This is from the evil book that Tom Snyder published with the held of Buck, Heisnger, Rose, and Morris. I will send this letter to Alcohol Justice. Scroll past the photos of my grandson being toasted by Flip, the lover of my daughter’s aunt. His puffy eyes is the result of heavy drinking. This guy is an ex-bartender who probably hasn’t been sober one day – for years! My grandson is being used to give Flip – hope! As my special needs Trustee, Heather Hanson did not call me – once- when I underwent radiation treatment for my prostate cancer. I guess I didn’t have “The Sizzle”.
My name is John G. Presco. I am the Prisident of Royal Rosamond Press. Today is Giving Tuseday, and I donated to your cause – once more. However, I am giving you a greater gift. You have an opportunity to right a great injustus. Opportunities like this come once in a lifetime.
I am the brother of the world famous artist, Christine Rosamond Benton, and cousin of Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor whose son married a Getty. We are kin to the famous artist, Augustus John, and the author Ian Fleming. I am authoring a Bond novel – with out Martinis. My ex-wife lived in Marin, and with the author, Thomas Pynchon. Mary Ann was good friends of Richard Farina, who married Mimi Baez, who lived in Marin. Christine married the muralist, Garth Benton, and is kin to the artist, Thomas Hart Benton, and the Senator by that name – who bid his son-in-law, John Fremont to map the West. He was the first to free slaves, and was the first Republican Presidential candidate. In your lawsuit you brought PlumpJack, I am kin to many of the stock holders. Jessie Fremont and her sister owned salons in San Francisco and Paris. Mark Twain and John Muir took part.
Lawrence Chazen was a partner in Christine’s first gallery in Carmel. He tried to become executor of Rosamond’s estate. But, being the number one creditor, a judge did not approve. As fate would have it, the law firm of Buck, Heisinger, Rose, and Morris handled the Estate of one of the highest paid artists in history. Sydney Morris all but destroyed this literary and artistic dynasty by selling ‘The Family Recovery’ to an outsider who hired a terrible ghostwriter who was not in AA. Tom Snyder promised me he would not use Christine and my recovery in his book. My sister in AA drowned on her first sober birthday. I have thirty-three years of sobriety. Liz Taylor almost died due her abuse of alcohol and pills.
Did you see the movie ‘Big Eyes’. It is about the Keane family. My uncle was friends with Margaret and Walter. He owned two of THEIR paintings – that I am aware. There was a famous legal battle over who did these paintings. Jim Bigalow owned Sam’s Anchor Cafe where more alcohol has been consumed – then in all of Marin. A year ago I began to read ‘When You Close Your Eye’ that was published in 2003 years before Big Eyes. I was shocked and appalled. This book put me in therapy. Two days ago I read the account of how my sister got rich and famous. Throughout this book, Christine is depicted as insanely out of control, drunk, on drugs, and delusional. Snyder claims Ira Kaplan only cheated her out of $50,000 dollars a year, and not the millions Rosamond claimed. Snyder offers much evidence that Rosamond was just a hack commercial artist – whose style was developed and controlled by her HANDLER. Is Snyder fulfilling the Last Wishes of this struggling woman artist who had many adoring fans? Did they need to know about the alleged family incest? Why not a nice story – and movie – as Morris called for in his Probate? The idea was to give NEW SIZZLE to a waning interest in Rosamond images. I have heard from Rosamond fans. and they are shocked and dismayed;
“What happened to Christine’s daughters?”
Many fans wanted to know what their prints and lithographs were worth. Lithographs were sold using the hype Rosamond – was not a hack artist. These words below, are the greatest insult to fans of art, and lovers of Rosamond. They are treated like – hogs to the slop. To top it off, Snyder and Buck put my bother in charge – from the shadows. He wanted me to include his racist rant in my autobiography.
A month ago, I found Marin Ship Mates that is a all black Navy born of the blacks who were lured to Marin City to work on Liberty ships. Four days ago I saw white folks marching in Marin in support of Black Lives Matters. Would they shed tears for Rosamond who was put in a stable of sixty other artists, and tole to get to work? This is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to DISGRACE and INJUSTICE. Christine did a painting of our black maid – and her sisters! Knowing my sister had a alcohol and drug problems, Ira cracked the whip and demanded Rosamond produce one painting a week – for a year! Sane employers upon owning evidence their employee is suffering from a disease, would bid her to seek help, and, after she has six months of sobriety, sign a new contract. Did Ira need the money? Was his plan – to suck my sister dry – and toss her?
In 1992 I began my self-help book ‘Bonds With Angels’. Christine drowned in 1994. Vital facts were hidden, such as a party was planned at Rocky Point. My sixteen year old daughter came into my life, and she was lured from me in hope of being in the book and the movie. I was not told my father was dead, and my mother was dying. I was not going to be told my other sister was dead. Hear is my grandson in a bar being toasted by a drunk who refused to shake my hand. He died six months later. Carrie Fisher is in my family tree. Self-help books are written by those who suffer and contain hope and resolve. Destroying the surviving artist, was part of the plan made before the funeral. My family hated our sobriety. My mother hinted it was suicide. I have not seen my grandson in ten years, after my daughter’s lover called me a “parasite” for being on SSI due to my diseases. My mental healthy has suffered from family abuse – like the famous Rosamond who was seeing two psychiatrist when she died. Being exploited by members of my family, and lovers and friends, did not help her recover from the damage Ira Kaplan did, and the damage Sydney Morris did. He suggested to me on the phone I was trying to exploit my sister by writing a Murder Mystery like the one he says he read. It is about a man who took his wife to the edge of the sea to takes pics – and shoved her in. What he is saying, is, Ira Kaplan -rejected me – and I am bitter.
President: Royal Rosamond Press
“Ira was no stranger to advertising or the fundamental principle that it is the sizzle that sells, not the steak. In addition to the meticulous quality of Christine’s work, and a deft touch with her subjects eyes, Ira perceived a sense of moment in the drawings – not feminist, but extremely feminine and therefor in tune with the times. And he saw in her style the sizzle.
Ira Kaplan recalls some of the difficulties in managing a new talent. “Sometimes an artist would stray too far from the style that was selling” Ira Explains. “and my job was to work with them and keep their art marketable. So we didn’t always accept a painting and artists can have problems with rejection. Anyway, Christine and I spoke. It looked like she would be able to do the kind of work we wanted and we signed a contract with her. But it took several visits to her appartment in West LA before she could deliver a painting to our gallery on Robertson in Beverley Hills. It was important that she amplify the style we had seen at the the show. She was very nervous about that, and very difficult to work with.. Several times when I went to her appartment she was drunk, or more often, high, and she just wasn’t painting. She couldn’t. But after the first few paintings, Christine realized that she was going to be accepted, and she started to straighten out – a little bit. It took awhile,
The way our business worked is that we would represent an artist exclusively, send their work out to galleries and shows, and exhibits to help promote it. In the process we would learn which pieces drew the most interest, then publishing those as prints. One of the hardest thing in the world to do is keep an artist producing what sells.
Artists feel very limited when asked for the same kind of work. They get bored doing the same subject matter. It feels like manufacturing to them and they begin to feel like they are selling out. But, when they deviate from what buyers like about their work, it doesn’t sell. So we had to stay with what the marketplace wanted.