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Rose Mary Woods

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Woods, on the cover of  (December 10, 1973)
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Woods, on the cover of Time Magazine (December 10, 1973)

Rose Mary Woods (December 26, 1917 - January 22, 2005) was Richard Nixon's secretary from 1951, through the Watergate scandal, and until the end of his political career. Woods claimed responsibility in 1974 grand jury testimony for inadvertently erasing up to 5 minutes of the 18 1/2 minute gap in the Nixon audio tapes that were central to the scandal. Her demonstration of how this might have occurred - which depended upon her stretching to simultaneously press controls several feet apart - was met with skepticism from those who believed the erasures to be deliberate. Later investigators identified five to nine separate erasures. The contents of the gap remain a mystery.

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