The Sunday Times Insight
The DeLorean Tapes: The Evidence
12 July 1982:
Jim Benedict: Hello.
Unidentified female: Hello, hello Jim. Here's Mr. DeLorean.
Benedict: How are you? Jim Benedict.
DeLorean: How are you?
DeLorean: John DeLorean. Yeah. I've been talking to Jim
Hoffman. He suggested that I call you, uh, really in relation to
two things. We were talking about a business transaction. . .
So begins, innocently enough, the extraordinary story of how
John Zachary DeLorean became entrapped in a massive drugs
conspiracy. Jim Benedict was not, as DeLorean thought, a banker -
he was an undercover FBI agent. And this telephone call, like 78
others DeLorean made or received during the next four months, was secretly
recorded by government agents. Published here for the first time, The
DeLorean Tapes reveal how the FBI conducts a 'sting' and
provide a fascinating insight into the man who promised the world
a dream and was finally ruined by that dream.
Ivan Fallon, who provides an Introduction
to the tapes, is Deputy Editor of The Sunday Times and
co-author of DeLorean, the definitive account of the rise
and fall of the controversial car-maker. Paul Eddy
was editor of the renowned Insight team of The Sunday Times
for five years and co-author of two of its best-selling books, Siege!
and The Falklands War. Lionel Barber
is industrial correspondent of The Sunday Times. John
Barnes, a former Newsweek bureau chief, has been
West Coast correspondent of The Sunday Times since 1978. Justine
Picardie, Dorothy Wade and Sara
Walden are members of the newspaper's new Features Unit.
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|On August 16,
1984, John Zachary DeLorean
was acquitted of a massive drugs conspiracy:
a Los Angeles jury decided that DeLorean
had been stalked, enticed and entrapped by
undercover government agents.
For almost four months, as DeLorean was
drawn deeper and deeper into conspiracy,
those agents secretly recorded every
incriminating word. The DeLorean Tapes,
published here for the first time, reveal how
the FBI conducts 'a sting' - and provide a
fascinating insight into the man who promised
the world a dream car, and who was finally
ruined by that dream.
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