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Anna Nicole Smith Was Investigated In Murder-For-Hire Plot

Anna Nicole Smith was investigated by the FBI to determine whether she was part of a plot to kill her tycoon husband's son, whom she was battling for his late dad's multi-million dollar fortune.

But prosecutors ultimately decided there wasn't enough evidence to charge the model.

Smith's FBI records, obtained by AP, indicate the agency investigated Smith in 2000 and 2001 for a murder-for-hire plot targeting E. Pierce Marshall. He died of what is believed to be natural causes in 2006 while Anna Nicole herself died from a drug overdose in 2007.

"Smith adamantly denied ever contemplating such a crime," an agent wrote in the report. Later the FBI "determined that there is insufficient evidence to establish that there was a murder-for-hire plot by Ms. Smith to kill Pierce Marshall."

Eyebrows were first raised when 26-year-old Smith began a relationship with the 89-year-old Marshall after they met at a Texas strip club in 1991.

Marshall was in the oil business and his wealth was estimated to be $550 million in 1991. During their two-year relationship, he lavished gifts on her and eventually asked Smith to marry him. She went on to divorce her husband, Billy Smith, in early 1993 and got married to the millionaire a year later.

This led to plenty of talk about Smith being a gold-digger. However, she maintained that she 'loved' her husband, and 'age did not matter' to her. Thirteen months after his marriage, Marshall died of natural causes at age 90.

His son died in 2006 at the age of 67 from an infection. The FBI became suspicious after they learned that the younger Marshall often complained that Smith rarely spent time with his father after their marriage and that she routinely asked for $50,000 to $60,000 twice a week.

Not to mention, within weeks of his father's death, he and Smith began a contentious battle over her claim for half of the family's estate.

October 7, 2009 |

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