FBI releases Whitney Houston files, reveals troubles with ‘crazy’ fans and blackmail

By Daniel S Levine,

Over a year after the death of singer Whitney Houston, the FBI has decided to release its files on the singer, giving fans a look at the threats she dealt with from 1988 to 1999.

According to CNN, the files reveal investigations into several fans who stalked her, made threats and attempts to blackmail her. It starts in 1988, with a Vermont “loner,” who “might hurt someone with some crazy idea” if Houston never contacted him. He sent her nearly 80 letters and several to her family, some detailing how he fell in love with Houston. The FBI decided the man never broke any laws and didn’t investigate further.

One of the last cases includes a Holland man who claimed he was the “President of Europe.” An FBI agent even visited him to ask about threatening letters and tapes he sent to the “I Will Always Love You” singer.

The BBC reports that in another case, after her 1992 marriage to Bobby Brown, a person who was “privy to much personal information” tried to blackmail her. He threatened to reveal the information if she didn’t pay $250,000.

In each case, the FBI eventually decided that no laws had been broken. None of these threats led to Houston being harmed.

Houston died on Feb. 11, 2012 at 48 due to accidental drowning. You can read the complete FBI file here.



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