The Hoax Offers Theory

The Hoax is a 2006 movie starring Richard Gere. It recounts a strange situation from the early 1970s, when author Clifford Irving claimed to be the mouthpiece for the eccentric, reclusive billionaire, Howard Hughes. Several theories exist about what was really going on, most notably the theory advanced by the Gemstone thesis. The Hoax has a unique perspective, with Irving being used as a pawn in a subtle chess game involving President Richard Nixon.

Thus reads the description for my latest video, “The Hoax Offers Theory”, published to YouTube on April 24, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at about 10 minutes and 30 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.

Clifford Irving, according to the received wisdom, wrote a fake autobiography of Howard Hughes. A purported Howard Hughes phoned a group of seven reporters and denounced the Irving autobiography as a hoax. But Irving claimed that the voice of Hughes on the phone call to the reporters was probably a fake. At any rate, the Clifford Irving autobiography was pulled out of publication.

Later, in 1999, the supposedly fake autobiography was published in Santa Fe in a private edition, and went out of print. But in March 2008, John Blake Publishing, a British company, issued Howard Hughes: The Autobiography. That autobiography (perhaps not the true suppressed autobiography) is available as a Kindle e-book.

In the Clifford Irving version of things, “on the cusp” of old age, a disillusioned Howard Hughes is urged by an intimate lady friend code-named “Helga” to secretly journey to India and hopefully refresh his soul. In Benares, India, Hughes meets a reputed holy man named Sai Baba. Sai Baba asks Howard Hughes, “In the years left to you, if you knew beyond doubt that you wouldn’t fail, what is the one thing that you would do?”

Hughes had no immediate answer. “You don’t have to answer now,” said the reputed holy man. It wasn’t until much later that Hughes decided to write an honest autobiography, to include “warts and all.” Clifford Irving was known to Hughes through Irving’s father. Tentative talks on the book began.

So, in this version of things, Clifford Irving really did collaborate with Howard Hughes on his autobiography. But what happened later may have been that Hughes got cold feet. The eccentric billionaire was notorious for his difficult business practices and tendency to be a hard man to pin down. Howard Hughes, in this version, suddenly decided to pull the plug on the autobiography.

(This subject was covered at my Ersjdamoo’s Blog web site on August 7th, 2013. [1])

Something called the “Gemstone Files” however claims the “Mormon Mafia” gave Clifford Irving an already-written insider biography of Hughes. This secret biography purportedly contained hidden, suppressed details about Howard Hughes and his life. Irving allegedly used this secret biography to write his book, and camouflaged things by saying he had interviewed Hughes when he had not.

The movie, The Hoax, offers a different theory, involving then-President Richard Nixon and Howard Hughes, who uses Clifford Irving as a pawn in a masterful chess game. The theory given by the 2006 movie is that yes, Clifford Irving began it all as a hoax. But then Howard Hughes got wind of the book-in-progress and used Irving to manipulate President Nixon. Through an intermediary, Hughes sends Irving a box of files detailing money paid to Donald Nixon, the president’s brother, as well as incriminating information about Bebe Rebozo, a Florida banker and businessman who was a friend and confidant of President Nixon. This was done by Hughes as leverage against a TWA lawsuit, theorizes the movie. First Howard Hughes plants the damning information with Irving. Nixon gets wind of it and is scared. Then Hughes appears via a public telephone interview and denounces Irving’s book, thereby appearing to Nixon to be a true friend. A grateful Nixon administration quickly kills the TWA lawsuit, and Howard Hughes is saved a fortune in possible lawsuit payments.

You will likely not understand much of this unless you are familiar with the theory advanced by the Gemstone Files manuscript.

——- Sources ——-
[1] “Howard Pulls the Plug”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, August 7, 2013.


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Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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1 Response to The Hoax Offers Theory

  1. john says:

    Double life of boxes of Howard Hughes Story .
    Howard hughes used Doubles?Vance Cooper -Brook Randle.
    howard Hughes record of being estranged from wife & Friends.
    Howard Hughes want new Identity.Hughes was given name of _ _ _
    guy name -Vern Nicely.-Nicoley -picture of Nick in
    coverall -Helmit no gloves and in a rose garden – look camera.
    With a full growth beard hang chin.Eva met Nov 1969 Nick Panama.
    Howard Huges aircraft base.Eva -Nick moved Arizona.Then moved to Alabama.bought 20 acres grew plants.Nick loved Gadgets he bought.
    He wouldnt open them kept them in the same containers.He kept all stuff in storage trailer.First Eva kept everything.later she said Nick’s stuff stolen.In the storage trailers – even the Sinks and the plumbing. Woman visit her -later came talk into moveFlorida -mysterious lady,
    Eva feels she may stole stuff.Nick wouldn’t let people around.Nick didn’t hear things correctly or he would think she said this or that
    -then Nick would pick arguments with her,Nick would fly off handle.(angry)Eva pack up so she wouldn’t loose her mind. then come back.
    Eva separated from Nick -thenNick disappear -then sighting of
    Howard hughes -then come back.cindy mother 16 yr got pregnant
    live across street Hughes co .Cindy supposedly daughter of
    Howard Hughes – ask for help -then claim people she ask for help-
    Kept her files and documentations.Nick told Eva that Lbj was involved.
    Nick was conern for Dee Dee.Nick would tell DeeDee to leave.
    When people came to visit Nick.Nick kept hands hidden -didnt shake hands.Eva Said Nick went around Helmet wore rubber gloves when he out in garden.but in the picture Nick has no rubber gloves on he is look at someone &probarbly Eva ? Eva took picture of Helicopter that came to their farm.Nick had a germ phobia & Nick was hard of hearing & sight problems.Eva did not say Nick good Kisser he was good lover & the reasonafter arguments she kept come back,what was Reason for that -they both didn’t have no children together -what was cement bonding that keptthem come back to each other?Eva said Nick her vacation in Florida.Howard Hughes & nick had eye for ladies.
    reveal secrets that prove Howard Hughes assumed another identity and sought refuge in the woods of Alabama for 25 years after his presumed death in 1976,” he said. And, during those years, Howard Hughes lived life as Nick Nicely, the husband of Eva McLelland. They had married in Panama in 1970..Then Story Robert Maheu ,casino loose money -fire Maheu – then have Sam Giancana /Johnny Roselli.
    Jack Dragna ,Bob McDonald ,son John McDonald.Hughes Mob –
    Infamous john mother b/f Nick Moretta and Archie McDonald..
    John McDonald get money cause Hughes owe money to his dad.
    And Cindy Davis Hughes did not get any money -why is that ?

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