Widow Outs Wall Street Journal Editor with AIDS

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Scribe: Samuel Otis

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Former wife of Wall Street Journal Editor claims in her memoir he lived a secret gay life. 

Wife of John Andrew, Maggie Kneip says the couple was married in 1986, with her never knowing he was sick.  The two had a daughter one year later and then a second, she was never told of his condition until he become sick from complications of AIDS. 

In her new book she says, he led a secret gay life in Los Angeles before moving to New York where the terminal disease became apparent.  Andrew died at age thirty-six in 1991 – leaving a three year old daughter and a new born. 

Kneip referred to her husband as the Perfect Husband.   Her book is called, Now Everyone Will Know: the Perfect Husband, His Shattering Secret, My Rediscovered Life, published by Garden Street Books.

'I never questioned much about him but at one point, having been in theater, I asked him if he ever slept with men and he said, 'No'.  She wrote John Andrew was an ‘unfaillingly meticulous’ man from dress to manners at the table to his work with the Wall Street Journal. 

She said of John, even in his final days he never acknowledge that he had AIDS and refused to come out of the closet according to her tell all book.  Now Everyone Will Know:  the Perfect Husband, His Shattering Secret, My Rediscovered life.

The book speaks of a series of bizarre events, nagging illnesses and dark moods; he once came home with loose feces in his pants.  She remembered a case of hiccups that wouldn’t go away. 

At some point the call came from his doctor making the request that she come in for an AIDS test came through outing his secret.   The story is told in the recently released book.

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