shock. I considered the thousands of hours of research I have done without receiving a dime, and now, at the bottom of the shaft of the mine I have dug for myself, I find a gem. I now owned the engine that drove my grandfather, that kept him going forward, he never giving up. Did he tell everyone around him Gaston will make a movie from his story ‘The Finding of the Last Chance Mine’, one day? If not, there were plenty more stories where that came from – a veritable mother load!
Christine’s success was unreal, her work very commercial. This is why she offered to teach me her style. She knew her mentor knew much about art. I worked very hard to save Rosamond’s Artistic Legacy, but, the REAL LOOTERS destroyed almost everything to get at THE MONEY.
Royal tried to get a book contract from Homer Croy. Will Rogers starred in Croy’s ‘The Had To See Paris’ which looks like La La Land. My grandfather was trying to make more writing for Hollywood. He might have made it as a screenwriter. His dream was to be reunited with his Beautiful Rosamond Women.
Croy’s most famous work was the novel They Had to See Paris (1926), about a rural couple from Missouri on a European trip. The book was filmed in 1929 as the first talking picture to star Will Rogers.
Croy had a long but intermittent association with the motion picture industry. Many of his novels and stories were adapted for the screen, and he also directed a series of short travelogue films in 1914–1915; he received screenwriting credits on a handful of feature films in the 1930s. In addition to his biography of D.W. Griffith, he also wrote about the film industry in his 1918 book How Motion Pictures Are Made and a 1932 novel Headed for Hollywood.
Letter fron Royal Rosamond to his friend Otto Rayburn
OTTO ERNEST RAYBURN
Dear Friend Otto:
Pleased to answer yours of a few days ago.. Okay by me anent my
MUSICAL MOODS, Jake Bracken piece….I have Jake in BOUND IN THIS CLAY, which is
being improved right along…always growing, you know. One critic here,
only—Lawyer Roscoe Bell, quite substantial with a thriving business, and
learned. He says “In some espects the story is similar to “Tobacco Road”, but
its narrative is more true to life, except amongst the utterly degraded, and the
general public will be more readillay to accept it as a recital of local
facts…..Considerable merit to the story, and, considering the present state of
the public mind, should screen with financial success”
Mr. Bell attended school with Homer Croy, and my friend wants to send the manuscript to him in New York, have him edit it, at a price, and take it to a publisher of his choosing.
Now Rayburn, this looks like a good proposition. However, I would rather do business
with you. I am not as young as I once was, and know through former associates,
the value of collaboration. I hinted something about this in my letter of Jan. I
again am making you a proposition; but if I do not hear from you at once I will
go ahead with Homer Croy.
I will give you 25% of all proceed from BOUND IN THIS CLAY for editing and marketing it, using both of our names, if you wish. No answer until you have examined the work, which I will send to you at once. I will send you this Sterling Corona to do the rewriting on, if you need it. Let me hear from you at once.
Here is Otto’s review of Royal’s novel. ”BOUND IN THIS CLAY”
“I have encountered a
number of strange characters during my forty years in the Ozarks, but the fellow
who really upset the applecart with his fantastic ideas was Royal (Rosy)
Rosamond at Eminence, Missouri. I was located in this Shannon County town,
publishing Arcadian Magazine, in 1931-32. Rosamond came to the Ozarks from
California. He was a native Missourian, but had been away from the hills for a
number of years. “Rosy” was a writer and the short story was his vine and fig
tree. He tried to cut a wide swath. I helped him with his novel, Bound in this
Clay, a story of the Irish Wilderness in Oregon County, Missouri. He started a
magazine called Bright Stories, but it lasted only a few issues.
About 1933 he went to Ozark Missouri, and later lived in the back woods at
Chastain in Baxter County, Arkansas. About 1940 he drifted into Oklahoma City
and operated a newsstand during World War Two. He made a little money and put it
into published his books. He had his own publishing name which he called the Gem
Publishing Company. His later books were, Ozark Moonshiners, Ravola of Thunder
Mountain, and Bad Medicine. Rosamond died November 26, 1953. Royal Rosamond’s
Bound in this Clay is one of the most bizarre novels to come from the Ozarks.
Too many of our novels are all drama with no comedy.
The saving grace of Rosamond’s Irish Wilderness Folks is their sense of humor.
They have the ability to take life the hard way and laugh it off. No doubt their
Irish ancestry had much to do with it.Prog the Peddler is the human pivot around
which the story revolves. His sense of humor is a lighted candle in a world
darkened by prejudice and superstition. Old Mrs. Eisher is the enigma of the
story; a personality with a massive body, an alert mind, and a loving heart.
Then there is Ben Holland, a fox hunter who owns a trio of miracle-hounds, Henry
Winkle, the wild man of the hills, Miss Sarah Rose, poet and school teacher,
Nancy Shobe and her “nameless daughter” Jack Bracken champion fiddler and
pedigreed liar from the Turkey Tracks neighborhood, Jan Dancy, the young Apollo
without a voice, Jane Tilly, Jan’s Sweetheart, an Ozark Venus who knows all the
answers, and other descendants of the O’Dells, the Shobes, the Ramseys who
settled Oregon County Missouri in the thirties and forties.Rosamond’s novel is
poorly written and will never become a classic, but it contains lots of laughs
with its absurd narrative. The title itself is honey in the rock. “Bound in this
Clay” it is.Rosamond himself was tied to the earth in a strange way. He was
obsessed with the idea of being a writer and considered his short stories to be
masterpieces of art. He was a hard worker and made great sacrifices for his
After the death of his father in 1924, Benton became particularly interested in
the traditional manners and customs of America’s mountain people, the people who
were tied in many ways to the history of his own family and its migration to the
western frontier. For Benton, as suggested in his autobiography, the unique ways
of mountain life offered important connections to essential American values:
“Our past social history in its pioneer phase is, to a great extent, embedded in
the ways of our mountain people.” In Benton’s thinking, this concept of the
mountains was primarily related to the southern mountain ranges including the
mountains of the Ozark region.”