Friday, December 14, 2007

Mob Museum and the FBI

I'll bet this development will result in more than a few celebrity secrets of an official kind coming out into the open...

Friday, October 12, 2007

Marilyn Monroe, UFOs and Vegas: What More Could You Want?

My Celebrity Secrets book includes a chapter on official US Government surveillance files (predominantly FBI) on dead blond babe, Marilyn Monroe.
The book also includes a discussion of a strange, unofficial document on the actress leaked out of a secret government archive in the mid-1990s - or so the allegations go, at least.
Incredibly, the document claims that none other than Marilyn's one-time lover, JFK (also known as the President of the United States - until Lee Harvey Oswald, or the CIA, or the Mafia, or the KGB, or the FBI, or someone blew his head off), had secretly informed the actress of the truth surrounding the notorious "Roswell UFO Crash" that occurred in the deserts of New Mexico in the summer of 1947.
For those who want to learn more about this strange story, I'll be speaking about this aspect of my Celebrity Secrets book, the Marilyn Monroe-JFK-UFO saga, and the intriguing story of something known as Project Moon Dust, at a gig in Vegas next month. Here's the details.

Monday, September 17, 2007

The FBI and Hollywood: Controversy Continues

Although my Celebrity Secrets books mainly deals with the antagonistic relationship that the world of Hollywood had with the FBI in the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s, as this story demonstrates, not a lot has changed in the 21st Century...

Monday, September 10, 2007

The New York Times on Celebrity Secrets

Over the weekend, the New York Times published a good review of my Celebrity Secrets book. The reviewer, Dave Itzkoff, wrote in part: "...Redfern's book paints a progressively damning portrait of a government obsessed with pop culture's power and paranoid about controlling its message, as unnerved by the possibility of a riot breaking out at a Beatles concert as it is by the thought of Rock Hudson portraying an F.B.I. agent in a motion picture."

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Celebrity Secrets Lecture: Sept 29, Asheville, NC

For those interested, I will be speaking on my Celebrity Secrets book on September 29 at the Dark 30 Tour at Asheville, NC. It promises to be a great day, with some amazing revelations. Don't miss it! Here's the details:


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Asheville Gets Paranormal Tour in September: Jim Marrs, Nick Redfern, Joshua P. WarrenAsheville, N.C. (September, 2007) --For one night, the world's greatest mysteries converge on Asheville, North Carolina, via three of the country's most notable experts on the weird.

Jim Marrs, Nick Redfern, and Joshua P. Warren make the second stop on their "Dark 30" Tour, which will delve into ghosts, UFOs, strange creatures, conspiracies and secret societies on Saturday, September 29, 2007, 1 p.m., in the Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company, 675 Merrimon Avenue.

The ten-hour-event is designed as the most comprehensive presentation on these controversial subjects ever produced."The concept was simple," says Warren, event Producer. "Let's take the biggest, most critical questions of our lifetimes and bluntly address them face-to-face with the best experts. There are restrictions on what we can say through TV, radio, and other media. But in person, we can finally tell the blatant truth. Some attendees will be uncomfortable, others will be elated. But we're frustrated, and we're ready to talk."

The trio is no stranger to censorship. Marrs, Redfern and Warren all investigated accounts of high strangeness in Roswell, NM, in 2005, and were shocked by the subsequent media cover-up that continues to this day. In addition to individual programs, the three will take the stage together in an open panel discussion on what really happened in Roswell, including new details never before made public.

"We're staking our reputations on this event," Warren stresses. "This is the only way to reach the public without intervention." Jim Marrs is a New York Times best-selling author, whose book "Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy," was a basis for the Oliver Stone film "JFK." His newest books are "The Terror Conspiracy: Deception, 9/11, and the Loss of Liberty" and "Psi Spies: The True Story of America's Psychic Warfare Program." He will speak on conspiracies and secret societies from the dawn of mankind to present day.

British native Nick Redfern is the author of numerous books including "Three Men Seeking Monsters," and "On the Trail of the Saucer Spies: UFOs and Government Surveillance." He will present on UFOs and strange creatures (known as cryptids), plus government files on the rich and famous.

Joshua P. Warren, host of Clear Channel's "Speaking of Strange," is the author of numerous books including "How to Hunt Ghosts," and his newest, "Pet Ghosts: Animal Encounters from Beyond the Grave." He will speak on ghostly phenomena and ESP, revealing the most amazing new photos and videos captured.

The event debuted in Kansas City, MO last December. The tour's second stop is Asheville, North Carolina, Warren's home town. It will be the first trip to Asheville for Jim Marrs and Nick Redfern, both now residents of Texas.

In addition to individual presentations and the panel discussion, the program includes a book signing and more.Less than 120 seats are available.Tickets are $55 per person in advance, and must be purchased via online.Tickets will be $60 per person at the door, if space is available. More information is also available on the website:

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

It Was Thirty Years Ago Today...

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley - an event that, as this story shows, is likely to be marked by thousands of fans holding nighttime vigils in memory of the pill-popping, junk-food-devouring, one-time teen-idol.
It's doubtful that the FBI will care, though. As my Celebrity Secrets book demonstrates, the previously-secret, 600-page FBI file on Presley reveals that he was viewed with distinctly disapproving eyes by the G-Men in Black.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Mistress Scarlet on Celebrity Secrets

Mistress Scarlet gives Celebrity Secrets a great review. Thanks, Rita!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Marilyn: A New Book Examines Her Death

Check out this link for an article concerning a forthcoming book that examines the still-controversial death of Hollywood bombshell, Marilyn Monroe.

Celebrity Secrets includes a chapter on the FBI's surveillance files on the actress; and a strange and bizarre story it is, too.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Jack Kerouac and "On the Road" - 50 Years On

Has it really been 50 years since Jack Kerouac's acclaimed On the Road was published? Yes, it has!

And as this story demonstrates, fans of the renowned and influential writer are already celebrating this anniversary milestone in his life and career.

For those who want to know more about Kerouac's brief period of time spent in the Navy - as well as learning all about what the Navy's formerly classified medical files on the man himself revealed - check out my Celebrity Secrets book for the full details.

I still think that Big Sur is his best one though.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Elvis, the FBI and Wikipedia

The story behind some of the FBI files that appear in my Celebrity Secrets book on singer Elvis Presley can now be found at Wikipedia. As you'll see, the tale is a strange, convoluted and highly-intriguing one...

Here's the link.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Marilyn - Happy Late Birthday...

Had she not died in 1962 at the hands of herself, or the FBI, or the CIA, or the Mafia or...well, the list goes on, Marilyn Monroe would have been 81 last Friday. Unbelievable!

Monroe might very well have taken to the grave with her an untold number of official secrets told to her by the Kennedy brothers.

However, a number of interesting tales of a sexual, conspiratorial and dark nature can be found in the blond bombshell's FBI file, which is reproduced in Celebrity Secrets - including tales of a secret film showing Marilyn giving some lucky fellow a blow-job; official interest in her marriage to lefty playwright Arthur Miller; phone-taps; Mexican commies; wild parties; and much more.

Still, at least she burned out when she still looked good and didn't end up as a wrinkled old trout.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Lucille Ball, Commies and the FBI...

The blog Long Live Lucy has highlighted comments on the FBI's file on actress Lucille Ball that are reproduced in Celebrity Secrets. The FBI made some intriguing observations and comments in its records on Ball's links with Communism that - unlike with so many other Hollywood stars - were actually shown to be true, as the actress herself admitted.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Celebrity Secrets Podcast

Last month radio host and author Joshua P. Warren interviewed me extensively about my Celebrity Secrets book for his show Speaking of Strange.

The episode is now on-line: listen to it here.

We covered a wide range of the scandals, cover-ups, and sensational secrets of Hollywood's most famous figures.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Marilyn, UFOs and Roswell

In Celebrity Secrets, I included a chapter on the FBI’s surveillance files of dead Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe.

In that chapter I devoted a brief section to a discussion of a controversial document that - if genuine, of course - suggests that Monroe had secretly been told aspects of the Roswell, New Mexico "crashed UFO" story by the Kennedy brothers, John and Robert - as well as other official secrets, too, such as plans to assassinate Cuba's Fidel Castro.

More disturbingly, the alleged CIA document refers to a threat by Monroe to spill the beans on what she knew; something that never happened, of course, as a result of her still-controversial death.

And while I only included a chapter on this affair in Celebrity Secrets, researcher Don Burleson wrote a whole book about it; and he has just been interviewed about his research into the Monroe-UFO story.

The document falls into the gray area that most UFO data inhabits. Namely that it’s certainly intriguing, but actually proving anything is near impossible.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Celebrity Secrets on the Radio

John Greenewald, keeper of the Black Vault, interviewed me today for his on-line show, Black Vault Radio.

The subject: my Celebrity Secrets book. We cover such characters as John Lennon, Abbott & Costello, Rock Hudson, and more.

Check it out here.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Celebrity Anniversaries: Wayne & Sinatra

This month marks key anniversaries in the lives (and deaths) of a couple of celebrities whose FBI files are disclosed in my Celebrity Secrets book.

May 14 was the ninth anniversary of the death of cool rat-packer Frank Sinatra - whose FBI files runs to thousands of pages and cover such topics as mob and underworld links, hookers, booze, wild parties with JFK; and also, interestingly enough, rumors that the FBI followed up on (and took very seriously) suggesting that Ol' Blue Eyes had tried to bribe a doctor to declare him unfit for service in World War Two!

And, incredibly enough, May 26 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hollywood cowboy John Wayne. Yep: a century! Again, his formerly secret FBI file is a notable one - with the strangest entry related to allegations that Wayne was somehow involved in a 1950s plot to overthrow the Panamanian Government! Weird...

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Calgary Herald Reviews The Book

The Calgary Herald's website includes a review of Celebrity Secrets (you'll need to register to read it, though).

Celebrity Secrets in Entertainment Weekly

One I missed first time around:

Celebrity Secrets in Entertainment Weekly.

Sid Vicious - Happy 50th!

As I noted a few days ago, my Celebrity Secrets book provides evidence that elements of British Intelligence - namely MI5 - had secret opened files on the British Punk Rock band, the Sex Pistols back in the late 1970s.

Today would have marked the 50th birthday of Pistols bass-guitarist Sid Vicious (who replaced original bassist Glen Matlock in 1977), had he not overdosed on heroin at the age of 21 in 1979.

MI5, I'm sure, could not care less; but I raise a glass to stupid Sid on his birthday, who - for all of his flaws and complete inability to actually play the damned bass! - didn't deserve to go out in the fashion that he did.

As Laurence Binyon said: "They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old. At the going down of the sun, and at the dawning of the day, we shall remember them."

Monday, May 7, 2007

"Memphis: The City Magazine" Reviews Celebrity Secrets

Memphis: The City Magazine has reviewed Celebrity Secrets. Not surprisingly given where the magazine is located, their review focuses on the chapter in my book on the FBI's files on Elvis Presley.

A strange file, most of it is tedious in the extreme; but it does contain a few genuinely weird, intriguing and amusing entries.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Louie Louie - A Threat to the US Way of Life? No, Of Course Not!

In Celebrity Secrets, I tell the absurd, crazy and complete and utter exercise in time-wasting that was the FBI's secret investigation of the Kingsmen's classic song Louie Louie.

Did it contain obscene lyrics? Well, no actually it didn't.

But that didn't stop the FBI launching its own inquiry after emotionally repressed and stunted members of the public with apparently nothing better to do with their time grumbled and ranted to the boys at the Bureau that the song's lyrics would utterly corrupt the morals of America's youth.

And no doubt in the deranged minds of these same complainers, and as a direct result, chaos would soon rule supreme, cities would fall, Satan would rise up, man and animal would engage in carnal activities, and Armageddon would be looming ominously on the horizon.


In Celebrity Secrets, I cited a handful of documents on the strange affair. But, incredibly enough, the FBI's case file itself actually runs to nearly 120 pages.

It can be read here in PDF format in all its mind-numbing glory.

Someone remind me to mail the FBI a copy of So What? by the Anti-Nowhere League. The G-Men will have a collective fit when they listen to that one.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Wanna Read The FBI's Celebrity Files? Here They Are...

This web-link to the FBI's official website is far from complete. However, it does provide an A to Z listing (with PDF links) of some of the celebrity surveillance files secretly collated by the FBI from the 1930s and 40s onwards.

Gene Kelly's Secret Naval Intelligence File

One of the inevitable hazards about writing a book that focuses on government surveillance files on Hollywood stars is that just when you finish writing the book, along comes another declassified file!

Such was the case with the recently surfaced Office of Naval Intelligence file on famous dancer-actor Gene Kelly, who was secretly investigated by the ONI for suspected Communist links (as was just about everyone in the Red-obsessed late 40s and 50s).

The story didn't make it to the pages of my book; however, you can see the file here, courtesy of the people at The Memory Hole.

Celebrity Secrets at Paraview Books

Paraview-Pocket Books, the publisher of Celebrity Secrets, have set up a web-page to promote the book. For details click here.

Oregon Live on Celebrity Secrets

Oregon Live has this to say about Celebrity Secrets:

"With gossip mags and Internet sites proliferating like dandelions, you'd think there'd be no secrets left about celebs. Think again.

"In Celebrity Secrets: Government Files on the Rich and Famous (Paraview/Pocket Books, 272 pages, $14), Nick Redfern digs into declassified government files to see what the FBI and others were snooping into.

"A hefty chunk of entries cover the Communist-obsessed '50s, when J. Edgar Hoover was convinced there were Reds hiding inside every Hollywood home. "

For the rest of the story, here's the link.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

And While We're On The Subject Of The Sex Pistols...

And, lest I forget to mention it, right now I am using the Freedom of Information Act (all perfectly legal, chaps, for any spooks and Men in Black reading this) to pursue a story that when the Sex Pistols embarked upon their ill-fated tour of the United States in January 1978 (a tour that saw the band spectacularly implode on stage in San Francisco - and which would be their final performance until their blisteringly good return in 1996), Britain's MI6 (the UK equivalent of the CIA) shared with the FBI its own secret files on the British bad-boys of punk.

In this photo (left) I'm stood outside the futuristic MI6 building that overlooks London's River Thames, pondering on, and salivating about, all those juicy files on the Sex Pistols that remain hidden from the prying eyes of those who like to ask penetrating and awkward questions.

In 2001, I interviewed a man named David Shayler, a former employee of MI5 (not to be confused with the above MI6), who blew the whistle on certain activities of his former spymasters, and whose story is told in the book Defending the Realm.

During the course of that interview, I asked Shayler about the Sex Pistols and British Intelligence. He told me (and as was also related within the pages of Defending the Realm) that while working for MI5, he read a file of press cuttings titled "Subversion in Contemporary Music" that included material on the Sex Pistols.

My reward when British authorities found out that I had met with Shayler (in the company of Mark Birdsall, editor of the British-based magazine Eye-Spy)? Nothing less than a phone-call from those same authorities ordering me to hand over the audio-cassette recording of the interview...

Sid Vicious, the Sex Pistols And Secret Spies

In only two short weeks from now some of us will be celebrating the 50th birthday of British punk-rock icon, Sid Vicious. Sid 50?! GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY! Can it really be true? Yep, it can be true. And, indeed it is true.

Sadly, of course, Sid himself won't be around to see it because the poor bastard overdosed on heroin at only 21 years of age on February 2, 1979.

So, why, you may ask, am I telling you all this 2 weeks ahead of Sid's should-have-been-half-a-century? Well, doubtless when the big day arrives, we will see glowing tributes to Sid and his mighty contribution to punk rock.

However, I hope that overblown misty-eyed nostalgia doesn't get in the way of the real story; hence the reason why I'm getting my say in now and before the flood-gates open on May 10.

Next to the mighty Ramones, the Sex Pistols are my all-time favorite band, but the fact of the matter is that Sid could play the bass-guitar about as good as I can pilot the Space Shuttle. Not at all, in other words.

Yes, he looked the punk-rock part: spiky black hair; sunken cheekbones, leather-jacket, Billy Idol-style sneer, and more, but that's about it. With Sid, it was all image and no substance. Not a single, solitary bit.

When Sid replaced original Pistols bass-player Glen Matlock, it marked the end for the London band. And when Sid took that last, fatal hit of heroin it was the end of him too.

And while punk-rockers all across the world were saddened by Sid's death 28 years ago, it's doubtful that MI5 (the British equivalent of the FBI) shed a tear.

Check out my Celebrity Secrets to find out what the real-life equivalents of "James Bond, 007" secretly thought of Sid and the other Pistols: John Lydon, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock.

You'll also find in the book details of some of the New York Police Department's files on Sid's arrest in 1978 after allegedly stabbing to death his junkie girlfriend Nancy Spungen, or as Pistols guitarist Steve Jones succinctly referred to her: "That fucking bird." Sid you were a stupid fool, and heroin ended your life at a tragically young age. And even though it's doubtful that MI5 will be raising a glass to you on your 50th, I will.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Baseball Think Factory on Mickey Mantle and the FBI

Perhaps not surprisingly, the Baseball Think Factory has highlighted the FBI file on baseball legend Mickey Mantle that is detailed in my book.

As the file of Hoover's boys shows, Mantle's life was far more entertaining and dramatic behind the scenes than it ever was while he was playing baseball!

The Washington Times on Celebrity Secrets

The Washington Times has things to say on Celebrity Secrets:

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Hollywood and the Military

VIPs in Uniform is an excellent article from 2006 that touches upon some of the official, military files on the rich and famous that also feature in Celebrity Secrets, such as the Navy files on acclaimed (but tortured) writer Jack Kerouac; fret-master Jimi Hendrix; and several others.

Kerouac is without doubt my favorite author; and to get hold of his medical files from his time with the Navy was very satisfying; but unfortunate too, as the files demonstrate all too clearly the inner demons that plagued the great man throughout his life and right up until his tragic, booze-induced death at only 47.

Still, he left us with some of the finest and most influential written work of all time.

You'll always be remembered, Jack.

Publisher's Weekly on Celebrity Secrets

Publisher's Weekly has this to say about Celebrity Secrets:

"This collection offers a roundup of the titillating, mundane, hilarious and unusual information gathered by government agencies-including the FBI, CIA and military-on more than 20 celebrities.

"Collected through Freedom of Information Act requests, this provides a quick-reading peek into the files of Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Billie Holiday and Princess Diana, among others.

"Each chapter provides a brief bio, explains why the government investigated and then lays open the file, highlighting details both juicy and inane and answering some frequently asked celebrity questions:

"Was John Lennon funding Irish terrorism? Was Frank Sinatra really in league with the mob? Why was Jimi Hendrix discharged from the Army? And what in the hell were the Kingsmen singing about, anyway?

"Frequently, the motivation behind an agency's interest is the most intriguing part of the file; Rock Hudson, for example, was tailed by the FBI because he was slated to portray one of their own in a film.

"Several dozen short entries round up the book, covering Lucille Ball, Jack London and the Sex Pistols, to name a few.

"This title is satisfying both as a repository of quick and dirty celebrity trivia and as a revealing cross-section of Washington's long, tense relationship with Hollywood."

Monday, April 23, 2007

Quick Stop Entertainment Comments...

Quick Stop Entertainment give my Hollywood scandal-fest the thumbs-up. Cheers, guys!

Celebrity Secrets, Counterintelligence and Security

None other than the Alexandria, VA-based Center for Counterintelligence and Security Studies have picked up on Celebrity Secrets. Crikey!

The Dallas Observer Comments On Celebrity Secrets

Although a Brit by birth, I live in sunny, gun-happy Dallas with my wife Dana; so it's always good to see Celebrity Secrets getting a bit of coverage in the Dallas Observer.

Celebrity Secrets on the Lecture Circuit

On Saturday September 29, I'll be lecturing on my Celebrity Secrets book at the second leg of the Dark 30 Tour which will be held in Asheville, North Carolina.

You can expect to see all of the scandalous tales of your Hollywood heroes come tumbling out in their dark, comic, outrageous glory. If you are going to be in NC this September check it out.

And, if you can't wait, here's a little something to tempt you before the main event:

Abbott and Costello, the FBI And Hot Lesbian Action!

Who would ever have known that Hollywood funnymen Abbott and Costello possessed between the two of them just about the biggest collection of porno movies in Hollywood? Or that Lou Costello was quite partial to a bit of blistering-hot girl-on-girl action now and again? Well, the FBI certainly knew: I got hold of their secret files.

Mob ties, hot sex, gyrating strippers, hookers and humorless FBI agents skulking around in the background: party on Bud and Lou!

John Lennon and the IRA?

Was John Lennon really donating money to Irish terrorists? What was the reason behind the FBI's and Britain's MI5's interest in the nasally, former guitarist, co-writer and singer with the Drab Four? Just like me, neither agency was a fan of Lennon. They thought he was a threat to national security as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes in its report that references Celebrity Secrets. Me: I just thought he was crap. Imagine - someone please pass the sick-bag.

Celebrity Secrets - Buy It Now!

Buy Celebrity Secrets before Big Brother bans it or I suffer a fatal car "accident"...
Okay that's just paranoid, right? Erm...probably...

Chicago Sun Times Reports on Celebrity Secrets

Errol Flynn, that swashbuckling actor of the 30s and 40s, and, according to the FBI "a wolf who delights in achieving intimacies with young innocent girls;" Hollywood heart-throb Clark Gable; axe-god Jimi Hendrix; Rat-Packer and cool-drunk Dean Martin; and singer Marvin Gaye - all the focus of official, and highly disapproving government files and all of who feature within the pages of my book, as the Chicago Sun Times recently noted.

J. Edgar and Rock - The Secret Story

A formerly classified FBI file on Hollywood star and AIDS victim Rock Hudson? Surely not? Yep.

Alleged cross-dressing FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover and his merry band of G-Men were far from being on speaking terms with the secretly gay actor; and almost blew a federal fuse when they heard rumors he was possibly going to portray an FBI agent in a forthcoming movie.

As a result, dark and sinister Men in Black were dispatched to ascertain the facts.

The somewhat pathetic saga is spelled out in its stark glory Celebrity Secrets, but you can find snippets of the story here.

Take the "Plain Dealer's" Celebrity Quiz

There are no cash-prizes unfortunately , but if you want to test your knowledge of the celebrities of yesteryear that appear in my book, check out the Plain Dealer and click here.

Mickey Mantle - The Secret FBI File

Pimp Boosted Yankee Hitters reported the New York Post in an article that detailed aspects of the FBI's surveillance file on baseball legend, Mickey Mantle, that appears in my Celebrity Secrets.

A strange and amusing tale of blackmail; financial extortion; sexual intrigue; a "notorious Dallas stripper;" a "house of prostitution;" and the "many girls" with who Mantle had "shacked up."

Baseball: it sure beats the hell out of 9 to 5, eh...?

Celebrity Secrets in the Washington Post

I'm pleased to say that the Washington Post has written a good review of my Celebrity Secrets book. Check it out.