Henry's notes he made a few years after leaving compound
Note - Henry has his North and South mixed up. The tall tower in the NorthEast (see map) was part of the compound when Trotsky bought it. Henry calls it a 3-story stucco tower. The main tower in the SouthEast is the one the guards used that overlooked the garage entrance. It was built after the purchase. From there the guard could look straight down at the metal screen door exiting the garage and open it with an electrical button relay. That was added after the May 24 attack because it required the cooperation of two guards to admit entrance, but also required permission from the guard in the tower to leave.
(photocopy of notes at bottom of page)
appearance of place - typically Mexican, not movie version
approach - AV. Viena, mud or dust
Rio Churubusco - women washing
adobe huts foundation washed away
roofs of tin, straw or boards
exterior - wall varying 15-25 ft height.
old 3 story stucco tower at SE corner of rectangle,
2 new towers rising above wall at opposite corners -
and only entrance - steel double (small door) door
at corner opposite main tower
interior, another steel door into the garage and
smaller grilled door into garden.
guard with drawn gun opens first door,
guard in tower pushes button to open 2nd into garden.
walls strung with wire and lights,
trees and shrubs trimmed close and high to afford good view.
Large popote, ash, 4 red cedars, fig, pear, apple and
largest by far, a Eucalyptus fully 90 ft high and 4 ft at base
flowering shrubs, creepers, vines, cactus, lirios in wild profusion.
behind garage the 19 rabbit hutches and farther still,
continuing to farther wall, the hen house with 4 dozen chickens.
House itself a section of 4 one story rooms.
originally servant quarters built into South Wall -
the massive tower in S.E. corner, base used as kitchen and
house proper, dining room and library (2 huge rooms)
with L.D.'s quarters, the study, bath and 2 bedrooms forming a Tee
The guards - Harold Robins
Walter O'Rourke (real name Ketley)
Otto Schussler (party name Fisher)
scarcity of essentials