There is a term coined by the Harvard psychologist, Brendan Maher, called the ‘Martha Mitchell Effect’, which describes a process in which a person’s beliefs are initially labelled as delusional, but later turn out to be true.  Until very recently I had not heard of Martha Mitchell.  I had certainly heard of Watergate and all the men indicted and imprisoned for their part in the scandal that rocked the world and deposed a US President.  But not so well known is this one woman who was also prominent throughout the event.

Martha was the wife of John Mitchell, the US Attorney General.  She was a staunch campaigner for Richard Nixon’s re-election, and she was outspoken.  When President Nixon, his aids and advisors were frantically seeking to cover up the admini