Friday, April 6, 2012

Response: an Open Letter to Alex Montagu

 Alex Montagu, also known as Alex Montagu Manchester, David Charles Kimbolton, Alexander Charles Mandeville, and more recently as 'The Duke of Manchester,' wrote the letter below, also available on his site.   It contains what appear to be deliberate misstatements, evasions, and rhetorical questions. 

An Open Letter is the easiest way to provide a commentary, so here it is.  Montagu is in RED.  My comments in BLUE

Dear family, friends and new friends,
When we were talking to Alex and Laura every day they frequently discussed their family members.  Those statements did not lead us to conclude relations between them were 'friendly.'  To the contrary, alleging your mother tried to drown you when you were five years old by giving you a sabotaged canoe leads the listener to assume all is not well with Lady Montagu. This story was told to me for publication.  Stories about Alex's siblings, if less shocking, also left us believing a strong sense of alienation had existed for some time. 

The only person Alex identified as a friend, in this case his closest friend, told both myself and Raye Smith,""we are just business associates.  He has never been to my home."  

Alex appears to frequently have new friends who quickly depart.  We will see how long these new friends last....
 The press is printing anything they feel
No Alex, you can be sure they are not even printing what they think  They are simply relaying the facts, as documented.
It is clear Alex knows nothing of the daunting and dampening existence of Editors and Publishers.  Not to say advertisers and attorneys.  He has probably also unaware of the existence of Fact Checkers and Copy Editors.  
Reporters write stories assigned by their editors. Some parts of the media still do real investigative journalism, but this is rare.  However, stories which are shocking, lurid, and bizarre get a lot of attention. This, Alex, is why reporters are assigned to write stories about you.  If you stop behaving in ways which normal people find to be reprehensible the stories will stop.
The media say you are broke, Alex, because the amount of money you receive from the Trusts barely allows you to survive at the level of lower middle class today.  There may be money in the Trusts but the world now knows you have no access to those funds because your more responsible fore bearers decided their descendants were not to be trusted.  (excuse the pun)
Raye and I thought you were broke because you and Laura whined about not being able to afford your storage bill in Michigan, the phone bill, to pay for your medications, to pay for shipping, to pay for a car (this complaint could well be the source of the bouncing check), and, of course, for your divorce from Laura.  
Raye was far too generous.  
Now, if you ask for money from a disabled woman who is struggling to survive on a small retirement income and said elderly woman gives you her money, it is because said woman believes you are not, yourself, better off than is she.  There are two possible interpretations for these events, which can be documented by receipts and transfer statements.  
  • You are very, very poor, so poor you are forced to beg help from an elderly woman, who is subsisting of a small, fixed income. 
  • You have money but prefer to con an elderly woman, who is subsisting on a small fixed income, into paying your bills. 
Which is it? 

Without any truth at all. I have been forced by circumstances beyond my control to document truth in my past and future.
Most people have CVs or other materials documenting their lives, if they are in the pubic eye, which you certainly are.  If you decide to tell the story, provide documentation.  It will be checked, rest assured. 
The media does tell the truth.  Because of those pesky Fact Checkers and Attorneys reporters do not live the wild and free life of fiction you live yourself.  They make mistakes, but in your case this did not happen.

This is going to be a beautiful website where photos, Personal documents clearing my name and my great honorable family history.
Let's hope the website developer knows you well enough to demand payment in full in advance.  
Your family, several generations back, had a very honorable history.  This started to unravel in the 1880s, according to available sources.  Bad choices were made.  A continuing failure to  limit their spending took place.  Thus, they were thus forced to sell their property for paltry amounts of money, despite advice which would have made many of these sell-offs unnecessary.  
Good luck with that 'clearing your name' project.  If you mean you are going to admit your many wrongful acts, beg forgiveness, and turn over a new tree, well good luck to you.  I would not put money on your chances.   

The media is printing anything the feel.
I reserve comment because I am not sure what he means.  All, too  frequently the case with Alex.
They need to sell papers they are desperate.
The newspaper business has been changing rapidly.  Smaller, independent papers began to be bought up over 25 years ago.  Andrew Kreig, now of the Justice Integrity Project, wrote the first book on the threat of centralization under corporate control.  Sales are definitely off. But as horrifying as your life story has been it alone cannot save the present media industry.  Journalism will continue to move onto the Internet and out of the control of corporate interests.   Take comfort in this fact. 
They have no journalistic integrity nor have they done there research or printed a statement from me.
Let's be fair here.  You did a lot of self-reporting.  Just peruse the Articles Page on this site.  Your willingness to call reporters up and tell stories on yourself, as you, for instance did to The Age, this appearing in Spy's column there with a story titled, " Lord, Now it's a wedding", is only one example.
They report what you say, Alex, because it makes good copy. Later, you realize you can't unsay it.  And Alex, I'm reprinting your statement, with commentary, so you can't say it is not done. 
They are leaving themselves vulnerable to a scandalous libel situation.....
And I'm sure you are hoping they do not sue you for the libels you wrote in your letter.  

Nothing Richard kay, from The Daily Mail said is true. Nothing they have printed is the truth.
 Alex, it was the truth.  It was just inconvenient for you to see it in print. 
I never said one word about the Royal family. 
 Yes, you did. Then you libeled me, saying I had not only written said hogwash (a crime against the English language) but put it up online.  You do realize this was a libel for which you can be sued, don't you? 
I have no on line rant called montymont..
You took it down.  The misspelling of your email was a mistake which took place through the haste of the reporter, not picked up by the Fact Checker. 
I also do not live in Newport Beach California.
No, you live in Las Vegas, but the Newport Beach address is the signature in your email so people think you live there.  Your concern about having a known address is likely related to  your ongoing life style.  
This sloppy unprofessional journalism is going to stop.
Most people use their correct address.  Why don't you?  Care to share?
They do not do there due diligence to document there stories. 
Yes, they do. So much the worse for you.  

My familys resources are vast we are comitted to document the unvarnished truth.
Would you care to produce some PROOF of that statement?  For which members of your family are you speaking?  Did you notify them? 
The Duke of Manchester family has been very close to the Queen and past Kings for Centuries....That is how I became the Duke of Manchester.
Angus does not appear to have been close to Her Majesty, by any known reports. His life was only slightly less scandalous than your own.  You inherited your title.  It reflects no earned honor. Without the title  you would probably still be in prison in Australia.  Money got you out of Australia and to the US, where you met Wendy.  Only after you met Wendy did the stream of public scandals, which lead to media articles. die down - for a time.   
The Duke of Manchester has been the Queens Guard and Yomen and very proud of the relationship. I Cherish a Centuries old tradition and would never, Under any circumstance, Malign or disrespect that relationship.
This is not a relationship with you.  It is a relationship with history and with men who understood the concepts of honor.  
I have not seen you do any cherishing of these relationships or artifacts which represent your heritage.  Where is the Bible Henry the VIII gave to his Queen, Katherine Parr?  Where are the artifacts entrusted to you?   
You know nothing about the history and traditions of the peerage.  You wear your ducal robes like a Halloween outfit.  How do you define 'malign or disrespect?' 
You incorrectly report yourself as a royal duke.  Does anything embarrass you? 

The Duchess and I are going to restore the family name and reputation for the future of our esteemed title.
No one is going to put any money on that bet. 
Our Lawyers have been informed about the scurrilous accusations in the article and are proceeding to act accordingly.
Quoting articles, stretching back decades is not scurrilous.  But your actions were.  
This is a BIG media challenge! You will have to do research I know it will be tough work.
No, it is not tough.  You left a media trail in neon lights across the English speaking world.  Reporters do not bury the truth, not even for money, generally.  
I challenge any of you to find Marion Stoner. 
An offer of specific payment placed in an escrow account should be made here. Reporters do this kind of thing to make a living, not as charity.  Offer a reporter money and you will have the proof in minutes.  There will be five of them parked outside her house at 6am, waiting to knock with their video cams in hand, I imagine.  Otherwise, no one believes she is missing.  They have seen the evidence. 
The woman who extorted money from my mother Mary Montagu. 
You do realize that Marion reported that your mother and Emma found her, not the other way around, right?  Your mother has said she and an aide, another woman initially went to Stoner's home but did not enter.  You should also be aware you have just libeled your former wife, not that this seems to bother you. 
And to find out why my mother paid Marion Stoner and why she paid Marion Stoner and for what?? 
I believe your mother paid Marion for her trouble in having to handle the paperwork.  Stoner did not care if there was a divorce by then, being contented with not being responsible for your debts.  Ask Wendy why she would be concerned about your debts.    
And why didnt my mother call the police if Marion Stoner extorted money from my mother?
It sounds to the interested observer that Lady Mary did not call the police because she was not extorted.  She was griping because she had to shell out money to do what you should have handled yourself.  She might have resented having to clean up a mess you made.   I'm not sure of this,but it sounds like it.  Why don't you ask her? 
Tell me Why Marion Stoner stayed married to me if she got a restraining order on me? 
 She first got a Restraining Order.  This kept you away from her at a time when you were stalking her and harassing her family.  Then she got a Permanent Separation.  She is quoted as saying in an article, published in The People in 1988, My Barmy Marriage, that she could not find you to serve papers. 
By the way, I was never served....
This issue was seriously discussed in court.  The transcript you helpfully sent to me by email recounts, word for word, the reasoning of the court.  It is clearly destined to become a one act play.  

Evidently, barricading yourself in your place of residence and assaulting the police officer with the spear gun while threatening your own solicitor caused them to think you might take the service of papers badly.  The comment conveyed to the judge by your solicitor from your psychiatrist, about your psychopathic tendencies,  is at the bottom of page 9
Why did Marion Stoner not get a divorce she was at the court house....
She said she could not find you to serve papers. Very selfishly, she supposed you were old enough to handle this yourself. So you evidently waited until your Mom handled it for you.
She just forgot to get a divorce from me...She had a lawyer. 
Why should she pay for it?
My mothers name is all over my marriage paperwork she did the entire thing. 
Kind of her.  Let's hope you were appropriately thankful. 
 She worked for the court house. 
 What a concept.  She worked! 
None of my friends believe I was ever married to Marion stoner she is a lie made up by my mother. 
That is what you told them.  It was you who lied. 
My mother wanted the Title and money for her other son who I have never known. 
Kimble states he did not know you well - but well enough for you to feel free to call on him when you were in trouble, according to his Declaration
How did my mother have two children with my father if he left her when I was 9 months old. 
The official records reflect a date of separation for 1965, after the birth of your sister, Emma.This seems pretty normal to me. 
She raised them and sent me away to boarding school.
They also went to boarding schools.  But they were not expelled, even once.  
I have no baby pictures from my mother only what my wife has found.
You stole all the family photos from Wendy, by her account.  This included the Michael Jackson tapes, which, if you had been actually married would have been community property.  Since you had given them to her as a gift, in any case, they were, and remain, her separate property, which you have now admitted publicly to having stolen.  Wendy is now contemplating the law suit for fraud, I believe.   

Laura, herself, told me several times you took her photos, including those of her family,  and would not let her see them.  Wendy believes you stole your childhood photos from your mother. Look in your cache of photographs.  They are probably there.  

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