A Secret Grave 32: Plan of Action

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I decided to ignore Gharith’s warning that I might be in danger. His exact words were, “If you continue down the path you’re on, there are people who will try and stop you.” But what path was I on? I’m just a painter who spends an ungodly number of hours in her studio and gets up early each morning to write her blog. No harm in that. People ask about my blog all the time so I might as well say here that I change the names of characters with really sensitive stories to protect them and sometimes I change the stories up a little in order not to be sued for libel. This ain’t journalism – though if you break the word down it sort of is, since what I do is ‘journal’ about the artist’s life and all the interesting people who inhabit it.

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I once heard that truth isn’t necessarily factual and fact isn’t necessarily truthful – words that certainly apply when it comes to telling people’s stories. In regards to finding out the ‘truth’ about Victor Goodlove, there are several lines to follow and I will list them: 1) what was the nature of Victor’s relationship with Betsy Shapiro? Was it true that they’d been lovers and he was blackmailing her?

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Betsy

Betsy

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2) What the hell had happened between Victor and Caroline Guerrero-O’hara? Was Mercer their son?

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I will have to have to track down Peter Martino, not always easy to reach because he travels so much, who claimed to have information on this.

3) What did Lloyd Peterson, Joe’s driver, know about Victor? The one time I asked him, he clammed up and acted as if he didn’t even know who Victor was.

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Lloyd

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4) Emil Shusterman, almost a household name because of a bestselling book on adolescents that had led to numerous appearances on talk shows (and an invitation, I believe, to work with the older of Obama’s two daughters) had been Victor’s therapist and confidant – hopefully lots of information to be gotten there.

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Emil, Photo Credit Stephen Pruitt

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5) All the psychos who’d mounted lawsuits against Victor. I’d have to do some research but my best source of intelligence would definitely be Helen Sprouse, Victor’s old receptionist whom I haven’t seen or thought of in years. My guess is that she’s still in Austin and not too hard to find. She knew all his clients and was such a snoop that she probably copied many, if not all, of the remedies from that book he kept under lock and key.

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Helen

Helen

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So here’s some serendipity. I was all set to start my little investigation when I had a call from Emil’s wife, Alicia. “Thank you for the party, it was wonderful,” she said. (She has a thick New York accent that I love since I’m a New Yorker too and it makes me feel at home.) “I was wondering if I could come over and pay a visit.”

A visit. Did she mean a studio visit? Was she interested – as she had intimated once or twice –  in giving me a show?

“This is personal,” she added. “A few things I need to talk about.”

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To be continued…

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