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Image result for Roy Cohn'''Roy Marcus Cohn''' (February 20, 1927 – August 2, 1986) was an American attorney. During Senator Joseph McCarthy's investigations into Communist activity in the United States during the Second Red Scare, Cohn served as McCarthy's chief counsel and gained special prominence during the Army–McCarthy hearings.

He was also known for being a U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor at the espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and later for representing Donald Trump during his early business career.

When Cohn brought on G. David Schine as chief consultant to the McCarthy staff, speculation arose that Schine and Cohn had a sexual relationship. Speculation about Cohn's sexuality intensified following his death from AIDS in 1986.[1][2] Although some historians have concluded the Schine–Cohn friendship was platonic,[3][4][5] others state, based on testimony of friends, that Cohn, at least, was homosexual.[6][7] During the Army–McCarthy hearings, Cohn denied having any "special interest" in Schine or being bound to him "closer than to the ordinary friend." Joseph Welch, the Army's attorney in the hearings, made an apparent reference to Cohn's homosexuality. After asking a witness if a photo entered as evidence "came from a pixie", he defined "pixie" (a camera model name at the time)[8] for McCarthy as "a close relative of a fairy." The people at the hearing recognized the allusion and found it amusing; Cohn later called the remark "malicious", "wicked", and "indecent."

In a 2008 article published in ''The New Yorker'' magazine, Jeffrey Toobin quotes Roger Stone: "Roy was not gay. He was a man who liked having sex with men. Gays were weak, effeminate. He always seemed to have these young blond boys around. It just wasn't discussed. He was interested in power and access." Stone worked with Cohn beginning with the Ronald Reagan campaign during the 1976 Republican Party presidential primaries.

Cohn and McCarthy targeted many government officials and cultural figures not only for suspected Communist sympathies, but also for alleged homosexuality.[9] McCarthy and Cohn were responsible for the firing of scores of gay men from government employment and strong-armed many opponents into silence using rumors of their homosexuality.[10] Former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson has written: "The so-called 'Red Scare' has been the main focus of most historians of that period of time. A lesser-known element … and one that harmed far more people was the witch-hunt McCarthy and others conducted against homosexuals."[11]

In 1984, Cohn was diagnosed with AIDS and attempted to keep his condition secret while receiving experimental drug treatment.[12] He participated in clinical trials of AZT, a drug initially synthesized to treat cancer but later developed as the first anti-HIV agent for AIDS patients. He insisted to his dying day that his disease was liver cancer.[13] He died on August 2, 1986, in Bethesda, Maryland, of complications from AIDS, at the age of 59.[14] According to Stone, Cohn's "absolute goal was to die completely broke and owing millions to the IRS. He succeeded in that."[15] He was buried in Union Field Cemetery in Queens, New York.[16][17][18]


  1. ^{{cite web|url=http://partners.nytimes.com/library/national/science/aids/080386sci-aids.html|title=Roy Cohn, Aide to McCarthy and Fiery Lawyer, Dies at 59|website=partners.nytimes.com|accessdate=June 18, 2017}}
  2. ^{{cite web|url=http://www.maryellenmark.com/text/magazines/life/905W-000-035.html|title=LIFE MAGAZINE - THE SNARLING DEATH OF ROY M. COHN - 905W-000-035|website=www.maryellenmark.com|accessdate=June 18, 2017}}
  3. ^{{cite book |last=Miller |first=Neil |title=Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present |publisher=Advocate Books |year=2005 |pages=Ch. 18 |url=http://www2.english.uiuc.edu/finnegan/English%20256/Miller.htm |isbn=1-55583-870-7}}
  4. ^{{cite news |last=Wolfe |first=Tom |authorlink=Tom Wolfe |title=Dangerous Obsessions |work=[[The New York Times]] |date=April 3, 1988 |quote=But so far as Mr. Schine is concerned, there has never been the slightest evidence that he was anything but a good-looking kid who was having a helluva good time in a helluva good cause. In any event, the rumors were sizzling away ... |url=https://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE6D9163BF930A35757C0A96E948260&sec=&pagewanted=print}}
  5. ^{{cite web |last=Baxter |first=Randolph |title=An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture |quote=Tall, rich, and suave, the Harvard-educated (and heterosexual) Schine contrasted starkly with the short, physically undistinguished, and caustic Cohn. |publisher=glbtq, Inc |date=November 13, 2006 |url=http://www.glbtq.com/social-sciences/cohn_r.html}}
  6. ^{{cite web|url=http://www.salon.com/2012/06/23/lgbts_worst_foe_the_closet_monster/slide_show/1|title=Roy Cohn|website=Salon|accessdate=June 18, 2017}}
  7. ^Nicholas von Hoffman, "The Snarling Death of Roy M. Cohn." ''Life Magazine'', March 1988
  8. ^{{cite web|url=http://www.pimall.com/nais/pivintage/pixiecam.html|website=The Ralph D. Thomas Private Investigation Vintage Collection|title=Pixie Subminiature Wrist Strap Camera Outfit, 1950's|accessdate=September 27, 2016}}
  9. ^{{cite book |last=Johnson |first=David K. |title=The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government |publisher=University of Chicago Press |year=2004 |pages=15–19 |isbn=0-226-40481-1}}
  10. ^Rodger McDaniel, ''Dying for Joe McCarthy's Sins: The Suicide of Wyoming Senator Lester Hunt'' (WordsWorth, 2013), {{ISBN|978-0983027591}}
  11. ^Simpson, Alan K. "Prologue" to ''Dying for Joe McCarthy's Sins'', Rodger McDaniel, WordsWorth Press, 2013 - pg. x. {{ISBN|978-0983027591}}
  12. ^{{cite news|url=http://www.americanheritage.com/articles/magazine/ah/1988/5/1988_5_12.shtml|work=American Heritage|date=May 1988|title= Roy Cohn}}
  13. ^{{cite web|author=Paul Colichman Chief Executive Officer |url=http://www.planetout.com/news/history/archive/20000103.html |title=Who is Roy Cohn? |website=PlanetOut |date=October 23, 2013 |accessdate=December 5, 2013}}
  14. ^{{cite news |title=Roy Cohn, the flamboyant New York lawyer who catapulted to public prominence in the 1950s as the grand inquisitor of Sen. Joseph McCarthy's communist-hunting congressional panel, died yesterday at the age of 59. |quote=Irene Haske, a spokeswoman at the National Institutes of Health in [[Bethesda, Maryland]], where Mr. Cohn died, said the primary cause of his death was cardio-pulmonary arrest, with "dementia" and "underlying HTLV III |work=[[Boston Globe]] |date=August 3, 1986}}
  15. ^{{cite news |first=Jeffrey |last=Toobin |authorlink=Jeffrey Toobin |title=The Dirty Trickster |date=June 2, 2008 |url=http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/06/02/080602fa_fact_toobin?currentPage=3 |work=[[The New Yorker]] |page=58 |quote=He was interested in power and access. He told me his absolute goal was to die completely broke and owing millions to the I.R.S. He succeeded in that.|accessdate=May 31, 2008}}
  16. ^{{cite news |title=Roy Cohn, Aide to McCarthy and Fiery Lawyer, Dies at 59. |url=http://partners.nytimes.com/library/national/science/aids/080386sci-aids.html |quote=Roy M. Cohn, the flamboyant, controversial defense lawyer who was chief counsel to Joseph R. McCarthy's Senate investigations in the 1950's into Communist influence in American life, died yesterday at the age of 59. |work=[[The New York Times]] |date=August 3, 1986 |accessdate=March 11, 2008}}
  17. ^{{cite news |first=Bob|last=Drogin|title=Roy Cohn, Hero and Villain of McCarthy Era, Dies at 59. |url=https://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/57993374.html?dids=57993374:57993374&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Aug+03%2C+1986&author=BOB+DROGIN&pub=Los+Angeles+Times+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&desc=Roy+Cohn%2C+Hero+and+Villain+of+McCarthy+Era%2C+Dies+at+59&pqatl=google |quote=Millions of Americans watched the real-life TV drama as McCarthy and Cohn tangled with top Army officials, trading bitter charges and accusations. Army counsel John G. Adams testified that Cohn had threatened to "wreck the Army." Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch also accused Cohn of doctoring a photo that was introduced as evidence. |work=[[Los Angeles Times]] |date=August 3, 1986 |accessdate=March 17, 2008}}
  18. ^[http://www.nyc24.org/2002/issue04/story02/page02.asp From Haunted Mansions To The Brooklyn Bridge], NYC24.com. Accessed October 30, 2008.