Monday, October 24, 2005


John Edgar Hoover

• John Edgar Hoover was born in Washington on 1st January 1895. Hoover was appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation in 1924. The three years that he had spent in the organization had convinced Hoover that the organization needed to improve the quality of its staff. Great care was spent in recruiting and training agents. In 1926 Hoover established a fingerprint file that eventually became the largest in the world. In his book, The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover (1993), Anthony Summers claims that Hoover and Tolson became lovers. For the next forty years the two men were constant companions. In the FBI the couple were known as "J. Edna and Mother Tolson". Mafia boss, Meyer Lansky, obtained photographic evidence of Hoover's homosexuality and was able to use this to stop the FBI from looking too closely into his own criminal activities. When the journalist, Ray Tucker, hinted at Hoover's homosexuality in an article for Collier's Magazine, the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated him. Information about Tucker's private life was leaked to the media and when this became known, other journalists were frightened off from writing about this aspect of Hoover's life. He died in his sleep May 2, 1972. James Crawford found him as The Boss had ordered some rosebushes and Crawford promised him that he would be there at 8:30 to help him plant them (

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