17. The Great Hughes Heist
The private files and documents of the late Howard Hughes were reported
stolen from his supposedly impregnable Hollywood headquarters on June
5, 1974. These files, including thousands of his private papers and
verbatim transcripts of telephone calls, could expose illicit connections
with the CIA, the Mafia, the White House, and private industry. It is
said, for the first time, detailed knowledge of political bribes, financial
"favors" to circumvent established government laws, and inner
dealings within existing government agencies would become available
to the American public. Yet, after more than two years of reportedly
inept investigations by various police and governmental agencies and
repeated accusations of a cover-up, the documents have not been recovered
nor is the American public generally aware of their existence. The recovery
and exposure of these papers could reveal to the American people the
inner workings and structure of a national and international power elite.
The dearth of coverage by the mass media of the burglary of these potentially
explosive documents and of the. subsequent investigation qualifies the
"Hughes Heist" for consideration as one of the "best
censored stories" of 1976.
SOURCE: New Times Magazine, January 21, 1977, "The Great Hughes
Heist," by Michael Drosnin.