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When the 26-year-old Anna Nicole Smith married an 89-year-old billionaire, many suspected that her motivations were less than amorous.
It turns out the FBI was also quite suspicious of Anna Nicole, so they looked into the possibility that she was plotting a murder of the rich man's son.
According to the Associated Press, Ms. Smith was thought to be putting plans in place to get J. Howard Marshall's son, E. Pierce Marshall, out of her way so that she would be the sole benefactor of his fortune. (J. Howard, a Texas oil tycoon, died a little more than a year after their marriage.)
The documents -- which the AP received as part of the Freedom of Information Act -- detail the investigation into Anna's possible murder-for-hire scheme. The investigation, which took place in 2000, ended when it failed to turn up enough clues to constitute a valid case.
It's not clear how the investigation came to be in the first place, but Anna told the FBI she believed it was brought on by a lover seeking retaliation after she broke things off. When the FBI confronted Anna Nicole with the murder allegations, she cried and denied ever making such plans. She also defended herself by saying such a plot would never work for her favor, anyway, because the money would be locked in a trust fund regardless.
The FBI spared no expense in their mission, tapping her telephone conversations, conducting searches of her home, which led to the confiscation of a handgun and knife. In one of the more strange details of the investigation, the documents indicate the FBI also confiscated a black and orange hat they refer to as "Dr. Seuss."
Marshall's son did die in 2006 -- one year before Anna Nicole Smith died after ingesting a fatal dose of prescription drugs. She was 39.
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