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Nixon's Sec'y Meets Strange Death

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Higlily placed sources in the hederal govemmeiM believe that Beverly Kaye. a deceased White House secretary who was in charge of storing and preserving the Watergate tapes, was murdered because she knew too much about the content of the tapes, according to Norman Mailer's infonnation gathering organization, the Fiftli Estáte. Ms. Kaye's testimony before the Senate Watergate Committee, the House Judiciary Committee. and the Special Prosecutor's office would have been among the most damaging presented against the Nixon administration, the Fifth Estáte reports it was told by sources. At the time of tier death, Ms. Kaye was 42 years old. She reportedly lold her neighbors in Falls Church, Virginia, stories about her experiences in the White House that convinced them of Nixon's guilt in the Watergate affair long before much important evidence relating to the affair was made public by the press. Shortly before Christmas, 1973, Beverly Kaye told her co-workers that she was feeling ill. A White House physician was summoned, and was in the process of taking her downstairs in an elevator when she collapsed. She died at George Washington Hospital, of a massive stroke according to doctors. The symptoms of death by stroke are similar to those of death by cyanide poisoning, and by death by the injection of an air bubble into the blood stream. Strokes rarely strike people who are as young as Ms. Kaye was at the time of her death. Stephen Buil, the Secret Service agent in personal command of the tapes and who Ms. Kaye worked for at the White House, was present at her funeral. He would not allow her casket to be opened. This was allegedly because of Ms. Kaye's facial disfigurement, but modern embalming techniques can make disfigured faces suitable for viewing. -