Archive: The Mailer Files
In the summer of 1973, a gossip columnist dialed up the former head of the FBI's Los Angeles office and broke some bad news. Norman Mailer was finishing a book alleging that the FBI had seized phone records showing that Marilyn Monroe called the White House shortly before she died from an overdose in 1962. In fact, the FBI soon heard, the book might imply the Bureau had something to do with the movie star's death.
By The Editors | November 25, 2008; 02:06 PM ET | Comments (3)
The FBI did a secret book review of Norman Mailer's Miami and the Siege of Chicago and gave it a scathing assessment.
By The Editors | November 18, 2008; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (0)
A mention in a Washington Post column of a Norman Mailer magazine article mocking First Lady Jackie Kennedy led FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to send FBI agents bird-dogging after the author for 15 years.
By The Editors | November 10, 2008; 02:36 PM ET | Comments (1)