In 1947 Maheu established his own investigative company. Maheu also worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. He was later to admit “The CIA was my first steady client, giving me `cut-out’ assignments (those jobs in which the agency could not officially be involved).” This work brought him into contact with Howard Hughes and in the late 1950s worked for him on a freelance basis. This included intimidating would be blackmailers and obtaining information on business rivals.
Courtesy of Jonathan Langdale on Twitter. I really believe that reading James Ellroy helped me grasp all the wacky shit that has happened past and present. A “cut out” is the vital role in all of these shady dealings. If you are good like Maheu or Freddie O you become legend. If you make a mistake, you die in the trunk of a car.