1927. Roy Cohn born. His father is Albert Cohn, a New York State Supreme Court justice and prominent Democrat.
1937. Roy Cohn is introduced by his father President Roosevelt at age 10.
Spring 1949. Roy Cohn writes a memo on Albert Hiss.
1950. The Judge presiding over the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg called Roy Cohn from a phone booth and asked him if they should get the death penalty.
January 1953, Roy Cohn becomes Chief Counsel for Joseph McCarthy’s Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; Robert F. Kennedy becomes assistant counsel.
1954, Cohn tries to punch Robert Kennedy at the McCarthy hearings. Roy Cohn: “And I got pretty tee’d off. And as we were walking out of the hearing room, we sort of came up against each other, and I said to him I…. something to the effect that I thought that was a pretty shoddy thing to do. And one word led to another and finally he was screaming at me and I was going back to him, so finally I said, “Well, look, this is no place to have an argument. You want to settle it, let’s step outside and settle it.” At that moment Senator Mundt [Karl E. Mundt], someone intervened, and fortunately because, as I say, I don’t think my physical condition, not being a mountain climber or running kayaks up and down the Colorado River or something, I don’t think I would have been too much of a match for him. But anyway, that fist fight was averted.
1958. Herbert Hoover is filmed by Roy Cohn at the Plaza Hotel. ” Mrs. Rosensteil claims to have attended the orgies with her husband in 1958. On the first occasion Hoover, whom Mrs. Rosensteil had met and recognized, was wearing ‘a fluffly black dress, very fluffy, with flounces, and lace stockings and high heels, and a black curly wig. ‘He had makeup on, and false eyelashes. It was a very short skirt and he was sitting there in the living room of the suite with his legs crossed. Roy introduced him as ‘Mary. Young boys joined the party and engaged in sexual activities with Hoover, Cohn, and her husband, according to Rosensteil, who said Hoover had one of the boys read from the Bible while the other played with him.”
December 1962. Roy Cohn on Bobby Kennedy: “I saw Bobby next at George Sokolsky’s funeral, which was in December of 1962. We were both honorary pallbearers. And we had a very—I was sort of running things, in charge of the arrangements, and Bobby came. I shook hands with him cordially and I said, “The family is, I know, very appreciative that you came up”—which he thought was very amusing, because I got a kickback afterward that I had the nerve to say to him that the family was appreciative he came up or something like that but….
November 22, 1963. JFK assassinated. Roy Cohn: “when, in November of 1963, Bobby received the phone call of the attack on his brother in Texas, Bobby was at that moment having lunch with Morgenthau at Bobby’s home in Virginia discussing my case.”
December 5, 1964. United Dye and Chemical Corporation stock fraud case. Bobby Kennedy and Roy Cohn. “Three of the six sentenced yesterday testified for the Government in its case against Roy M. Cohn and a co‐defendant, Murray E. Gottesman. A Federal Court jury exonerated Mr. Cohn and Mr. Gottesman of having conspired to obstruct justice in the United Dye case.”
June 6, 1968. Robert Kennedy is assassinated. Roy Cohn: And then, finally, after the last Morgenthau grand jury was about over with, he came up with another indictment, the end of ’68 followed by still another superseding indictment really in January of 1969, which was a six count indictment that went to trial in September of 1969 and took two and a half months, and the jury was only out a little over three hours and acquitted me on each and every count. And within a matter of a few days thereafter President Nixon [Richard Milhous Nixon] fired Morgenthau. Getting back to—and of course by this time, Bobby Kennedy had met with his unfortunate demise.
September 5, 1969. Life Magazine article: “Cohn Lobby,” by William Lambert. References how Cohn and Rosensteil referenced each other as field commander and supreme commander.
September 8, 1969. Cohn writes a letter to FBI Director Herbert Hoover. “When I started fighting Communism as a young voice in the wilderness of the Justice Department, I suppose I realized that those who did not like what I was doing would be after me for a long time,” Cohn wrote on Sept. 8, 1969, according to documents obtained by The Post. “You are such a great institution up and down this nation, that I hate to see you diverted or annoyed for even a minute — thus my sense of deep regret.” Hoover wrote back eight days later: “Your generous comments regarding me are indeed gratifying.”
October 16, 1971. Cohn acquitted of all charges Bus Line case. Mr. Cohn was accused of concealing required information in two proxy statements and an annual financial report to the Securities and Exchange Commission and stockholders of Fifth Avenue Coach Lines when, he was general counsel for the bud company five years ago.
November 1971. From Behind the Pine Curtain: “Ben Rose informed the New York City Detectives that in November of 1971, three boys, ages 14-15 years, were sexually abused and then murdered in his apartment on East 64th Street in New York City by three men he identified as Dr. (name deleted) (a surgeon), (name deleted) (OPEC), and (name deleted) (CIA). The bodies were then transported to Connecticut by car and then buried on a farm.”
“During the investigation by the New York State Select Committee on Crime, information was received that Roy Cohn (famed attorney who represented Senator Joe McCarthy at the notorious McCarthy Hearings) helped in covering up the murder and the disposal of the bodies. When Cohn was questioned about the murder of the three 14-15 year old boys at Ben Rose’s apartment, he stated that he was aware of what had happened, but would comment no further. Information at that time was that Cohn was often used to compromise people and, if situations such as those described by Rose occurred, Cohn would take care of them.”
June 2, 1973. The 97-foot Defiance catches fire and sinks offshore of Florida, killing Charles Martensen. Roy Cohn collects insurance. Martensen’s father developed information that his son was shot and wanted the FBI to salvage the boat to investigate. The FBI refused.
October 16, 1973. The Department of Justice brings suit in federal court in Brooklyn against Mr. Trump and his father, Fred C. Trump, charging them with violating the Fair Housing Act of 1968 in the operation of 39 buildings. Cohn later took case.
October 1973. Trump meets Roy Cohn at Le Club and asks for advice on how to proceed with the federal suit. “My view is tell them to go to hell,” Cohn said, “and fight the thing in court.”
November 30, 1973. After 25 years of law, friends of Roy Cohn gather in his honor to raise money for two charities – the Cardinal Spellman Foundation and the American Jewish League Against Communism. It was later revealed that Cardinal Spellman had been abusive to children. Like Herbert Hoover, Spellman liked to be called Mary.
December 13, 1973. Roy Cohn, representing Donald Trump, files lawsuit against Federal Government.
June 24, 1976. Dade County Judge rules that Roy Cohn misrepresented to Lewis Rosensteil a document that Cohn helped Rosensteil sign on his deathbed which made Cohn a trustee of Rosensteil’s $75 Million estate.
April 1977. “Trump and Ivana go to opening night of Studio 54. The owners were impresarios named Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, and their lawyer was Roy Cohn.” “What went on in Studio 54 will never, ever happen again,” Trump told writer Timothy O’Brien. “First of all, you didn’t have AIDS. You didn’t have the problems you do have now. I saw things happening there that to this day I have never seen again. I would watch supermodels getting screwed, well-known supermodels getting screwed on a bench in the middle of the room. There were seven of them and each one was getting screwed by a different guy. This was in the middle of the room. Stuff that couldn’t happen today because of problems of death.”
1977. Michael Jackson gives interview at Studio 54.
December 14, 1978. Studio 54 raided for tax evasion suspicion. Cocaine confiscated.
1979. Roy Cohn meets Roger Stone, and later refers Stone to Donald Trump.
February 1979. Studio 54 has a birthday party for Roy Cohn. Donald Trump attends.
May 15, 1981. Donald Trump attends Israel Ballet Company performance to raise money for the Jewish National Fund. Roy Cohn is chairman. Donald donates.
January 18, 1983. From Consortium News: “By February 1983, Cohn had already arranged a face-to-face meeting between Reagan and Murdoch (on Jan. 18, 1983) and had brokered a collaborative relationship between Murdoch and Charles Z. Wick, director of the U.S. Information Agency who oversaw U.S. propaganda operations worldwide.”
January 27, 1983. Also from Consortium News:, quoting Roy Cohn: “’I had one interest when Tom [Bolan, Cohn’s law partner] and I first brought Rupert Murdoch and Governor Reagan together and that was that at least one major publisher in this country would become and remain pro-Reagan,’ Cohn wrote in a Jan. 27, 1983 letter to senior White House aides Edwin Meese, James Baker and Michael Deaver. ‘Mr. Murdoch has performed to the limit up through and including today.’”
May 2, 1983. From Consortium News. B’nai B’rith Banking and Finance Lodge pays tribute to Roy Cohn. Donald Trump, Rupert Murdoch, and Alan Greenberg (Bear Stearns) are among those listed as honorary chairmen.
September 18, 1983. Maryanne Trump Barry, Donald Trump’s sister, is “nominated by President Ronald Reagan.. to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.” The New Yorker reported Cohn’s Secretary, Christine Seymour’s comments: “Roy got the White House to give her her judgeship,” Seymour writes. “Roy was out and the call came in to tell her she got it. I took the call and called her to tell her. Ten minutes later, Donald called to say thank you.” The New York Times quoted Donald Trump: “’I’m no different than any other brother that loves his sister,’ Mr. Trump said when asked about Mr. Cohn’s pressure on the Reagan administration. ‘My sister got the appointment totally on her own merit.’”
October 1983. Roy Cohn attends the opening of Trump Tower with Donald Trump.
May 14, 1984. Ronald Reagan gives Michael Jackson an award at the White House. This award seems to be referenced in documents the FBI released on Michael Jackson, although the complaint the FBI investigated referenced the ceremony as taking place in “1985 or 1986.”
June 13, 1984. A Fire at Horace Mann school destroys records. Roy Cohn and William Barr attended this prep school.
November 4, 1984. Doctors tell Roy Cohn he has AIDS.
November 15, 1984. Article in Washington Post discusses Donald Trump’s desire to be a “nuclear negotiator” for the Reagan Administration. Trump: “It would take an hour-and-a-half to learn everything there is to learn about missiles . . . I think I know most of it anyway. You’re talking about just getting updated on a situation . . . You know who really wants me to do this? Roy (Cohn) . . . I’d do it in a second.”
December 17, 1984. Ryan White learns that he has contracted AIDS.
March 11, 1985. Cohn writes a letter to FBI Director William Webster complaining about wiretapping of his business. “Since 1950 — the year I prosecuted the Rosenberg atom-spy trial at age 23 with the magnificent investigative help of the Bureau, up to the present, 34 years later, I have had a first-rate relationship with and respect for the Bureau,” Cohn wrote… A confidential internal FBI memo the next month offered more detail: Field agents had conducted surveillance of Cohn’s office, with the aim of “installing a monitoring device to intercept the conversations of Genovese Boss Anthony Salerno,” who apparently was using Cohn’s office for his own business.
May 10, 1985. “Robert Trump, Fred Trump, Donald Trump, Ivana Trump, Elizabeth Trump, Mary Anne Trump and Roy Cohn attend 38th Annual Horatio Alger Awards Dinner on May 10, 1985 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City.”
March 5, 1988. Donald Trump meets Michael Jackson backstage at Madison Square Garden. This is the first time Trump met Michael Jackson, according to Trump.
March 28, 1988. Donald Trump buys Plaza Hotel. Tom Barrack was involved in this sale.
April 1988. Michael Jackson becomes sole owner of Neverland Ranch.
Winter 1988. MaCaulay Culkin references 1988 as year he met Michael Jackson at a performance of the Nutcracker with Donald Trump. He was 8 years old at the time. This interview is from 2018. When Culkin testified at Michael Jackson’s trial in 2005, he said Michael Jackson had called him out of the blue.
Q: “How do you wind up having a relationship with Michael Jackson? Culkin: “We’d actually met when I was doing the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. He came backstage before the show… funny enough, he actually came backstage with Donald Trump, because they were friendly back then. Pre-Presidential, I’m talking like 1988. Q: “How old were you, you were like 8?” Culkin: “Like 8, yeah… and then after Home Alone came out, he kinda like reached out to me..”
December 1989. (Ivanka) Trump danced in “The Nutcracker,” a New York holiday tradition, in December 1989 and December 1990, appearing in both years as Party Scene Girl and Angel. People: “Ivana also recall how Jackson, at the peak of his fame, went to see young Ivanka perform in the Nutcracker.” ‘Michael told me that she looked like an angel that night,’ Ivana recalls.
Sometime 1990. Notes from Michael Jackson to his assistant Norma Staikos, used later in trial against him. “Norma, Where’s Footage of Trumps Speech About Me?” and “Norma Send These to Shane Culkin in N.Y.C.” Shane Culkin is MaCauly Culkin’s brother.
April 6, 1990. Donald Trump and Michael Jackson attend grand opening of Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ.
April 8, 1990. Donald Trump and Michael Jackson fly to Indiana to see Ryan White, who died that day.
From above, Trump: “Where is the… where are the parents now? I think, I’m sure they’re at the house. Normally the mother… they must be at the house… It’s a shame. He was a great boy and we’re going to do everything we can for the parents… wonderful parents, wonderful mother.”
August 1, 1992. Donald Trump, Marla Trump, Michael Jackson together.
November 24, 1992. Michael Jackson attends function for plane loading supplies for Jackson’ new charitable foundation Heal the World and Americares to Sarajevo. Americares was used by the Reagan/Bush administration to funnel money to Nicaraguan Contras. Congress banned funding the Contras, but the ban didn’t cover charities.
November 15, 1993. PepsiCo announces that they are dropping Michael Jackson from their advertising.
December 20, 1993. Michael Jackson’s body photographed by police.
Winter 1993/1994. Michael Jackson stays at Trump’s Maralago estate with Lisa Marie Presley. “Jackson spent the week with Lisa Marie and her two children, Benjamin Storm, 21 months, and Danielle, 5. She and Michael stayed in separate bedrooms but were otherwise inseparable and affectionate.”
March 1994. Michael Jackson rents apartment in Trump Tower.
May 26, 1994. Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley wed in the Dominican Republic.
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley move into Trump Tower.
December 10, 1995. Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley separate.
November, 2000. Michael Jackson and the Clintons attend a G & P Cancer Foundation Gala where Michael received a reward for his charitable activities.
April 24, 2002. Michael Jackson performs for Bill Clinton fundraiser at Apollo theater in New York.
May, 2002. “Living with Michael Jackson is a television documentary, in which Martin Bashir interviewed Michael Jackson over a span of eight months, from May 2002 to January 2003, about different aspects of his life. It was shown first in the United Kingdom on ITV (as a Tonight special) on February 3, 2003, and in the United States 3 days later on ABC, introduced by Barbara Walters.” This documentary leads to an investigation of Michael regarding Gavin Arvizo.
2002. Bill Clinton and Chris Tucker meet Michael Jackson and his children at what looks like Neverland.
September 21, 2002. Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker and others fly with Jeffrey Epstein and others to Santa Maria, Ghana, Nigeria and Rwanda.
February 2003. Chris Tucker, in May 25, 2005 testimony at the molestation trial of Michael Jackson, testifies that he “flew the family (of Gavin Arvizo) by private jet to Miami in February 2003 because the accuser told him that he wanted to go there to be with Jackson.”
Q. Okay. All right. So did you agree to help Gavin get to Miami?
Chris Tucker: Yes.
Q. What did you tell him about that?
Chris Tucker: I told him to, you know, “Come over and you guys can fly with me” — “I’ll try to charter a plane, and you guys can fly with me and go to Miami.”
November 8, 2003: “the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in Santa Ynez, California…. The search was for evidence in support of child molestation allegations against Jackson. The alleged victims are 13 year-old (redacted) and his 12 year-old brother (redacted). Additional locations searched were a private investigator’s office in Beverly Hills, CA, and the West Hills, CA business premises of an individual who filmed the victims making coerced statements in support of Jackson. Michael Jackson FBI Files, file 4 pages 8-9.
Jan 16, 2004. Michael Jackson arraigned on molestation charges of Gavin Arvizo.
March 29, 2004. The Santa Barbara Sherrif’s Department requests assistance from the FBI: COMPUTER ANALYSIS RESPONSE TEAM is forwarding four (4) DVDs, labeled as Derivative Evidence (DE) and containing image files to the Forensic Audio Video Image Analysis Unit (FAVIAU) so they may convert the files to a readable format. Details: The image files contained on the four (4) DVDs cannot be read by standard graphics viewers. It is requested that FAVIAU convert all graphics files on enclosed media to a form readable by standard graphics viewers. Per previous conversations with FAVIAU personnel, the formats are proprietary, but specialized digital processing can render the files readable by non-proprietary viewers.” Michael Jackson FBI Files, File 2, Page 37. There is no evidence in the redacted FBI files released to the public on the FBI’s reply to Santa Barbara Sherrif Department.
May 11, 2005. MaCaulay Culkin testimony: Q. Who is that? A. That’s Michael Jackson. Q. Is he a friend of yours? A. Yes, he is. Q. How long has he been a friend of yours? A. I first met him when I was nine or ten years old. Q. And how did you meet him? A. He kind of called me out of the blue one time, just said, “Hey,” you know, “This is Michael Jackson.” And this is after the “Home Alone” movie had come out. So it’s kind of like — it was like, “I think I understand kind of what’s happening, and I’d like to get together and talk.”
November 15, 2005. Michael Jackson attracts attention in UAE by using women’s bathroom. “Since his June acquittal on child molestation charges, Jackson has made several trips to Bahrain as a guest of Sheik Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the son of Bahrain’s king.”
November 24, 2005. Michael Jackson says: “Jews conspired to leave me penniless.”
March 12, 2008. Foreclosure of Neverland Ranch canceled after Tom Barrack, Colony Capital, buys the note.
June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson dead, “According to the 2009 autopsy report (pdf), “the cause of death is acute propofol intoxication.””
July 7, 2009. Bill Clinton says Michael Jackson “basically meant well.”
July 14, 2009. Reputed Miami Mobster Lays Claim to Michael Jackson’s Son. Al Malnik says Jackson named him executor of his will as well as guardian of “Blanket.”
December 22, 2009. FBI releases some Michael Jackson’s files, does not release others.
September 10, 2009. On Jermaine Jackson: “Jermaine has revealed a plan had been drawn up to secretly fly the King of Pop (Michael Jackson) to Bahrain if he was found guilty of child molestation charges.”