E. Howard Hunt dies before book is out

Two months before his book was scheduled to be released, E. Howard Hunt kicked the bucket with his one remaining leg. (The other had been amputated due to atherosclerosis.)

as one of the White House's "plumbers"
  • burglarized the Beverly Hills office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist
  • organized the Watergate break-in

The Watergate burglars he had dispatched were arrested on the night of June 17, 1972. One was carrying an address book that had Hunt’s name and a White House telephone number in it.

Nixon (after the break-in):
“This fellow Hunt, he knows too damn much.”

Howard Hunt to the Senate committee investigating Watergate in 1973: “I am crushed by the failure of my government to protect me and my family as in the past it has always done for its clandestine agents... I cannot escape feeling that the country I have served for my entire life and which directed me to carry out the Watergate entry is punishing me for doing the very things it trained and directed me to do.”

served 33 months in prison

  • a prolific and successful writer who had Hollywood buying his novels
  • joined the CIA in 1949
  • planned the 1954 coup that overthrew the democratically elected Guatemalan president Jacobo Arbenz ("Operation Success")
  • failed miserably in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba

hired by fellow Brown alumnus Charles Colson as a $100-a-day “security consultant” at the Nixon White House in 1971

In 1974, the Rockefeller Commission named E. Howard Hunt a suspect in the 1963 assassination of JFK.

son David Hunt lives in Los Angeles