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J. Edgar Hoover gave Shirley Temple a fountain pen that emitted tear gas

Shirley Temple–Hollywood’s most famous child star–could not be protected from such real-life intrusions as kidnap and extortion attempts, death threats and an attempted seduction by a Hollywood producer when she was only 12 years old. The threats weren’t reported at the time, she said, for fear that they would stimulate more threats.

The FBI was called in numerous times to investigate these death and extortion threats against her. She and J Edgar Hoover became friends through it all. In 1949, J. Edgar Hoover gave Shirley Temple a strange FBI souvenir– a fountain pen that emitted tear gas.

Shirley Temple’s autobiography.

J. Edgar Hoover gave Shirley Temple a fountain pen that emitted tear gas

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6 songs interrogators might use to make you come unglued

interrogation music

Source: New Statesman

It’s no secret that torturing suspects and terrorists with music has become standard practice. Questionable lyrics, silly melodies, and really loud volume can make a man crazy when these tunes are played 4 bazillion times. Here are songs that have proven to assault the senses during FBI standoffs, Guantanamo Bay interrogations, and other situations where torture and intimidation was needed. I was surprised to see that Nickleback was not among them. Maybe that’s busted out for only the most dire circumstances. (via Mental Floss)

1. Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”– A majority of the songs used in Guantanamo Bay consisted of seemingly patriotic ditties like Springsteen’s most famous American anthem.
2. Christina Aguilera’s “Dirrty” – The “20th hijacker” of the Sept. 11 attacks, got one of two wake-up calls during his stay in Guantanamo Bay: dripping water on his head or an earful of Aguilera’s sexually charged lyrics.
3. Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Were Made for Walking” – In 1993, the FBI blasted this song through loudspeakers during the Waco standoff with cult leader David Koresh. They considered using Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart,” but were afraid the people inside may actually like it.
4. AC/DC’s “Shoot to Thrill” and “Hells Bells” – Hard Rock songs like these are a favorite tool of military to intimidate rebels and small armies in the mid-east and Somalia. Many of them have not heard this type of music, and like our grandparents, it frightens them.
5. Anything by Barry Manilow – The New Zealand town of Christchurch recently blasted the crooner’s tunes throughout their central mall district to drive away the local punks who had been littering the area with graffiti, drinking in public and doing drugs.
6. Barney the Dinosaur’s “I Love You” – If you have a child who was into this evil bastard dinosaur, then I don’t need to say anything more. You are already broken.

FBI 10 Most Wanted List

FBI — Ten Most Wanted

FBI — Ten Most Wanted

On this date in 1950, the FBI unveiled the first ’10 Most Wanted List.’ Knowing that the public could be vital in helping them solve crimes, it was created to build awareness of the bureau’s most challenging cases.  See them all here.

Fast Facts:

  • Nearly 500 fugitives have appeared on the list over the last 60 years.
  • Serial killers Andrew Cunanan and Ted Bundy as well as James Earl Ray have been on the list.
  • Osama Bin Laden and James ‘Whitey’ Bulger are currently on the list.
  • FBI asks all fifty-six field offices to submit candidates for inclusion on the list. Criteria: Must have a lengthy record and current pending charges that make him or her particularly dangerous.
  • The only way to get off the list is to die or to be captured.
  • Only eight women have appeared on the Ten Most Wanted list.