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The Federal Bureau of Investigation had a file on Whitney Houston, reports Reuters. Why? Apparently, there were some crazy incidents surrounding her life and her super-stardom.
Three specific episodes were covered in the FBI's files. Two of those incidents involved crazy fans and one involved possible extortion, according to the Los Angeles Times.
But just because the events were weird and warranted an FBI investigation, it doesn't necessarily mean that a crime had been committed. In fact, in all three cases, the FBI ruled out any crime.
In one case, a Whitney fan sent more than 70 letters to the late singer and some of her associates over a 17-month period. Some of the letters were your garden-variety love letters.
Still, others were more menacing, with one letter stating: "I might hurt someone with some crazy idea and not realize how stupid an idea it was until after it was done."
The FBI looked into these letters and determined that the fan was not making any physical threats. Rather, he was implying that he planned to go to a tabloid newspaper to declare his love for Whitney.
In another case, a fan sent Whitney a tape of a gag song. Whitney, however, didn't take the song as a joke and saw it as a threat.
The FBI has files out on people, sometimes by virtue of a requested investigation and other times because someone requested an investigation on the person themselves, the website wiseGEEK explains.
So, how do you know if you've been the subject of an FBI investigation, or if the FBI has a file on you?
In order to gain access to your FBI file, if such a file exists, all you generally have to do is file a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI.
This request can be used to obtain information from the FBI, CIA and other governmental agencies. If you're lucky, you'll have full access. If you're unlucky, you might find yourself with a file where large parts have been redacted.
In fact, with regard to Whitney Houston's FBI file, there was one case which was heavily redacted before being released. In a case involving alleged extortion and the threat of public disclosure of private facts, parts of the FBI file had been replaced by "a lot of blank white boxes," the Times reports.
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