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01.04.13

Myron Leon "Mike" Wallace

Myron Leon "Mike" Wallace (1918-2012) was a well-known American journalist. This release consists of two parts. The first concerns a foreign counterintelligence file opened about Wallace’s 1970 trip to Cuba (pp.1-5) and the second an investigation into a threatening letter sent to Wallace (pp.6-50).
10.22.12

Richard Wagstaff "Dick" Clark

Richard “Dick” W. Clark (1929-2012) was an entertainer and businessman best known for his long tenure as host of American Bandstand. These materials consist of investigations made in 1962 and 1985 into threats of violence against Clark and others
09.07.12

Robin H. Gibb

Robin H. Gibb (1949-2012) was a well-known singer/songwriter with the Bee Gees music group. Between 1980 and 1981, the FBI assisted a foreign police service in investigating a potentially threatening telegram sent to the London law firm representing Gibb’s then wife in divorce proceedings; the telegram was signed “Robin Gibb.” The investigation did not go beyond the initial stages as the law firm did not wish to pursue the matter.
03.06.12

Charlie Chaplin

Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin (1889-1971) was a comic actor, movie director, and one of the founders of United Artists Pictures, a major Hollywood film studio. This release consists of two types of files, one involving a White Slave Traffic Act (or interstate prostitution) investigation and a domestic security file concerning Chaplin’s ties to communist organizations in the U.S. The dates range from 1922 to 1978.
02.08.12

Steven Paul Jobs

Steven Paul Jobs (1955-2011) was a founder and leader of Apple Inc. (formerly Apple Computer Inc.). In 1991, Jobs was considered for an appointed position on the U.S. President's Export Council. This release consists of the FBI's 1991 background investigation of Jobs for that position and a 1985 investigation of a bomb threat against Apple.
01.12.12

Russell Tyrone Jones

Russell Tyrone Jones (1968-2004), aka “Ol’ Dirty Bastard”, was a member of the hip-hop music group known as the Wu-tang Clan. The FBI looked into the group’s activities under criminal enterprise statutes but no charges were filed based on these investigations. The file ranges from 1999 to 2004.
11.08.11

George Orson Welles

George Orson Welles (1915-1985) was an American actor, director and producer. Mr. Welles was investigated for his potential ties to communist activities in 1940’s Hollywood. This file ranges from 1941-1949, and includes one document from 1976.
10.26.11

Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin (1888-1989) was a noted American songwriter. This release (previously made, but now made available on the FBI Vault) consists of 23 pages of miscellaneous documents in which Berlin’s name appears; he was not the subject of any FBI investigation. Several of these documents deal with Director Hoover’s support for Berlin to win the American Hebrew Medal of 1943.
06.07.11

Louie Louie (The Song)

In 1963, a rock group named the Kingsmen recorded the song “Louie, Louie.” The popularity of the song and difficulty in discerning the lyrics led some people to suspect the song was obscene. The FBI was asked to investigate whether or not those involved with the song violated laws against the interstate transportation of obscene material. The limited investigation lasted from February to May 1964 and discovered no evidence of obscenity.
05.24.11

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor (1932-2011) was a famous Hollywood actress. This release consist of 154 pages of files from the years 1949 to 1987. These files detail multiple extortion attempts against Taylor that the Bureau investigated over the years.
05.24.11
05.17.11

George Steinbrenner

George Michael Steinbrenner, III (1930-2010) is best known as the principal owner and managing partner of the New York Yankees for 37 years. This release contains material from three files covering illegal campaign contributions made by Steinbrenner and his company to the Nixon presidential campaign; a laboratory analysis for the Federal Highway Administration of several anonymous letters concerning possible fraud in the federal aid highway program in Ohio; and Steinbrenner's appeal for a pardon from his conviction for illegal campaign financing and obstruction of justice. Parts 1-4 were released in December 2010. Parts 5-12 were released in May 2011. Part 13 was added May 17, 2011. Part 14 This section consists of the addition of previously withheld material (73-19114-63). It was posted on June 13, 2011 following approval by the originating office of the Department of Justice.
04.22.11

Rock Hudson

(1925-1985)
04.21.11

Terrence Steven (Steve) McQueen

Terrence Steven McQueen (1930-1980) was an American movie actor who went by the shorter name, Steve McQueen.
04.21.11

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was a noted American author and journalist. This release consists of one FBI main file on Hemingway with documents ranging from 1942 to 1974. The bulk of it concerns Hemingway’s intelligence work on behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba between 1942 and 1944.
04.20.11

The Monkees

The Monkees were a U.S. pop band created for a television show of the same name in 1966. The band also toured and made record albums even after the show was cancelled. References to the band appear in two places in FBI files: a 1967 Los Angeles Field Office memorandum on anti-Vietnam war activities and a second document redacted entirely.
03.29.11
03.29.11
03.27.11

Christopher (Biggie Smalls) Wallace

Christopher George Wallace (1972-1997)—also known as “Notorious B.I.G.”—was a rap musician who was murdered on March 9, 1997. The FBI opened a civil rights/color of law investigation into the murder; the case was closed in 2005. This release consists of FBI files between 1997 and 2005.
03.24.11

John Denver

(1943-1997)
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