These articles were originally published one month after Trotsky's assassination, in September 1940. They were written in the weeks following the May 24 raid on his household at Coyoacan by a Stalinist gang led by the painter David Alfaro Siqueiros. The first article is entitled "Stalin Seeks My Death". This was no idle threat. Stalin had framed and murdered the Old Bolshevik leaders in the Great Purges of 1936-38. Trotsky was subsequently murdered by a Stalinist agent, Jacques Mornard.