Did J. Edgar Hoover Really Wear Dresses? Welcome to the bizarre world of J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1924 until his death in 1972. Rumors of Hoover's homosexuality were rampant but suppressed during his lifetime. A favorite story is that Mob-friendly lawyer (and deep closet case) Roy Cohn possessed a photograph of Hoover in drag, which he used to blackmail the FBI director into denying the existence of the Mafia. In 1993, Anthony Summers, in his book Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, also claimed that Hoover did not pursue organized crime because the Mafia had blackmail material on him. In support of that, Summers quoted Susan L. Rosenstiel, a former wife of Lewis S. Rosenstiel, chairman of Schenley Industries Inc., as saying that in 1958, she was at a party at the Plaza Hotel where Hoover engaged in cross-dressing in front of her then-husband and Roy Cohn, former counsel to Senator Joe McCarthy.

"He [Hoover] was wearing a fluffy black dress, very fluffy, with flounces and lace stockings and high heels, and a black curly wig," Summers quoted Susan as saying. "He had makeup on and false eyelashes." Susan claimed Cohn introduced Hoover to her as "Mary." Hoover allegedly responded, "Good evening." She said she saw Hoover go into a bedroom and take off his skirt. There, "young blond boys" worked on him in bed. Later, as Hoover and Cohn watched, Lewis Rosenstiel had sex with the young boys.

A year later, Susan claimed, she again saw Hoover at the Plaza. This time, the director was wearing a red dress. Around his neck was a black feather boa. He was holding a Bible, and he asked one of the blond boys to read a passage as another boy played with him. It was episodes such as these, Summers declared, that the Mafia held over Hoover's head. "Mafia bosses obtained information about Hoover's sex life and used it for decades to keep the FBI at bay," the jacket of the book says. "Without this, the Mafia as we know it might never have gained its hold on America."

As far as anyone can determine, Hoover never had a romantic attachment with a woman, or even a date. Classical statues of nude men adorned his garden. He lived with his mother until she died. Then there was Clyde Tolson, a fellow FBI agent. In April, 1928, Clyde Tolson joined the Bureau. Tolson, a tall, handsome man, was five years younger than Hoover. Quickly after coming to the bureau, he became Hoover's closest personal friend and business associate. His promotion within the Bureau was unprecedented. Hoover and Tolson rode to work together, ate lunches together, traveled on official business together, went to social functions together and vacationed together. They are now buried side by side.

It wasn't until after his death that Americans learned J. Edgar Hoover was a secret transvestite, but long before that, it meant bad news for some FBI recruits. The alleged discovery of Hoover's long-lost diary has revealed how he may have misused his power as FBI director to satisfy his own twisted cravings, destroying the lives of many recruits in the law-enforcement agency. The diary purports that from at least the mid-1930s onward, Hoover would require selected agents to take on special undercover assignments, often lasting for years, as women or drag queens in high heels and skirts. Sources speculate that Hoover, unable to dress openly as a woman, forced some of his underlings to take up his freakish habit so he'd feel more normal. He reportedly enjoyed training these agents himself, selecting their outfits, applying makeup and fixing hairdos. Most men hated these assignments and many were threatened with firing or even jail time for their cooperation.

The diary recounts at least one case in the 1950s in which Hoover had the mother of an agent jailed on trumped-up charges to keep him on duty as a red-headed, high-heeled gun moll. Perhaps the weirdest case is that of 24-year-old Bert Horgson, a six-foot Swede who left his family and girlfriend in Minnesota in 1935 to fight Nazi spies with the FBI. Once Hoover caught sight of him, however, the slim, blue-eyed Horgson was instead given a different assignment -- and spent the remainder of his career in dresses and high-heeled pumps as Hoover's "special agent."

The diary recounts how Hoover kept Horgson from quitting by alternating promises of reassignment with intimidation of both Horgson and his family. Hoover even went so far as to have Horgson's legal identity changed from male to female -- making it illegal for him to dress as a man for most of the 30s, 40s and 50s -- and had agents make sure he complied. Even Hoover's death in 1972 brought Horgson no reprieve. In a final bizarre ploy from beyond the grave, Hoover left orders that the 60-year-old FBI man was to be confined to a special high-security nursing home as a national security risk.

Horgson found himself forced to remain "Bettina Horgson" until his death 29 years later. Horgson died in 2001 at the age of 89 in a government nursing home in Washington, D.C. One government source says, "this is one of the strangest, and most flagrant abuses of power I've ever heard of." J. Edgar Hoover was more familiar to Americans

J. Edgar Hoover was born in Washington on January 1, 1895 and rose to become one of the most powerful men in America some say even more powerful then the presidents he served under.
It is more or less common knowledge that he was a transvestite and had a life long relationship with fellow FBI man Clyde Tolson. There are numerous stories of Hoover appearing in drag in New York. Usually in a red dress, he liked to be called "Mary".

Such is the interest in Hoover that Vanity Fair commissioned, "Hidden Hoover" and Robert Risko to create an artist's impression of hoover for an article that basically described the private life of J. Edgar Hoover dressed.

Mary Hoover by Robert Risko

He apparently never had any romantic attachments with women. He lived with his mother until she died. He dressed like a dandy even in high school. As far as anyone could remember, he never had a date.

Hoover was a master of the dirty tricks campaign and kept a lot of dirt on other people in his files. Some say that Hoover was responsible for the intelligence failure at Pearl Harbor. Biographers have found no convincing evidence to prove the widely held belief that Hoover was a homosexual. However, the mob thought different and were rumoured to have had pictures of him in a dress. This is why hoover would never touch the mob. The biographer summers presents an abundance of evidence to show that he was a transvestite.

Nevertheless not all agree. Former FBI agents have pointed out that Hoover was himself under secret surveillance for his own protection and such behavior would have been reported. One of Hoover's most trusted former lieutenants, Carla "Deke" DeLoach says, "It is very troubling to me that people will promote these things for selfish reasons. They distort the truth and I'm afraid young people might believe this junk."

Hoover is depicted as perhaps the most powerful politician in Washington, feared by every president who served over him. The only players who were immune to Hoover's secret files were those who had secrets of their own about his personal life - namely, the Mafia. Mafia bosses obtained information about Hoover's sex life and used it for decades to keep the FBI at bay. Without this, the Mafia as we know it might never have gained its hold in America.

Hoover's alleged homosexuality was known to the Mafia, who apparently had photographs, and Hoover's frequent gambling junkets were paid by his Mafia friends.

He served under several presidents that included Roosevelt, Kennedy and Nixon.

In May of 1972, Hoover was nearing his fifty-five-year anniversary with the Justice Department.

After all the threats and compromises that he had been forced to make over the decades, he was still able to say that the FBI remained the organization that he built upon his own principles and standards - a unique achievement in the history of the federal government.
Hoover never made it to his fifty-five-year anniversary. He died at the age of seventy-seven on May 2.

When Hoover was gone, the Bureau never recovered its power and esprit. Acting Director L. Patrick Gray was forced to resign after being caught up in the Watergate scandal.


A powerful figure during his life, he became the subject of much mockery after his death, when it was claimed that he had enjoyed cross-dressing. Leftist authors have Hoover answering his door dressed in stockings. Comedian Jay Leno keeps hammering on Hoover's coffin with references to his cross-dressing.

Assuming the evidence collected from the hundreds of interviews is correct J Edgar Hoover must rate as one of the most famous and powerful transvestites in history!

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