Anthony Ulasewicz, Watergate ‘bagman,’ dead at 79
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) _ Anthony Ulasewicz, who acknowledged that he delivered a quarter-million dollars in hush money to the Watergate burglars, has died. He was 79.
Ulasewicz died Wednesday at Glens Falls Hospital. The cause of death was not released.
The retired New York City police detective admitted carrying money to the Watergate defendants, and investigating the social lives of prominent Democrats and the 1969 Chappaquiddick crash in which Sen. Edward Kennedy drove a car off a bridge and a female aide drowned.
Ulasewicz worked as a private investigator for the Nixon White House between 1969 and 1972. In his testimony at the Senate Watergate hearings, he acknowledged that he delivered $219,000 to G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt.
He said he thought it was for family expenses and attorney fees but realized soon after that something was not ``kosher″ about the money. He said he then told Nixon’s lawyer, Herbert Kalmbach, that he no longer wanted any part of the delivery.
At one point, Ulasewicz said he had to carry so much telephone change to make arrangements for delivery of the money that he had ``a bus guy’s coin changer.″
Ulasewicz said he had been approached with an offer to help break into the Democratic National Headquarters in 1972, but that he refused.
He told the Senate committee investigating Watergate that burglars made a mistake going into the headquarters with an ``army.″
In 1982, Ulasewicz told The Associated Press that, had he agreed to the burglary, ``there would have been no Watergate, and Nixon would have finished his presidency.″
Ulasewicz later lived in upstate New York, working on his memoirs and at one point tending chickens named Dean, Haldeman and Ehrlichman.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ulasewicz; two sons, Thomas Ulasewicz of Lake Placid and Peter Ulasewicz of Chicago; three daughters, Antonette Nealon of Chestnut Ridge, Alice Lochmann of Smithtown, Mary Ulasewicz of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.; two brothers and 11 grandchildren.
A funeral will be held Monday and he will be buried in St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands.