Nixon secretary Rose Mary Woods dead at 87

Nixon secretary Rose Mary Woods dead at 87

Rose Mary Woods, the devoted secretary to President Nixon who said she inadvertently erased part of a crucial Watergate tape that had an 18-minute gap, has died. She was 87. Woods died Saturday night at a nursing home in Alliance, about 60 miles south of Cleveland, funeral home owner Roger Ruzek said Sunday. He did not know the cause of death.

The gap in the tape of a June 20, 1972, conversation between Richard Nixon and chief of staff H.R. Haldeman was critical to the question of what Nixon knew about the break-in at Democratic headquarters in the Watergate complex three days earlier and when he knew it.

The odds on her being Deep Throat are as close to zero as can be mathematically calculated… But every time a person from that time frame passes we always wonder if Bob Woodward will finally caught up the name. Don’t hold your breath on this one.

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