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Thu May 5, 2022, 07:07 PM

Alfred Baldwin, Watergate Lookout Who Turned Witness, Dead at 83

Original reporting: Alfred Baldwin, chief Watergate eavesdropper and lookout, is dead at 83 (Washington Post)


Source: Daily Beast


Alfred Baldwin, Watergate Lookout Who Turned Witness, Dead at 83

AJ McDougall
Breaking News Reporter
Published May. 05, 2022 5:06PM ET

Alfred C. Baldwin III, the “shadow man” of the Watergate burglaries who later helped end Richard Nixon’s presidency by agreeing to testify against his co-conspirators, has died. Though Baldwin died on Jan. 15, 2020, at a New York care center, his death was not publicly reported until this week, with the re-publication of an updated version of the book The Watergate Burglars, which hit shelves Tuesday. The Washington Post confirmed Baldwin’s death with his longtime attorney, who said Baldwin had been battling cancer. Baldwin, a “husky ex-Marine,” as he once asked a Los Angeles Times journalist to characterize him, was the only member of the Watergate team not to be charged with a crime, despite playing lookout from across the street during the June 1972 break-in. His subsequent testimony was “critical” to indicting the rest of the group, according to prosecutor Earl J. Silbert. But it wasn’t until Baldwin sat down exclusively with the Los Angeles Times for an Oct. 1972 interview that his story “brought Watergate to the very door of the White House,” making it “tangible” for Americans, according to writer David Halberstam.



Source: Washington Post

Alfred Baldwin, chief Watergate eavesdropper and lookout, is dead at 83

By Harrison Smith
Today at 2:01 p.m. EDT

Alfred C. Baldwin III, a former FBI agent who served as the chief eavesdropper and lookout for the Watergate burglars, but then became a key government witness in the scandal that brought down President Richard M. Nixon, died Jan. 15, 2020, at a care center in New Paltz, N.Y. He was 83.

Like Watergate conspirator James W. McCord Jr., whose death in 2017 was not widely reported for two years, Mr. Baldwin did not want his death publicized. Both men’s deaths were first reported by London-based writer and filmmaker Shane O’Sullivan, who noted Mr. Baldwin’s passing in the updated paperback edition of his book “The Watergate Burglars,” which came out on Tuesday.

His death was independently confirmed by his friend and longtime lawyer, Robert C. Mirto, who said Mr. Baldwin had cancer.

A gregarious Marine Corps veteran from a prominent Connecticut family, Mr. Baldwin reinvented himself as a schoolteacher and lawyer in the years after Watergate, working as a state prosecutor in Hartford for nearly a decade until his retirement in 1997. But he remained best known as a supporting player in the cast of petty crooks, dirty tricksters, FBI veterans and former spies involved in the plot to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington.


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Thu May 5, 2022, 08:26 PM

1. That evening, he took off when the lights went on in DNC suite.

Because of his cooperation, he was never charged, even though his actions were just as culpable as those of Liddy and the "Watergate Seven."

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