Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!==Origin== Martha Mitchell (1918 - 1976) was an American socialite, political figure, and outspoken critic of the GOP. Married to John N. Mitchell, who was the Attorney General to President Richard Nixon and eventual head of the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CRP), Martha was largely regarded as one of Washington D.C.'s most controversial figures in her day. Her frank and uncensored comments on the political climate in Washington earned her the the unfavorable reputation as "Martha the Mouth." She was usually characterized by her habit of drinking and calling up reporters late at night, dishing gossip. However, she is perhaps most known for her part in the Watergate Scandal in 1972. As part of the cover-up, John N. Mitchell publicly denied any of the burglars' involvement with the CRP, despite the fact that they were all security officers there, and one, James W. McCord Jr., was also a former bodyguard to the Mitchells. Aware that this was exactly the type of thing his wife would expose, Mr. Mitchell hired FBI agent Steve King to keep Martha away from all newspapers and distracted from the news in LA while he ran damage control in DC. The attempt failed, however, and Martha correctly surmised that her husband was involved in a major cover-up, and attempted to contact her favorite reporter and friend, Helen Thomas. During the phone call, Martha was interrupted by King, who ripped the phone from the wall, and imprisoned her in her hotel room in California for four days. She attempted escape by climbing the outside of the hotel building, but was recaptured by King, restrained, and sedated. When she was eventually released and began to tell her story, Nixon initiated a smear campaign against her, accused her of being a drunk and delusional attention-monger, and hired psychologists to diagnose her as mentally unsound. Her story was discredited until 1975, when McCord confirmed her kidnapping and the presence of a smear campaign against her. The "Martha Mitchell Effect," or the misdiagnosis that someone telling the truth is delusional, is named after her mistreatment, and without her the truth of the Watergate Scandal may not have been exposed. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Warehouse 13 Artifact Database Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://warehouse-13-artifact-database.fandom.com/wiki/Martha_Mitchell%27s_Telephone"