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The Clinton Chronicles: An Investigation into the Alleged Criminal Activities of Bill Clinton
Directed by Patrick Matrisciana
Produced by Patrick Matrisciana
Release date(s) 1994
Running time 85 min.

The Clinton Chronicles: An Investigation into the Alleged Criminal Activities of Bill Clinton is a 1994 film created by Patrick Matrisciana. This video explored the deaths of Vincent Foster and an alleged cocaine-smuggling operation purportedly involving BCCI, Dan Lasater and then Governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton.[1][2] Deaths were part of the snopes.com conspiracy theory known as the "Clinton Body Count", which started and grew around the time of the documentary, as connections to Clinton were added with varying degrees of allegedly suspicious circumstances surrounding the deaths..[3] Some of the names in the Clinton Body Count are referenced in the documentary. Deaths of Kevin Ives and Don Henry spawned two other documentaries listed below.

The deaths listed in the film have largely been discredited and debunked as containing deliberate bias, circumstantial evidence, and coincidence. Snopes.com classifies the "Clinton Body Count" conspiracy theory connecting Clinton to the deaths as an urban legend.[3]

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Backing and promotion

The film was produced by Citizens for Honest Government, a project of a Westminster, California propaganda organization named Creative Ministries Inc, which also spawned Jeremiah Films, Matrisciana's production company.[4] Some of the funding for the film came from long-time Clinton opponent Larry Nichols..[5] Over 300,000 copies of the film were put into circulation.[6]

Other Jeremiah Films productions concern apologetics, history, Christian inspirational, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormonism, occult, politics, Prophecy, Seventh-day Adventists, social issues and terrorism.

VHS copies of the film were promoted and distributed via television infomercials by Moral Majority leader Rev. Jerry Falwell, who also appears in the film.[2] Falwell's infomercial for the 80-minute tape included footage of Falwell interviewing a silhouetted journalist who was afraid for his life. The journalist accused Clinton of orchestrating the deaths of several reporters and personal confidants who had gotten too close to his illegalities. However, it was subsequently revealed that the silhouetted journalist was, in fact, Patrick Matrisciana, the producer of the video and president of Citizens for Honest Government. "Obviously, I'm not an investigative reporter," Matrisciana admitted (to investigative journalist Murray Waas), "and I doubt our lives were actually ever in any real danger. That was Jerry's idea to do that ... He thought that would be dramatic."[2] In a 2005 interview for The Hunting of the President Falwell admitted, "To this day I do not know the accuracy of the claims made in The Clinton Chronicles."

Controversy and criticism

The deaths listed in the film have largely been discredited and debunked as containing deliberate bias, circumstantial evidence, and coincidence. Snopes.com classifies the "Clinton Body Count" conspiracy theory connecting Clinton to the deaths as an urban legend.[3]

In a 1994 letter to congressional leaders, William Dannemeyer listed 24 people with some connection to Clinton who had died "under other than natural circumstances" and called for hearings on the matter. His list was largely taken from a longer list compiled by Linda Thompson.[3]

One of the troopers who appeared in the movie, Larry Patterson, alleging he arranged sexual appoints for Clinton, was convicted of making false statements to the FBI about an unrelated incident in March 2005.[7]

Obstruction of Justice: The Mena Connection

Pat Matrisciana, and Creative Ministries also released a 1996 video titled Obstruction of Justice: The Mena Connection. This film claimed Jay Campbell and Kirk Lane, both law enforcement officers, were connected to the murder of two teenage boys, Don Henry and Kevin Ives. Supposedly these two officers killed the teenagers when they came across a cocaine smuggling ring in Mena, Arkansas Clinton was tied to. The two officers sued against the false claims. A judgment in their favor was reversed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in an in-depth 26 page decision.[8]

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