The Sinatra Files: The Secret FBI Dossier
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An American Icon Under Government Surveillance
When Frank Sinatra died in 1998, he was one of the most chronicled celebrities ever, but the most unusual record of his life came to light only posthumously: a 1,275-page dossier recording decades of FBI surveillance stemming from J. Edgar Hoover's belief that Sinatra had mob or Communist ties. This shadow biography, with information never before presented in book form, details:
Hoover's search through Sinatra's past to see if he got a bogus medical deferment from military service, ultimately yielding the simple fact that Sinatra really had suffered a perforated eardrum as a youthThe FBI's previously unreported cooperation with journalists looking for dirt on Sinatra, including one who had recently been punched out by the singerNumerous instances of the star's carousing and intemperate behavior -- including a detailed report alleging that he rampaged through a Las Vegas hotel after he and his wife Mia Farrow lost small fortunes gamblingThe mob's attempts to curry favor with John F. Kennedy through Sinatra -- and its anger when Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy turned up the heat.
This fascinating record of governmental scrutiny will captivate every Sinatra fan, as well as anyone who wants to understand the second half of the American century -- the Cold War, popular culture, the cult of celebrity, Camelot, and the FBI's mania for investigating American citizens -- all personified by the most dominant entertainer of the era.
Sinatra, who was then playing an engagement in a local Detroit theater, personally appeared at the rally and was presented with a scroll of appreciation for his contribution to the Youth of America. Another FBI document offered more details on one of the things that caught Hoover’s eye, and should have established once and for all that Sinatra was no Communist sympathizer. It didn’t. Advertisements issued by the American Youth for Democracy during 1946, concerning a yearbook which it intended
except one little thing. I don’t remember calling him because I don’t know where to call him. Apparently—I have to guess, but apparently he called me; that is probably what happened. I don’t remember calling him. I wouldn’t know where to call him. Q. Have you ever had occasion to visit Mr. Giancana at his residence in Chicago? A. No. Q. Do you know where he lives? A. No.” Much later, the FBI would decide that Sinatra had probably made a false statement in the affidavit: An
HOLLYWOOD Jim O’Neil, Publisher of The American Legion Magazine, handed me the attached dummy proof concerning the hiring by Frank Sinatra of Albert Maltz, the communist in Hollywood, California. This is a very hard-hitting article regarding the entree of communists once again on the scene in Hollywood. The article will appear in the May 1, 1960, issue of The American Legion Magazine which will be disseminated to four million members throughout the United States. The Domestic Intelligence
Logan County was moved to prevent qualified West Virginians from voting, and that voting officials in Logan County pulled voting machine levers for local citizens. With regard to Senator Kennedy’s religion, improperly labeled anti-Catholic literature was distributed by a nonexistent organization called the “Protestant Information Center.” POLITICAL VIEWS: In a syndicated column datelined Washington, D. C., 1-14-57, Fulton Lewis, Jr., described Kennedy as “conscientious and sincere” in his
According to this source, Alpert was seeking buyers for Computer Field Expressway stock and allegedly came up with an investor who bought $100,000 worth of this stock, reportedly put up by three individuals, who were described as active in organized crime circles, and Frank Sinatra. Subsequently, the value of this stock dropped and the $100,000 investment was lost. A copy of an FBI Identification Record, Number 3 794 610, was sent the White House by communication dated August 21, 1967. The files