Subjects Matter: FBI Files
For every $50 raised, we’ll write up a file we already have, as well as request one we don’t have yet. If there’s a write-up or request you really want us to see, let us know at email@example.com.
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- Phil Mocek
- Chris Meller
- Linda Tolbert
- Courtney Selby
- Patrick Mannion
- Samuel Lichtenstein
- James E Hall
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Academics / Activists / Artists / Business Figures / Comedians / Criminals / Events Groups / FBI Programs / Film and Television / Government Officials / Journalists / Miscellaneous / Musicians / Politicians / Religious Figures / Scientists / Sports Figures / Writers
Burt Shavitz (Founder of Burt’s Bees)
Winter Hill Gang (Notorious Boston-based criminal organization)
Film and Television
Efram Zimbalist (Star of ABC’s The FBI)
William F. Buckley (CIA Station Chief in Lebanon)
Roscoe Hillenkoetter (First CIA Director)
C. Everett Koop (Flamboyant Surgeon General during the Reagan Presidency)
Irving Adler (Serviceman who shared name with prominent activist)
Stig Bergling (Swedish Soviet Spy)
Vincent Bugliosi (Attorney who prosecuted Charles Manson)
Fred Lee Crisman (Figure at the center of many 20th century conspiracies)
Lady Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton (Philanthropist and “prolific instigator”)
John Hinckley Sr. (Father of Reagan shooter)
Edward Lee Howard (CIA defector)
Loyd Jowers (Found culpable for Martin Luther King Jr. assassination)
Fritz Kuhn (Leader of the German-American Bund)
Jordan MacTaggart (American anarchist who died fighting ISIS in Syria)
Hunter Moore (Founder of revenge porn site IsAnyoneUp)
Yuri Nosenko (Soviet Defector)
Barney Rosset (Avant-garde book publisher)
Andrew Carter Thornton II (Cocaine cowboy)
Samuel Dickstein (Alleged Soviet spy)
Vo Nguyen Giap (General known as the “Red Napoleon” of Vietnam)
Bess Myerson (First Jewish Miss America and New York commissioner)
Ronald Reagan’s decades-long association with the Federal Bureau of Investigation - from his early days as an anti-Communist informant in Hollywood to the law and order governor of California to President of the United States during Iran-Contra - is attested to in his 30,000-page file, recently released to Emma Best. Due to the size and scope of the historical material contained in these pages, we’re using our new Assignments tool to start a crowdsourced project to hone in on the most interesting finds buried in the Bureau’s margins.
Last week, we took our first look into Ronald Reagan’s recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation file and how it documented the close personal friendship between Reagan and Director J. Edgar Hoover. However, a section of the file from a decade earlier reveals a much less auspicious first encounter between the Gipper and the G-Man, with Hoover repeatedly turning down a starstruck Reagan’s offer to guest star on General Electric Theater.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation files on James Baldwin, Ernest Hemingway, and Susan Sontag, and a dozen famous writers have a lot of stories to tell, and over the past eight years the MuckRock team has been digging through them. Today, we’re excited to tell those stories in a new format: a 400-page volume that brings the most funny, frightening, poignant, and provocative tales about the intersection of surveillance and freedom to life, as told through those primary source documents.