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Clark Gable

Clark Gable, a movie actor, received a letter addressed to him at the Metro-Golden-Mayer (MGM) Studio, Hollywood, California on May 12, 1939. The letter was postmarked Columbus, Ohio and asked,"Just who do you think you are that you can hook me and keep my human respect and marry another woman.""Prophesy or no---anyone that is small enough to live with another wife when he is hooked, I don't wish to ever see." "I demand my freedom and I'll get it or I'll know the reason why." Efforts to locate the person who wrote the letter was not successful. On November 2, 1937, Clark Gable was the victim of an extortion letter from Cleveland, Ohio. On February 21, 1938, Gable received an extortion letter from Fonda, Iowa demanding that he send her $1,000.00. It turned out that the letter was written by an Iowa farmhand, not the woman whose name was signed to the note. He sent the letter after the woman spurned him. On August 18, 1936, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania man sent Gable an extortion letter demanding $5,000.00, from Gable and MGM Studio. He advised that if he didn't receive all $10,000.00, he would do bodily harm to Gable. On July 6, 1940, an attorney at the MGM Studios opened a letter addressed to Clark Gable requesting that he deposit a generous amount of money in the American Trust, Jefferson Street Branch in San Francisco. On December 3, 1940, Clark Gable and his wife, Carol Lombard, received a letter wherein they were threatened with kidnaping and to be held for ransom.



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