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E. Pierce Marshall, the late son of oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall and stepson of the “Hottest Stepmom” winner, Anna Nicole Smith, was front and center in the court battle to keep Smith from getting her hands on his father’s estate estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. He died three years ago of natural causes. So good thing she didn’t confess the murder-for-hire plot the FBI was investigating. The AP reports:
Smith’s FBI records, obtained exclusively by The Associated Press, say the agency investigated Smith in 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 the starlet, model and stripper from collecting his father’s oil wealth, valued in the hundreds of millions. The younger Marshall died three years ago of natural causes. The documents released under the Freedom of Information Act depict an investigation going on as the fight raged over J. Howard Marshall II’s estate. Vast sections of the 100 pages of released materials — a fraction of Smith’s full FBI file — are whited out, and no evidence of her involvement in such a plot is detailed. There is no indication how authorities became aware of any alleged scheme, but agents interviewed Smith on July 3, 2000. Told why she was being questioned, “Smith began crying and denied ever making such plans,” a report said. Smith told agents that killing Pierce Marshall would not have made sense because her ex-husband’s money would still be tied up in a trust, and because she believed the court battle over the fortune was nearly over, the report states. She told agents she believed the story about the plot was made up by a former lover angry that she broke off their relationship, according to the files.
Please keep in mind we’re talking about Anna Nicole Smith. It’s yet to be confirmed if she could breathe and count to three at the same time, so a complicated murder-for-hire plot might have been a little out of her brain’s price range. At best she googled “meerdur” and gave up five minutes later after she couldn’t find the number of the guy with the curly mustache who ties people to railroad tracks.