A guilty verdict last year brought an abrupt end to the decades-long career of Roger Stone, a provocateur and self-proclaimed dirty cheater who thrived on the shadier edge of US politics.
Roger Jason Stone Jr. grew up in Lewisboro, New York, in a Catholic working class family and showed a zeal for the harsh and troubled political life at a young age.
In elementary school, he campaigned for John F. Kennedy to tell the kids in the cafeteria that Nixon would get them to attend additional classes on a Saturday if he won the 1960 election.
When he was a junior and vice president of the student government in high school, Stone manipulated the president's overthrow so he could take over.
"I made alliances and put all my serious challengers on my ticket," he boasted of the New York Times decades later.
"I hired the least popular man in school to run against me. You think that's mean? No, it's smart. & # 39;
Roger Stone was found guilty of hindering the judiciary, manipulating witnesses and lying to Congress to end his decades-long career
He worked for Richard Nixon and was so enthusiastic about the president that Stone later had Nixon's face tattooed on his back
Stone was hired as a consultant when Trump finally submitted an offer to the White House almost two decades later, after Stone first suggested that he should run. Stone was driven out in a power struggle
Stone entered the political arena in 1972 when he dropped out of George Washington University, this time to support Nixon in his re-election campaign – not the only time he changed loyalties without hesitation.
In one of his first "dirty tricks," he donated $ 135 to one of Nixon's Republican rivals on behalf of the Young Socialist Alliance – and then passed the receipt on to a journalist.
When Nixon triumphed, the young adjutant of Braggadocios was rewarded, an administrative job. Perhaps unintentionally, his connection with dirty student tricks brought him a connection with the "Pied Piper", the dirty agent loved by Nixon.
Stone denied being one of them and said they were from the University of Southern California, but the nickname had been with him for a lifetime.
The 37th President of the United States left a lasting impression on Stone: the longtime GOP agent later had Nixon's face tattooed on his back.
"Women love it," he told the New Yorker. “The reason why I am a Nixonit is its indestructibility and resilience.
Nixon left another legacy on Stone: Watergate.
During the Congress scandal hearings in 1973, Stone discovered that he had recruited a spy to infiltrate the campaigns of several Nixon democratic rivals.
He was fired from his job with then Senator Bob Dole, but his reputation for the dark political arts was intact.
Stone met with Dole for his presidential campaign in 1996, but resigned when The National Inquirer announced that he was placing ads on a swinger website to find sex partners for himself and his second wife Nydia Bertran Stone.
In an interview with the New Yorker, who was partly run in a swingers club, he later described himself as "Libertarian" and "Trysexual – I tried everything".
The couple apparently found a religion more recently, brought a pastor in robes to court, and saw them at Sunday mass.
President Donald Trump's former adviser has a tattoo with Nixon's face on his upper back that he showed off for a Netflix special
In 1996, The National Inquirer revealed that Stone had placed ads on a swingers website to find sex partners for himself and his second wife Nydia Bertran Stone
Stone took over President Nixon's legendary V for the win and often posed with it
Stone, pictured in his Florida office, is an experienced Republican politician after entering politics in 1972
Stone worked for several other presidential campaigns: those of Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, and finally his long-time friend Donald Trump, who hired Stone in the 1990s to promote his casino business.
He also established a longstanding relationship with the disgraced former Trump campaign chairman and now federal prisoner Paul Manafort after the couple co-founded one of the earliest mega-lobbying companies in DC, Black, Manafort & Stone, in 1980.
On the way, he gained a reputation for dark arts and dark acts, a penchant for expensive tailoring, and a Rolodex from customers from the top of the Republican Party and beyond – including Donald Trump's struggling casino business, a connection that turned out to be the key to of his future.
Stone suggested Trump to run for president in early 1998, and even worked at Trump Tower for a while to help him.
He was hired as a consultant when his old ally finally submitted an offer to the White House almost two decades later.
But he was pushed into a power struggle that made him look outside – and Trump called with his advice and apparently bragged about his connections to WikiLeaks.
Outside the campaign, he accused Ted Cruz of doing business with five women; Cruz replied that he was a "pied piper" and claimed that he was "pulling the strings of Donald Trump".
But a different and sadder picture appeared in the Trump Tower.
Stone worked for several other presidential campaigns, including Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush and his long-time friend Donald Trump
Roger Jason Stone Jr. grew up in Lewisboro, New York, in a Catholic working class family where his zeal for politics was evident at a young age (pictured with Paul Manafort and Lee Atwater).
Figures from the Senior Campaign indicated that the silver-haired Svengali's influence waned when WikiLeaks shook the presidential race in 2016.
Rick Gates said Stone still had access to Trump's senior figures despite leaving his position, but the relationship had become "tense."
And Steve Bannon admitted in his testimony that he enjoyed Stone's "call" when his big predictions by Julian Assange stalled.
In the past, a Republican presidency had been a safe payday for Stone, but this time his connection with Trump was toxic and expensive.
He found work at InfoWars, a suitable home for a man who had been promoting conspiracy theories for decades, and a permanent place in the language community.
But the Mueller investigation brought massive legal costs – and even then, an expensive lawyer in 2017 didn't stop him from making a massive mistake: lying to Congress.
Still, Stone predicted by January of this year that he would avoid Robert Mueller's prosecutors and scoffed in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com: "You have nothing."
He was handcuffed three weeks later when FBI agents with guns surrounded his Fort Lauderdale, Florida house in the middle of the night to detain him.
In the past, a Republican presidency had been a safe payday for Stone, but this time his connection with Trump was toxic and expensive
Stone's house was searched early in the morning this year and he was detained
Then, on the steps of the federal court in Broward County, Stone might be enjoying his last hurray as he defiantly and unbendingly showed up to deliver a devastating shame about Müller's "witch hunt" while flashing Nixon's hallmark of victory.
When he then sold T-shirts titled "Roger Stone Didn't Go Wrong", started a media tour, and published a replica Instagram image of Judge Amy Berman Jackson in the crosshair of the rifle, enough was enough.
Berman Jackson responded by hitting Stone with a gag command that prohibited him from talking about his case in the press or on social media.
When it was their turn to address the process, the defenders chose to play Stone audio prior to the 2017 Congress, rather than letting the jury hear the man himself.
It was perhaps a tacit acceptance that the world had heard enough of Watergate survivor Roger Stone and his vengeful nature of politics without borders.
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