Communicating with Hughes through countless handwritten messages and phone calls, Mr. Maheu bought a host of Las Vegas hotels and casinos and other real estate in and around the city for Hughes in the late 1960s. Those deals, adding a corporate presence to a city with a reputation for mob influence, were arranged while Hughes was secluded at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas.
“If Howard wanted someone fired, I did the firing,” Mr. Maheu recalled in his memoir, “Next to Hughes,” written with Richard Hack. “If he wanted something negotiated, I did the bargaining. I was his eyes, his ears and his mouthpiece. I met with presidents, appeared before committees and entertained the rich and famous.”
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Robert Maheu died Aug. 4th 2008 at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas. He was 90 and had cancer and heart ailments.
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