FBI: Pornographer William Higgins

Robert Delaware filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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Due Jan. 21, 2021
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From: Robert Delaware

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All Bureau records mentioning or pertaining to American-born, Prague-based, pornographer William Higgins. Born: December 19, 1942 Died: December 21, 2019.

The death of William Higgins was widely reported in the media, and a copy of his obituary is attached.

This request is for any and all records about Prague based pornographer William Higgins from any and all FBI offices, including HQ, field offices (including, specifically, the Florida field offices and the FBI's office in Prague) legal attaches, and facilities that maintain records under the FBI’s control. Please conduct a search for records related to a 1988 investigation by FBI agents into the activities of Higgins in Fort Lauderdale. Higgins publicly described an FBI investigation of him and his business associate in a published interview.

Link to the interview where Higgins discusses an FBI investigation into his activities: https://southfloridagaynews.com/Columns/pornpulse-why-director-william-higgins-left-fort-lauderdale.html

In addition, this request also includes any “cross-referenced” records relevant to the inquiry. Along with “ELSUR” (Electronic Surveillance) records for William Higgins. These include the names of all people and/or locations for which the agency sought a court order for electronic surveillance.

In addition, this request asks the FBI to search the Sentinel database, the Investigative Data Warehouse, and the Data Integration and Visualization System for relevant documents related to William Higgins from the earliest records available until his death in July 2019.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Robert Delaware

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There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Robert Delaware

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $70.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation
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170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602-4843

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