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The Rock-itt : October 2009
This Month: The Character Assassination of Errol Flynn by Will B Forgot The photo above is of a book cover. I have changed the cover because I don't want to advertise the original, it doesn't deserve advertising. It caught my eye recently while I was browsing through some bric a brac at a garage sale. Anything to do with "Our Famous Mr Flynn" is always interesting, so I took it home with me. I originally intended to write about Errol Flynn's initiation to Warner Brothers but having been caught up in this so called biography, I thought I would pass the information on to you. As I flicked through the pages of this, character assassination of Errol Flynn, I started to catch words like Nazi spy, homosexual and anti-semitic. I turned to the inside cover and realised the book had been published in the 80s or 90s, but as the book had been near water, some of the text had faded. I had spent most of the 80s in Papua New Guinea and if it was the 80s, that's why I hadn't previously come into contact with it. So more than 20 years after Flynn had died, someone had taken the brave step to make a packet of money off a famous dead man's life. In actual fact it had been written with accusations freely aimed at a man who could not defend himself. But now I was about to find out where all the infamous rumors that I had heard over the last 30 years about Errol Flynn had come from. I spent the next three hours reading and as I did it saddened me as page after page the author venomously tried without any compassion to damn our celluloid hero. As I turned the last page and sat back pondering, almost in disbelief at what I had just read, it took the wind right out of my sails. This author couldn't be more denigrating of our famous swashbuckler, than if he put a gun to his head and shot him point blank. My Silver Screen hero a spy, a bisexual, a Jew hater! Surely not! I decided to do my own research into Errol Flynn's life. After searching the internet, I found that there was evidence that Errol Flynn had been put under investigation by the FBI because of his association with a Doctor Hermann Erben, who had been a friend of Flynn's as a young man in Papua New Guinea. Erben had apparently been a Nazi sympathiser and because of Errol's association with Erben, Flynn had been put under the microscope. But despite having been scrutinised by one of the most efficient investigation teams in the world, there was no evidence that Errol Flynn ever had any leanings in that direction and the investigation was dropped. Next I researched the part of the book that said that Errol was a closet bisexual and that he was sharing his bed with both sexes. Again I found the information had arisen from here say and innuendo. All of Errol's friends,