ROY MARCUS COHN (1927-1986) My synopsis of the documentary “Where’s My Roy Cohn?”

A man who lived on the edge, daring, private, and successful.  Both loved and hated.  Was he really loved, in the end who was there?  Who really loved him?

I had not heard of Mr. Cohn before I watched a documentary about Donald Trump.  I became interested in this intriguing young handsome charismatic attorney.

I watched the documentary Where’s My Roy Cohn? about this famous American attorney.  I was left with an eerie feeling of sadness and dread.  His goal in life was to die poor and in debt to the IRS.  He was successful in doing so.

Maybe his mother, who was said to be ugly, thought he was the most beautiful thing.  He was spoiled by her and seemingly he was her whole life.  So, what went wrong?

Where did he get his ruthless and evil presence?  What drove him in his pursuit of power?

From what I saw in the documentary my perception is that it wasn’t about the money.  If a man’s goal is to die poor and in debt it can’t be about the money.  It seems that it was about control, power, and success.

At the pinnacle of his success, the rich, powerful, elite, and criminal sought him out to represent them.  He hobnobbed with the very top of the political, industrial, and criminal society.  Riding on the wings of deception, denial, and influential connections he became successful.  Seen as an intellectual genius, even when he lost, he considered himself a winner.

His influence and seemingly successful law career appeared to help those that he represented to rise even higher in power.  He was able to convince them of his credo:  even when you lose you have won!

This man, Mr. Cohn, seemed to have an evil, charismatic presence and brought fear to those that opposed him.

Sadly, Mr. Cohn died sick, lonely, poor, and in debt.  He was disbarred, stripped of what had made him so powerful.  His trip through this world was a short and disastrous one.  In the end I picture him in a cold, antiseptic white hospital room, alone, not knowing who he was.  Sick, confused, weak yet, still fighting to live a lie.

Where were all those that purportedly loved him?  Where were those rich and powerful people that he had invested so much energy into?  Where were they to help lift him out of his bed of death and poverty?  Nowhere.


1 Corinthians 1:19-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

19 For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.”

20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.