According to the book, based on interviews with Sheeran, it was called the Harry C. Campbell concrete plant, later renamed Bonsal. Searching through The Baltimore Sun archives, we found no mention of that facility, though the similarly named Harry T. Campbell & Sons operated a concrete plant in White Marsh in the late ’50s. The land eventually became the site of White Marsh Town Center.
Once in Baltimore, Sheeran described seeing a small plane manned by a mafia pilot, who directed Sheeran and his partner to back up next to some army trucks. From them emerged a “gang of soldiers” who commenced unloading military uniforms, weapons and ammunition into Sheeran’s rig. The pilot claimed the supplies had come from the Maryland National Guard.
Sheeran then drove down Route 13 to his final destination in Florida, where he met with “a guy with big ears named Hunt," or E. Howard Hunt, later one of the Watergate burglars.
Did any of this actually happen?
“The book is fictional," said Kenneth J. Hughes, historian with the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs. "There’s no real reason to believe it. That said, Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ is fictional too. And it’s great. And ‘The Irishman’ is a great movie too.” (Full disclosure: This reporter worked with Hughes at the Miller Center years ago.)
Although Hunt, who was working for the CIA at the time, did work on the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, Hughes said, “I have no reason to think that the U.S. government would rely on the mob for munitions, when who could provide munitions better than the U.S. government itself?”