Frank wills (february 4, 1948 – september 27, 2000) was an american security guard best known for his role in foiling the june 17, 1972 break-in at the democratic national committee inside the watergate complex in washington, dc then 24, wills called the police after discovering that locks at the complex had been. The burglary was foiled after watergate security guard frank willis discovered a piece of duct tape covering the latch of a stairwell door in the building's willis called the police to report a break-in, and responding officers found and arrested five men attempting to burglarize the dnc's sixth floor offices.
Watergate burglar james mccord testifies before the senate watergate committee (keystone/getty images) on june 17, 1972, five men were caught attempting to bug the democratic national committee's offices in the watergate, a residential/office complex in the foggy bottom neighborhood of dc.
Frank wills, a night watchman at the watergate office complex in washington, dc, was making his rounds on june 17, 1972, when he noticed a piece of tape on a door. The arrest of the watergate burglars marked the beginning of a long chain of events in which president nixon and his top aides became deeply involved in an this resulted in the saturday night massacre on october 20 in which nixon attempted to fire cox, but was temporarily thwarted as attorney general elliot.
Watergate exposed: a confidential informant reveals how the president of the united states and the watergate burglars were set-up by robert merritt as original attorney for the watergate seven - kindle edition by robert merritt download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets use features. A burglary at the watergate complex on june 17, 1972, sparked a 26-month saga that ended richard nixon's presidency by doug g ware after the foiled break-in, president nixon didn't just participate in but was at the top of the cover- up, nyu historian timothy naftali said friday the goal of that.
The watergate scandal began early in the morning of june 17, 1972, when several burglars were arrested in the office of the democratic national committee , located in the watergate complex of buildings in washington, dc this was no ordinary robbery: the prowlers were connected to president richard nixon's. It could be said that he scandal that would become known as watergate began in that moment years later, after disclosures of break-ins and burglaries unraveled richard nixon's presidency, historians pointed to an audiotape from june 30, 1971, as one of the early markers of a white house run amok. Unfolding 40 years ago this week with the foiled burglary at the headquarters in washington of the democratic national committee from office in 1974 was not the misuse of campaign funds but the president's active role in attempting to obstruct justice by covering up the signal crime of the watergate scandal, the break-in.