The Nation: Hoax's End

What began as a grand and intricate caper, a hoax of hoaxes hatched on a Spanish island, ended last week in two Manhattan courtrooms. Author Clifford Irving, his wife Edith and Researcher Richard Suskind were sentenced to jail terms for fabricating an autobiography of Howard Hughes and selling it to the McGraw-Hill Book Co. for $750,000. In a federal court, Irving was given 30 months, Edith two months, with Edith going to jail first so that their two children will not be deprived of both parents at one time. Suskind, who helped with the research on the bogus manuscript, got six...

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