In an attempt, no doubt to find something juicy and scandalous about the late founder of The Moral Majority, Washington Post Investigations combed through Jerry Falwell’s FBI file, (made available through the federal Freedom of Information Act) only to be bitterly disappointed.
The entire file appears to be comprised of details about the death threats made against the man by gays.
Falwell’s FBI file contains a 1983 letter sent to his television ministry that concluded with the words, “Hoping you will die soon.” It was accompanied by a small plastic box containing a live scorpion. Then there were the calls to Liberty Baptist College in Lynchburg that same year, warning that a $10,000 reward had been offered for Falwell’s “assassination” and that it was to be carried out by “gays in Cincinnati.” One caller advised, “I know this is true, because my brother is one of them.” Said another, “I intend to be the one to collect that money.”
Here’s the whole file.
Better luck next time, guys.
Hat tip: Crime Scene KC