The Public Interest

Vigilante Victim

John J. DiIulio, Jr.

Winter 1989

BERNHARD HUGO GOETZ was never quite so sheepish as he looked, George Fletcher tells us. “As a nuclear engineer working on submarines, he would point out design and manufacturing defects to the Navy that his bosses in private industry allegedly preferred to suppress.” An “individualist who could not readily surrender to corporate authority,” he started running an electronic-repair service out of his apartment on 14th Street in Manhattan.

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