Whitney Houston’s FBI files have just been released. The singer died last February, just before the Grammy awards. A 128-page collection of documents – including letters and transcribed interviews – contained correspondence from an unnamed person who might well have been trying to blackmail the celebrity, reports CNN on Monday, March 4.
One letter – which Whitney Houston gave to the FBI in 1992 – announced that the writer had received offers of a great deal of money for personal information about Whitney Houston. He thought the singer should match the offers, at $250,000. Eventually the FBI decided no extortion had been threatened. Today, it might have been seen differently.
Another fan, who sent more than 66 letters, many of which are in the FBI files, suggested that he might do something "crazy or stupid or really dumb" if Whitney Houston did not acknowledge him. He reported that he liked to watch children and squirrels. “Can you help me.” he wrote in a letter to a family member. “Can you call me and talk to me or in some way find out from Miss Whitney if she is getting my letters or not and let me know.”
The FBI decided no laws had been broken, but far more is known about stalker love for celebrities today. Again, the outcome might have been different.
All the names had been blacked out on the file material. And interviews had been heavily edited. So no new information about Whitney Houston was actually revealed – just more hints about the unrecognized stresses in her life.