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George Koury Speaks
An anonymous heckler sent my daughters and me a copy of your recent article about the plight of Samual Templeton [News, "Sam's Farewell," by Brian Wallstin, March 9].

Journalism should require that the story is well researched and the facts are correct. Both this and the previous article you printed are completely erroneous and slanted towards building sympathy for Samual Templeton.

You portray my son and me as the villains who are causing Templeton his many problems. That it the farthest from the truth. Templeton's problems are caused by his own actions. Samual Templeton is cunning, crafty and his testimony is often changed and contradictory. Templeton met me at the airport the evening after my son's death and proceeded to inform me about his relationship with my son. He also questioned me several times about "his inheritance" and made threats that if he did not receive what he calculated was his he would expose his relationship with Frank to the world and embarrass Frank's firm, his peers, Frank's sisters and me.

My last meeting with my son in Dallas resulted in him charging me with his requests if anything happened to him. He asked me to help fund the education of his nieces and nephews to whom he was very attached. He requested that I help his sisters should they need additional financial assistance and he insisted that I would be reimbursed for the large gifts I had made to him over the years, the assets I had given him and the cost of his education since he knew that the debts I had incurred for it were still not completely paid. Nowhere was any mention of Samual Templeton.

After the funeral in Houston we were still too grief stricken to address the Templeton problem but realized it had to be done since we wished to block any effort to expose the relationship by Templeton. We made him a very large and generous offer from what we thought was a high value probate estate with the provision that it would have no adverse effect on my own personal estate. There would be no execution of the agreement if it had this adverse effect. I was advised by competent attorneys, a retired federal judge and the IRS that this agreement, if exercised, would seriously affect my own estate. Since this was the case, we informed Templeton that the offer could not be implemented and ceased to be executable.

Templeton hired an attorney and filed suit. Still dedicated to my son's privacy, we made Templeton many large and generous offers which he rejected even after recognizing that the probate estate was burdened with heavy debt, much of which was incurred by Templeton, and would probably have a negative value. He proceeded with the trial and pierced my son's privacy, encouraging publicity to show the dirty linen. Your paper provided him with the vehicle to do so.

My son's probate estate has a negative value. It is under court jurisdiction. The only reason I accepted the administrator's position was that I saw it my moral duty as his father. I am not paid for this function and in fact will probably lose out of pocket expenses to perform this function. All the assets of the estate must be liquidated and the funds distributed to the creditors. In this process the contents of the townhouse and the townhouse itself -- where we had allowed Templeton to reside rent free -- must be sold. In an effort to smooth the activity I offered Templeton that I would pay for two years' rent at another location. He rejected this offer and demanded a very large cashier's check.

All items that were scheduled for sale were removed and sold. I personally gave Templeton a check to permit him to replace some of the items taken.

Throughout our association with Samual Templeton he has continuously threatened us with litigation and, prior to the trial, exposure of my son's relationship with him. He has violated all my son's wishes for privacy. He has tarnished his memory. By his actions both the estate and I have been faced with very, very large legal bills. Frank's family continually suffer emotional pressures. Every time we make a kind gesture to help this person he takes it as evidence of weakness and makes further demands and threats.

We wish our son's image restored and his memory repaired so that we may grieve in peace.

George F. Koury
Escondido, California

Editor's note: Houston Press staff writer Brian Wallstin gave George Koury ample opportunity to give his side of the story prior to publication of Wallstin's article on Koury's son, "The Private Life and Public Death of Frank Koury" [August 11, 1994]. George Koury spoke at length with Wallstin on one occasion and in a follow-up interview but requested that those conversations be off-the-record. Wallstin honored that request.

Deeper into Wrecker Hell
Kudos to D.J. Wilson for his reporting job on the recent cover story about CRS and "Wrecker Hell" [March 9]. I represented David Person as counsel in one of the recounted incidents, and it was an enlightening experience for all.

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