The Final Decades of Howard Hughes After His Fake Death

The Final Decades of Howard Hughes After His Fake Death


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Mark Musick


The Final Decades of Howard Hughes After His Fake Death

On April 5, 1976, Howard Hughes was thought to have died. But did he?

Lincoln, Nebraska – March 11, 2016 – Did aviation innovator and eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes really die a lonely death in 1976 as a long haired, emaciated, unkempt man? Or was it just a well-planned rouse from a man with a brilliant mind?

If you’re over the age of fifty, or have a strong interest in aviation, you recognize the name Howard Hughes, and just his name brings to mind memories of newspaper headlines of his business feats, Hollywood affairs, and his decline to the man in the photographs that blasted the airwaves in 1976 of an unkempt man with long fingernails, long toenails, and failing mental abilities.

Authors Douglas Wellman and Mark Musick uncovered evidence that Hughes did not die in 1976. Instead, he changed his appearance, took another identity and lived in Alabama with Eva McLelland, a woman he loved and married, finally passing away in November 2001.

When Hughes died, Eva was finally able to come forward and share a secret she had been keeping for thirty-one years. Eva chose to share the story that turned twentieth century history on its head with her new friend, Major General (ret.) Mark Musick.

In 2010, Wellman and Musick released the first edition of Boxes: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes, in which they asked and answered the questions — How could Hughes appear to witnesses as an emaciated, long fingernailed, mentally incompetent man, yet fly a jet aircraft four months later? How could a doctor describe him as looking like a “prisoner of war,” when at the same time investment bankers, politicians, and diplomats who met with him say he was articulate and well-groomed?

But the story didn’t stop there. After the first book was published, new witnesses with stories, additional evidence, and photographs came forward, therefore a second edition has been written. Boxes: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes – Second Edition, will release on March 23, 2016. It contains new photos, interviews, and evidence that further confirms that the reclusive Hughes wanted to hide. Through the help of the CIA, he was given a new identity, and continued to influence the highest levels of power in the nation. Connection with the Mafia, unrecognized children, and information from neighbors and friends have helped to fill in the many voids previously unknown about what occurred after his fake death in 1976.

About the Book

Boxes: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes – Second Edition is available in quality paperback through the publisher’s online store ( Amazon, and bookstores around the country. The eBook is available through a wide variety of eBook retailers.

About the Authors

Douglas Wellman was born and raised in Minneapolis and studied television production at the University of Minnesota. He was an award-winning television producer-director for thirty-five years in Hollywood. Having once produced a program on Hughes, he was immediately fascinated by the story of Eva and Nik (Hughes’ alias). Wellman lives in Southern Utah with his wife, Deborah.

Mark Musick is a native of Blair, Nebraska and attended Dana College in his hometown, where he met and married his college sweetheart, Susan. He joined the military and rose through the ranks as a distinguished navigator during his thirty-six-year career. In his civilian career, Musick worked for a non-profit organization in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he began talking with Eva McLelland.

About the Publisher

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