Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 13, 1972 · Page 67
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 67

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 13, 1972
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out because be knew too much and had no useful purpose left to serve. Trotsky, however, persisted in the view that the secretary had acted at gunpoint and had died an honourable death. He erected a memorial plaque in his honor. Having failed in the direct frontal assault, the Russian secret police fell back on the Trojan Horse, the single assassin who would first insinuate himself into the confidence of Trotsky. They picked Frank Jacson. That was the name on his Canadian passport, but neither was his. They had belonged to some forgotten hero who died fighting for the Communist cause in the Spanish Civil War. Such was a common device for giving false guise to Red agents. Jacson's initial access was easy. His girl-friend was a ?¥Y»'~!-iF!«ici of Trotsky. In all innocence she opened the door and introduced him to his victim. Jacson took his time, supposing, presumably, that if he did the job, he had the right to pick the opportunity which gave him the best chance to get away. He became a regular visitor and even worked alone with Trotsky on an article which Trotsky had suggested he should write. He eventually chose August 20 as the day for the crime. With the benefit of hindsight, members of the household remembered two unusual features of his behavior. Jacson carried a raincoat, though it .was a hot, fine day. And before he went into the house he turned his car round to face the way he had driven in. The coat, of course, concealed the m u r d e r weapon, an ice-ax. But just to be sure, he also carried a dagger and a revolver. Jacson joined Trotsky in his study. The old man sat down to read the article Jacson had brought him. Quietly, while Trotsky was looking down, Jacson slipped the ax from under his coat. Perhaps it was not easy to act as Stalin's hatchet-man. Perhaps the call of duty only just overcame regard for the old revolutionary. Perhaps some scruple checked the force of the blow. Jacson says he closed his eyes, and c e r t a i n l y - t h e blow on Trotsky's skull was not immediately fatal. His scream brought the "secretaries" running. They beat Jacson senseless with their -revolver-butts, but heeded the pleas of Trotsky, who was still conscious, not to kill him. Jacson lived, but within 24 hours his victim was dead. Before he came to carry out his orders, Jacson had burned all potentially incriminatory documents except one, a typed letter which he carried with him. It explained his motives. It professed his d i s i l l u s i o n m e n t w i t h Trotsky. It accused him of preparing to subvert the Mexican government and of plotting with capitalists against the workers. It said that Trotsky had even attempted to persuade him to go to Russia on a mission of sabotage. Ap-j 1 from its Improbable contents, there was an odd feature about this letter. Though it was typed, the date was written in pencil. As Jacson could not or would not tell them where the typewriter was on which the letter had been typed and allowing for the pencilled date, the police came to the almost irresistible con, elusion that the letter was supplied by his employers, to divert attention away . f r o m t h e i r possible complicity. He gave the police no help at all, but without his assistance, they built up a chain of circumstances 'which lead back from Jacson in Mexico to Stalin in Moscow. The Mexican law was merciful. He received the maximum sentence permitted by the law, 20 years' ·imprisonment w i t h o u t remission. When his time was served, he slipped under the Iron Curtain--too late to receive the thanks of his employer. By then Stalin, too, was dead. DOWNSTAIRS STORE LOW. L.OW PRICES... EVERY DAV "SOFT SKIN" FAVORITES SALE PRICED ONE WEEK ONLY! 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Va. residents please add 3% Sales Tax Jf New Account please include Credit Information Zip . 1 *** "Ml * strouer The Stroller adds two patch pockets . . .a zip · front that lets you decide on the neckline and col- | lar style ... and puts it all together in a premium j jersey of 100% nylon. Washable, drips dry in j Royal Blue or Cardinal R*ed. Sizes 10-20, 12'/2- : 24-14. ' : 20.00 DAYTIME DRESSES--Street Floor Stone Thomas, Charleston, W. Va. 25326 8-13-72 Please send me your Stroller* 20.00 (plus .60 tax, 20.60) STATE MAGAZINE, Augustl3,1972 Quan. Size Color Name . Address State Zip s n Check G M.O. Q Open New Acc't. If New Account Please include Credit Information SSSSSSS^SSESfc^^ CHARLESTON, W.VA. 3n

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