The Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) processes thousands of requests each year. When
requesting a file on a certain individual under the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) / Privacy Act, you, as the requester, are required to show either 1) a
certified statement from the person you are requesting files on, and the fact
they are ok with you receiving the records, or 2) proof of death.  This
can be in the form of a death certificate or obituary from a valid/reputable

As these
requests for files are processed, the FBI has compiled a list, used as an
internal reference, which totals more than 17,000 people that the FBI
understands are deceased.

is valuable about this list, is that each and every name on it — can be be
referenced by researchers, as that individual actually having a file, and that
the FBI already has determined and understands, they are deceased.

In November
of 2016, The Black Vault received the most recent version of this list (or
believed to be the most recent version.)  It is archived here for

The FBI RIDS “Dead List”

FBI RIDS “Dead List” Released November of 2016
[859 Pages, 423MB] – Please note: This is an incredibly
large file, and it is recommended that you right click and click “SAVE AS” to
put this on your hard drive.