Craig J. Spence

Joseph Lloyd filed this request with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC.
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From: Joseph Lloyd

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Craig J. Spence (1941 – November 10, 1989) who was a Republican lobbyist who was found dead in the Ritz-Carlton Boston in 1989.

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Joseph Lloyd

  • www-washingtonpost-com-archive-politics-1989-11-12-craig-spence-figure-in-dc-sex-case-found-dead.pdf

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From: Metropolitan Police Department

Dear Mr. Lloyd, The Freedom ofInformation Act (FOIA) requires that requests describe the records sought withsufficient detail to allow an agency employee familiar with the subject area ofthe request to locate the records with a reasonable amount of effort. More specifically, 1 DCMR § 402.4 statesthat: A request shall reasonably describe thedesired record(s). Where possible, the specific information regarding names,places, events, subjects, dates, files, titles, file designation, or otheridentifying information shall be supplied. Your request does notadequately describe the records sought; therefore, we are unable to process itat this time. If you wish to pursue yourrequest, please provide a description of what documents you areseeking. If we do not receive the clarification required within five (5) business days from the date of this letter, wewill presume that you are no longer interested in pursuing your request andconsider this a constructive withdrawal and close our file. In the meantime, your request will be placedon hold and the time for our response will not accrue under 1 DMCR § 405.6. Regards, LatrinaCrumlin StaffAssistant, FOIA MetropolitanPolice Department 300Indiana Ave NW RM 4153 Washington,DC 20001

From: Joseph Lloyd

I wish to see any and all records relating to Craig J. Spence (1941 – November 10, 1989).

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1989/11/12/craig-spence-figure-in-dc-sex-case-found-dead-in-boston/c8993a55-6895-488f-8adf-19cb45c0fb6b/?utm_term=.2330095aecf7

Some Background on Craig J. Spence:

Spence attended Syracuse University before becoming a correspondent for ABC News. During the Vietnam War, he covered Southeast Asia, but eventually left the network after being expelled by South Vietnam for alleged black market currency transactions -- a not unknown practice for removing troublesome reporters.[citation needed] He relocated to Tokyo where he was a stringer for Britain's Daily Mail and began doing public relations consulting for the government-supported Japan External Trade Organization and Japanese corporations.

In January 1985, Spence registered with the U.S. State Department as a foreign agent for Japan and began lobbying for Japanese interests. Throughout the 1980s, Spence built a reputation as an influential lobbyist who represented many Japanese concerns and established close friendships with a number of leading Japanese politicians, including Motoo Shiina, considered by Tokyo analysts to be an inside favorite to replace scandal-plagued Sōsuke Uno as prime minister.

Spence and Mr. Shiina were embroiled in a real estate deal involving the house in Kalorama, a two-story Victorian showpiece valued by real estate agents at $1.15 million. Spence had told friends that he obtained the money to buy the house by blackmailing Mr. Shiina. Mr. Shiina denied he was blackmailed by Mr. Spence.

Spence was implicated in a gay call-boy ring scandal, that arranged after-hours visits to the White House, the Washington Times and other papers reported in June 1989. Afterward, Spence committed suicide in a Boston hotel.

Spence's name came to national prominence in the aftermath of a June 28, 1989 article in the Washington Times identifying Spence as a customer of a homosexual escort service being investigated by the Secret Service, the District of Columbia Police and the United States Attorney's Office for suspected credit card fraud. The newspaper said he spent as much as $20,000 a month on the service. He had also been linked to a White House guard who has said he accepted an expensive watch from Mr. Spence and allowed him and friends to take late-night White House tours.[4]

Spence entered a downward spiral in the wake of the Washington Times exposé, increasingly involving himself with call boys and crack, and culminating in his July 31, 1989 arrest at the Barbizon Hotel on East 63rd St in Manhattan for criminal possession of a firearm and criminal possession of cocaine.

Months after the scandal had died down, and a few weeks before Spence was found in a room of the Boston Ritz-Carlton Hotel, he was asked who had given him the "key" to the White House. Michael Hedges and Jerry Seper of The Washington Times reported that "Mr. Spence hinted the tours were arranged by 'top level' persons", including Donald Gregg, national security adviser to Vice President George H. W. Bush at the time the tours were given.

When pressed to identify who it was who got him inside the White House, Spence asked "Who was it who got [long-term CIA operative] Félix Rodríguez in to see Bush?", agreeing that he was alluding to Mr. Gregg.

Gregg himself dismissed the allegation as "absolute bull", according to Hedges and Seper. "It disturbs me that he can reach a slimy hand out of the sewer to grab me by the ankle like this," he told the reporters. "The allegations are totally false."

On November 10, 1989 Spence was found dead in Room 429 of the Boston Ritz Carlton, the city's most expensive hotel. He was dressed in a tuxedo and had three dollars in his pocket. According to the police report, when found by hotel employees he was attired in the style he affected at his lavish dinner parties: "black Tux with white shirt, bow tie, white suspenders, black socks and shoes", with a telephone cradled in his ear and a Walkman headset containing a cassette tape of Mozart's "A Little Night Music". Prior to his death he spoke of possibly disappearing and that it may look like a suicide.

Found hidden in a false ceiling in the bathroom were seven small packets of Xanax, an anti-anxiety prescription drug, with one pill removed. In black felt-tip marker he had written on a mirror of his room:

'Chief, consider this my resignation, effective immediately. As you always said, you can't ask others to make a sacrifice if you are not ready to do the same. Life is duty. God bless America.'

As a postscript, he wrote, "To the Ritz, please forgive this inconvenience."

During a lengthy interview at a Manhattan apartment a few months before his death, Spence alluded to more intricate involvements. "All this stuff you've uncovered (involving call boys, bribery and the White House tours), to be honest with you, is insignificant compared to other things I've done. But I'm not going to tell you those things, and somehow the world will carry on."

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