posted on Mar, 1 2012 @ 06:29 AM
reply to post by Rising Against
I'm skeptical too about him dying from anything other than natural causes, I just found it interesting the articles that mentioned the American
Academy of Forensic Sciences planned on holding a panel about his death at the annual meeting (1998?), then not a peep on a followup story.
I did find some info on the man that pushed for that panel, Dr. James Starrs, on the Tru website. There he even speculates suicide!
“Due to the existence of suggestive circumstances near the time of Hoover's death, the possibility of his having committed suicide cannot be
overlooked. During the months before his death, he was heavily freighted in disputes with the White House over his tenure and performance as the FBI
director. On the night of his death, according to his longtime secretary, he had received a disturbing phone call. Sometime between ten and
midnight, President Richard Nixon had phoned him to urge him to retire. That means he was in a distraught state of mind just two to four hours prior
to his estimated time of death. In addition, Jay Nash had published Citizen Hoover, a brutal assault on Hoover's career. This book was on Hoover's
nightstand when his body was found, another item to give him a distinct and cumulative motive for suicide or for cardiac
OK, now to the info on Hoover being of African American descent.
I'm pulling all this from a webpage titled The Mysterious Origins of J. Edgar Hoover
written by Edward Spannaus.
Hoover's obsessive hostility and hatred toward African-Americans was well-known throughout his career, especially in later years. What is less
well-known is that rumors about J. Edgar Hoover's possible black ancestry were also widespread during his reign, both inside and outside of the
Bureau. There are reports that Hoover deployed his agents to track down rumors of his black ancestry, just as he did regarding rumors and reports
about his homosexuality.
Author Anthony Summers, in researching his book Official and Confidential, interviewed writer Gore Vidal, who grew up in Washington, D.C. in the
1930s. ``Hoover was becoming famous,'' Vidal told Summers, ``and it was always said of him--in my family and around the city--that he was mulatto.
People said he came from a family that had `passed.' It was the word they used for people of black origin who, after generations of inbreeding, have
enough white blood to pass themselves off as white. That's what was always said about Hoover.''
I'll be honest and say I had never heard of this until I found it a week ago. It's very interesting and not something I expected. It's one part of
the story I had not read before.
Posted in the article under the section The Mississippi Hoovers
As Millie McGhee, now 52, tells the story in her book Secrets Uncovered, and also in interviews with EIRNS, her grandfather, whom she called ``Big
Daddy,'' asked her how J. Edgar Hoover's name had come up.
``In my history class I learned that he is the director of the FBI,'' young Millie answered. ``Someone said he has even more power than the
President of the United States.''
``Well, that could be true,'' her grandfather responded. ``He does have a lot of power.'' He then shrugged, and went on: ``That old goat is
related to me, he is my second cousin.''
Her grandfather warned her not to tell anyone. ``This is a family secret,'' the girl was told. Her grandfather said that Hoover was ``passing,''
and that he could have them all killed, that they could be burned in their beds as they sleep. ``He doesn't want the secret out, and he is a powerful
man!'' the trembling young girl was told.
When the young girl asked her grandfather if there wouldn't be records, such as a birth certificate, which would show him to be related to the family
of former slaves, her grandfather told her: ``J. Edgar Hoover has a lot of power. He can destroy files, and he's already done it.'
Millie McGhee hired a genealogist to help sort through her family history and find out if there was any truth to the oral tradition.
In subsequent research, conducted since the publication of the first edition of McGhee's book, Ott has found census records for Mississippi that
also correspond to the family oral tradition regarding ``Emily,'' and he has recently found records which appear to link the Maryland and the
Mississippi Hoover families. Ott also found strange--and highly unusual--alterations and erasures in some of the census records pertaining to other
Hoovers in Washington.
Much more on the website, which you can find here
, along with a list of sources used for the