But now in a new biography by Don Fulsom, a veteran Washington journalist who covered the Nixon years, Fulsom suggests that Nixon also had a serious drinking problem, beat his wife and had links going back two decades to the Mafia, including godfather Carlos Marcello, then America’s most powerful mobster.
But wait. That’s not all. Fulsom also says that Nixon may have had a homosexual love affair with his best friend and confidant, a Mafia‑connected Charles ‘Bebe’ Rebozo who was even more crooked than Nixon himself.
Rebozo was a short, swarthy, good-looking Cuban-American businessman and Fulsom uses recently revealed documents and eyewitness interviews, including with FBI agents to point out that Nixon may have been more than just good buddies with Rebozo.
Fulsom quotes a former Time magazine reporter who, at a Washington dinner, bent down to pick up a fork and saw the two holding hands under the table. It was, the reporter judged, sufficiently intimate to suggest ‘repressed homosexuality’.
Another journalist related how, loosened up by drink, Nixon once put his arm around Rebozo ‘the way you’d cuddle your senior prom date. Something was fishy there’
The book, Nixon’s Darkest Secrets, is due out next month.