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steven johnson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-01-11 11:13 PM
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Ernest Hemingway was Right: The FBI was Tapping His Phone


EARLY one morning, 50 years ago today, while his wife, Mary, slept upstairs, Ernest Hemingway went into the vestibule of his Ketchum, Idaho, house, selected his favorite shotgun from the rack, inserted shells into its chambers and ended his life.

In November I went out West for our annual pheasant shoot and realized how wrong I was. When Ernest and our friend Duke MacMullen met my train at Shoshone, Idaho, for the drive to Ketchum, we did not stop at the bar opposite the station as we usually did because Ernest was anxious to get on the road. I asked why the hurry.

The feds.

Decades later, in response to a Freedom of Information petition, the F.B.I. released its Hemingway file. It revealed that beginning in the 1940s J. Edgar Hoover had placed Ernest under surveillance because he was suspicious of Ernests activities in Cuba. Over the following years, agents filed reports on him and tapped his phones. The surveillance continued all through his confinement at St. Marys Hospital. It is likely that the phone outside his room was tapped after all.

In the years since, I have tried to reconcile Ernests fear of the F.B.I., which I regretfully misjudged, with the reality of the F.B.I. file. I now believe he truly sensed the surveillance, and that it substantially contributed to his anguish and his suicide.




Hemingway, Hounded by the Feds
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-01-11 11:56 PM
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1. It probably was a combination of causes that ended his life
He plainly had psychiatric issues, that were likely hereditary in nature (his granddaughter, Margaux, committed suicide the day before the anniversary of her grandfather's death).

The FBI involvement in his life was an added stressor, certainly, but likely not the sole cause of his death. He had issues, poor man.
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jul61252 Donating Member (50 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-02-11 05:15 PM
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4. +1
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correaman13 Donating Member (28 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-02-11 12:05 AM
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2. thats so sad
No body believed him and everybody thought he was losing it.
I wonder when the government was more shady then or now?
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-02-11 03:02 AM
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3. I hope he found his ........... Clean, Well-Lighted Place.
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Cereal Kyller Donating Member (400 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-04-11 08:42 PM
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5. Who WASN'T Hoover spying on???
I mean, other than the women's clothing stores where he shopped.
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