Hersh's most credible new sources are Secret Service men who stood by, appalled, as a steady stream of women, including high-priced prostitutes, were brought in to have sex with the president.One of the agents, Larry Newman, recalled his ""baptism by fire.'' He was guarding the president at the Olympic Hotel in Seattle in November 1961 when a local sheriff came out of the elevator with two ""high-class call girls'' and proclaimed that he was taking them to the presidential suite.Whether some of them can be believed, however, is a real question.Whether these sources are saying anything new is another question.
For a time, it seemed that Hersh had found the smoking gun--a cache of papers tying Kennedy to the mob and a scheme to pay off Marilyn Monroe.
One day, warned that Jackie was on her way to the pool for an unexpected swim, the president and his fellow frolickers scrambled for cover.
""You could see one big pair of footprints and two smaller pair of wet footprints leading to the Oval Office,'' a Secret Service man told Hersh. Unfortunately, many of the juicier stories aren't exactly new.
But in an embarrassing disclosure last September, Hersh acknowledged that the papers were almost surely forgeries.
The admission set off a round of unflattering profiles of Hersh that put an even greater burden on him to deliver a bona fide blockbuster.
According to investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, however, Kennedy was taking care of other needs.