Whitney Houston Extortion Letters Released
Whitney Houston's fame in the early '90s apparently led her to face most threatening moments in the form of fans letters. On Monday, March 4, FBI released 128 pages of documents, spanning the years 1988-1992. The documents detailed investigations that were conducted on behalf of the "I Will Always Love You" singer who died at the age of 48 on February 11, 2012.
The first case FBI investigated was about an unemployed Vermont resident and U.S. Army veteran who wrote 79 letters to the Grammy winner and 16 letters to her family. He once wrote that he fell in love with the singer, whom he referred to as "Miss Whitney", and praised her as "the prettyist the loveliest and the most beautiful lady that there is" in March 1986.
The devoted love of this crazed fan got him in more pain as he wrote that he had "gotten that desperate and mad and would come up with ideas that that, it scares me that I might come up with" in response to the news of Whitney's marriage. Hearing no response from "The Bodyguard" main actress, he continued to threaten her, saying that he would make his love for her public in either the National Enquirer or on "The Phil Donahue Show". In the end, the case was closed as the FBI met the fan in June 1988 and he said he would not take any action for he realized "it might hurt her reputation."
Another case took place in December 1992. An unidentified person claimed to have Whitney's details regarding her romantic relationships. If she had not paid $250,000 in exchange for the juicy secrets, the person would have revealed them to public. How the case was ultimately resolved is not mentioned, but it's revealed that Whitney Houston's father, John, and Whitney's attorneys communicated with the FBI, and the FBI eventually determined that no federal crime had occurred.
The FBI pursued another investigation in February 1999. This time, the case was about a Dutch fan who sent the mother of Bobbi Kristina Brown threatening letters and audio tapes of songs he wrote for her. The files detailed that the unemployed fan "claimed to be the 'President of Europe' and to have purchased Brazil for 66 billion dollars. He also claims credit for the fall of the former South African government and for the election of Nelson Mandela."
No laws had been broken, the FBI concluded. All the names have been blacked out on the file material and interviews have been edited.
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