A former FBI agent uncovers the truth behind Howard Hughes, Melvin Dummar, and the most contested will in American history.
Melvin Dummar was an unremarkable man who found himself at the center of one of the most remarkable trials of the 20th century. One day, Dummar played the Good Samaritan to a man stranded on a lonely road. That man turned out to be the billionaire, Howard Hughes. Hughes did not forget Dummar and named him as an heir in his will. But Hughes was an unusual and private man, and his handwritten will was delivered in the most unusual of fashions. The vultures that surrounded Hughes in his final days, drawing from nearly limitless funding, hired the best lawyers money could buy and defeated what has become known as “The Mormon Will” in court and stole the Hughes fortune from Dummar and the other rightful heirs. Gary Magnesen, a former FBI agent, picked up the investigation in his retirement as a way of keeping himself busy. He was hooked immediately by the compelling story. His investigation, as detailed in this book, proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the decision against Dummar was a major miscarriage of justice.