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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 5, May 1955 - File 018. 1955-05. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 24, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/419/show/367.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 5, May 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 5, May 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Contributor
  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date May 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript that il weis subsequently located from my descriptions. It was found to have belonged to a former I .S. governmenl official, Irving in \\ ashington, D.C., in 1911. who has been identified bv Elizabeth Bentley as a Soviet espionage agent. A second house thc FBI desired to find vvas the place where f had attended meetings of the A oung Communist League with Dr. Joseph \\ einberg and others in 1911. Again I drew diagrams of the exterior ami interior ami in this case I knew lhe general location iii Oakland. In a government car wilh FBI agents. Charles Finish and a Air. Modehouse, we drove up one street and down another, searching for the place'. Although I was sure I would recognize the house al sight, with its curved archways, it was not easy In locate. Finally, as we drove by 1 Id ALiiaga Street. Oakland, I recognized il as the' place. The 1919 occupants were most cooperative and permitted me and the FBI eigsnls to look at the interior. It corresponded te» mv description. Governmenl investigation revealed lhe facl that in 1941 the house at 146 Maraga Street had been occupied by a known member nf the Young Communist League, anil lhal another known Communisl. a veteran nf lhe lied "Abraham Lincoln" Brigade spam. hail lhat address in registering hi- car in 1941. FBI Agent- Brush and Modehouse also look me on many extensive scene bis in the hills around Berkeley for a third house important to government investigations. It was the place where Kenneth Alay had taken me and Svlviei in 1941—the house where I had made a reporl on the new parly line lo special section units. I had given the FBI the most minute' description of the interior and exterior of the house and ils physical surroundings, and had drawn diagrams showing the main features. The FBI agents and I did not have the slightest lead to indie ate the owner or occupant of the house where the 1911 meetings were held, and the hill areas around Berkeley are extensive. We drove up one street after another with absolutely no success. .About January 1. 1950. after mv testimony in lhe Bridges trial had been completed, I weis asked by Mr. Richard E. Combs, chief c isel of the California Senate Fact-Finding Committee, to remain fur a lime in California as ei special investigator on the staff of his committee. I accepted the invitation eiml immediately began work. During the five months uf my employment most of my lime was devoted to work with Mr. Combs ur other investigation and study in connection with Pane lfi two matters. First was the murder "I the brilliant 21-year-old Everett Hudson, a student of I CL A. in September, I'M". \ll evidence pointed to murder l.v Snviet AIYD agents because they feared Hudson was in process nf breaking wilh Ihe Red movement after he had acquired inside information of great importance. It weis ei typical Soviet liquidation job. carried out wilh scientific precision, ami indicates lhe danger hanging over those who have considerable confidential information about the Red apparatus if they are suspected of intent to break with the' Kremlin masters. The cold-blooded murder of Hudson obviously was done by hypodermic in'ection of a little known but deadly drug I will not name for obvious reasons. This and other MVD murders reveal the true and brutal nature of communism behind a thin and false veneer of pseudo-idealism. My second major field of work was in investigation of Soviet atomic espionage in Alameda County during the weir years. I studied extensive minutes of meetings of Scherer's FAECT apparatus thai hail fallen into the hands nf the California committee, and other documentarv material, and in light nf my own California experiences and first-hand inside knowledge I weis able to understand things that would have been a puzzle to others. The FBI and the California state committee vve-rc equally interested in finding the house in the Berkeley hills where I had made my 1941 repent During January anil February the searches continued. Sometimes 1 wenl with FBI agents, sometimes with Mr. Combs and Mr. \. a California security official. We got nowhere anil realized that by random drives through lhe hills we mighl spend months or a year before we located the house. After ihe firsl ol" March I suggested ihe possibility that the' meeting mighl have been held in the home of a subscriber nf the Communisl daily, People's II orhl. eunl proposed lhat we obtain the publication's 1911 mailing lisl anel check the residences of ever) subscriber who lived in lhe hill areas around Berkeley. From an intelligence source in San Lreiniise-o Mr. Combs anil I obtained the' 1911 People's II orid mailing lisl. ami with lhe eiiel uf maps listed names eiml addresses uf all who lived in the Berkeley hills. On the subscription list we found that among those living in hills around Berkeley were Professor Haakon Chevalier and Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, the latter with address at 1 Eagle Hill. Along with many others we went to the addresses of both Professor Chevalier and Dr. Oppenheimer. Only a glance was necessary to show me that neither was the house we were looking for. We went nn down tin list, checking off name after name, and wire' per haps two-thirds of the way In lhe end when we e einie' In lhe eiihlress (,f ;i People's World subscriber, Erie Loran, HI Kenilworlh Courl. That .lav Mr. Combs anil I wen- in a car driven by Mr. \ uf the state security forces. We found lhal Kenilworlh Courl really is unlv a drive, and ended al a house partly concealed on ils front side hy high trees. Mr. X ami Mr. Combs remained in the car. parked nn lhe paved street, while I walked up the drive known as Kenilworlh Court. Is soon its I came In the house I instantly recognized il as lhe place oj lhe 1941 meeting. There were two cars parked ill lhe basement garage. I look down the- license numbers and returned to inform Mr. Combs and Mr. X thai the long search had come lo a successful end. ll is importanl lo point out here' tbeil lung before lhe house was found I had '.liven Mr. Combs lhe same detailed information on the exterior anil interior thai I hail furnished lo the FBI. Mr. Combs even look tin' precaution lo HI'' the drawings lhal I had given him. We drove in Mr. X's office and by phone cheeked the license numbers ' heul obtained, "tie of the cats wel- registered in the name of Erie Loran, the either in his wife's name. The FBI immediately was advised lhal the' house' finally had been located, lhe only remaining teisks were lo check on the interior ami in find nut all we couW aboul Erie Loran before we questioned him regarding the 1911 meeting. Bod' the California committee anil the II" began independent searches of utility and other records lo establish the "facl we expected to prove thai Loran was the occupant at the time' of ihe meeting- Investigations revealed surprisingly little lo connect Erie Loran, an -11' professor al the I niversity uf California, with the Communisl part) other than subscription tn its daily paper ovei a period of years. We presumed, ho"' ever, lhat he hail been a very careful undercover member. The fill weis the firsl lo obtain detailed information on the' interior nl ''" house and ils agents informed tne th* il corresponded exactlj with my dm"' nigs and the' descriptions I heul give" them in all major respects. (There l,a" been some minor remodeling uf ll" interior since 1911.1 Perhaps two weeks after the house *"* located, an agent of the FBI gave me great surprise. He told me that the hou*' had been occupied at the time of the 1'? meeting, not by Professor Erie Loran. but *J Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and his *"' Katherine. Investigations had disclosed fh' fact that in the fall of 1 940 Professor L°'°" had leased his home at 10 Kenilworlh Coe" to Dr. Oppenheimer and had gone to Ne , York, remaining there until the latter paft ° August of 1941. (To he eon tin tied next month) "f his llll.ldl 1952.
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