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By Phil Stanford

Heidi's the name. And in case you haven't figured out the game yet, you might want to take a peek at one of her earlier nude photos, circa 1957 or 58-which is to say, roughly fifteen years before she either did or didn't get involved in the Watergate affair.

That, of course, is the question before us.

It's how she got her start, you see-moonlighting as a nude model while still serving as a private in the U.S. Army in Washington, D.C. Not long after she arrived at her duty station in the nation's capital, she was named "Miss Fort Myer." The photographer who covered the event asked her if she'd like to do something a little more interesting, and as so often happens, one thing led to another. And while that may not be a typical career path for an aspiring photographer's model-or stripper, which was Heidi's next big career move-you can see how it might have worked for her.

So if the soft curves and round, plump nipples offend your sense of historical propriety, just take a deep breath and think of it as documentary evidence because that's what it is. If you didn't know before what it takes to get into the jet set party girl business, well, now you've got a pretty good idea. More importantly, though, the photo should lend some flesh and blood substance to the life of a woman whose ghost has hovered over the Watergate saga for years now. Even today, as we go about celebrating the fortieth anniversary of that long-ago political scandal, there is a nasty little argument among Watergate scholars, not to mention all the others who have axes to grind, over what role, if any, she played.

As it happens, there's a good deal of evidence that a call girl operation Heidi was running in 1972 triggered the infamous break-in that led to the downfall of the thirty-seventh president of the United States, Richard M. Nixon.

Needless to say, this is not part of the Watergate story that has come down to us over the decades. There are, in fact, those who disagree so vehemently with this version of events that they've sued-unsuccessfully, as it's turned out-to prevent it from being discussed in print.

It is also only fair to point out that virtually all the more conventional Watergate histories-but especially the more-or-less official version as propounded by the Washington Post-dismiss it out of hand as dangerous "revisionist" history. If you're not careful, you might even end up being called a "conspiracy theorist."

And if all else fails, they can always call you crazy-which is what happened to a young lawyer named Phillip Bailley, one of the principal witnesses to this roundly ignored bit of American history. When it appeared that he might be 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, no less.

Some forty years later, rhetorically at least, that's still the last line of defense for those who would like this story to go away. 
Well, at least you can't say you haven't been warned.

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This is the true story of betrayal at the nation's highest level. Unfolding with the suspenseful pace of a le Carre spy thriller, it reveals the personal motives and secret political goals that combined to cause the Watergate break-in and destroy Richard Nixon. Investigator Len Colodny and journalist Robert Gettlin relentlessly pursued the people who brought down the president. Their revelations shocked the world and forever changed our understanding of politics, of journalism, and of Washington behind closed doors. Dismantling decades of lies, Silent Coup tells the truth.


white house call girl bookWhite House Call Girl: The Real Watergate Story

Ex-stripper Heidi Rikan, aka Kathy Dieter (At the time “Silent Coup" was written, we didn’t know how she spelled it; Cathy or Kathy), was working for the mob in Washington, DC. "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.

More than two decades after "Silent Coup" was published, Phil Stanford's "White House Call Girl" was published in 2013. It definitively supports "Silent Coup's" theory that the call girl ring was the reason for the Watergate break-in.