The White House call girl who triggered the Watergate break-in

[Video Link] Here's a trailer for the upcoming book, White House Call Girl: The Real Watergate Story, by Phil Stanford. It's published by our friends at Feral House.

Heidi Rikan was a stripper, working for the mob in Washington D.C. White House Call Girl tells how a call girl operation she was running at the time led to the Watergate break-in, which brought down Tricky Dick Nixon himself.

Needless to say, this is not part of the Watergate story that has come down to us over the decades. It is also only fair to point out that this version of the story might be dismissed out of hand as being dangerous “revisionist” history. If you’re not careful, you might end up being called a “conspiracy theorist.”

You can also be called crazy – which is what happened to a young lawyer named Phillip Bailley, one of the principal witnesses to this ignored bit of American history. When he was foolish enough to blow the whistle on Heidi and her call girl ring, he was locked up at St. Elizabeth’s, the District of Columbia’s mental hospital, in the ward for the criminally insane.

For forty years we’ve only heard the Woodward and Bernstein perspective on Watergate. Now we’ve got the photos. What’s more, we’ve got Heidi’s little black book.

White House Call Girl: The Real Watergate Story

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  1. No call girls at the George W. Bush white house!

    Only legitimate journalists stayed overnight without using a guest room.

  2. But there was also the "DC Madam" who ended up hanging herself in the toolshed.

    Not to mention the "Hookergate" scandal that sent Republican congressman Duke Cunningham to federal prison.

  3. Good point! But I think Cheney wasn't doing the deed in the actual White House, he was at an undisclosed location.

  4. Dick is a tremendously underrated movie.

  5. Although I obviously haven't read the book yet (it comes out next week), I will point out that the summary included here is an old and well-known story, in a somewhat revisionist mold.

    Here is an NYTimes review from 1984 of "Secret Agenda", by Jim Hougan, that similarly argued for a Watergate-prostitution scandal connection. Anthony Lucas, the reviewer, charitably calls this theory "speculative".

    In 1991, meanwhile, another book ("Silent Coup", by Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin) argued that White House Counsel John Dean was the real mastermind behind Watergate. Supposedly, his motive was to cover up his fiancee's (Maureen Biner) connection to the alleged prostitution ring organized by her roommate, Heidi Rikan. Dean sued the authors and their publisher for defamation, and the suit was settled out of court. More mainstream historians have not looked favorably on these conspiracy theories.

    Long story short, that was a nice promo video, and I look forward to reading this when it comes out. But it seems unlikely that this will revolutionize our understanding of Watergate.

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