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Speckin Forensic laboratory experts weigh in on evidence of “Kennedy Letters”

 

Lawyer’s Son Guilty In Jfk Forgery

John F Kennedy Letters

The son of a prominent lawyer was found guilty Friday of selling forged documents claiming President Kennedy paid hush money to keep secret an affair with Marilyn Monroe. Lawrence X. Cusack III, 48, of Fairfield, Conn., who made a fortune selling hundreds of Kennedy-linked documents he claimed came from his late father, was convicted on 13 mail and wire fraud charges. At his sentencing in July, Cusack faces up to five years in prison on each of the 13 fraud counts, and a maximum $250,000 fine on each count. According to the papers, Kennedy had set up a trust for Monroe’s mother to buy her daughter’s silence about the alleged affair between the president and the actress. Cusack produced letters that he said were written between his late father, who helped handle the Monroe estate, and the slain president. The documents appeared to prove rumors about Kennedy and Monroe.

Reference Link: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1999-04-30/news/9905020068_1_documents-claiming-president-kennedy-hundreds-of-kennedy-linked-documents-lawrence-x-cusack-iii

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Guilty Verdict In Fraud Case Involving Jfk Forgeries

John F Kennedy Letters

NEW YORK — The son of a prominent lawyer was found guilty Friday of selling forged documents claiming President John F. Kennedy paid hush money to keep secret an affair with Marilyn Monroe.

Lawrence X. Cusack III, 48, of Fairfield, Conn., who made a fortune selling hundreds of Kennedy-linked documents he claimed came from his late father, was convicted on 13 mail- and wire-fraud charges.

At his sentencing in July, Cusack faces up to 5 years in prison on each of the 13 fraud counts, and a maximum $250,000 fine on each count.

The case caused a furor in 1997 after author Seymour Hersh deleted material based on the documents from his book, “The Dark Side of Camelot,” after the authenticity of the papers was questioned.

According to the papers, Kennedy had set up a trust for Monroe’s mother to buy her daughter’s silence about the alleged affair between the president and the actress.

Prosecutors said Cusack swindled investors out of millions by selling phony letters bearing Kennedy’s forged signature.

Reference Link: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1999-05-01/news/9905010051_1_lawrence-x-cusack-iii-hundreds-of-kennedy-linked-documents-wire-fraud-charges

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Forged Monroe-JFK letters sought

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NEW YORK (CNN) — The owners of forged love letters purported to be the secret correspondence between President John F. Kennedy and actress Marilyn Monroe are trying to stop the government from destroying them.

In the 1990s, more than 350 of the documents were sold by Lex Cusack for $7 million to different buyers. Cusack was found guilty of fraud in 1999 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Government lawyers have asked a federal judge in Manhattan for permission to trash the 250 documents in their possession out of fear that the owners may sell them again.

“If the defendant documents are returned to the purchasers, there is a significant risk that these forgeries will re-enter the marketplace,” the government says in its complaint.

“The only way to prevent the defendant documents from re-entering the marketplace is to destroy them.”

But the owners want the documents back regardless of their authenticity.

Mike Stern, 50, bought about 40 documents for about $300,000.

“We were told by prosecutors back in ’99 that once all the appeals for Lex Cusack had run their course, we’d get our documents back,” Stern said.

“We paid for them, we’re entitled to them. Stamp them with the word ‘forgery’ if you have to, but we want to hang them on our walls even if they are fake.”

“And besides,” Stern said, “we couldn’t sell them now — there’s a history behind them now. Lex is in jail and the judge has branded them forgeries.”

Carl Person, the lawyer representing 34 people people who bought the papers and two who brokered their sale, is adamant the documents are authentic.

“How do we know the documents aren’t authentic,” Person told CNN. “The government has the best testing facilities at their disposal, but they have never tested them.

“If they haven’t tested them, why are they asking to destroy them and if they have, why didn’t they let us know?” Person asked.

Lex Cusack’s father, Larry Cusack, was an attorney who handled the affairs of Marilyn Monroe’s mother, Gladys Baker, from 1980 to 1984, when Baker died.

Lex Cusack claimed to find reams of correspondence between Kennedy and Monroe when he began sorting his father’s papers in 1991.

One of the documents includes a trust agreement from President Kennedy to Marilyn Monroe promising her invalid mother $100,000 in exchange for Monroe’s silence about their relationship and Kennedy’s dealings with Chicago mob kingpin Sam Giancana

Reference Link: http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/03/09/fake.monroe.letters/index.html

John F Kennedy Letters