FBI files show KFC founder received death threat

Col. Harland Sanders, 77, head of the multimilion-dollar Kentucky Fried Chicken chain, is shown in 1968. (AP Photo)

April 14, 2011 4:37:03 PM PDT
As it turns out, Colonel Harland Sanders wasn't the only one keeping secrets. Newly released documents from the 1970s reveal the FBI investigated a death threat against the KFC founder and pitchman, creator of the secret recipe for the chain's fried chicken.

The warning came from someone identified as "The General."

A handwritten note addressed to Sanders and his wife told the restaurant entrepreneur from Kentucky that he was in "grave danger of being murdered."

The documents show that the envelope containing the threat was postmarked Dec. 5, 1973, and had a return address in Los Angeles. The threat wasn't reported to the FBI until February 1974 by someone at KFC whose name was blacked out.

Sanders died in 1980 at the age of 90 after being stricken with leukemia.

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