Col. Sanders Subject Of Federal Investigation

Newly released FBI documents show that KFC founder Colonel Harland Sanders received a death threat in the 1970s that prompted a federal investigation.

The hand-written letter addressed to Sanders and his wife told the restaurant entrepreneur from Kentucky that he was in “grave danger of being murdered.” The letter was signed by someone identified as “The General.”

The envelope containing the letter was postmarked Dec. 5, 1973, and had a return address in Los Angeles.

The FBI files were first reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader on Thursday.

A federal prosecutor in Kentucky requested the investigation into the threatening letter due to Sanders’ “extensive travels and international reputation.”

Sanders’ recipe of 11 herbs and spices launched the KFC chain. Sanders died in 1980.