Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The FBI’s ‘Vault’ is a repository of records from Capone to Einstein

arches,The public records repository of the FBI, a man who keeps records from the infamous to the well-known agency.

Once a person dies, their FBI files are accessible under the federal Freedom of Information Act—minus any agency amendments. The Herald did exactly that as Southee mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was killed inside a West Virginia prison in October 2018.

The first batch of records was just posted to The Vault and the next installment is expected soon. However, the FBI continues to populate the page with new entries weekly from other FOIA requests.

Baseball Hall of Fame Home Run King Hank Aaron Recently posted is one of the files. His records show that the agency monitored the death threats Slugger and his family faced as he approached Babe Ruth’s all-time home records.

“If Patricia Hearst (sic) isn’t released by the kidnappers, soon, your charming wife won’t let you break the homerun (sic) record,” states a threat sent to Aaron at training camp in March 1974 . The anonymous author “still a fan” of that postcard wanted the Aaron Hurst case to go public.

“Aaron would not comply with the request,” the FBI dispatch says, “but expressed concern for his wife’s safety.”

The safe goes very deep.

It’s raw history that covers some of America’s Most Wanted, including Chicago mobsters Al Capone and Bulger.

Other notable files made public include those of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, who married Jacqueline Kennedy; Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith; sex researcher Alfred Kinsey; and Nobel laureate and all-around genius Albert Einstein. It’s a file worth zooming in on – and it comes in 14 installments.

It’s not clear how many installments would Bulger’s file, but he had a long and corrupt relationship with the FBI.

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