The FBI investigated Anna Nicole Smith for plotting to have the son of her late husband murdered but she was never prosecuted, according to newly released files. The AP reports:
Smith’s FBI records, obtained exclusively by The Associated Press, say the agency investigated Smith in 2000 and 2001 in a murder-for-hire plot targeting E. Pierce Marshall, who was at the center of a long legal fight to keep the starlet, model and stripper from collecting his father’s oil wealth, valued in the hundreds of millions. The younger Marshall died three years ago of natural causes.
The documents released under the Freedom of Information Act depict an investigation going on as the fight raged over J. Howard Marshall II’s estate. Vast sections of the 100 pages of released materials — a fraction of Smith’s full FBI file — are whited out, and no evidence of her involvement in such a plot is detailed.
The FBI files show a .357-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver was confiscated from Smith’s home, along with a 3 1/2-inch stainless steel knife and, for reasons that were not explained, a black and orange hat described as “Dr. Seuss.” All three objects were returned to her about seven months later.
Of course, it’s no surprise the FBI let Anna Nicole off the hook. Spend two minutes talking to the woman and it’d be immediately obvious she couldn’t plot the making of a sandwich with two pieces of bread stuck to each hand. Then again, the mere fact the FBI suspected the involvement of a “Dr. Seuss” hat, makes me wonder if Anna Nicole outsmarted us all. You know, by dying so no one could press charges. Clever girl…