He gave the dishevelled stranger a ride and and says that during a conversation about planes, the man claimed to be Hughes.
Melvin dropped him at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas - which was owned by Hughes at the time - and thought nothing more of it.
Then in 1976, Melvin received a handwritten will, apparently penned by Howard Hughes himself – and Melvin stood to inherit over $150 million.
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Originally produced for Love & Radio by Ben Bombard and Nick van der Kolk. Edited by Nick van der Kolk and Rehman Tungekar, and special help from John Barth, Brendan Baker, Melba Lara, and Robin Amer.