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Michael Jackson's chimp Bubbles makes appearance in FBI files

December 23, 2009 |  7:55 am

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41193000/jpg/_41193019_jackson_bubbles_203ap.jpgAmid the 333 pages of FBI documents on Michael Jackson, none may be more curious than the reference to the pop star's pet chimp.

The chimpanzee, Bubbles, came up in the 1993 investigation into a 13-year-old boy's allegations that Jackson molested him.

What led an agent to scrawl "male chimp" twice in his notebook remains a mystery, thanks to FBI censors who redacted much of the rest of the writing on the page.

Most of the file -- nearly 200 pages -- concerns a man arrested for stalking Jackson 17 years ago. Frank Paul Jones had a history of threatening to kill the president and had been arrested numerous times outside the White House, according to investigatory reports. In rambling letters collected by the FBI, Jones claimed to be the son of John Gotti, demanded money and pledged to "commit mass murder at a Michael Jackson concert."

A Los Angeles federal judge sentenced him to two years in prison in 1993 for mailing threatening communications to Jackson.

The rest of the file, however, reflects the marginal role that the FBI played on other occasions.

Read Harriet Ryan and Kimi Yoshino's full review of the FBI file here.

Photo credit: Associated Press