When the news spread about J. Edgar Hoover’s sexuality being in question, his critics were quick to turn to his constant companion, Clyde Tolson. They spent a lot of time together, dining, going out, taking vacations, among other things. These were things that a couple who were exclusively dating were doing.
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Of course, some people within the FBI who knew both of them insisted on Hoover and Tolson being simply brotherly to one another, while others stated on the record that both men were romantically involved. There were eyewitness accounts from civilians who saw Hoover and Tolson in a California beach house. Although the pair were often seen together in such places, the witnesses claim that they saw Hoover painting Tolson’s toenails. Hoover and Tolson were even spotted in a box at the Del Mar racetrack – a box primarily for gay men.
Hoover, of course, would quash these rumors himself to protect his own reputation.
But the rumors persisted, well and especially after Hoover’s death. His bequeathing of his estate to Tolson further fanned the flame of the theories. Tolson then moved into Hoover’s house. When Tolson died, he was buried a few yards away from Hoover.
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