Do records in an FBI file indicate that John F Kennedy Jr. wrote a letter in 1994 to then-Sen. Joe Biden calling him a traitor and also saying, "You must die"? No, that's not true: The FBI did investigate a threat letter sent from Worcester, Massachusetts, to Biden in Washington, D.C., on August 26, 1994, that was signed "John F. Kennedy, Jr." but the FBI file does not indicate that Kennedy was suspected of being the letter writer.
Fingerprints were collected and the handwriting was analyzed. Throughout the report, law enforcement jargon for unknown subject is used, calling the letter writer, "UNSUB; aka John F. Kennedy, Jr." The case was closed in December 1994, concluding in part, "Although latent fingerprints were developed by the laboratory, there are no suspects at this time wherein latent comparisons can be made."
On November 21, 2020, Mike Yoder posted a tweet (archived here) with a screenshot and link to a PDF document. He retweeted that tweet and posted a screenshot of the original tweet to Instagram on December 22, 2022. The date of the original tweet, "11/21/20," is highlighted in yellow to emphasize that it was first posted over two years ago. The Instagram post was captioned:
yoder_esqFirst tweet since getting my twitter account back--this retweet from 11/21/20.
The more you know.
"Dear Sen. Biden: You are a traitor..."
---JFK Jr., August 26, 1994
The screenshot excerpt of the typewritten FBI report included in the Twitter post reads:
Specimens received: Personally delivered by Special Agent ___ b7c
____ on September 7
Q1 Envelope postmarked 'WORCESTER MA 016 PM 26 AUG 1994,' bearing the handwritten/hand printed address 'Sen. Joseph Biden (D. -Delaware) U.s. Capitol Building U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20515'
Q2 Accompanying handwritten/hand printed letter dated 8/26/94, beginning 'Dear Sen. Biden: You are a traitor...,' and bearing the signature 'John F. Kennedy Jr.'
Specs Q1 + Q2 to LFPS 11/3/94
LATENT FINGERPRINT SECTION WILL PROCESS AND RETURN THE SUBMITTED EVIDENCE
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For information of Boston, WMFO (Washington Metropolitan Field Office), in concurrence with the United States Capitol Police (USCP), are closing this case with the receipt of a laboratory report from FBIHQ.
Although four latent fingerprints were developed by the laboratory, there are no suspects at this time wherin latent comparisons can be made.
Additionally, no additional threats have been received by Senator Biden since receipt of the threat that initiated this matter.