The FBI investigated Anna Nicole Smith as part of a plot to kill the son of her elderly tycoon husband, who was instrumental in keeping the former Playboy centerfold from getting her hands on his late dad’s multimillion dollar oil fortune.
Newly-released FBI files, obtained by The Associated Press, show the Bureau investigated Smith between 2000 and 2001 in a murder-for-hire plot targeting E. Pierce Marshall, who was at the center of a long legal fight to keep Smith, a former stripper from collecting J. Howard Marshall II’s estate. The younger Marshall has since died.
Prosecutors ultimately decided there wasn’t enough evidence to charge the Playboy Playmate — who ultimately died of a drug overdose in 2007 — with any crime.
“Smith adamantly denied ever contemplating such a crime,” an agent wrote. An April 26, 2001, letter to the FBI from Sally Meloch, an assistant U.S. attorney, said she reviewed the reports but “determined that there is insufficient evidence to establish that there was a murder-for-hire plot by Ms. Smith to kill Pierce Marshall.”