FBI Retired Case File Review

By Jerri Williams

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Bev Conover
 Apr 15, 2022
Really interesting and informative. Jerri Williams asks probing questions to reveal the behind the scenes stories from the actual members of the FBI who were involved in solving these often historic crimes and bringing the perpetrators to justice.. Their recounting of the events are compelling and flesh out what really happened. Good stuff!


 May 25, 2021
Great stories! Great interviewer! wish sound quality was improved


 Dec 13, 2019
always entertaining!

Description

Host Jerri Williams is a retired FBI agent and author on a mission to show you who the FBI is and what the FBI does by interviewing retired agents, her former colleagues, about their most intriguing and high-profiled cases, as well as fascinating but not as well-known FBI investigations. She also reviews how the Bureau is portrayed in books, TV, and movies. Photos and links to articles about the cases and topics discussed can be found at https://jerriwilliams.com/

Episode Date
268: Jalaine Ward and Joan Cronier – Nuwaubian Nation Cult Leader Dwight York
01:01:52

Retired agents Jalaine Ward and Joan Cronier review their investigation of cult leader Dwight D. York, of the United Nation of Nuwaubian Moors. York used his charisma to recruit thousands of followers. Several hundred cult members lived with their children on his 475-acre compound in Putnam County, Georgia where, for years, he sexually molested boys and girls, 3-18 years old. In 2004, York was convicted and sentenced to 135 years without parole. Jalaine Ward served in the FBI for nearly 27 years. Joan Cronier served in the FBI for 20 years. 

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Aug 10, 2022
267: John Kuchta – 1994 DC Metro Police Headquarters Ambush
01:19:39
Retired agent John Kuchta reviews the November 22, 1994, ambush at the DC Metro Police Headquarters where a gunman killed Special Agents Martha Dixon and Michael Miller, and MPD Sgt. Henry “Hank” Daly. John survived multiple gunshot wounds to his heart, liver, kidney, lung, arm, and leg. For his actions, he was awarded the FBI Medal of Valor and U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Heroism in recognition of exceptional acts of heroism involving the voluntary risk of personal safety and life performed in the line of duty in the face of a criminal encounter. He was also awarded the FBI Star in recognition of serious injury and split second decision made under fire. Retired agent John Kuchta served in the FBI for 27 years.
 
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Jul 27, 2022
266: Martha Dixon Tribute, Line of Duty Service Martyr
01:24:58

On November 22, 1994, Special Agents Martha Dixon Martinez and Michael John Miller, and Police Sgt. Henry "Hank" Daley, were shot and killed inside the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Headquarters building.

In this episode, one of Martha Dixon’s sisters, Monica Dentino, one of her brothers, Kevin Dixon, and six of Martha’s former co-workers, retired agents Icey Jenkins Craig, Bill Cole, Dan Reilly, Jeff Bedford, Jerry Bamel, and John Kuchta share loving memories about Martha and emotional stories about when they learned the tragic news.

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Jul 20, 2022
265: 50th Anniversary of Women FBI Agents –Panel Discussion
01:21:53

This special episode to commemorate the 50th anniversary of women FBI agents, features a lively and honest conversation with previous guests of FBI Retired Case File Review, Lauren Anderson, Judy Tyler, Gina Davis, Katherine Schweit, Jane Mason, Masayo Halpin, Julia Cowley, and Kathy Stearman. 

These retired agents talk about normally taboo "women’s issues" like biases and babies, and provide inspirational messages about being a female agent in the FBI.  

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Jul 13, 2022
264: History of Women FBI Agents
01:08:40

July 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of women FBI agents. In this episode, active and retired agents share historical and personal stories about FBI Director Hoover's initial rejection and the Bureau's eventual acceptance of women as agents.

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Jul 07, 2022
263: Craig Arnold – Shooting Incidents, FBI Medals Program
01:16:08

In this episode, retired agent Craig Arnold reviews two shooting incidents he was involved in, one which resulted in saving the life of an FBI informant and another where, during a fatal shootout, he saved the life of a cooperating witness by taking the life of a subject.

As a certified peer support counselor, Craig traveled all over the country to speak with and offer support to other FBI agents and police officers involved in shooting incidents. As the recipient of the FBI Medal of Valor, the FBI’s highest honor, and two FBI Shields of Bravery, Craig was a member of the FBI’s Honorary Medals selection panel. At the time of his retirement, Craig was one of the most highly decorated agents in the Bureau's history. Craig Arnold served in the FBI for 22 years.

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by debunking FBI cliches. Visit her website to check out her books, available as audiobooks, ebooks and paperbacks wherever books are sold. https://jerriwilliams.com/books/

Jun 23, 2022
262: Jerome Lorrain and Joe Nicholson – Miss-A-Bama Murder
01:21:34

In this episode, retired agent Jerome Lorrain and former Safe Street Taskforce (SSTF) officer Joseph W. Nicholson review one of their kidnapping and murder investigations. In 2001, David Cannon abducted and bludgeoned to death Thomas Earl Beasley, III. Cannon and Beasley met at the Miss-A-Bama Saloon. Cannon became enraged after Beasley allegedly made a sexual pass at him. Beasley's body was later found floating in a pond in rural Alabama. The SSTF worked the case and made a crucial consensually recorded conversation between a confidential informant and Cannon. The Jackson Division Evidence Response Team (ERT) and the FBI Lab conducted forensic examinations that were also significant to the successful prosecution and resolution of this case. Jerome Lorraine served in the FBI for 30 years. Joseph Nicholson has worked in law enforcement for the past 28 years.  

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by debunking FBI cliches. Visit her website to check out her books, available as audiobooks, ebooks and paperbacks wherever books are sold. https://jerriwilliams.com/books/

Jun 08, 2022
261: John Anticev – 1993 WTC Bombing, TERRSTOP, Informant Emad Salem
53:02

In part two of this two-part episode, retired agent John Anticev continues his case review of his operation of FBI informant Emad Salem, who infiltrated an operational cell of Egyptian Islamic radicals but fired by John’s FBI superiors while John was out on sick leave recovering from a brain tumor. Members of the cell were later found to be responsible for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center (WTC). After the attack, John re-engaged his source to penetrate a second operational terrorist cell preparing to attack the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, the United Nations, 26 Federal Plaza, and other New York City landmarks. This time, the case, known as TERRSTOP, resulted in the prevention of major attacks and identified links between the cell and a hostile intelligence service. 

John also discusses the stress and frustration he endured during the 6-year internal investigation into his and others handling of the source, who, unknown to John, had secretly recorded many of their conversations. John Anticev served in the FBI for 28 years. 
 
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May 25, 2022
260: John Anticev – 1993 World Trade Center Bombing
58:19

In part one of this two-part episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agent John Anticev reviews his investigation into the 1990 murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane and his operation of an FBI confidential source who infiltrated an operational cell of Egyptian Islamic radicals. The cell’s spiritual leader was Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, also known as the Blind Sheik. Members of this group, including Ramzi Yousef, were later found to be responsible for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. John also talks about the stress and frustration he endured during the 6-year FBI internal investigation into his handling of the confidential source, who, unknown to John, had recorded many of their conversations.

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May 19, 2022
259: Dave Nadolski – Child Kidnapping Murder of Jeffrey Curley
42:17

In this episode, retired agent Dave Nadolski reviews the 1997 multi-agency investigation of the disappearance of 10-Year-old Jeffrey Curley from in front of his grandmother’s home in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the failed polygraph exam that lead to a confession from one of the two predators responsible for the kidnapping and murder of the little boy. Dave Nadolski served in the FBI for 21 years.

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May 05, 2022
258: Listener Q & A – SA and Analyst Positions, FBI Academy Training
01:35:11

On this episode, Special Agent Cerena Coughlin, an FBI Applicant Coordinator and recruiter for the Philadelphia Division and first office agent Special Agent Cassandra Winkel, provide answers to over 40 questions sent in by FBI Retired Case File Review listeners. 

This is part 2 of this two-part recruitment episode. Also check out Part 1 - 257: FBI Special Agent Hiring and Training Update, where Special Agents Coughlin and Winkle take us through all phases of the FBI special agent hiring process and the FBI Academy training program. 

SA Coughlin has served with the FBI for 21 years. SA Winkel is a recent FBI Academy graduate.

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Episode 258: Audio Timestamps

00:02:56 - Would a kindergarten teacher be considered a serious candidate?

00:04:13 - How does the FBI treat misuse of prescription medication (i.e. taking a prescription that you are not personally prescribed to)? I read on a public forum thread that a candidate heard from his applicant coordinator that it would require no use within one year (similar to the new marijuana policy). Is this correct?

00:06:00 - Is it still the policy of the FBI that a new agent will not return to their applicant field office as their first assignment? For example, if you apply through the Tampa office, is there any chance you could be assigned Tampa (or a resident agency) as your first location?

00:07:11 - Is anyone permitted to be in your government issued vehicle (i.e. spouse or children)?

00:08:00 - Is it still true that the application process takes about one year, or has that increased or decreased?

00:08:27 - How do we find out who the applicant coordinator is for our local office? And what types of questions are appropriate for the AC prior to an application even being submitted?

00:11:13 - Does the FBI still, on occasion, assign new Special Agents to work applicant matters? Or has this function been turned over to the FBI’s Background Investigations Contract Services (BICS) Unit?

00:12:58 - Which FBI Division and/or Office at headquarters is responsible for the tracking and analysis of women and minority Special Agent diversity statistics? And how have these numbers changed over the past 3-5 years?

00:17:02 - Are Special Agent job applications now all handled electronically on-line? Or are some still accepted by snail mail and/or hard copy drop-offs at the 56 field offices throughout the United States?

00:18:24 - What changes have been made to the FBI’s formal recruitment process over the years in order to attract more women and minorities into the Special Agent ranks? Are there still more hurdles or are you encountering roadblocks?

00:23:13 - What kind of continuing training exists for agents, for tactical-related things learned at the academy? Not just firearms shooting at a static range, but also tactics/shoothouse, car stops, etc.

00:24:19 - What is the process for changing what squad and violations you're working on after entering?

00:27:53 - What is the work/life balance like these days? I've listened to quite a few episodes where the different agents worked 80-100 ish hours a week for months over the course of their careers, which often negatively impacted their family relationships, with some ending in divorces, etc.

00:31:00 - I am 27 years old; I work as the Director of Assessment at a psychiatric hospital. My master’s degree is in Psychology. I have been with the hospital for almost 6 years, working in progressively higher positions until obtaining a director-level job. My goal has been to join the FBI at 30. Given the brief overview of my background, is there any general advice you all can give me as I look to apply within the next 2-3 years? Anything that would make me stand out even more as an applicant?

00:32:57 - My grand daughter is 28 and has BA and MA degree in Accounting and four years with a major accounting firm. She has researched FBIJOBS.gov and realizes she meets the basic educational and experience for the SA position but is more interested in the Accounting /Financial Analyst position. Are professional Accounting/Financial Analysts able to choose their office assignments? Are they subject to transfers as are the SA’s? Do they receive location pay for high-cost areas? Do they receive overtime (AUO) as do the SA’s?

00:37:00 - I am a licensed attorney and I own and run my own law firm. My husband is a Navy JAG officer and so I take my firm with me when we move from state to state. I am a solo practitioner, so I do not have a supervising attorney. Is this still considered "professional" job experience for purposes of the Special Agent position?

00:37:50 - In moving from field office to office, is there any consideration given to being able to live close to my husband who is in the Navy, if possible? Of course, I understand the needs of the Bureau come first.

00:38:47 - I got arrested for driving under the influence. Besides this, I have a clean, spotless record. Would this prevent me from getting accepted? Would that one mistake in my past be enough to prevent me from my dream job?

00:39:56 - What fields of study and experience is the Bureau most looking for and what will give future applicants that edge?

00:42:14 - Is the Intelligence Analyst recruitment process on hold or does it only happen one time per year?

00:44:00 - Do you have to have 20/20 vision to be an agent? Is there a height restriction?

00:45:00 - How long does the hiring process typically take?

00:45:10 - During Quantico, are you able to communicate with/see loved ones?

00:49:37 - How does the FBI determine what your specialization (or unit) will be as an agent?

00:53:00 - I haven't been able to get in touch with my local FBI recruiter or Applicant Coordinator. What should I do?

00:55:02 - In your experience observing and training candidates, what do the most resilient New Agent Trainees do regularly while at Quantico to help them face unknown challenges and experiences while training?

00:57:20 - I've been told or even warned that this job can change you; being exposed to a world of crime and prosecution might do that. What strategies have you used, or seen used, whether mental attitudes or practices, to maintain a healthy optimism when facing even the toughest situations consistently as a special agent? And to follow that question, what practices do you suggest to check-in with yourself throughout one's time serving in the FBI to make sure you haven't lost true north, in a sense?

01:05:44 - I am a military officer considering transitioning in the next 3-5 years and I’m interested in applying to the FBI. Can you speak at all on family life in the FBI? My dream is to coach my kids’ little league teams. Is that possible as a special agent? Also, does the FBI respect Sundays for church?

01:10:41 - Are Tattoos allowed?

01:12:05 - What is the graduation rate over the past 5 years? How many people flunk out?

01:14:03 - How do new agent graduates from the Academy handle first assignment living arrangements, especially given when that first assignment location is confirmed while in training and the 2 year probationary period? Are there any services provided at the academy to help locate housing/apartments for new agents or at the field offices themselves? Do most agents look to rent an apartment or do they purchase a house that they have a family?

01:19:44 - When given a new assignment (new city) later in an agent's career, do the individuals have to handle breaking a lease/selling a house or does the government help alleviate some of that stress?

01:22:14 - How does that first week/month look for new agents when they arrive at their first field office?

Apr 22, 2022
257: FBI Special Agent Hiring and Training Update
01:48:53

Special Agent Cerena Coughlin, an FBI Applicant Coordinator and recruiter for the Philadelphia Division and first office agent Special Agent Cassandra Winkel, update us on all phases of the FBI special agent hiring process and the training program at the FBI Academy.
This is part 1 of this recruitment episode. Also check out Part 2 – Episode 258: Listener Q & A – FBI Special Agent and Intelligence Analyst Positions, where SAs Coughlin and Winkel provide detailed answers to listener questions. SA Coughlin has served with the FBI for 21 years. SA Winkel is a recent FBI Academy graduate. 

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by debunking FBI cliches. Visit her website to check out her books, available as audiobooks, ebooks and paperbacks wherever books are sold. https://jerriwilliams.com/books/

 

Episode 257: Audio Timestamps

00:06:10  - Qualifications

00:10:05  - Start at FBIjobs.gov

00:12:03 - Phase 1 Testing

00:13:12 - Meet and Greet

00:22:12 - Physical Fitness Test

00:31:37 - Phase 2 Written Test and Interview

00:38:50 - SF-86 Background Investigation

00:40:10 - Polygraph and Drug Policy

00:46:25 - Fitness Test Prior to Report Date

00:48:25 - Firearms Policy

00:49:57 - Mobility/Transfer Agreement

00:54:55 - Beware of Unofficial Resources

00:57:07 - Salary

01:00:55 - Office of Preference Transfers

01:04:09 - FBI Academy Curriculum

01:07:43 - SOS and IA Position (Detour)

01:14:16 - Backgrounds of New Agent Trainees

01:16:06 - Typical Day at the Academy

01:17:35 - Firearms

01:20:26 - Physical Fitness Test

01:24:57 - Academic Tests

01:27:31 - Training Timeframe and Curriculum Changes

01:29:59 - Atmosphere and Dorm Life

01:32:22 - Field Office Assignments

01:41:09 - When and Why They Joined the FBI

 

Apr 21, 2022
256: Tommy MacDonald – Top Ten Fugitive, Cop Killer Donald Webb
01:07:06

Retired Agent Tommy MacDonald reviews the thirty-seven-year manhunt for Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive cop killer Donald Eugene Webb, wanted for the December 1980 murder of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania Chief of Police Gregory Adams. His multiple interview sessions with Webb's wife, Lillian, were a major component of the many tools and techniques used to resolve the mystery case. Tommy MacDonald served as a Special Agent with the FBI for twenty-five years, 21 as a special agent and four as an investigative specialist.

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Apr 06, 2022
255: Katherine Schweit – School Shootings, Active Shooter Program
01:16:26
Retired agent Katherine Schweit reviews three school shootings, Columbine H.S., Virginia Tech University, and Sandy Hook Elementary, which she studied extensively for the FBI’s initial research project she authored. The report, A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013, focused both on research and operational needs. During the episode, also explains the “Run. Hide. Fight." safety campaign. Katherine Schweit served in the FBI for twenty years. Her last assignment was as a senior executive, guiding the formation of the FBI’s active shooter initiative. She is the author of Stop the Killing: How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis, and the host of the Stop the Killing Podcast.
 
FBI (VIDEO) - Run. Hide. Fight. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeOdxKozra0
 
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Mar 23, 2022
254: Dan DeSimone – NY Mob, Las Vegas Escort Industry
01:28:18

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Retired agent Dan DeSimone reviews "Operation Thin Crust," a long-term undercover operation (UCO) conducted in 1998. He played the undercover role of the manager of an escort service, covertly set up by the FBI to gather evidence of attempts by associates of the New York Gambino crime family to enter the lucrative Las Vegas escort industry, also known as the outcall industry. Dan and the case agent had to act quickly when, while monitoring electronically intercepted conversations, they learned that three mob enforcers were planning to kidnap, torture and maybe even kill competitors. Dan DeSimone served in the FBI for 23 years.

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Mar 09, 2022
253: Charles Stuber – NC Speaker Jim Black, Public Corruption
01:09:30

Retired agent Charles Stuber reviews his bribery and public corruption investigation of North Carolina Speaker of the House Jim Black. At the time, Black was serving his eleventh term in the House of Representatives and was the most powerful politician in the state. Chuck Stuber served in the FBI for 28 years.

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Feb 24, 2022
252: Charlie Cunningham – Military Hero, Cocaine Case
01:11:13

Retired agent Charlie Cunningham reviews his investigation of David Lindsay for cocaine trafficking. Lindsay was a highly decorated war hero who had retired from the military after about 21 years in the Marine Corps and the Army. As reflected on Lindsay's DD-214 military record, he had earned over twenty medals of bravery. A pre-trial evaluation determined that, based on his combat missions and time as a POW, he suffered from a severe case of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). He used this as his defense during a jury trial with a dramatic conclusion. Charles Cunningham served in the FBI for 22 years.

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Feb 10, 2022
251: Kurt McKenzie – Pill Mill Case, Operation Oxy Alley
01:03:46

Retired agent Kurt McKenzie reviews Operation Oxy Alley, a multi-agency investigation of pill mill clinics illegally distributing pain killers. 

Christopher and Jeffrey George, twin brothers, operated, managed and financed pain management clinics in Broward and Palm Beach Counties in Florida. The four clinics prescribed more than twenty million pills and profited more than $40 million. It was the first large-scale investigation to target pill mills as an act of organized criminal conspiracy. The investigation resulted in the convictions of 32 individuals, including 13 doctors.

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Jan 26, 2022
250: Richard DesLauriers – Boston Marathon Bombing
01:16:03

Retired agent Richard “Rick” DesLauriers reviews the Boston Marathon Bombing investigation which he led as the Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Division. He provides a day-by-day timeline of the Boston FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force’s successful efforts to first identify and then capture the bombers, brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who were responsible for the deaths of three spectators, the injury of more than two hundred attendees, and the murder of a police officer. Rick also recounts the lessons he learned from working with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners during this major investigation and talks about the movie “Patriots Day,” based on the true story of the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers. In the film, actor Kevin Bacon portrays Rick DesLauriers. Rick served in the FBI for twenty-six  years.

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Jan 12, 2022
249: Masayo Halpin – Human Trafficking, Commercial Sexual Exploitation
59:13

Retired agent Masayo Halpin reviews the case of a 14-year-old girl, who, through manipulation and daily beatings, was forced into sex work. Although initially reluctant to cooperate with law enforcement, Lucy (not her real name) stayed in contact with Masayo with and after five years was finally ready to testify against her trafficker. 

Masayo served as a Crimes Against Children Coordinator and created the Portland Innocence Lost Task Force, now known as the Child Exploitation Task Force. She served in the FBI for twenty years.

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Jan 05, 2022
248: Jennifer Coffindaffer – 32 Razor Blades on an Airplane,
59:20

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agent Jennifer Coffindaffer reviews a case she worked on in 2003 when assigned as the Senior Resident Agent at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. She arrested Fazal Karim, a Canadian of Pakistani origin, for trying to board a flight with 32 razor blades concealed in his carry-on luggage. He had flown into the country from Dubai and Paris earlier that day and, after arriving in Dallas, was attempting to travel on to Houston. They believed he was trying to evade and test airport security. Jennifer Coffindaffer served in the FBI for 25 years.

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Dec 30, 2021
247: Michael De La Pena - Polygraph Examiner, Boston Marathon Bombing Associate
01:08:16

Retired agent Michael De La Pena reviews his polygraph examination of Robel Phillipos, a friend of one of the Boston Marathon bombers, convicted of lying to authorities investigating the terrorist act. During the bombings, orchestrated by brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, three people were killed and more than 260 injured. Mike also reviews the training and duties of a good polygraph examiner.

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Dec 16, 2021
Bonus Episode: G-Man Honors: Salute to FBI Heroes
01:11:21

The 8th Annual G-Man Honors: A Salute to FBI Heroes dinner was held on November 18, 2021 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC. Tickets to the elegant gala sold out quickly. Luckily, the event was recorded so you can hear the featured presenters.

This year's event was held in special remembrance on the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The 2021 G-Man Honors event featured a special message from FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and keynote remarks from FBIAA Distinguished Service Honoree Special Agent Jerri Williams (Retired) who shares the stories of FBI Agents as an author and podcaster.

Check out episode show notes and photos from the event here:  https://jerriwilliams.com/bonus-episode-fbiaa-g-man-honors-salute-to-fbi-heroes/

 

The G-Man Honors event benefits FBIAA’s two charitable funds – the Memorial College Fund and the Membership Assistance Fund. Donations will directly benefit the families of FBI Agents and provide life changing financial assistance to the members of the FBIAA family.

Support the FBIAA’s two charitable funds by texting FBIAA to 50155 or visit the FBIAA Ways to donate page.

 

Timestamps for presenters featured in this special podcast episode:

00:02:36 -  Josh Jive – MC and Representative of Bracewell LLP, general counsel to FBIAA
00:04:01 -  Director William Webster (Video Message)
00:05:56 -  SA Brian O'Hare - President FBIAA
00:17:39 -  FBI Director Christopher Wray

 

(Video - 9/11 illnesses)

00:30:02 -  FBI Director Christopher Wray
00:31:05 -  SA (Retired) Tom O’Connor - Immediate Past President FBIAA
00:31:42 -  SA (Retired) Jean O'Connor - FBIAA Executive Director
00:31:48 -  FBI Director Christopher Wray


00:33:19 -  SA Jen Marrow - FBIAA Northeast Regional Representative
00:34:28 -  SA Natalie Barra FBIAA Vice President

(Video - Salute to FBI Heroes)
00:35:59 -  FBI Director Christopher Wray
00:36:33 -  SAC (Retired) Rainer Drolshagen - Membership Assistance Fund recipient
00:39:18 -  SA Lauren Schuler - Membership Assistance Fund recipient
00:41:07 -  Kyle Roth – Son of SA Bob Roth (FBI Martyr)
00:41:45 -  SA Melissa Marrow (FBI Martyr) Letters re SA Wesley Yoo (FBI Martyr) read by SA Paige Pinson
00:45:52 -  SA (Retired) Tom O’Connor- Immediate Past President FBIAA
00:46:26 -  FBI Director Christopher Wray
00:47:09 -  Missouri State Highway Patrol End-of Watch Radio Broadcast for SA Melissa Marrow

 

00:48:21 -  SA Lisa Reiter FBIAA Southeast Regional Representative
00:50:54 -  SA Brian O'Hare FBIAA President
00:53:32 -  SA (Retired) Jerri Williams Distinguished Service Honoree

Dec 08, 2021
246: Josh Mayers – Sinovel Wind Turbine, Trade Secret Theft
01:15:42

Retired agent Josh Mayers reviews his seven-year-long investigation of Sinovel Wind Group, an 18% Chinese state-owned wind turbine manufacturer, and three individuals for conspiracy and the theft of trade secrets and proprietary software from American Superconductor Corp. (AMSC), a US company headquartered in Devens, MA, with offices in Wisconsin, Beijing, and Austria. AMSC estimated the economic harm from this theft was approximately $1.2 billion and  600 jobs. Josh Mayers served with the FBI for 27 years.

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Dec 01, 2021
245: Charlie Price – Artful Interviews, Confessions and Signed Statements
01:28:14

Retired agent Charlie Price reviews several artful interviews and techniques he used to obtain confessions and signed statements from white collar, counterintelligence, and enemy combatant subjects. He developed an expertise and was asked by his fellow agents and Bureau management (both in the field and at FBIHQ) to conduct subject interviews on other agents' cases (not an everyday occurrence). Charlie obtained confessions that led to the convictions of three sitting members of congress, white-collar criminals, corporate executives, lawyers, CPAs, child pornographers, bank robbers, drug dealers, enemy combatants/terrorists, and a spy.

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Nov 18, 2021
244: Jerri Williams – Loan Shark, Check Cashing Extortion Case
58:13

Retired agent and podcast host Jerri Williams interviews the victims of a loan shark and extortion investigation, a spin-off case of her Group II business-to-business telemarketing undercover case.

During a proffer meeting, brothers Andy and Gary Last Name Unused (LNU) who were the subjects of her fraud case, confide that they had been getting short-term loans from the owner of a check cashing agency at interest rates exceeding 500 percent per year.

They further revealed they were the victims of a loan shark and credit extortion attempt and that they had been threatened at gunpoint if they didn't pay up. 

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Nov 03, 2021
243: Peter Lapp - Ana Montes Espionage Case, FISA Warrants
01:36:47

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Retired agent Pete Lapp reviews the espionage investigation of Ana Belen Montes, who was arrested ten days after 9/11 for espionage, and sentenced to 25 years for spying for the Cuban Intelligence Service while she worked at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. Peter Lapp served in the FBI for 22-years. Assigned to the Washington Field Office and FBI Headquarters, he specialized in counterintelligence, espionage, economic espionage, and trade secret theft matters.

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Oct 21, 2021
242: Julia Cowley - Golden State Killer, BAU Profiler
01:43:20
In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Julia reviews her detailed analysis of the then unknown subject, referred to as the Golden State Killer and East Area Rapist.

This individual, between 1976 and 1986, was responsible for approximately 45 rapes, 12 homicides, and multiple residential burglaries in California, from Sacramento to Orange County. As a member of the BAU, Julia joined the working group of local law enforcement agencies and FBI agents from the Sacramento Division, seeking to identify and apprehend this violent offender and create a behavioral profile to help them in their investigation. Thirty-two years after his last known brutal attack, Joseph James DeAngelo, a 74-year-old California man and former police officer, was identified as the serial rapist and killer and arrested. Julia Cowley is the host of The Consult, a new true crime podcast. 

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Oct 06, 2021
241: Richard Velasquez – Texcot, Disney Theme Park Fraud
01:32:26

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agent Richard Velasquez reviews his Disney theme park fraud case against Thomas Lucas Jr., who concocted a story that the Disney Company would build a theme park called Frontier Disney DFW in North Texas. Lucas Jr. used this false information to solicit doctors, lawyers, professional athletes and others into investing in the land surrounding the alleged Disney site, assuring them that when Disney announced plans for the theme park, the new landowners would become instant millionaires. Investors lost over $60 million in the scheme. Rick is the author of Texcot: Dreams, Lies and Fraud, his account of the FBI investigation that finally brought Lucas Jr. to justice.

Check out episode show notes, photos, and related articles.  https://jerriwilliams.com/241-richard-velasquez-texcot-disney-theme-park-fraud-case/

 

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Sep 23, 2021
240: Richard Marx – Fresh Kills 9/11 Recovery Operation, Mass Casualties
01:08:55

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, SSA Richard Marx reviews the FBI Recovery Team he lead at the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, where a multi-agency team carefully sifted through tons of World Trade Center debris to recover criminal evidence and the remains and belongings of the victims of September 11. The work at Fresh Kills, miles from Ground Zero and closed to the general public, is an important part of the 9/11 story most people don't know about. From September 12, 2001 to August 9, 2002, Richard was in charge of the site, along with New York Police Department Inspector James Luongo and New York Bureau of Waste Disposal Deputy Director Dennis Diggins. During the 11-month operation, the forensic recovery effort sifted the 1.8 million tons of World Trade Center debris and recovered over 4,500 human remains and over 75,000 personal effects and processed over 1,300 vehicles.

SSA Richard Marx is currently assigned to the Evidence Response Team Unit at the FBI Laboratory, Quantico, VA. He has been involved in support efforts following many of the mass casualty events and disasters both domestic and abroad that have occurred during his nearly 25 years in the FBI.

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Sep 08, 2021
FBIAA - Distinguished Service Honoree Announcement
09:22

Special Agent Brian O'Hare, President of the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) announces that retired agent Jerri Williams (that's me) will be recognized as the FBIAA G-Man Honors - Distinguished Service Honoree for her/my continued support of the FBI Family through her/my podcast and books at the “G-Man Honors: A Salute to Heroes” banquet to be held on November 18, 2021, in Washington, DC.

This is one of the best "because of my podcast" stories ever!

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Sep 01, 2021
239: TV Industry Tips - Lessons Learned From Retired Agents Producing, Writing, and Consulting
01:46:31

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, I'm sharing everything I’m learning about the TV industry. I want to thank Jim Clemente (timestamp 3:33), Jim Fitzgerald (timestamp 34:37), Bobby Chacon (timestamp 1:04:38), and Scott Garriola (timestamp 1:33:27), all previous guests on FBI Retired Case File Review, for letting me pick their brains about producing, writing and developing stories, and consulting, and for generously sharing their advice with us. 

It’s every author’s dream to have their story made into a TV show or movie, and streaming services are looking for creative content to develop. Books have traditionally been an excellent source of materials and now, podcasts are too. I may know about publishing books and producing a podcast, but this TV stuff is a brand new entertainment medium for me. It’s wonderful to know I can call on former colleagues for guidance.

 

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Aug 26, 2021
Episode 238: Judy Tyler – Drug Kingpin Maurice Phillips, Death Penalty Case
01:09:10

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agent Judy Tyler reviews the long-term Philadelphia based drug trafficking investigation of Maurice Phillips and his girlfriend and business partner Chanell Cunningham under the federal drug kingpin stature. Phillips was charged and convicted of money laundering and murder-for-hire for ordering and orchestrating the killing of Chinetta Glanville to stop her from testifying against him. Chinetta’s godson, Dane King, an innocent bystander, was also shot and killed during the murder plot. Maurice narrowly escaped a death penalty conviction.

Judy also explains the special procedures and phases of a death penalty trial. Judy Tyler served 31 years with the FBI.

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Aug 11, 2021
Episode 237: Paul Letersky – Assisting J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO
01:16:26

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, former agent Paul Letersky reviews his memoir, The Director: My Years Assisting J. Edgar Hoover, in which Paul offers a unique inside look at one of the most powerful law enforcement figures in American history. In 1965, twenty-two-year-old Paul Letersky was assigned to assist the legendary FBI Director Hoover who'd just turned seventy and had, by then, led the Bureau for an incredible forty-plus years. Paul's is a rare account from someone who, for a period of years, spent hours with the Director on a daily basis. Paul Letersky served in the FBI for eight years, three as a support employee and five as a special agent.

 

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Jul 28, 2021
Episode 236: Giovanni Rocco and Anthony Zampogna – Taking Down the Real Sopranos, DeCalvacante Mob Family
01:40:19

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agent Anthony Zampogna and retired task force officer (TFO) Giovanni Rocco review Operation Charlie Horse, their long term undercover operation (UCO) investigating mafia capo Charlie Stango and the New Jersey DeCavalcante Mafia family, known as “the real Sopranos.” Giovanni, a New Jersey police officer, using his undercover name “Giovanni Gatto,” infiltrated the crime family and the Newark Division's Organized Crime Task Force, supervised by Anthony, charged and convicted ten members and DeCavalcante associates. 

Anthony Zampogna served 22 years with the FBI. Giovanni Rocco served over twenty-six years working in law enforcement. He was assigned as a TFO for over twenty years with both the DEA and FBI.  Giovanni is the author of Giovanni’s Ring – My Life Inside the Real Sopranos detailing his infiltration of the DeCavalcante mob family. 

 

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Jul 15, 2021
Episode 235: Kathy Canning-Mello and Jim Beasley – BAU, Child Abduction, Trenton Duckett
01:12:07

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agents Kathy Canning-Mello and Jim Beasley, former FBI profilers assigned to the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Virginia, review the false allegation case wherein Melinda Duckett, a young single mother claimed a stranger had entered the bedroom of her 2-year-old son, Trenton Duckett , via the window screen and abducted him. On 8/29/06, Kathy and Jim as members as representatives of the Critical Incident Response Group, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC), Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU-3), deployed to Leesburg, Florida to assist members of the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD)Team who had responded to the alleged child kidnaping investigation concerning Trenton. The purpose of the BAU's assistance was to conduct a comprehensive behavioral assessment of Trenton's mother, Melinda, focusing specifically on her personality and behavior, as well as to evaluate the interpersonal dynamics associated with the extended circle of family and acquaintances and their possible relationship to the victim's disappearance.

After appearing on a national TV news/talk show, Melinda committed suicide. Trenton was never recovered.

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Jul 01, 2021
Episode 234: Jim Beasley and Kathy Canning-Mello – BAU, Serial Killer Gary Ray Bowles
01:00:56

Retired agents Jim Beasley and Kathy Canning-Mello, former FBI profilers assigned to the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Virginia, review their research interview of Gary Ray Bowles, a convicted serial killer who targeted gay men. Bowles was executed in 2019 for murdering six men in 1994. Jim and Kathy spoke with Bowles as part of a behavioral analysis project involving the assessment of serial murderers and child abductors who had murdered their victims. Kathy and Jim also discuss the importance of their research as it relates to the investigation of these types of crimes.

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Jun 30, 2021
Episode 233: Kathy Stearman – FBI in India and China, Women in the FBI, It’s Not About the Gun
01:29:29

Retired agent Kathy Stearman reviews her time overseas as Legal Attaché, in charge of FBI offices in south-central Asia and China and discusses her memoir, It’s Not About the Gun: Lessons from My Global Career as a Female FBI Agent where she examines the influence of attitude and gender in her journey to becoming FBI Legal Attaché, the most senior FBI representative in a foreign office. Kathy Stearman served in the FBI for more than 26 years. During her career, she was the FBI Legal Attaché (Legat) in India, based out of New Delhi, from 2006 through 2008, where she was responsible for oversight of all FBI interests and concerns in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. She was Legat China in Beijing from 2008 through 2011, with oversight of all FBI interests and concerns in the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia.

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Jun 17, 2021
Episode 232: Scott Garriola – Chippendales, Murder-For-Hire
01:45:58

Retired agent Scott Garriola reviews his investigation of Steve Banerjee, the owner of the Chippendales, who hired a hitman to murder his choreographer and business partner Nick De Noia. Chippendales is a touring dance troupe best known for its male striptease shows and for the dancers' display of their chiseled chests and defined pectoral muscles accented by bow ties, collars, and shirt cuffs similar to those worn by Playboy bunnies. Scott, a relatively new agent, at the time, worked this international murder-for-hire case with veteran agent Andrew Stefanak, now deceased. 

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Jun 02, 2021
Episode 231: Lance Leising - Jason Derek Brown, FBI Most Wanted Fugitive
01:25:50

FBI case agent and sister of a fugitive wanted for the execution murder and robbery of an armored car guard discuss the active investigation.

Retired agent Lance Leising reviews his FBI Ten Most Wanted fugitive investigation of Jason Derek Brown. Jason Brown is wanted for the execution-style murder and armed robbery of Keith Palomares, a 24-year-old armored car guard, carrying the weekend deposits of a movie theater in Phoenix, Arizona in November 2004. Brown fled with the money and is still at large. The FBI is offering a reward for up to $200,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Jason Brown. Lance Leising served in the FBI for nearly 23 years.

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May 19, 2021
Episode 230: Walter Lamar and Stephen Chenoweth – Sleepover Bank Robbers, Part 2
01:25:05

Retired agents Walter Lamar and Stephen Chenoweth review how a new emergency wiretap authorization for pay phones aided in the nationwide manhunt and capture of FBI Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives Terry Lee Conner and Joseph William Dougherty. Conner and Dougherty met in prison and in the 1980s began working together in one of the most professional bank robbery operations in U.S. history. They would identify the bank manager and where he lived, hold him hostage the night before, and forcibly escort him to the bank where they would empty the vault. Known as the sleepover bandits, their well-planned and methodical robberies netted them more than $1 million. After their daring escape from custody, Conner and Dougherty earned a place on the FBI and the U.S. Marshals' top wanted fugitives lists.

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May 05, 2021
Episode 229: Walter Lamar and Stephen Chenoweth – Sleepover Bank Robbers, Part 1
01:08:48

Retired agents Walter Lamar and Stephen Chenoweth review the nationwide manhunt of FBI Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives Terry Lee Conner and Joseph William Dougherty. Conner and Dougherty met in prison and in the 1980s began working together in one of the most professional bank robbery operations in U.S. history. They would identify the bank manager and where he lived, hold him hostage the night before, and forcibly escort him to the bank where they would empty the vault. They were known as the "sleepover bank robbers." Their well-planned and methodical robberies netted them more than $1 million and, after their daring escape from custody, a place on the FBI and the U.S. Marshals' top wanted fugitives lists.

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Apr 29, 2021
Episode 228: Frank Figliuzzi – National Security, The FBI Way
01:24:10

Retired agent Frank Figliuzzi reviews the Bureau’s National Security Branch, its role in the U.S. intelligence community, and “The Seven C’s” of the FBI’s core values from his book, The FBI Way: Inside the Bureau’s Code of Excellence. Frank Figliuzzi served 25 years in the FBI and held senior FBI leadership positions in major American cities throughout the country. He headed an FBI internal disciplinary unit in the Office of Professional Responsibility and was the FBI’s Chief Inspector, overseeing sensitive internal inquiries, shooting reviews, and performance audits. Before his retirement, he served as the Assistant Director for Counterintelligence, directing all espionage investigations across the U.S. government. 

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Apr 15, 2021
Episode 227: Patrick Dugan – Serial Bank Robber, America’s Most Wanted
56:11

Retired agent Patrick Dugan reviews his investigation of John Grubb, a serial bank robber who had been previously convicted of bank robbery, and began a new spree after his release from prison in 1994. The Grubb’s crimes were a combination of note jobs and armed robberies that took place all around the country. In 1998, Pat Dugan requested that Grubb be featured on America’s Most Wanted. he attended the live broadcast with Delaware State Police Sgt. Mark Hawk and agent Scott Duffey. A live tip was called in to the show, resulting in the quick apprehension of Grubb. At the time, the arrest, which took only 4 or 5 hours from phone call to handcuffs, set a record as the fastest America’s Most Wanted capture. Pat Dugan served in the FBI for 22 years.

This episode is a celebration of the return of America’s Most Wanted to TV. Retired agents Jim Clemente and Tim Clemente of X-G Productions, Inc. are the production team behind the AMW reboot.

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Mar 31, 2021
Episode 226: Rod Swanson – Las Vegas Mass Shooting, Recovery Assistance
54:38

Retired agent Roland "Rod" Swanson reviews how, although retired, he used his FBI experience and training to assist FBI Victim Services personnel with the recovery, identification, and return of personal items left behind by victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting. On October 1, 2017, in what was the largest mass shooting incident in US history, 58 concert goers were killed, an additional 422 people were shot (two who died later), and more than 800 people were injured at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, NV. Rod shares his initial frustration when he realized that his retirement status meant that after years of preparation he could not participate in the investigation of this major crisis event. Rod served in the FBI for 20 years. 

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Mar 18, 2021
Episode 225: Jack Garcia – Undercover Agent, Making Jack Falcone
01:28:39

Retired agent Joaquin "Jack" Garcia reviews several of his early undercover roles and his final role infiltrating the New York mob as "Jack Falcone." During this UCA role, Jack played a self-described Sicilian jewel thief and drug dealer from Miami, Florida. In New York, after gaining the trust of mobster Greg DePalma, Jack was able to penetrate the Gambino crime family for nearly three years. The case resulted in the arrest and conviction of 35 mobsters, including the top members of the Gambino crime family. Jack played his undercover role so convincingly that he was proposed for membership into La Cosa Nostra. Jack served in the FBI for 26 years. During his career, he was assigned to the Newark, San Juan, Philadelphia, and New York Divisions. However, for 24 out of his 26 years of service he traveled all around the country successfully working undercover in over 100 FBI operations.

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Mar 04, 2021
Episode 224: Rich Garcia – Miami Vice, Colombian Cartel Undercover Sting
01:36:28

Retired agent Richard "Rich" Garcia served in the FBI for 25 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Rich Garcia reviews his Group 1 Undercover Operation (UCO), where agents set up a bogus company to sell beepers, cell phones, shortwave radios, and other high-technology devices to Colombian drug smugglers transporting shipping drugs from Central and South America to the United States. The case, code-named "Cat-Com" for Catch Communications, resulted in charges against 93 alleged drug traffickers, including the leaders of three distribution networks.

Rich Garcia was a street agent in the Dallas, San Juan, and Miami Divisions. He held management level positions at FBIHQ, Washington Field Office, and the El Paso and Houston Divisions. He retired as the Assistant Director in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office.

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Feb 18, 2021
Episode 223: Jacques Battiste - Nairobi US Embassy Bombing, WFO JTTF
01:00:29

Retired agent Jacques Battiste reviews the FBI's international response to the 1998 attacks in Africa of the Nairobi US Embassy bombing in Kenya and US Embassy bombing in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and extraterritorial jurisdiction. Battiste served in the FBI for 22 years. He was a member of the Washington Field Office (WFO) Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) as the lead case agent covering National Security Special Events in the Washington metropolitan area. He also served on the FBI Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. Later in his career, he was assigned to the Hazardous Devices Response Unit as a bomb technician/team medic and on the FBI Anti-Terrorism Unit. He was also assigned to the Counterterrorism Division and served as the Program Manager of the Africa Fusion Cell, managing strategies for dismantlement of terrorist groups in Northern and Western Africa. 

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Feb 04, 2021
Episode 222: John Douglas – Mindhunter, White Supremacist Serial Killer
01:27:03

Retired agent and legendary FBI criminal profiler John Douglas reviews his new book, The Killer’s Shadow and his prison conversation with Joseph Paul Franklin, a White Nationalist serial killer responsible for killing more than 20 people and wounding five, to include magazine publisher Larry Flynt and civil rights leader Vernon Jordan. Douglas also discusses the popularity of true crime, and the Netflix series Mindhunter, inspired by his best-selling book of the same name. John Douglas served in the FBI for 25 years. In addition to being the founding father of criminal profiling and modern criminal investigative analysis, he is a true authority on serial killers and violent predators. Douglas has aided law enforcement agencies around the country and overseas; he was also the inspiration for characters in Silence of the Lambs, Criminal Minds, and now Mindhunter.

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Jan 27, 2021
Episode 221: Jean O’Connor – Evidence Response Teams, ERT
01:07:48

Retired agent Jean O’Connor reviews the FBI's Evidence Response Team (ERT) program, the 12 steps of processing a crime scene and a bank burglary case solved with DNA evidence collected by the Washington Field Office (WFO) ERT. She was named Senior Team Leader in 2006.

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Episode 213: Domestic Terrorism, Racially Motivated and Antigovernment Extremists - https://jerriwilliams.com/episode-213-tom-oconnor-domestic-terrorism-racially-motivated-and-antigovernment-extremists/

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Jan 21, 2021
Episode 220: Mark Sewell – Stolen Valor, Military Imposters
01:29:12

Retired agent Mark Sewell, a former Marine, reviews several stolen valor cases, including the investigation of Shane Ladner, a police officer accused of lying about receiving a Purple Heart and benefiting financially from the medal deception. 

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Jan 07, 2021
Episode 219: Terry Kerns and Bryanna Fox – Naked Fake Doctor, Sovereign Citizens
01:15:45

Retired agent Terry Kerns and former agent Bryanna Fox review their investigation of Rick Van Thiel, accused of practicing medicine without a license. Terry and Bryanna and members of the Las Vegas Joint Terrorism Task Force gathered evidence and witness statements that “Dr. Rick” was performing surgical procedures, including abortions. A former porn actor, he preferred to be nude while treating his patients/victims. He was also a follower of the sovereign citizen movement, which believes members are not subject to any government statutes, laws, or proceedings. The case had a surprising twist ending.

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Dec 24, 2020
Episode 218: Darren Mott — Cybercrime, Online Software Piracy
01:03:41

Retired agent Darren Mott reviews a software intellectual property theft case code named Operation Sudden Urge, at the time, one of the FBI’s largest online takedowns. This internet piracy investigation, which used a well-placed informant, multiple clandestine computer servers, and undercover identities resulted in search warrants and arrests in over 20 US cities, and across 7 countries.

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Dec 10, 2020
Episode 217: Kevin Rust – WorldCom, Corporate Fraud
01:03:06

Retired agent Kevin Rust reviews his initial investigation of WorldCom, at the time, the USA’s second largest long-distance telephone company. The company’s senior executives orchestrated a scheme to inflate earnings in order to maintain WorldCom’s stock price. It was a major corporate fraud accounting scandal. 

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Nov 26, 2020
Episode 216: Joe Robuck – DUI Ticket-Fixing, Bribery
01:21:32

Retired agent Joe Robuck reviews his DUI ticket-fixing corruption and bribery case involving more than 6000 DUI (Driving Under the Influence) tickets never adjudicated over a 10-15-year period in the 1980s and 1990s. Joe’s investigation proved that Assistant Traffic Court Solicitor, Walter "Ken" London, for bribes between $1500 and $6500 per case made them all disappear.

His daughter, Jennifer London Wallace, is also a guest on this episode, providing her personal insights about the investigation and her decision to cooperate and testify for the prosecution. 

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Nov 12, 2020
Bonus Episode: Q & A, Writing FBI Characters
01:42:33

Reader Team Meetup - October 2020

Welcome to a bonus episode of FBI Retired Case File Review. This a recording of my live Zoom meetup with members of my FBI true crime - crime fiction Reader Team. On October 29, I had a blast hanging out with Reader Team members and discussing how the FBI is portrayed in books, TV, and movies. Also in attendance were several retired and former agents who have been or will soon be guests on FBI Retired Case File Review. With their assistance, I answered lots of questions about FBI policies and procedures for those members writing stories with FBI characters. It was a fun time with lively conversations about whether writers have a responsibility to get the FBI right in their stories and what limits to creative compromises, if any, should be made.

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Nov 04, 2020
Episode 215: James Kyle - Interviewing Pedophiles, Conversation with Purpose
01:26:22

How do you sit across from a person who has sexually abused a child and have a conversation with purpose?

Retired agent Jim Kyle reviews several of his child predator cases and the conversation with purpose interview strategy. Using this innovative investigative technique, he successfully investigated several hundred Crime Against Children cases to include eight known Child Victim Identification Program (CVIP) matters and numerous high profile sexual exploitation child pornography production subjects and sex rings, such as the international investigation into the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) and the Pedophile Information Exchange (PIE) that resulted in the dismantling and disruption of 921 subjects in 23 countries and 22 States. 

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Oct 28, 2020
Episode 214: Andrew Bringuel – Acmar Landfill Case, Clean Water Act Violation
01:15:45

Retired agent Andrew Bringuel reviews his five-year-long Acmar Landfill case where evidence was gathered to prove illegally disposed of solid waste resulted in the discharged of leachate and other pollutants into Big Black Creek in St. Clair County, Alabama. The investigation also involved associates of the Genovese crime family and corrupt public officials. As a result of the case, Andy Bringuel received the Attorney General’s Award for environmental crimes investigation. 

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Oct 15, 2020
Episode 213: Tom O’Connor – Domestic Terrorism, Racially Motivated and Antigovernment Extremists
01:35:14

Retired agent Tom O’Connor reviews investigations involving criminal activity and violence conducted by racially motivated and antigovernment violent extremists, to include neo-Nazi and other hate-based groups, as well as lone actors. He served as the WFO program coordinator for these matters. Tom has provided instruction on Domestic and International Terrorism issues across the United States and overseas. An FBI “Master Police Instructor” and a certified Adjunct Faculty member for the FBI Academy, the Department of Justice awarded him their “Instructor of the Year” award in 2004. 

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Sep 30, 2020
Episode 212: Melissa Osborne – Diluted Trust, Chemo Pharmacy Fraud
01:33:11

Former agent Melissa Osborne served in the FBI for six years. A licensed pharmacist prior to her appointment, she worked on a White-Collar Crime Squad in the Kansas City Field Office, investigating Healthcare Fraud, Telemarketing Fraud and Intellectual Property Rights during her Bureau career. Melissa was also a member of the Kansas City Field Office Evidence Response Team (ERT).

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Melissa reviews the FBI major case code named Diluted Trust. The investigation involved Robert Courtney, a Kansas City pharmacist who diluted cancer drugs that he prepared for physicians. As a licensed pharmacist, Melissa Osborne lent her expertise to the chemo pharmacy fraud investigation. Robert Courtney pleaded guilty to intentionally diluting 98,000 prescriptions given to 4,200 patients. He was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.  The Diluted Trust case has been a topic on an episode of “American Greed” called “Deadly Rx for Greed” and a documentary on the Oxygen Network show called “License to Kill.”

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Sep 16, 2020
Episode 211: Billy Ebersole and Ossie DeJesus – Colombian Cocaine Undercover Sting
01:14:11

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Billy Ebersole and Ossie DeJesus review the Tratados Quimicos (Chemical Treatments) case, where a Colombian drug trafficking cell had a shipment of 1000 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of $25 million hidden inside big metal chlorine gas containers at Dundalk Terminal near Baltimore. Billy, the case agent, had his informant introduced Ossie, the undercover agent, to the traffickers to arrange for him to transport the cocaine from Baltimore to New York. The case resulted in a very successful Columbian cocaine undercover sting, the arrest of the traffickers, and the seizure of the cocaine. 

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Sep 03, 2020
Episode 210: Victor Hartman – Fraudster Mindset, Three Types of Fraud
01:07:32

Retired agent Victor E. Hartman served the FBI for 25 years with most of his time overseeing complex white-collar crime cases. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Hartman reflects on the mindset of the white-collar crime defendant. He takes us through the three types of fraud – misappropriation of assets, corruption, and financial statement fraud. Hartman makes the distinction of a predatory fraudster versus situational fraudster by comparing the Enron and WorldCom cases. Hartman played a leadership role in the early phases of both investigations.

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Aug 19, 2020
Episode 209: Elaine Smith – Tokyo Joe, Botched Mob Hit
01:04:09

Retired agent Elaine Smith served in the FBI for 22 years. Elaine, who grew up in the Chicago area, spent her entire career assigned to the Chicago Division. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, she reviews her efforts to convince Ken "Tokyo Joe" Eto, the highest-ranking Asian-American mob associate, to cooperate against the Chicago mob, also known as “The Outfit.” In an attempt to secure his cooperation, Elaine Smith successfully investigated Joe for interstate gambling violations. He turned her down until his mob associates attempted to kill him by shooting him in the head three times. After the botched hit, a 17-year cooperation relationship began between Elaine and Joe. The historical evidence he provided led to arrests, convictions, and long sentences for many of Chicago's top mobsters. 

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Aug 06, 2020
Episode 208: Sterling Owen IV – Butcher Brothers Bank Failure
01:39:39

Retired agent Sterling Owen served in the FBI for twenty-three years. His first assignment was to the Jacksonville Division. Thereafter, he was transferred to the Chicago Field Office and in 1981, Sterling Owen, an accountant, was transferred to the Knoxville Division. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Sterling Owen reviews the Butcher Bank failure case, his nearly four-year investigation of Jake and C.H. Butcher Jr., who operated a multi-billion dollar banking empire in Tennessee and Kentucky. The brothers, using a complex loan scam to steal millions of dollars from bank clients, led lives of wealth and the power, but were eventually convicted of fraud and conspiracy and sentenced to twenty years in prison for their crimes. The white-collar crime investigation was designated major case status.

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Jul 23, 2020
Episode 207: Wayne Davis - Director Hoover and FBI Diversity
57:36

Retired Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Wayne Davis served 25 years with the FBI and during his career ran the Detroit and Philadelphia Offices. SAC Davis was among the first group of fully qualified African-American agents hired by the FBI and allowed to attend the FBI Academy in 1962 and 1963. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he provides a fascinating personal and historical account of diversity in the FBI and his private meeting with Director J. Edgar Hoover in 1965, at which time the Director openly expressed his views about Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement.

Wayne died on July 10, 2020.  I'm heartbroken. Early in my career, he and his wife Lois (a former Assistant United States Attorney) mentored me, and I will forever remember their kindness and wisdom. Wayne asked me to be his applicant coordinator, even though I had less than 5 years in the Bureau. He was serious about minority recruitment and knew I would do a good job for him. It was part of his job evaluation and he did not want to fail. I did not let him down! Lois called me a few days before he passed away and let me tell him, once again, how much they both mean to me. Special Agent Wayne Davis was an even more special husband, father, grandfather, boss, and friend. May he rest in peace. This episode is  A Celebration 0f his remarkable life.

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Jul 15, 2020
Episode 206: Sonja Nordstrom – K9 Search and Recovery, Working Dogs
01:38:21

Retired agent Sonja Nordstrom served in the FBI for 23 years. She was assigned to the Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City Divisions and specialized in the investigation of violent crimes and Internet Crimes Against Children. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Sonja Nordstrom, a certified handler and trainer of Search & Rescue/Recovery K9s, reviews her journey with her dogs, the role the dog plays in a case, how they can best benefit a case, different uses in cases/capabilities of dogs, and highlights some of their successful cases.

Since retiring from the FBI, Sonja is now the owner/operator of Heimdallr K9 Services, an international provider of personal and executive protection K9s, and Sonja’s Dog Training which provides local training services and seminars and workshops for SAR and Detection K9s. Her new podcast, K9 Top Tales. Features working K9 case reviews ~ real-life stories of K9 warriors, crime fighters, protectors, and rescuers as told by their Law Enforcement, Military, and Search & Rescue Handlers and Partners. You can learn more about Heimdallr K9 Services and listen to her podcast on her website Sonja's Dog Training.

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Jul 09, 2020
Episode 205: Scott Lobb – Michael Hughes and Suzanne Sevakis Kidnappings
01:32:55

Retired agent Scott Lobb served with the FBI for more than 15 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Scott, who worked child sex crimes, juvenile prostitution and kidnappings cases in Oklahoma City, reviews his efforts to obtain a confession from convicted murderer and kidnapper Franklin Delano Floyd for the murder of six-year old Michael Hughes. The investigation led to the shocking discovery of the true identity of Michael’s mother, Suzanne Sevakis, also known as Sharon Marshall and Tonya Hughes.

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Jun 25, 2020
Episode 204: Mark Safarik - Spree Killers, Behavioral Analysis
01:56:44

Retired agent Mark Safarik served in the FBI for 23 years. He spent the last half of his career as a member of the elite Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) where he established himself as an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and interpretation of violent criminal behavior. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Mark Safarik discusses his analytical work on spree killings and the differences between spree, serial, and mass killings. He also talks about his time as a profiler in the BAU, his membership in the Vidocq Society, and the popularity of true crime TV shows, podcasts, and books. Mark’s new book, with co-author Katherine Ramsland, Spree Killers: Practical Classifications for Law Enforcement and Criminology has been hailed as the definitive textbook on this type of multicide. Spree killers are responsible for killing at least three persons at two or more locations due to a precipitating incident that fuels the urge to kill.

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Jun 10, 2020
Episode 203: Jim Casey – Detroit Auto Theft Ring
57:50

Retired agent Jim Casey served in the FBI for 25 years.  Prior to joining the FBI, he was a police officer in Arlington, Virginia, and a Special Agent with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Jim Casey reviews a Group I undercover case from early in his career when he was in the Detroit Field Office and assigned to investigate a major auto-theft ring stealing Mercedes Benz luxury cars, and equipment and vehicles from the Ford Motor Company. Two of his fugitive subjects were caught after being featured on the TV show "America's Most Wanted." Later in his career, Jim Casey served in the Indianapolis, and Cincinnati Field Offices, as well as two tours at FBI Headquarters. Most of his assignments were in counterterrorism and national security matters. He was a Director of Intelligence Programs on the National Security Council (NSC) at the George W. Bush White House. His Bureau career culminated in his assignment as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the FBI’s Jacksonville Field Office.

Currently, Jim Casey is the President of FCS Global Advisors, a brand-new spin-off of the twenty-year-old security firm, First Coast Security Services (FCS). FCS Global Advisors will concentrate on complex and financial investigations; conducting due diligence and deep background investigations; security assessments; crisis management; and cyber investigations and support. 

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May 28, 2020
Episode 202: Sierra Stanczyk – Intelligence Analyst, Non-Agent Jobs
01:32:28

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Supervisory Intelligence Analyst (IA) Sierra Stanczyk answers listeners questions about the IA position, providing details on the qualifications, requirements, and duties of the job. Special Agent (SA) and Applicant Coordinator Cerena Coughlin provides updates on the FBI's current recruitment efforts, and, toward the end of the episode, (Starts at 1:07:55) she discusses other non-agent positions available in the FBI, the Investigative Surveillance Specialists and the Management and Program Analyst (MAPA) positions, and the hundreds of jobs that will soon be open at the FBI's expanded facility in Huntsville, Alabama. SA Coughlin also answers listeners questions about educational requirements for non-agent positions (1:14:32), the availability of internships for high school and college students (1:16:49), the ways the FBI might use expertise in Middle East studies and Arabic (1:21:38), and FBI culture regarding LGBTQ+ employees, particularly special agents (1:24:20). Detailed FBI employment information and applications for all positions are available at FBIJobs.gov.

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May 21, 2020
Episode 201: Gina Osborn – Little Saigon, Asian Organized Crime
01:16:22

Retired agent Gina Osborn served in the FBI for 22 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Gina Osborn reviews an assignment from early in her career, when she worked on a Westminster Police Department Task Force targeting Asian Organized Crime in Little Saigon District of Orange County. Gina and her Westminster PD partner, Detective Tommy Rackleff, known by Vietnamese gangsters as “Old Guy and The Blonde,” were successful in dismantling video gambling, extortion, prostitution rings, and gang violence.

Later in her career, Gina held management level positions, including supervising counterterrorism investigations in Southeast Asia and leading some of the Bureau’s most significant national security and criminal computer intrusion investigations such as the hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Recently, Gina and her cohost Tracy Miller, a Senior Prosecutor, launched Behind the Crime Scene - a True Crime Podcast, which explores the human side of first responders, investigators and prosecutors, focusing on notorious cases which have haunted them their entire careers.

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May 13, 2020
Episode 200: Chris Graham - McDonald’s Monopoly Scam
01:40:06

Retired agent Chris Graham served in the FBI for 26 years. He began his career in the San Antonio office where he worked complex white collar crime cases including public corruption, health care fraud, telemarketing, and housing fraud. He later managed the national program for the FBI’s Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) program. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Chris reviews the investigation of the long-term compromise of McDonald’s Corporation’s promotional games, which utilized wiretaps, undercover operations, and detailed financial analysis. At the time, he was the White Collar Crime and Healthcare Fraud squad supervisor in Jacksonville Field Office.  The case, officially known as Operation Final Answer, is the subject of the HBO documentary McMillion$. Chris Graham is prominently featured in the TV series.

Chris has asked that this episode be dedicated to Special Agent Melissa Morrow.

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Apr 29, 2020
Episode 199: John Iannarelli – Keeping Teens Safe Online
59:26

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agent John Iannarelli reviews safety tips for parents on how to keep teens safe online and on social media. He talks about predators, scams, identity theft, cyber bullying, and sextortion.

John served in the FBI for more than 20 years. During his Bureau career, he was the FBI’s National Spokesperson, on the FBI Cyber Division executive staff, an FBI SWAT team member, and the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Phoenix Division, where he oversaw all Criminal, Cyber, and Counter Intelligence Investigations throughout Arizona.

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Apr 15, 2020
Episode 198: James Gagliano – Going Undercover, Living the Dream
01:20:49

Retired agent James "Jimmy" Gagliano served in the FBI for nearly 25 years. During his FBI career, Gagliano worked organized crime, was a member of the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT - the FBI’s elite counter-terror unit), participated in numerous overseas deployments, and lead the FBI New York Office SWAT Team. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, James Gagliano reviews his early days in the FBI and his training and assignments as an undercover agent (UCA). He shares stories about those who inspired him, including FBI TV characters, mafia underboss, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, who he “babysat” during a protection detail, and FBI UCA legends Joe Pistone and Joaquin "Big Jack" Garcia.

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Apr 02, 2020
Episode 197: Nancy Savage – Robert Levinson, Iranian Hostage RIP
50:41

Retired agent Nancy Savage served in the FBI for 34 years, 28 as a special agent. Prior to graduating from the FBI Academy, she was employed in the Personnel Division at FBI Headquarters. During her agent career, Nancy worked as a street agent in the Louisville, Miami, and Portland Divisions and as a supervisor in the Miami and Portland Divisions, as well as a Unit Chief in the Criminal Investigative Division. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Nancy Savage reviews the life and career of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson and the 13-year fight to bring “Bob”  home. He had not been publicly seen or heard from since March 9, 2007, when he was kidnapped while visiting Kish Island in Iran.

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Mar 29, 2020
Episode 196: Doug Davis – FBI Fugitives in Mexico, UFAP
01:13:08

Retired agent Doug Davis served in the FBI for 29 years. His first two assignments, after New Agent Training, were to the El Paso Division, where he worked mostly Interstate Theft of Stolen Property cases and then to the San Juan Division where he worked Bank Fraud. In 1998, he was transferred to the Sacramento Division where he worked Organized Crime/Drugs, Healthcare Fraud, and International Terrorism. In 2005, he was named Assistant Legal Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, where he was assigned to hunt FBI fugitives in Mexico and kidnapping matters. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Doug Davis reviews five different fugitive cases, explains the Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution (UFAP) warrant process, and the differences in having a fugitive deported or extradited from Mexico back to the US to face justice. He found the assignment to be one of his most rewarding.

His last assignment before retiring was as the Salt Lake City Division’s Chief Division Counsel, where he headed up the office’s in-house legal team.

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Mar 19, 2020
Episode 195: Joe Bushner – Congressman James Traficant, Bribery and Corruption
01:15:03

Retired agent Joseph Bushner served with the FBI for 22 years. During his Bureau career, he investigated major public corruption, organized crime and white collar matters, to include corporate fraud, health care fraud and financial institution fraud while working in the Youngstown Resident Agency (RA) out of the Cleveland Field Office and in the Philadelphia Division. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Joe Bushner reviews his investigation of Congressman James Traficant, who was indicted on 10 charges, including bribery, racketeering and tax evasion. This was the second time Traficant was charged with being corrupt. Although not a lawyer, Traficant, a colorful public official known for his outrageous behavior and  language, represented himself during both federal trials. The first trial, when he was a county Sheriff,  resulted in an acquittal. Joe Bushner’s case resulted in a conviction and an eight-year prison sentence. 

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Mar 05, 2020
Episode 194: Tim Gannon and Bob Burda – Bank Robbery, Fort Bragg Murder-for-Hire
01:25:48

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agents Bob Burda and Tim Gannon review a Fayetteville, North Carolina bank robbery case that, based on information received from a confidential source, morphed into a murder-for-hire investigation. After the arrest and subsequent confession of one of the bank robbers, the murder victim’s body was recovered from a shallow grave on the wooded reserves of Fort Bragg, an Army base near Fayetteville. Investigators from the Fayetteville Police Department, Army Criminal Investigative Division (CID) and other local law enforcement partners assisted Tim Gannon and Bob Burda. The subjects pled guilty and received life sentences.

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Feb 19, 2020
Episode 193: Peter Ahearn – Lackawanna Six, Buffalo JTTF
01:43:50

Retired agent Peter Ahearn served in the FBI for twenty-nine years. During his career, he served in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility. His last promotion was Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Division. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Peter Ahearn reviews the Lackawanna Six terrorism case and provides insight into the challenges of managing a major international terrorism investigation started just a few months before the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001. The case was initiated after an anonymous letter was received  claiming that several individuals residing in Lackawanna, New York, had attended training camps in Afghanistan operated by Osama Bin Laden. 

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Feb 05, 2020
Episode 192: Kenneth Williams - Phoenix Memo, Phoenix Mountain Arsonist
01:50:27

Retired agent Kenneth Williams served in the FBI for nearly 30 years. He spent most of his career investigating foreign and domestic terrorism matters and took part in many high-profile terrorism investigations, including the bombing investigation of the A.P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Ken Williams reviews the events that led him to write what is now known as the “Phoenix Memo,” his work on the Phoenix Mountain Arsonist case, and the aftermath of 9/11.

Ken authored the Phoenix Memo prior to the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. The five-page communication issued a warning to the intelligence community that Al-Qaeda members were training in the civil aviation community in the United States. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, his memo became public and received intensive attention from national news media. Ken testified before the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate regarding terrorism matters and cooperated with the 9/11 Commission.

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Jan 20, 2020
Episode 191: Q. John Tamm – Frank Sheeran, The Irishman
01:28:37

Retired agent Q. John Tamm served in the FBI for nearly 30 years. He spent most of his career in the Philadelphia Division working complex organized crime, labor racketeering, political corruption, civil rights, street gangs, and illegal drugs investigations. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, John Tamm reviews his investigation of Teamster Union Official Frank Sheeran for racketeering and the movie The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese with Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, and starring Robert DeNiro as Frank Sheeran. Tamm specifically addresses Sheeran’s claims he killed Jimmy Hoffa and was a mob hitman. John Tamm is a recognized expert on labor racketeering matters.

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Jan 08, 2020
Bonus Episode: 3 Million Downloads, FBI Myths and Misconceptions
43:47

Happy New Year. I recorded this bonus episode because I’m thrilled to report that, as predicted in episode 182, FBI Retired Case File Review surpassed 3 million downloads earlier this week. Woo hoo! For an independent show where the host still does all the things, I'm doing pretty good and, if you don’t mind me saying so, I’m super proud of achieving this milestone.

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, I've uploaded Chapter 1 -  FBI PROFILERS HUNT SERIAL KILLERS and Chapter 2 - THE FBI DOESN'T PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS from the FBI Myths and Misconceptions: A Manual for Armchair Detectives audiobook.

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Jan 01, 2020
Episode 190: John Pistole - Deputy Director, Mob Guys and Teamsters Union
01:02:01

Retired agent John Pistole served in the FBI for twenty-six years, climbing through the ranks to become Deputy Director (the second highest position in the Bureau). In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Pistole reviews the time, early in his career, he worked in the New York FBI Office on an Organized Crime Task Force investigating illegal mob ties to the Teamsters Union.

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Dec 24, 2019
Episode 189: Michael Harrigan – Crime in Indian Country, FBI National Academy
01:13:30

Retired agent Michael Harrigan served in the FBI for 22 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews his assignment as the Supervisory Senior Resident Agent in Farmington and Gallup offices of the Albuquerque Division where he conducted and supervised criminal investigations involving homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, missing persons and unidentified human remains and was responsible for all federal investigations on three Native American reservations. He also discusses his assignment as the Chief of the National Academy (NA) Program, the leading national law enforcement executive leadership institution, graduating over 1,800 senior law enforcement officers from every state and more than 40 countries.

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Dec 11, 2019
Episode 188: Ron Hosko – The Boy in the Bunker, FBI Hostage Rescue
01:27:56

Retired agent Ron Hosko served in the FBI for 30 years. He served in the Jackson Division in Mississippi and Chicago as a street agent, working undercover and in assignments focused on complex financial crimes and violent crimes, as well as serving on multiple joint task forces and SWAT teams targeting dangerous subjects. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Ron Hosko reviews the abduction and hostage rescue case, known as the boy in the bunker where Jimmy Lee Dykes boarded a school bus, killed the driver, and took a five-year-old boy hostage. At the time of this incident, Ron was the Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, responsible for oversight of the FBI’s largest program, worldwide. He provides a detailed overview of all the units, programs, and departments involved in the coordination of this successful response to this major crisis event.

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Nov 27, 2019
Episode 187: John Glover – Atlanta Child Murders, Wayne Williams
01:28:29

Retired agent Dr. John Glover, Ph.D., served in the FBI for 23 years. He became an Executive Assistant Director, one of three direct reports to the FBI Director and highest-ranking African American in the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, John Glover reviews the Atlanta Child Murders case. As Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Division, he oversaw the FBI investigation of the killings of black youths in Atlanta and led the joint state-federal task force, which resulted in the arrest and conviction of Wayne Williams.

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Nov 13, 2019
Episode 186: John Glover – FBI 100th Anniversary of African American Special Agents
01:10:03

Retired Agent Dr. John Glover, Ph.D. served in the FBI for 23 years. He became an Executive Assistant Director, one of three direct reports to the FBI Director and highest-ranking African American in the FBI. His last promotion marked the fifth time he had become the top black agent in the FBI and marked his remarkable and well-earned climb up the ranks. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, John Glover reviews the history of African American special agents in the FBI from 1919 through 2019, why diversity, especially in law enforcement, matters, and recounts stories from his extraordinary career in the FBI. As Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Division, he oversaw the FBI investigation of the killings of black youths in Atlanta and led the joint state-federal task force which resulted in the arrest and conviction of Wayne Williams.

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Nov 10, 2019
Episode 185: Joe Navarro – Rod Ramsay Espionage Case, Reading Body Language
01:17:52

Retired agent Joe Navarro served in the FBI for 25 years. During his Bureau career, he worked as an agent and supervisor in counterintelligence and counterterrorism. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Joe reviews the case of Rod Ramsay, an  Army veteran living in Tampa, Florida, suspected of committing espionage while stationed in Germany. While interviewing Ramsay forty-two times, Joe recorded the evidence to prove that the spy handed the Soviets vital military secrets that could destroy the US. Joe wrote about the case in his book - Three Minutes to Doomsday: An Agent, a Traitor, and the Worst Espionage Breach in U.S. History.

Through his work on this case and others, Joe Navarro was able to study, refine, and apply the science of nonverbal communications. His expertise in the body language field and his success as a spy-catcher led Joe to begin training FBI agents and the intelligence community at the FBI Academy’s Behavioral Science Unit. He reveals some of the myths about reading body language and what different nonverbal cues indicate.

Retiring from the FBI in 2003, and meeting overwhelming demand for his notable insights into human behavior, Joe has dedicated himself to speaking and consulting with major corporations worldwide. He is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on reading nonverbal communications and he has interviewed on programs such as NBC’s Today Show, Fox News, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’ Early Show, BBC News, and for publications such as The Washington Post, South China Morning Post and Psychology Today. 

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Oct 30, 2019
Episode 184: Eileen Roemer – FBI Cadaver Dogs, 9/11 Search and Recovery
01:04:34

Retired agent Eileen Roemer served for twenty years in the FBI. Before entering on duty, she had been commissioned as an Officer in the US Navy, attaining the rank of Captain as a reservist. During her Bureau career, she investigated White Collar Crime, Violent Crime, Organized Crime, and Counterterrorism. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Eileen Roemer reviews her time training her FBI cadaver dogs, Riley and Bailey, both Golden Retrievers.  She discusses the search and recovery work she and her dogs were assigned, locating human remains at crime sites, including the Pentagon where she responded with them for twelve days immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

At the time she began working with her cadaver dogs, Eileen Roemer was a Supervisory Special Agent and Psychological Profiler in the Profiling Unit, now known as the BAU, at Quantico, Virginia. She is a trained Police Instructor, Crisis Manager, and Crisis/Hostage Negotiator. Later in her career, she was assigned to Gulfport, Mississippi, where she supervised 25 Special Agents and Task Force Officers and to the Department of Homeland Security as Senior FBI Liaison.  

Following retirement, she worked as a consultant for the National Counterterrorism Center and US Central Command. She served on the Board of the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota, Florida. On October 19, 2019, she will be installed as the President of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. She was previously elected as a Foundation Trustee and a Regional Vice President for the organization.

 

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Oct 16, 2019
Episode 183: Keith Tolhurst – Arizona Extortion, Kidnapping and Maiming Plot
55:12

Retired agent Keith Tolhurst served in the FBI for 24 years. During his career, he investigated kidnappings, domestic terrorism, violent crimes, bank robberies, and fugitive matters. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews an extortion case where the subjects threatened to kidnap and cut off the arm or leg of the 12-year-old son of an Arizona millionaire businessman unless he paid them $250,000. Through a series of phone calls and notes the scheme provided directions to the victim on where to drop the money. Frank Alber was arrested, convicted of conspiracy and mailing threatening communications and sentenced to 6 years in prison for the elaborate plot.

As the FBI Phoenix Division’s Senior SWAT team leader and SWAT Coordinator for the entire state of Arizona, Keith Tolhurst was involved in every aspect of crisis management to include: command post procedures, critical infrastructure threats, dignitary protection, special events, security assessments, and hostage situations. Keith was nominated for the medal of bravery for operations outside of the United States. He was a Principle Firearms and Tactical Instructor and designated as an FBI Master Police Instructor, providing firearms and tactics training around the world to thousands of students from international, military, state, local and tribal police agencies. After retiring from the FBI, he was employed as an independent contractor for the Bureau for seven years, providing classified and unclassified instruction to FBI agents related to advanced human intelligence. Keith is currently the founder of Tolhurst International, LLC a licensed private investigations firm that also provides security consultants, training courses, and guest speaker services.

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Oct 03, 2019
Episode 182: Jerri Williams - My Media Empire, A Look Behind the Curtain
56:02

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, I share updates about FBI Myths and Misconceptions: A Manual for Armchair Detectives, download stats for FBI Retired Case File Review and reveal changes I’m making to the podcast release schedule. I’m interviewed by my friend and fellow podcaster Javier Leiva, host of Pretend Radio, a show featuring stories about people pretending to be someone else. Javier and I regularly have conversations about producing our shows. This episode is practically a recording of one of our “mastermind” sessions, except this one is all about me.

Podcasting is not as easy as it looks. Often, other life commitments and technical issues can throw off the production flow. I believe I've finally gotten control of my issues with audio quality, with the exception now and then of a distorted voice, usually mine. Podcasting makes me happy. However, writing and reading books also make me happy and recently I can’t seem to find the time to do either. The premise and plot twists for the third book in my crime fiction series have been collecting in my head for more than a year. Starting in October, I'll be posting episodes every other week. Thank you for your support of the FBI and me!

 

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Sep 05, 2019
Bonus Episode - Live Show FBI Recruiting with SA Cerena Coughlin, RESPECT: Women’s Podcast Festival
37:30

FBI Retired Case File Review recorded a live show at the RESPECT: Women’s Podcast Festival on Saturday, August 24. My special guest was Special Agent Cerena Coughlin, the Applicant Coordinator and recruiter for the Philadelphia Division, who answered questions from the audience regarding the FBI recruitment process. The event was sponsored by the Black Tribbles and held at at Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, PA, the perfect venue to talk about everyday superheroes!

We talked about an 8/19/2019  NBC News article - FBI agent applications up sharply, along with job satisfaction: The latest survey of FBI employees shows job satisfaction up over last year, a sign that morale is rebounding after the firing of James Comey as director.

To learn more about the FBI and apply for the Special Agent and the many other positions available at FBIJobs.gov

 

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Sep 04, 2019
Episode 181: Phil Coghlan – Hit Man: A Technical Manual For Independent Contractors
51:04

Retired agent Phil Coghlan served in the FBI for 28 years. He was assigned to Columbia Resident Agency (RA) in the Cincinnati Division,  the Washington Field Office, the Norfolk Division’s Peninsula RA, and FBIHQ.  During his career, Phil specialized in violent crimes, serial killer and child abduction investigations, and was a team leader on the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Phil Coghlan reviews his investigation of a sophisticated and complex two—year crime spree involving bank robberies, bombs/IEDs, and murder, and the highly controversial book, Hit Man: A Technical Manual For Independent Contractors that his bank robbery subjects read and used to commit their crimes. Phil also provides historical insight into the famously heated debate between Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flint and Reverend Jerry Falwell regarding the limits of freedom of speech and how lawsuits about the First Amendment and the publication of the Hitman book connected Phil Coghlan to the court case, and the subsequent book and feature film, both named Deliberate Intent.

During the second half of Phil Coghlan’s Bureau career, he worked terrorism investigation as part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.  After retiring from the FBI, he was fortunate to continue working for the Bureau as an instructor at the Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Operations Training Unit, where he trains current active agents on informant development. He also conducts investigations into allegations of workplace misconduct for private sector clients.

 

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Aug 28, 2019
Episode 180: Michael E. Anderson - Passport Fraud, Investment Fraud, Murder for Hire
01:33:36

Retired agent Michael E. Anderson served with the FBI for 28 years. His initial assignment was to the San Antonio Division, Austin Resident Agency where he worked white-collar crime matters. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Michael Anderson reviews his investigation of German national Georg Dudov, for a money-laundering scheme that netted $2.3 million from people who thought they were investing in oil wells. In furtherance of the scam, Dudov participated in passport fraud when he attempted to bribe an immigration official to issue him a fraudulent American passport and tried to hire a hitman to have an associate killed.

Later in his Bureau career, Mike was a supervisor at FBI Headquarters, before reporting to Houston as a White Collar Crime supervisor managing highly complex Financial Crimes and Intellectual Property Rights investigations. We previously spoke to Mike Anderson in episode 129 about the Enron Investigation, the largest and most complex White Collar Crime case in FBI history, for which he received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service. Subsequently, he was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) and initially oversaw the entire Criminal Program. He also served as the FBI Houston Chief Policy and Compliance Officer for over six years. Michael E. Anderson is a Certified Fraud Examiner who has spoken extensively about Enron and ethics to universities, private groups and companies around the country. He can be contacted via his LinkedIn profile. Mike suggested that we dedicate this episode to FBI Agent Brian Crews, a colleague who worked with him on the Enron investigation and who died of cancer in 2018 as a result of his work as a member of the Evidence Response Team at the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing and blogging about the FBI and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime/history podcast. Her new book FBI Myths and Misconceptions: A Manual for Armchair Detectives is available wherever books are sold. 

Aug 22, 2019
Episode 179: Scott Duffey – Thomas Gibison, Skinhead Racially Motivated Murder
01:29:57

Retired agent Scott Duffey served in the FBI for 22 years. For the majority of his career, he was assigned to the Wilmington Resident Agency out of the Baltimore Division where he worked violent crime matters and was later promoted to a supervisory special agent. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Scott reviews his years-long investigation of what started out as a rumor that Thomas Gibison had whispered to high school classmates while attending his senior prom. He and a friend claimed that their new spider web tattoos were symbols of their allegiance to white-supremacist Skinhead dogma and were “earned” by them shooting a black man. This nearly 2-decade-old racially motivated homicide was tenaciously pursued by Scott Duffey and his partner ATF special agent Terrance Mortimer, and, with the assistance of the Philadelphia Police Department, Thomas Gibison was successfully convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, ethnic intimidation, and firearms violations.

Scott Duffey served as the coordinator of the FBI’s Delaware Violent Crimes Task Force  from 1999 through 2011. Prior to joining the Bureau, he was a Lower Merion Township Police Officer. With a B.A. in Classical Languages and a Masters in Administration of Justice, Scott Duffey currently serves as the Associate Director of the Criminal Justice Institute for Wilmington University.

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Aug 14, 2019
Episode 178: Russell Atkinson - Trade Secret Theft, Silicon Valley
01:18:13

Retired agent Russell Atkinson served with the FBI for 25 years. He specialized in investigating high-technology and intellectual property crimes in Silicon Valley and served as a legal adviser. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Russell Atkinson reviews the first trade secret theft investigation and prosecution in California under the federal Economic Espionage Act of 1996. The case centered on the theft of radiological device technology and encrypted materials by David Kern, the former employee of a Silicon Valley tech firm. David Kern pleaded guilty to one count of trade secret theft. He was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.

After retiring from the FBI, Russ Atkinson, practiced law and also worked for many high-tech firms in the computer industry including IBM, Fairchild Semiconductor, and AOL. Now retired, he spends time writing crime fiction and is the author of eight mystery novels. His book, Fatal Dose is a fictionalized account of the theft and misuse of X-ray technology inspired by this case. He warns that after reading Fatal Dose you’ll never look at an X-ray machine the same way. You can learn more about Russell Atkinson and his books at his Cliff Knowles Mysteries website.

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Aug 08, 2019
Episode 177: Michael Harrigan – ViCAP, Serial Killer Samuel Little, Listener Q & A (Part 2)
01:10:05

Retired agent Michael Harrigan served in the FBI for 22 years. He initially worked general criminal and terrorism cases in the Kansas City Division and was on the Attorney General’s Protection Detail and the Police Training Coordinator in the Washington Field Office (WFO). In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the  Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP), the largest repository of serial violent crime cases in the country, and the Highway Serial Killings Initiative. He was the unit’s chief and oversaw the development of the web database which allows client law enforcement agencies direct access to conduct independent analysis. He also provides case studies of several serial killers, including Samuel Little who may be the most prolific in U.S. History.

Later in his career, Mike Harrigan was assigned as the Supervisory Senior Resident Agent in Farmington and Gallup offices of the Albuquerque Division where he conducted and supervised criminal investigations involving homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, missing persons and unidentified human remains and was responsible for all federal investigations on three Native American reservations. After a few years, he accepted an assignment in Quantico, Virginia to be the Chief of the National Academy (NA) Program. The NA is the leading national law enforcement executive leadership institution, graduating over 1800 senior law enforcement officers from every state and more than 40 countries. Before he retired in 2018, Harrigan was the Chief of the FBI Academy’s Firearms Training Program. He recently wrote a post on LinkedIn titled A Leadership Perspective of FBI Academy Firearms Training that is a must-read if you’re interested in applying for the FBI.

Currently, he is a subject matter expert for Eagle, a security and risk management service, for whom he provides consultation and expert testimony related to violent crime analysis, the use of force continuum, police procedures and policies, and various issues related to policing Indian Country.

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Aug 01, 2019
Episode 176: Michael Harrigan – ViCAP, Highway Serial Killings Initiative (Part 1)
01:25:07

Retired agent Michael Harrigan served in the FBI for 22 years. He initially worked general criminal and terrorism cases in the Kansas City Division and was on the Attorney General’s Protection Detail and the Police Training Coordinator in the Washington Field Office (WFO). In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the  Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP), the largest repository of serial violent crime cases in the country, and the Highway Serial Killings Initiative. He was the unit’s chief and oversaw the development of the web database which allows client law enforcement agencies direct access to conduct independent analysis. He also provides case studies of several serial killers, including Samuel Little who may be the most prolific in U.S. History.

Later in his career, Mike Harrigan was assigned as the Supervisory Senior Resident Agent in Farmington and Gallup offices of the Albuquerque Division where he conducted and supervised criminal investigations involving homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, missing persons and unidentified human remains and was responsible for all federal investigations on three Native American reservations. After a few years, he accepted an assignment in Quantico, Virginia to be the Chief of the National Academy (NA) Program. The NA is the leading national law enforcement executive leadership institution, graduating over 1800 senior law enforcement officers from every state and more than 40 countries. Before he retired in 2018, Harrigan was the Chief of the FBI Academy’s Firearms Training Program. He recently wrote a post on LinkedIn titled A Leadership Perspective of FBI Academy Firearms Training that is a must-read if you’re interested in applying for the FBI.

Currently, he is a subject matter expert for Eagle, a security and risk management service, for whom he provides consultation and expert testimony related to violent crime analysis, the use of force continuum, police procedures and policies, and various issues related to policing Indian Country.

 

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Jul 25, 2019
Episode 175: Norman Wight – Stanley Mark Rifkin Bank Theft, Arrest Warrants
53:36

Retired agent Norman Wight served in the FBI for 28 years. Initially assigned to the Lubbock Resident Agency out of Dallas, Texas, he worked fugitives and general crimes, before being transferred to the San Diego Division where he investigated white-collar and environmental crimes. 

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Wight reviews the Stanley Mark Rifkin bank theft case. Rifkin embezzled $10 million from a bank in LA, via a wire transfer to Switzerland where he converted the money to diamonds before smuggling them into the United States. Based on a tip, Wight and Los Angeles Division agent Robin Brown arrested Rifkin and recovered the diamonds. The case, followed closely by the media, tested case law regarding the validity of exigent circumstance when executing arrest warrants.

Norm Wight spent much of his career as the Senior Resident Agent in Vista, California, supervising eight agents who conducted investigations into a wide variety of FBI criminal violations. He was a General Police Instructor in the areas of defensive tactics, SWAT tactics, as well as a SWAT team leader involved in more than 100 tactical operations.  On March 17, 1995, in Washington, D.C., given an award by the Attorney General of the United States for contributions to environmental crimes enforcement.

Before moving to Montana, he worked cold case homicides for the Escondido California Police Department for seven years. In 2008, one of his cases was named the Latent Hit of the Year. Norm and his partner were able to solve the oldest unsolved murder case in Escondido, CA, after submitting a bloody fingerprint to IAFIS, the FBI Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

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Jul 18, 2019
Episode 174: Jane Mason – Environmental Crime, Evidence Collection
56:46

In this episode, Jane Mason reviews a case she worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where the subject was hired for asbestos abatement at 26 Federal Plaza in New York. Workers used illegal removal methods and then dumped grates and bags of asbestos at scattered locations throughout New York City, exposing anyone who unknowingly came in contact with the hazardous materials.

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Jul 11, 2019
Episode 173: Greg Shaffer – DC Snipers, HRT, Stay Safe Tips
01:07:18

Retired Agent Greg Shaffer served in the FBI for twenty years. During his career, he spent six years on the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team (HRT). In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Shaffer reviews the multi-agency response to apprehend the D.C. Snipers, later identified as John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, the men responsible for the random shootings of ten people in the Washington D.C. area during 23 days in October of 2002. He also discusses the origin and role of the HRT, and provides safety tips, especially for when confronted by an active shooter.

While on the HRT, Greg trained with Department of Defense Special Mission Units and foreign counter-terrorism teams and conducted tactical operations in Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, the Philippines, Indonesia, East Africa, and the United States. Greg is an FBI certified Crisis Negotiator, Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Advanced Tactical Instructor, Close-Quarter Battle (CQB) Instructor, Rappel Master, and Paramedic. 

Greg also served as the FBI’s Legal Attaché in Budapest, Hungary. On two occasions Greg was assigned to the FBI Office in Dallas, Texas, where he served on the North Texas Violent Crime Task Force and supervised the North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force.

He is recognized as one of the leading experts and authorities on the phenomenon of “active shooter” events and Domestic Terrorism Prevention and has appeared on numerous national television and radio networks, including Fox, CBS, NBC, and ABC. He is the author of Stay Safe: Security Secrets for Today’s Dangerous World and the founder and President of Shaffer Security Group a global security, risk management, and tactical training specialty firm based in Dallas, Texas. You can learn more about him at  shaffersecuritygroup.com.

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Jul 04, 2019
Episode 172: Weysan Dun – Posse Comitatus, Nebraska Cult Murders
01:23:19

Retired agent Weysan Dun served in the FBI for 30 years. During his time in the field, he worked counter-intelligence, high-technology theft, domestic terrorism, and violent crime matters. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Weysan reviews a case targeting an extremist group espousing Posse Comitatus rhetoric and white supremacist views. Initially, under investigation for weapons and interstate theft violations, the leader, Michael Ryan, his fifteen-year-old son Dennis, and others were charged and convicted of the violent and horrific deaths of two group members.

After the successful conclusion of the case, Weysan Dun steadily moved up the ranks of the FBI, serving in a variety of mid-level leadership and management positions. He received numerous awards, including the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award conferred by the President of the United States in recognition of sustained leadership and accomplishment. At the time of his retirement, he was the longest serving, incumbent Special Agent in Charge (SAC), consecutively serving as the head of the Springfield, Illinois Division; the Newark, New Jersey Division; and the Omaha Division for a total of nine years.  

Appointed by the Governor of Nebraska, Weysan Dun currently serves as a commissioner of the Nebraska Crime Commission. He also sits on several boards, including the Omaha Police Foundation. He is active as a community volunteer leader for the American Red Cross.

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Jun 27, 2019
Episode 171: Scott Larson – Solar Sunrise, Military Data Breach
01:08:39

Former agent Scott Larson served in the FBI for 13 years. While assigned to the Chicago Division, he was one of the original 13 FBI Laboratory-certified Computer Analysis and Response Team (CART) field examiners. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Scott reviews the Solar Sunrise case where, as the lead investigator, he tracked cyber intrusions into more than 200 Department of Defense (DoD) computer systems. The highly sensitive international investigation revealed the identities of the culprits responsible for the hacking and data breach of military sites initially thought to be the work of hostile foreign entities.

During his Bureau career, Scott Larson participated in dozens of computer forensic searches and exams.  As acting chief of the Computer Investigations Unit at FBI headquarters, he served as program manager for FBI’s Computer Investigations and Infrastructure Threat Assessment Program and oversaw computer crime squads and investigations nationwide. As a supervisory special agent in the FBI’s Washington Field Office, he supervised criminal, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism cyber-espionage matters. Scott Larson also taught “Introduction to Computer Crime” and “Network Investigations” training at the FBI Academy. After his resignation, he began working in the private industry and currently operates Larson Security, a firm dedicated to minimizing risks and protecting client assets through cybersecurity, digital forensics, and incident response. To learn more about Scott Larson and his work visit the company’s website larsonsecurity.com.

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Jun 20, 2019
Episode 170: Oliver "Buck" Revell – 1992 Presidential Campaign, Allegations of Dirty Tricks
54:58

Retired agent Oliver “Buck” Revell served in the FBI for 30 years. During his Bureau career, he assumed numerous leadership roles, culminating with his promotion to Associate Deputy Director in Charge of Investigations and Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Field Office. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the Dallas FBI investigation into allegations of dirty tricks made during the 1992 presidential primary involving the campaigns of President George H. W. Bush and candidate Ross Perot. Buck Revell also discusses the important but precarious role of the FBI in investigating criminal matters with serious political implications.

He is the author of A G-Man's Journal: A Legendary Career Inside the FBI- From The Kennedy Assassination to the Oklahoma City Bombing in which he shares highlights from his career. Currently, he is the founder and president of a global business and security-consulting firm, based in Rowlett, Dallas County, Texas. You can find out more about the firm’s services at the Revell Group International.

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Jun 13, 2019
Episode 169: Scott Augenbaum – Secrets of Cyber Security
01:08:30

Retired agent Scott Augenbaum served in the FBI for nearly 30 years, six as a support employee and 24 as a special agent. His first agent assignment was the Syracuse Division where he became the “cyber guy” working, almost exclusively, computer crime cases. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Scott reviews several cybercrime cases, and provides several cyber security tips that he learned during his FBI career that will, hopefully, protect you from cybercriminals stealing your stuff.

During his FBI career, Scott Augenbaum was promoted to the Cyber Division, Cyber Crime Fraud Unit, at FBI headquarters and was responsible for managing the FBI’s Cyber Task Force Program, and Intellectual Property Rights Program. He was later transferred to the Memphis Division, where he helped launch the FBI’s first local Computer Intrusion/Counterintelligence squad. During the last ten years of Scott Augenbaum’s FBI career, he provided more than one thousand cybercrime threat briefings to corporations and other public groups to educate the community on emerging computer intrusion threats and how to avoid becoming the victim of a data breach.

After retiring from the Bureau, Scott launched Hero Publishing, a company devoted to educating the public about the dangers of cybercrimes and published The Secret to Cybersecurity: A Simple Plan to Protect Your Family and Business from Cybercrime. You can learn more about Scott Augenbaum by visiting his website scottaugenbaum,com.

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Jun 05, 2019
Episode 168: John Kundts – Counterfeit SEPTA TransPasses
39:46

Retired agent John Kundts served in the FBI for twenty years. His first assignment was to the Philadelphia Division where he initially worked Fraud Against the Government matters. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, John Kundts reviews the 1981 counterfeit SEPTA TransPasses case where two men using specialty paper, printed and sold fake monthly fare instruments. Before the investigation, the transit agency's losses from the scheme totaled $1 million a month.

After a promotion to FBI Headquarters, he worked first in the Inspection Division, Office of Planning, Evaluations, and Audits and then in the Personnel office where he adjudicated employees determined by the Inspection Division to have been involved in serious administrative or illegal disputes. The unit was affectionately known as the "You Fail, We Nail" group. He also worked in the Office of Public and Congressional Affairs. 

Later in his career,  he was transferred to the Denver Division where he was the supervisor of the Special Operations Group (SOG), which conducted surveillance operations throughout the Denver Division territory which encompassed all of Colorado and Wyoming supporting case agents by providing ground, air, and electronic surveillance. Upon retiring, John Kundts, took up another challenging role, being a stay-at-home-dad caring for his two young daughters.

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May 30, 2019
Episode 167: Tom Baker – Attempted Assassination of President Reagan
01:04:25

Thomas J. Baker served in the FBI for 33 years. During his career, he was assigned to leadership roles that had him with dealing with terrorist and criminal challenges. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Tom Baker reviews the FBI’s investigation of the March 1981, attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley Jr, and discusses how lesson’s learned from the assassination of President Kennedy were immediately utilized in the initial management and coordination of multiple agencies under intense media scrutiny.

Tom Baker has extensive experience with police management and training issues, having served as a management instructor at the FBI academy in Quantico, Virginia. He served as the Legal Attaché in Canberra, Australia, and Paris, France. He has been published in professional journals on aspects of biometrics, major case management, and police training and has also presented before national and international forums, and on television and radio, concerning these topics. Currently, he’s an international law enforcement consultant, and advises law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and worldwide on innovations in forensics, communications, and identification systems.

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May 23, 2019
Episode 166: Cecil Moses - Greensboro Massacre
54:25

Retired agent Cecil Moses served in the FBI for 42 years. He worked as a clerical employee and then investigative specialist for 12 years before receiving an appointment to be a special agent where he developed an expertise in criminal and civil rights matters. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Cecil Moses reviews the Greensboro Massacre, where in November of 1979, during a protest rally, a shootout with the Ku Klux Klan and American Nazis left five members of the Communist Workers Party (CWP) dead and seven members seriously injured. Two klansmen were also injured. At the time of this incident, Cecil Moses was the assistant special agent in charge of the Charlotte Division in North Carolina, managed the FBI investigation, and testified during the subsequent state, federal, and civil trials to hold those accountable for the Greensboro Massacre to bring those accountable for the Greensboro Massacre to justice.

Before Charlottesville there was Greensboro.

During his agent career, he worked in the Cleveland, Omaha, Jackson, and Memphis Divisions, was assigned to the Civil Rights Section of the Criminal Division and the Office of Planning and Evaluation at FBI Headquarters, and served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Birmingham Division. He ended his Bureau career as a member of the Senior Executive Service in the FBI Laboratory. Currently, he operates his farm and business with his son, a recently retired agent.

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May 16, 2019
Episode 165: Ken Lanning – Satanic Ritual Child Abuse, Confirmation Bias
01:40:56

Retired agent Ken Lanning served in the FBI for more than 30 years. For twenty years his Bureau career, he was assigned to the Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) as a profiler specializing in the study of the sexual victimization of children. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Ken reviews the controversial topics of satanic ritual child abuse, recovered repressed memory, and the suggestibility of children. His work in this area and the ramifications of confirmation bias has divided and polarized many child advocates, the media, and the American public.

His professional study of the criminal aspects of deviant sexual behavior included assignments to the Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force from 1996 to 1998 and the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime from 1998 to 2000. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and a former member of the APSAC Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).

He has testified before the U.S. Attorney General’s Task Force on Family Violence, the President’s Task Force on Victims of Crime, and the U.S. Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography. He has also testified on seven occasions before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and many times as an expert witness in state and Federal court. Ken Lanning has consulted on thousands of cases involving deviant sexual behavior, the sexual victimization of children, missing and exploited children, and the use of computers and the Internet to facilitate the sexual exploitation of children. He has also been retained as an expert in numerous civil cases concerning alleged negligence by youth-serving organizations.

Ken Lanning has published articles in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and other professional journals. He has authored two monographs on child abuse that have been widely distributed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Ken Lanning is the 2009 recipient of the Outstanding Service Award for Lifetime Achievements from the National Children's Advocacy Center. He has lectured before and trained tens of thousands of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, social workers, mental health and medical personnel, judges, and other professionals on the sexual victimization of children, child abuse and neglect, satanic ritual child abuse, and missing and exploited children. Mr. Lanning is currently a consultant in the area of crimes against children and the author of Love, Bombs, and Molesters: An FBI Agent's Journey, the story of his life leading up to his assignment to the BSU and his research involving the sexual victimization of children, satanic ritual child abuse, and confirmation bias.

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May 09, 2019
Episode 164: Scott Curtis – Mayor of Allentown, Campaign Contribution Bribery
01:45:24

Retired agent Scott Curtis served in the FBI for 22 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews a public corruption investigation that resulted in the conviction of Allentown, Pennsylvania Mayor Ed Pawlowski, as well as a dozen other public officials and business executives for campaign contribution bribery, extortion, and other corruption-related offenses. Scott spent much of his career assigned to the New York Field Office working on an organized crime squad investigating Colombo LCN Family, before transferring to the Allentown Resident Agency (RA) out of the Philadelphia Division.

A highlight of his time in New York was being the lead Agent in the largest single-day takedown of organized crime members in U.S. history in January 2011, where over 120 individuals were indicted and arrested based on hundreds of consensual recordings captured over 20 months by multiple cooperating witnesses. He notes that the similarities in the investigation of organized crime members and corrupt public officials were remarkable, and his experience working OC in New York significantly contributed to the success of the Allentown investigation.

Scott Curtis is currently employed as an Associate Director of Global Investigations & Compliance for Navigant Consulting where he is responsible for conducting investigations of fraud, corruption, and other misconduct. 

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May 02, 2019
Episode 163: Jim Siano and Tom Baker - Mackle Kidnapping, Airplane Hijacking
01:02:12

In this two-for-one episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agents Jim Siano and Tom Baker, both first office agents at the time, review the kidnapping investigation of Barbara Jean Mackle and the arrests of her kidnappers Gary Steven Krist and Ruth Eisemann-Schier. Barbara Jean was buried alive in a wooden coffin-like box for 82 hours during the harrowing incident.

Jim Siano also reviews an airplane hijacking case where the pilot was shot in the stomach by the hijacker, Arthur Barkley. Jim Siano narrowly escaped the same fate when the hijacker’s gun, pointed directly at Jim, jammed.  

Jim Siano served with the FBI for 20 years. He was initially assigned to the Jacksonville and Alexandria Divisions where he worked criminal matters.  Later in his career, he was assigned to the Behavioral Science Unit at Quantico as a hostage negotiator instructor, FBI Headquarters and the Dallas Field Office as a Supervisor on a criminal squad. Jim Siano was also the Supervisor of the President’s Task Force for Organized Crime and Drugs for four years.

Thomas J. Baker served in the FBI for 33 years. During his career, he served in a variety of leadership positions dealing with terrorist and criminal challenges. He has extensive experience with police management and training issues, having served as a management instructor at the FBI academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Tom Baker served as the Legal Attaché in Canberra, Australia, and Paris, France. Currently, he’s an international law enforcement consultant, and advises law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and worldwide on innovations in forensics, communications, and identification systems. He has been published in professional journals on aspects of biometrics, major case management, and police training and has also presented before national and international forums, and on television and radio, concerning these topics.

 

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Apr 25, 2019
Episode 162: Jean and Tom O’Connor – 9/11 FBI Line of Duty Deaths and Illnesses
01:19:01

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Special Agents Jean and Tom O’Connor review the work performed, and the devastating health-related complications experienced by FBI agents responding to terrorists attack sites at the World Trade Center in New York, The Pentagon in Washington D.C., Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and evidence collection sites on and immediately after 9/11.

Special Agent Tom O’Connor is the current President of the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA), and Special Agent Jean O’Connor is a Trustee for the FBIAA Scholarship Fund. They are both detailed to the Human Resource Division (HRD) at FBI Headquarters to identify FBI agents, current and retired, who continue to battle illnesses related to 9/11 and to make them aware of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). On behalf of the FBIAA, Tom and Jean O'Connor pledge to ensure that these agents and their families obtain the benefits they need and deserve and to honor the 9/11 FBI Line of Duty Deaths of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Retired agents can learn more about VCF registration guidelines at the HRD hotline 202-324-3333.

Special Agent Thomas O’Connor entered on duty with the FBI in 1997. During his career, SA O’Connor has worked both International and Domestic Terrorism cases in the Washington Field Office on the Joint Terrorism Task Force and is a Team Leader on the Evidence Response Team (ERT). In this capacity, SA O’Connor has led forensic teams to multiple terrorist attacks around the globe. These deployments include the 1998 Nairobi Embassy bombing, two deployments to Kosovo in 1999 for war crimes investigations, 2000 USS Cole attack in Aden Yemen, 9-11 attack on the US Pentagon, 2006 attack on the US Consulate in Karachi Pakistan, six deployments to Iraq and three deployments to Afghanistan. SA O’Connor specializes in Post Blast Investigation and shooting reconstruction evidence recovery. In 2004, SA O’Connor was awarded the Department of Justice “Instructor of the Year” award and was named as an FBI “Master Police Instructor” in 2010. SA O’Connor is a certified Adjunct Faculty member for the FBI Academy.

SA Jean O’Connor joined the FBI in 1998. In 2000, she became a member of the Washington Field Office Evidence Response Team (ERT) and was named Senior Team Leader in 2006. As the Senior Team leader, she coordinates the activities of the 40 person ERT team. On September 11, 2001, SA O’Connor was a first responder to the US Pentagon, where she initially assisted in setting up the temporary morgue and later led a multi-agency team in evidence and remains recovery inside the Pentagon. SA O’Connor deploys overseas to investigate terrorist acts and process crime scenes and traveled to Liberia to document sites of war crimes committed by “Chuckie Taylor,” now serving 98 years in US Federal Prison.  She has led forensic teams in documenting and identifying evidence of the complex coordinated attack against the US Embassy in Yemen where terrorists targeted US Embassy personnel in Beirut, Lebanon, and at the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.  SA O’Connor led Washington Field Office’s team to assist in the investigation of Boston Marathon attack and several “Lone Offender” shooting scenes including the Holocaust Museum shooting, two separate shooting attacks targeting the US Pentagon, the 2012 White House shooting, the Family Research Council, and the Washington Navy Yard attack. SA O’Connor is an Adjunct Faculty member for the FBI Academy and has conducted numerous training assignments in the United States, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

 

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Apr 18, 2019
Episode 161: Jim Sweeney and Rich Macko – Broad Street Shootout
01:23:33

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agents Jim Sweeney and Rich Macko review the March 16, 1994, Broad Street shootout where Rich Macko and another agent were shot and seriously injured, and a drug gang member killed after a violent confrontation that occurred while the agents were attempting a car stop. The surviving gang members had to be tried twice for the attempted assassination of federal officers. FBI Director Louie Freeh visited the agents directly after the shootout and, for their actions, later awarded them the FBI’s highest award for bravery the “Medal of Valor.”

At the time, Jim was the supervisor and Rich a member of  the Philadelphia Division’s  Violent Traffickers Project, a task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies established in 1988 to investigate violent drug dealers and drug-related murders. Also known as Squad 2, the federally funded unit was responsible for the dismantling of more than 50 gangs that had been selling drugs in the Philadelphia area.  

Henry James Sweeney “Jim” served in the FBI for more than 39 years, six as a support employee and 33 as an agent. During his agent time, Philadelphia was his first and only office of assignment. He was the supervisor of Squad 2 for twenty-one years. Jim established the squad in 1986 when the FBI was first given the federal mandate to investigate drugs along with the DEA. Upon retiring from the FBI Jim was employed as a special agent with US Treasury Office of Inspector General traveling the country working Stimulus Funding frauds. Currently,  is working as an investigator for the City of Philadelphia, Office of the Inspector General.

Richard Macko served in the FBI for 34 years, three as a support employee and 31 as an agent. For most of his career he conducted long term Criminal Gang  and Organized Crime investigations in the Philadelphia Division.. Late in his career, he accepted a special assignment to Boston where he was part of the team who investigated and prosecuted a corrupt retired Boston FBI Supervisor convicted of crimes related to his long-term association with South Boston Organized Crime Boss “Whitey” Bulger. Macko was awarded the “Directors Award for Investigative Excellence” by FBI Director Mueller for his efforts in the case. Before retiring, Macko was deployed to Iraq by the FBI to assist in the investigation of genocide and crimes against humanity under the  Iraqi Criminal Law. Currently, he as a Senior Law Enforcement Advisor in Afghanistan for the 101st Airborne and 25th Infantry Divisions of the U.S. Army and went “outside the wire” on more than 50 missions in direct support of our troops.

 

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Apr 11, 2019
Episode 160: Warren Flagg – Pet Cemetery Scam
01:04:18

Retired agent Warren Flagg served 22 years as a special agent with the FBI and, before his appointment, an additional five years as a fingerprint filing clerk and FBI Headquarter tour guide. During his agent career, he worked white-collar crime cases in the New York Division. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews a pet cemetery scam he investigated where burial grounds containing up to 250,000 carcasses of deceased dogs and cats were discovered in the woods behind a pet memorial park. The subjects, a father and son, were convicted of mail fraud based on the premiums they collected to individually bury or cremate pets when they instead dumped them into mass cremations and burials.

Following his retirement, Warren Flagg formed Flaggman Inc. a private investigative and film consultant firm. Over the past 20 years ago, he has worked as a technical advisor on TV and films with Woody Harrelson, and the writers of the Show Time series SLEEPER CELL starring Michael Ealy. He can be contacted via his website Flaggman Inc.

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Apr 04, 2019
Episode 159: Wayne Manis - The Order, White Supremacist Group
01:05:43

Retired agent Wayne Manis served more than 28 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews his investigation of “The Order,” a white supremacist terrorist group, also known as the Silent Brotherhood, that operated in the Pacific Northwest in the early to mid-1980s. The pursuit of these terrorists consumed five years of Wayne Manis’s career as he tracked their assassinations, armored car robberies, bombings and counterfeiting activities. The hunt came to an end when Wayne and other SWAT Agents surrounded the terrorist on a remote island and killed the leader in a fiery machine gun battle. At the time, it was the nation's largest domestic terrorism case prior to the Oklahoma City bombing.

During Wayne’s FBI career, he spearheaded the FBI’s undercover program being the first agent to go undercover following WW ll. While working undercover, Wayne penetrated the violent factions of the “New Left” in Chicago, posed as a hit man in a mob related ‘murder for hire’ case and infiltrated the notorious criminal empire of the New Orleans Crime Family after receiving ‘the blessing’ from the family’s Godfather, Carlos Marcello. Wayne also served as a team leader of an elite FBI SWAT Team and was engaged in several deadly shootouts while serving in this capacity. With historical implications that still reverberates into present day events, his career and casework  are chronicled in his memoir, The Street Agent.

Wayne Manis has been featured in several episodes of the T.V. series, FBI-The Untold Stories, Turning Point produced by ABC, Discovery Channel’s Angry America, and The FBI Files. He has been a news commentator for CNN and a speaker on Domestic Terrorism throughout the United States and Canada. Since his retirement, he is the owner and president of Manis Investigations, Inc., a Coeur d’Alene, Idaho-based company specializing in corporate security and executive protection. In this capacity he has provided security services to some of the largest corporations in America. You can visit his website to learn more about Wayne Manis.

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Mar 27, 2019
Episode 158: Garland Schweickhardt – Hollywood Mob Sting, The Last Shot
01:08:27

Retired agent Garland Schweickhardt served in the FBI for 33 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews a case where he went undercover during a five-year sting targeting organized crime’s influence over labor unions in the film industry. During the investigation code-named Dramex for "Drama Expose," Garland Schweickhardt posed as Garland Hoffner, an investment consultant for wealthy individuals who wanted to produce a non-union film. The case was later fictionalized as, The Last Shot, an actual Hollywood feature film. In the star-studded comedy, actor Alec Baldwin played the role of Garland Schweickhardt. Matthew Broderick starred as the screenwriter/director unaware that the producer was really an FBI undercover agent.

During the early days of Garland Schweickhardt’s FBI career, he worked fugitives, bank robberies and gambling case in Detroit, Louisville, Houston and Cincinnati, and supervised the Copyright Squad in Los Angeles. He was also promoted to FBI Headquarter as a supervisor and later the Chief of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIPA) Unit. He requested a transfer back to the LA Division, were he worked on the Labor Racketeering and Organized Crime Squad until he retired.

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Mar 20, 2019
Episode 157: Scott Duffey – Russian National Robs Bank, Kills Mother
01:19:16

Retired agent Scott Duffey served in the FBI for 22 years. For the majority of his career, he was assigned to the Wilmington Resident Agency out of the Baltimore Division where he was the bank robbery and kidnapping coordinator, and later, the supervisory special agent. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews a bank robbery case involving a Russian national that morphed into a strange murder investigation. In the process of gathering evidence to charge Dmitry Pronin with bank robbery, Scott discovered that just days before the bank was robbed Pronin’s mother had gone missing. Yulia Pogrebenko had just arrived in the U.S. from Russia to visit her son. Approximately five months later, her lower body and partial skull were discovered floating in the Chesapeake Bay and off of Tolchester Beach. Scott continued working with and assisting the Baltimore County Police Department on the murder investigation.

Scott Duffey also served as the coordinator of the FBI’s Delaware Violent Crimes Task Force from 1999 through 2011. Prior to joining the Bureau, he was a Lower Merion Township Police Officer. With a B.A. in Classical Languages and a Masters in Administration of Justice, Scott Duffey currently serves as the Associate Director of the Criminal Justice Institute for Wilmington University.

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Mar 14, 2019
Episode 156: Lauren Anderson – Casablanca Bombings, LEGAT Paris
01:44:40

Retired agent Lauren Anderson served in the FBI for nearly 29 years. During her career, she worked counterintelligence and counterterrorism cases. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Lauren Anderson reviews the assistance the FBI provided to the Moroccan government directly after the 2003 Casablanca bombings which resulted in 41 fatalities at five different sites. At the time, she was the Legal Attaché (LEGAT) in Paris, France, where, in addition to France, she directed the FBI’s engagement with, and operations in Monaco and twenty-two African nations.

After her LEGAT assignment, Lauren Anderson was appointed to be the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the International Terrorism Branch of the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, where she oversaw the disruption of many terrorist plots and the success of many prosecutions. She also served as the interim Special Agent in Charge of the New York Counterterrorism Division and the Intelligence Division. Lauren Anderson and her teams received numerous awards and commendations, including from the Director of National Intelligence, the US Attorney General, Director of the National Security Agency, the Director of the FBI, the Respect for Law Alliance, and the Federal Executive Board.

Today, she builds upon her geopolitical and international security expertise to work with women leaders and young people throughout the globe and provides commentary for media outlets, including ABC News, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, CBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico and Fox News. She’s an ambassador for Vital Voices and a judge for the XPRIZE Foundation’s Women’s Safety XPRIZE.

 

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Mar 06, 2019
Episode 155: Peter Welsh - Abducted in Plain Sight, Jan Broberg Kidnapping
01:04:18

Retired agent Peter Welsh served in the FBI for 20 years. He was assigned to three offices during his career,  the Yuba City Resident Agency (RA) out of the Sacramento Division, Long Beach RA out of the Los Angeles Division and the Pocatello, Idaho RA originally out of the Butte Division which later the Salt Lake City Division, where he worked all violations and fugitives matters. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Pete Welsh reviews his 1974 investigation of the kidnapping of 12-year-old Jan Broberg who was abducted by Bob Berchtold, a trusted and close family friend. Pete Welsh spent three years trying to unravel the bizarre twist and turns of the case. Pete was interviewed on camera for the Netflix documentary, Abducted In Plain Sight, about the Jan Broberg kidnapping. It was during the filming that he learned about all of the methods used by his subject Bob Berchtold to groom and manipulate young Jan and her parents, Bob and Maryann Broberg. You can learn more about the documentary Abducted In Plain Sight website and watch a clip from the film on the official website and YouTube.

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Feb 28, 2019
Episode 154: Ali Soufan – USS Cole Bombing, The Black Banners
01:17:31

Former agent Ali Soufan served with the FBI for eight years. He investigated highly sensitive and complex international terrorism cases, including bombings and attacks around the world.  In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Ali Soufan reviews his investigation of the attack on the USS Cole where suicide terrorists exploded a small boat alongside the Navy Destroyer—as it was refueling in the Yemeni port of Aden. The blast ripped a 40-foot-wide hole near the waterline of the Cole, killing 17 American sailors and injuring many more. Ali also discusses the events surrounding 9/11. He also discusses his New York Times top 10 bestseller book The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda and the 10-part Hulu television series “The Looming Tower” in which he and his work are portrayed.

During his FBI career, Ali Soufan was assigned to and later supervised the New York Office’s the Joint Terrorism Task Force where he coordinated both domestic and international counterterrorism operations. He often operated out of hostile environments and carried out sensitive extraterritorial missions and high-level negotiations, and has received numerous awards and commendations for his counter-terrorism work. These include the Director of the FBI's Award for Excellence in Investigation, the Respect for Law Enforcement Award for "relentless pursuit of truth and bringing terrorist subjects before the bar of justice," and a commendation from the U.S. Department of Defense that labeled him "an important weapon in the ongoing war on terrorism." 

Currently, Ali Soufan is the Chief Executive Officer of The Soufan Group and Founder of The Soufan Center and also serves as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Mr. Soufan has testified before the U.S. Congress, and Presidential Commissions, and appeared on 60 Minutes, Frontline, The BBC, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of his recently released second book, Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State, lays bare the psychology and inner workings of al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and their spawn, and shows how the spread of terror can be stopped.

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Feb 21, 2019
Episode 153: Q & A - With Special Agent FBI Recruiter
02:08:31

Special Agent Cerena Coughlin, an FBI recruiter for the Philadelphia Division, provides answers to questions about the FBI sent in by FBI Retired Case File Review listeners interested in applying to become analysts and specials agents with the FBI. All potential FBI Special Agent candidates must start the application process online at FBIJobs.gov.

Special Agent Cerena Coughlin has been with the FBI for more than 18 years. Currently, she is the Employment Recruiter for the Philadelphia Field Office and also the local Coordinator for InfraGard, a public/private partnership between the FBI and representatives of critical infrastructure. She was a member of the Los Angeles Innocent Images SAFE Team where she investigated cases involving the sexual exploitation of children, and was assigned to Counterterrorism squads in the Los Angeles and Baltimore Divisions. In the Philadelphia Division, before being assigned as the FBI recruiter, she was on a Cybercrime squad. She is married to an FBI agent and they have three children.

 

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Feb 13, 2019
Episode 152: Bob Clifford – Mormon Missionary Murders, Terrorism in Latin American
01:18:28

Retired agent Robert “Bob” Clifford served with the FBI for 24 years. He rose from Special Agent to Senior Executive with responsibilities in international terrorism and transnational criminal gangs matters. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Bob Clifford reviews an extra-territorial jurisdiction case from early in his career when he was assigned as a technical adviser embedded with a Bolivian police counter-terrorism team to capture the terrorist responsible for the murder of two Mormon missionaries and the attempted assignation of U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz.

Bob is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations, to include FBI Director’s Award for Counter-terrorism, the Director of National Intelligence Commendation Award, the Award of Excellence from the National Counterintelligence Executive, and the Bolivian National Police Medal of Merit. In 2004, he received the Service to America Medal and was named Federal Employee of the Year. 

Bob Clifford was previously interviewed about his investigation and capture of the only surviving hijacker responsible for the hijacking of Egypt Air Flight 648  (Episodes 96 and 97) and his special assignment to establish the FBI's MS-13 National Gang Task Force (Episode 103).

 

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Feb 07, 2019
Episode 151: Debra LaPrevotte – Kleptocracy, International Corruption, and Recovering Human Remains
01:20:01

Retired agent Debra LaPrevotte served in the FBI for 20 years. She spent most of her career working international corruption investigations. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Debra reviews the initiation of the FBI’s Kleptocracy program and seizing more than $1 billion from corrupt foreign officials, including the recovering $630 million of Nigerian government funds stolen by General Sani Abacha, former President of Nigeria. Debra, who has a Master’s Degree in Forensic Science, also talks about serving for several years on the Evidence Response Team (ERT) at the Washington Field Office (WFO) and an ERT Unit at the FBI Laboratory and training at the “body farm.”

Later in her career, Debra served as a Supervisory Special Agent in the International Corruption Unit at FBI Headquarters, focusing on investigating greed that fuels war crimes and atrocities. Since retiring from the Bureau, Debra LaPrevotte is a senior investigator with The Sentry, which seeks to disrupt and ultimately dismantle the network of perpetrators, facilitators, and enablers who fund and profit from Africa’s deadliest conflicts. They organization’s motto is “War crimes shouldn’t pay.”

 

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Jan 31, 2019
Episode 150: Bill Plunkett – 1929, Suicide or Murder? The G-Men and the Nurse
49:09

Retired agent William “Bill” Plunkett served in the FBI for 27 years. During his FBI career, he was assigned to the joint Counterintelligence operations with the Central Intelligence Agency and investigated National Security and Cybercrime matters. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Bill Plunkett reviews the 1929 Bureau of Investigation case featuring the mysterious death of Virginia McPherson; attractive young nurse found semi-nude in her apartment with a pajama cord around her neck. The case was initially investigated by the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police, but after a public outcry when Virginia’s death was ruled a suicide, Director Hoover’s  G-Men were asked to step in and re-do the investigation.

During his FBI career, Bill worked in the Albany Division, the Cincinnati Division, and the Washington Field Office in D.C. He was an original member of the Cincinnati FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, formed after 9/11. He is the author of two true crime books that take place in the early days of the FBI, known initially as the Bureau of Investigations. In The G-Men and the Nurse, his second book, Bill recounts the story of the Virginia McPherson case. His first book was titled The G-Men and the Diamond King.

 

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Jan 24, 2019
Episode 149: Bob Herndon – The Informant, Price Fixing Case, Book, Movie (Part 2)
01:34:09

Retired agent Robert Herndon served in the FBI for 28 years. Before joining the Bureau, he was employed as a CPA. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Herndon reviews an anti-trust corporate fraud investigation involving Archer Daniels Midland, a global food processing corporation operating a price-fixing scheme to steal millions of dollars from its customers. Herndon also discusses Mark Whitacre, his rogue cooperating witness who had a hidden agenda that nearly destroyed the careers of Herndon and his co-case agent. The case, code-named Operation Harvest King, was the subject of the true crime thriller The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald and a feature film by the same name, starring Matt Damon.

During his FBI career, in addition to the ADM investigation, Herndon worked several other major cases, to include the first prosecution of a U.S. District Court Judge on bribery charges; the national health care fraud case of the year – a case in which a pharmacist purposely diluted chemotherapy drugs for profit. He received the Attorney Generals Award for Distinguished Service; was the Agent of the Year, and an award from the Director of the CIA following a three-year deep undercover assignment focused on a foreign adversary.

He retired as a supervisor overseeing complex financial crime cases in the Kansas City Division. After spending nearly three years traveling the world investigating bribery and financial integrity matters for Walmart.  Currently, Bob Herndon is President of The WCC Group, LLC - an entity that conducts employment background investigations; financial integrity reviews; and provides presentations and training to professional groups.    

 

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Jan 17, 2019
Episode 148: Bob Herndon – The Informant, Price Fixing Case, Book, Movie (Part 1)
01:32:00

Retired agent Robert Herndon served in the FBI for 28 years. Before joining the Bureau, he was employed as a CPA. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Herndon reviews an anti-trust corporate fraud investigation involving Archer Daniels Midland, a global food processing corporation operating a price-fixing scheme to steal millions of dollars from its customers. Herndon also discusses Mark Whitacre, his rogue cooperating witness who had a hidden agenda that nearly destroyed the careers of Herndon and his co-case agent. The case was the subject of the true crime thriller The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald and a feature film by the same name, starring Matt Damon.

During his FBI career, in addition to the ADM investigation, Herndon worked several other major cases, to include the first prosecution of a U.S. District Court Judge on bribery charges; the national health care fraud case of the year – a case in which a pharmacist purposely diluted chemotherapy drugs for profit. He received the Attorney Generals Award for Distinguished Service; was the Agent of the Year, and an award from the Director of the CIA following a three-year deep undercover assignment focused on a foreign adversary.

He retired as a supervisor overseeing complex financial crime cases in the Kansas City Division. After spending nearly three years traveling the world investigating bribery and financial integrity matters for Walmart.  Currently, Bob Herndon is President of The WCC Group, LLC - an entity that conducts employment background investigations; financial integrity reviews; and provides presentations and training to professional groups.    

 

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Jan 10, 2019
Episode 147: Judy Tyler and Jack Saltarelli – Meth Lab Fugitive
01:34:26

Retired agent Judy Tyler served 31 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Judy Tyler reviews her hunt for fugitive Jack Saltarelli, fleeing a 20-year sentence for distribution of methamphetamine in Mississippi and his subsequent cooperation in the take-down of a farmhouse meth lab in the Pocono mountains, resulting in the arrest of nine individuals. (In Episodes 3 and 102 of FBI Retired Case File Review, Judy was interviewed about some of her other Philadelphia investigations and her FBI career).

Jack Saltarelli, facing a 20-year sentence for selling meth, an attempted hit on his life, and a young son who needed him, cooperated with agent Judy Tyler and the FBI to take down a criminal enterprise operating a series of productive meth labs. He is writing his memoir, revealing how he grew up on the mean streets of Philadelphia where he started running away from home at eight years old and the significant time he spent in prisons at Holmesburg, Lewisburg, and Terre Haute. However, for the past 28 years Jack has been chasing criminals around the country as a  bail recovery agent and bounty hunter.

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Dec 20, 2018
Episode 146: Eugene Casey – Operation Utah Powder, Drug Cartel Money Laundering
01:05:37

Retired agent Eugene Casey served 21 years with the FBI. As a special agent, he used skills acquired from his prior employment as a compliance officer on Wall Street to work white collar crime matters in the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Eugene Casey reviews Operation Utah Powder, a Colombian drug money laundering investigation that resulted in numerous international convictions and for which he received a distinguished service medal from the Salt Lake City Police Department. Later in his career, Eugene Casey received an award from the Department of Justice for spearheading the Salt Lake Olympic Bribery investigation. Upon being transferred to the New York Office, he supervised the money laundering squad and, ironically, a case that had spun off from Operation Utah Powder resulting in additional indictments and extraditions from Colombia. He also served as the supervisor of the Joint Task Force on Terrorist Finance in Saudi Arabia and was the Unit Chief for the Eurasian Organized Crime Unit of the Criminal Investigative Division, as well as the Assistant Legal Attaché (ALAT) for the FBI in Paris, France. His last Bureau assignment before retiring was as an instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia teaching Interviewing and interrogation skills. 

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Dec 13, 2018
Episode 145: Bill Vanderpool – Guns of the FBI, Firearms Training
01:06:22

Retired agent Bill Vanderpool served in the FBI for twenty years. He was initially assigned to the Dallas Division and to the Washington Field Office where he was a sniper on the SWAT team, before being transferred to the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia as an instructor in the Firearms Training Unit. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Bill Vanderpool reviews his experience and years of research regarding the evolution of the bureau’s firearms, equipment, training facilities, and tactics. His book, Guns of the FBI: A History of the Bureau’s Firearms and Training, is a comprehensive study for history buffs and gun collectors. With eleven years with the State of Florida as a vice investigator before he joined the Bureau, Bill is the only agent in the FBI’s history to have fired a “Possible,” an official perfect score under strict conditions, in both the FBI and the FBI’s National Academy. For fourteen years, he taught thousands of FBI agents firearms, arrest techniques and street survival at the range and Hogan's Alley. In addition to his book, Bill Vanderpool has written numerous magazine articles on firearms training and history. In retirement, he continues to shoot and reload, and share photography and travel.

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Dec 06, 2018
Episode 144: Dennis Lormel – Terrorist Financing, Money Laundering
01:04:22

Retired agent Dennis Lormel served in the FBI for 28 years. During his career, he gained extensive major case experience as a street agent, supervisor and senior executive, particularly in complex financial related investigative matters. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Dennis Lormel reviews terrorist financing and money laundering. Shortly before the 9/11 attacks, he was promoted to Chief of the FBI’s Financial Crimes Program. After the attacks, he immediately established an investigative organization within the FBI that, within days, identified the funding stream that supported the terrorist attack. His efforts evolved into the formation of a formal section within the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI, known as The Terrorist Financing Operations Section. This multi-agency, multi-disciplined entity attained international recognition as one of the world’s elite operations for tracking, investigating and disrupting terrorist-related financial activity. For his visionary contributions, Dennis Lormel received numerous commendations to include the Department of Justice Award for Investigative Initiative, and the CIA’s George H. W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism. Currently, Dennis Lormel is the founder and President of DML Associates, LLC., providing consulting services and training related to terrorist financing, money laundering, fraud, financial crimes, suspicious activity, and due diligence.

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Nov 29, 2018
Episode 143: Michael McGowan – Ghost, Working Undercover
01:15:08

Retired agent Michael McGowan served with the FBI for more than 30 years. During his career he was assigned to the Philadelphia and Boston Divisions. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Retired agent Michael McGowan reviews his memoir, Ghost – My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent, that recaps his experience working undercover against some of the most dangerous, sophisticated, and notorious criminal organizations and individuals throughout the world, participating in more than 50 FBI Undercover Operations. He successfully infiltrated Italian LCN and Russian Organized Crime groups, Mexican drug cartels, Outlaw Motorcycle gangs, contract murderers and corrupt public officials, all resulting in significant arrests, seizures, and lengthy incarcerations. He was an instructor at the FBI Undercover Certification School in Quantico, Virginia and also served an operational counselor for the FBI’s Undercover Safeguard Unit, evaluating undercover FBI personnel for operational and psychological readiness. Michael McGowan has been qualified in federal court as a subject matter expert in Undercover Operations. After retiring from the FBI, McGowan started The 7329 Group, a law enforcement undercover training and entertainment consulting firm. His book has been optioned for development as a feature film by Sylvester Stallone’s production company.

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Nov 22, 2018
Episode 142: Asha Rangappa – Russian Interference, Counterintelligence
01:08:50

Former agent Asha Rangappa served in the FBI for three years. She was assigned to the New York Division and specialized in counterintelligence investigations. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Asha Rangappa reviews Russian interference and how the FBI’s counterintelligence agents, along with the entire intelligence community, is addressing the threat. During her time in the Bureau, Asha Rangappa assessed threats to national security, conducted classified investigations on suspected foreign agents, and performed undercover work. She gained experience in intelligence tradecraft, electronic surveillance, interview and interrogation techniques, and the use of firearms and deadly force. After leaving the FBI, Asha Rangappa was an Associate Dean at Yale Law School. She has also taught National Security Law and related courses at Yale University, Wesleyan University, and the University of New Haven. Currently, as a senior lecturer at the Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Asha has published op-eds in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, among others, and has appeared on NPR, BBC, and several major television networks. She is an editor for Just Security and is currently a legal and national security analyst for CNN. You can find more about Asha on her website AshaRangappa.com.

 

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Nov 14, 2018
Episode 141: Bill Kinane – FBI in Moscow, First Russian LEGAT
01:05:37

Retired agent Bill Kinane served in the FBI for 34 years. He spent most of his career in San Francisco, but also served in the Seattle, New York, and Chicago Divisions, and the Moscow Office. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Bill Kinane reviews the five years he served as the Assistant Legal Attaché (ALAT) and  the Legal Attaché (LEGAT) of the FBI’s Office in Moscow, Russia, the first-ever official Bureau presence in the country. The office was opened at the invitation of Russian President Boris Yeltsin, and Bill Kinane established a working relationship with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB). At the time, current Russian President Vladimir Putin was the head of the FSB, and Bill Kinane met with him and his team weekly. The Moscow LEGAT handled major investigations with a Russian nexus: Russian Organized Crime, money laundering, kidnappings of Americans in Russia, extortions, terrorism, movement of nuclear materials, and human trafficking.  Bill Kinane, who has an advanced degree in Soviet Area Studies, and learned Russian and Serbo-Croatian from the Defense Language Institute at Monterey, CA while serving in the Marine Corps, also provides a brief history of the period. Upon his retirement, he worked as a contract employee in Ukraine, Belarus, and Albania. He later joined Guardsmark Corp. as a Senior VP. He now splits his time between California and Oregon.         

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Nov 08, 2018
Episode 140: Timothy Tracy – Mortgage Fraud, Obstruction of Justice
01:06:52

Retired agent Timothy Tracy served in the FBI for 32 years, two as a budget analyst at FBI Headquarters and 30 as a special agent. His first assignment was in the Cincinnati Division. Later, he was assigned to the House Appropriations Committee at the Washington Field Office, the Attorney General’s Security Detail, and finally to the Louisville Division where he spent the last 17 years of his career in the Covington, Kentucky Resident Agency. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Tim Tracy reviews his Kentucky mortgage fraud case where the main subjects, son Bill and father Tony Erpenbeck received multi-year sentences for obstruction of justice and the father was sentenced to additional years of incarceration for threatening to kill the judge and prosecutor, and kidnap Tim Tracy’s young children. The investigation, one of the last cases Tim Tracy worked prior to retirement, was featured on the CNBC show American Greed. Upon his retirement, he accepted a position as a contract forfeiture investigator in the Cincinnati Division. Currently, Tim Tracy is involved in several volunteer activities and performs investigative services on a limited basis.

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Nov 01, 2018
Episode 139: Ray Morrow and Dan Estrem - Cleveland Police Corruption, Undercover Sting (Part 2)
01:15:55

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agents Ray Morrow and Dan Estrem review their Cleveland Police Corruption case where Ray served as the undercover agent, and Dan was the case agent. The major undercover operation was developed to gather evidence on corrupt police officers who were accepting payments to act as lookouts and protect illegal gambling dens. Ray and Dan set up two casinos which were actually part of an FBI sting. The case resulted in the indictment and conviction of 30 Cleveland Police Officers and 17 other individuals.

Ray Morrow served in the FBI for 20 years. During his career, he held investigative and supervisory positions in Louisville, Cleveland, Atlanta, Tampa, and FBI Headquarters. He was a member of the FBI Director’s Protective Detail, working closely with overseas law enforcement agencies providing protection for former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh when traveling overseas. Prior to his retirement, Ray Morrow was appointed as the Special Agent in Charge of the New York and Pittsburgh Divisions. Currently, he serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Dan Estrem served in the FBI for 20 years. After being promoted he served as a Supervisory Special Agent in Anchorage Alaska and, later, in the FBIHQ Undercover Operations Unit, Dan Estrem managed major undercover operations in the U.S. while also developing and administering the highly unique and successful FBI undercover training program. Post 9/11, he served as the Unit Chief in the FBIHQ Counterterrorism Division assigned to the National Domestic Preparedness Office. Currently, he is a consultant supporting the continued development of interservice technical information management and information sharing program with the Greater Palestinian Authority Intelligence, Security and Law Enforcement Services.   

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Oct 25, 2018
Episode 138: Ray Morrow and Dan Estrem - Cleveland Police Corruption, Undercover Sting (Part 1)
01:27:49

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agents Ray Morrow and Dan Estrem review their Cleveland Police Corruption case where Ray was the undercover agent, and Dan was the case agent. The major undercover operation was developed to gather evidence on corrupt police officers accepting payments to act as lookouts and protect illegal gambling dens. Ray and Dan set up two casinos which were actually part of an FBI sting. The case resulted in the indictment and conviction of 30 Cleveland Police Officers and 17 other individuals.

Ray Morrow served in the FBI for 20 years. During his career, he held investigative and supervisory positions in Louisville, Cleveland, Atlanta, Tampa, and FBI Headquarters. He was a member of the FBI Director’s Protective Detail, working closely with overseas law enforcement agencies providing protection for former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh when traveling overseas., Prior to his retirement, he appointed as the Special Agent in Charge of the New York and Pittsburgh Divisions. Currently, he serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Dan Estrem served in the FBI for 20 years. After being promoted he served as a Supervisory Special Agent in Anchorage Alaska and, later, in the FBIHQ Undercover Operations Unit, Dan Estrem managed major undercover operations in the U.S. while also developing and administering the highly unique and successful FBI undercover training program. Post 9/11, he served as the Unit Chief in the FBIHQ Counterterrorism Division assigned to the National Domestic Preparedness Office. Currently, he is a consultant supporting the continued development of interservice technical information management and information sharing program with the Greater Palestinian Authority Intelligence, Security and Law Enforcement Services.   

 

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Oct 18, 2018
Episode 137: Mark Thundercloud – Negotiating Philippine Kidnapping, Captain Phillips
01:33:41

Retired agent Mark Thundercloud served in the FBI for nearly 28 years. Early in his career, he was trained as a crisis negotiator and was eventually promoted to the FBI Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), in the Crisis Negotiation Unit. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Mark Thundercloud reviews  the case of an American mother and son, Gerfa and Kevin Lunsmann, kidnapped by terrorist organization Abu Sayyaf while visiting relatives in the Philippines. Thundercloud also talks about his role in the rescue from Somali pirates of Richard Phillips, the captain of the Maersk Alabama, a commercial vessel. During his career, Mark Thundercloud responded to major crisis incidents around the world and managed the FBI Crisis Negotiator Program and the approximately 375 Special Agent negotiators throughout the U.S. He also organized many instructional courses and trained hostage/crisis negotiation and suicide intervention to thousands of FBI Agents, domestic and foreign police officers, military, and other personnel throughout the U.S. and the world. Mark Thundercloud personally responded to major incidents in the United States such as the Ruby Ridge standoff in Idaho, the Freemen incident in Montana, the Boston Marathon Bombings, and to the Standing Rock, North Dakota oil pipeline conflict. He has also deployed with the FBI Hostage Rescue Team to numerous other arrest and search warrant events. To assist in negotiations of kidnaped Americans and others, Thundercloud deployed to the countries of Afghanistan, Colombia, England, Greece, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Qatar, and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as inside the United States. In 2011, Mark Thundercloud received the FBI Director’s Meritorious Achievement Award for negotiations conducted during a piracy-related hijacking of the near the coast of Somalia.

 

 

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Oct 11, 2018
Episode 136: Michael McGowan - Falsely Accused, Pakistani Heroin
01:31:12

Retired agent Michael McGowan served with the FBI for more than 30 years. Early in his career, while assigned to the Philadelphia Division, he worked major drug investigations. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Michael McGowan reviews a Pakistani drug investigation where he was falsely accused and investigated for the theft of $200 million dollars of heroin and cocaine from a secured FBI evidence vault. His reputation and integrity were temporarily destroyed by the false allegation. The actual person responsible was another FBI drug agent who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the crime. Later in his career, Michael McGowan was transferred to the Boston Division and  participated in more than 50 FBI Undercover Operations. He successfully infiltrated Italian LCN and Russian Organized Crime groups, Mexican drug cartels, Outlaw Motorcycle gangs, contract murderers and corrupt public officials, all resulting in significant arrests, seizures, and lengthy incarcerations. He has been recognized at the highest levels of the FBI and Department of Justice, and domestically and internationally, for his role as an undercover agent. He was an instructor at the FBI Undercover Certification School in Quantico, Virginia and also served an operational counselor for the FBI’s Undercover Safeguard Unit, evaluating undercover FBI personnel for operational and psychological readiness. Michael McGowan has been qualified in federal court as a subject matter expert in Undercover Operations. After retiring from the FBI, McGowan started The 7329 Group, a law enforcement undercover training and entertainment consulting firm. He is the author of Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent, in which he recaps his more than 30 years of dedicated service to the FBI.

 

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Oct 04, 2018
Episode 135: Michael Tabman – Drug Cartel Money Laundering
56:19

Retired agent Michael Tabman served in the FBI for 24 years. During his early career, he was assigned to an FBI – NYPD Drug Task Force were he  gained invaluable investigative experience. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Michael Tabman reviews the case of Stephen Saccoccia, a coin dealer who was convicted of laundering Colombian drug cartel money by creating phony invoices and buying and reselling the same bars of gold. Saccoccia was sentenced to 660 years in prison. After the successful conclusion of this case and others, Michael Tabman rose through the ranks of the FBI reaching the level of Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis Division, commanding 250 FBI Agents throughout three states. Since retiring from the Bureau, Michael Tabman has become a sought-after speaker for corporate events, is called upon as a media crime and security analyst, and, at one time, had his own radio talk show. He is the author of three books. His novel Bad Intent was inspired by the Saccoccia money laundering case and his years on the FBI-NYPD Drug Task Force. You can learn more about Michael Tabman on his website, MichaelTabman.com.

 

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Sep 27, 2018
Episode 134: Michael J. Anderson - Juror Bribery, Obstruction of Justice
01:16:11

Retired agent Michael J. Anderson served in the FBI for 22 years. During his Bureau career, he worked primarily Public Corruption cases. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Michael Anderson reviews a case from early in his career when he investigated Miguel Moya, a jury foreman suspected of accepting a $500,000 bribe to vote to acquit Salvador Magluta, and Willy Falcon, two Miami drug kingpins on trial for smuggling cocaine. Later in his career, Michael Anderson served in senior-level roles at FBI Headquarters where he managed the Intelligence, Human Resources, White Collar Crime and Criminal programs and major cases such as the investigations of Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson; Washington, DC super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff; Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil environmental disaster; New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin; former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert; Almighty Latin Kings. Prior to retiring from the Bureau, Michael J. Anderson served as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the New Orleans Division and then the Chicago Division, one of the FBI’s largest field offices. He currently oversees all cyber and physical security operations for Arizona Public Service (APS).

 

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Sep 20, 2018
Episode 133: Kevin Barrows – Identity Theft, Credit Report Fraud
49:45

Former agent Kevin Barrows served with the FBI for six years. He was assigned to the New York Division where he investigated white-collar crime. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews a major identity theft case involving a group of individuals who stole more than 30,000 identities through the unauthorized computer-based accessing of information from personal credit reports. Kevin Barrows was also the lead agent on a multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency securities fraud case that culminated in the arrest of over 120 individuals, including members of several organized crime families. For his role in the case, he received the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Outstanding Contributions in Law Enforcement. During and since his resignation from the Bureau, Kevin Barrows has testified on many occasions before grand juries and in trials in Federal court. He was an expert witness for the government on computer forensic issues in US v. Martha Stewart. Kevin is a security consultant for the National Hockey League and has co-written and hosted training videos for the NHL, the National Football League and Major League Baseball on the topics of identity theft and Internet Security. Kevin is one of the principals of Renaissance Associates a professional services firm.

 

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Sep 13, 2018
Episode 132: Dan Craft – Jeffrey Dahmer, Interrogating Serial Killers
01:30:19

Retired agent Dan Craft served in the FBI for 31 years. During his Bureau career, he was primarily assigned to violent crime investigations and was trained as a criminal profiler and polygraph examiner. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Dan Craft reviews his investigation of Jeffrey Dahmer who he interviewed on four separate occasions, each time developing a comprehensive behavioral profile of the serial killer. Dan Craft also provides tips for interrogating violent criminals. He has been designated by the FBI as a "Master Police Instructor" and created and taught an advanced interview/interrogation course at the FBI training academy in Quantico. He has trained law enforcement personnel on investigating Street Gangs, Terrorism, Police Related Critical Incidents, Reading a Crime Scene – Crime Scene Analysis, Sex-Related Crimes, Stress Management, and a variety of Interview and Interrogation – Hostage Negotiation courses. He has taught at Marquette University in Milwaukee, at Metropolitan State University, and at Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

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Sep 06, 2018
Episode 131: Dave Richter – Johnston Gang, Kiddie Gang Murders
59:37

Retired agent Dave Richter served in the FBI for more than 33 years, ten as a support employee and 23 as a special agent. During most of his agent career, he worked violent crime, general criminal, and white-collar crime matters out of the Philadelphia Division’s Newton Square Resident Agency. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews his investigation of the Johnston Gang, a violent family-based robbery, and burglary ring responsible for millions of dollars of thefts and convicted of the murders of six witnesses. The gang operated for more than 20 years in the rural areas of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and New York, stealing everything they could get their hands on, especially farm machinery. Dave Richter believes that the investigation was a success and the Johnston brothers were brought to justice due to the combined efforts of the federal, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies assigned. The case inspired the feature film At Close Range which starred Sean Penn and Christopher Walken, a number of TV true crime shows, and a book written by a former local reporter. Currently, Dave Richter is a principal in a private investigative agency, Cloud, Feehry & Richter, Inc.

 

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Aug 30, 2018
Episode 130: Dave Nadolski – Loomis Fargo Vault Sting, Informants
01:32:12

Retired agent Dave Nadolski served in the FBI for 21 years. He was assigned to the Detroit, Atlanta, New York, and Boston Field Offices. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Dave Nadolski reviews the Loomis Fargo Vault Sting which introduced an FBI criminal informant into a violent and heavily armed Boston crime gang conspiring to forcefully take over an armored car company’s money vault containing one hundred million dollars. Due to the heroic efforts of Tony Romano, Dave Nadolski’s informant, the Loomis Fargo Vault Sting was successfully concluded with the convictions of all four members of the gang. During his career, Dave conducted investigations involving foreign counterintelligence matters, public corruption, civil right violations, bank robberies and major crimes, gang investigations, and government fraud violations. He ended his career in the Boston Division as a squad supervisor. Since his Bureau retirement, Dave has worked as a licensed private investigator, a corporate security supervisor, and most recently, as a realtor. Dave is currently writing a book about the Loomis Fargo vault sting, the biggest case of his career.

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Aug 23, 2018
Episode 129: Michael E. Anderson – Enron Investigation
01:36:28

Retired agent Michael E. Anderson served with the FBI for 28 years. He was assigned to the San Antonio Division, Austin Resident Agency and as a supervisor at FBI Headquarters, prior to reporting to Houston as a White Collar Crime supervisor managing highly complex Financial Crimes and Intellectual Property Rights investigations. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Michel E. Anderson reviews the Enron Investigation, the largest and most complex White Collar Crime and corporate fraud case in FBI history, for which he received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service. Subsequently, he was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) and initially oversaw the entire Criminal Program. Michael E. Anderson is a Certified Fraud Examiner who has spoken extensively about Enron and ethics to universities, private groups and companies around the country. He can be contacted via his LinkedIn profile.

 

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Aug 16, 2018
Episode 128: Stephen Heaney – Philadelphia Tow Truck Ambush
01:13:47

Retired agent Stephen Heaney served in the FBI for more than 25 years. His entire career was spent at the Philadelphia Division working, primarily, major thefts and violent crimes. In the episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Steve Heaney reviews a tow truck ambush case where two tow-truck operators hauling confiscated cars for the FBI as part of a drug investigation were ambushed at a busy Center City intersection by gunmen attempting to steal the cars back. During Steve’s career, he served as a firearms instructor and was a SWAT team leader. For ten years, he was the FBI liaison  was the FBI liaison with the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia. He was later appointed as the Violent Crime Squad supervisor and then the Health Care Fraud Squad supervisor. He was also the Crisis Management and SWAT Team Coordinator.

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Aug 09, 2018
Episode 127: Jeff Rinek – Yosemite Park Murders, Child Predators, PTSD (Part 2)
01:40:16

Retired agent Jeff Rinek served in the FBI for 30 years, two years as a support employee and 28 as a Special Agent. During his career, he primarily investigated cases of missing and murdered children. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Jeff Rinek reviews how he obtained a confession from serial killer Cary Stayner, responsible for the Yosemite Park Murders, the brutal slayings of two women and two teenage girls. He also discusses the mental toll working child predator and murder cases had on him, and how his family helped him cope with case related  PTSD and attempted suicide. While assigned to the Sacramento office of the FBI, Jeff Rinek assisted police and sheriffs departments’ throughout Northern California in active and cold-case investigations involving missing children, child kidnappings, and the abuse, exploitation, and murder of children. He also served as a certified profiler for the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. In 2003, he was named Investigator of the Year by the California Sexual Assault Investigators Association, and in 2006, received an Award for Excellence from the International Homicide Investigators Association. He was also a member of the SWAT team and, and a co-pilot in the Sacramento Office’s aviation squad. He and his work have been featured on numerous TV documentary crime shows, including A&E's American Justice, TruTV's Crime Stories, and Investigation Discovery's Real Detective. Jeff Rinek is the author of In the Name of the Children: An FBI Agent's Relentless Pursuit of the Nation's Worst Predators, his personal account of child predator and murder investigations. Each chapter is dedicated to the victims of the cases he worked, including a chapter for his wife and sons.

 

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Aug 02, 2018
Episode 126: Jeff Rinek – Yosemite Park Murders, In The Name of the Children (Part 1)
01:47:06

Retired agent Jeff Rinek served in the FBI for 30 years, two years as a support employee and 28 as a Special Agent. During his career, he primarily investigated cases of missing and murdered children. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Jeff Rinek reviews how he obtained a confession from serial killer Cary Stayner, responsible for the Yosemite Park Murders, the brutal slayings of two women and two teenage girls. He also discusses the mental toll working child predator and murder cases had on him, and how his family helped him cope with case related  PTSD and attempted suicide. While assigned to the Sacramento office of the FBI, Jeff Rinek assisted police and sheriffs departments’ throughout Northern California in active and cold-case investigations involving missing children, child kidnappings, and the abuse, exploitation, and murder of children. He also served as a certified profiler for the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. In 2003, he was named Investigator of the Year by the California Sexual Assault Investigators Association, and in 2006, received an Award for Excellence from the International Homicide Investigators Association. He was also a member of the SWAT team and, and a co-pilot in the Sacramento Office’s aviation squad. He and his work have been featured on numerous TV documentary crime shows, including A&E's American Justice, TruTV's Crime Stories, and Investigation Discovery's Real Detective. Jeff Rinek is the author of In the Name of the Children: An FBI Agent's Relentless Pursuit of the Nation's Worst Predators, his personal account of child predator and murder investigations. Each chapter is dedicated to the victims of the cases he worked, including a chapter for his wife and sons.

 

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Jul 26, 2018
Episode 125: Keith Tolhurst – Grand Canyon Prison Escapee, Tracking Dogs
58:59

Retired agent Keith Tolhurst served in the FBI for 24 years. During his career, he investigated kidnappings, interstate shipment theft, civil rights, hate crimes, gangs, domestic terrorism, murder, sex crimes, bank robberies, and fugitives. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the case of Grand Canyon prison escapee Danny Ray Horning, who led the FBI and law enforcement partners on the largest fugitive manhunt in Arizona. The investigation lasted 54 days and used specially trained tracking dogs. The case and Keith Tolhurst have been featured on the TV shows Discovery ID FBI: Criminal Pursuit and the FBI Files.  As the FBI Phoenix Division’s Senior SWAT team leader and SWAT Coordinator for the entire state of Arizona, Keith Tolhurst was involved in every aspect of crisis management to include: command post procedures, critical infrastructure threats, dignitary protection, special events, security assessments, and hostage situations. Keith was nominated for the medal of bravery for operations outside of the United States. He was a Principle Firearms and Tactical Instructor and designated as an FBI Master Police Instructor, providing firearms and tactics training around the world to thousands of students from international, military, state, local and tribal police agencies. Since his retirement from the FBI, Keith has been employed as an independent contractor for the Bureau for the past seven years, providing classified and unclassified instruction to FBI agents related to advanced human intelligence. He is the founder of Tolhurst International, LLC a licensed Private Investigations firm that also provides security consultants, customizable training courses, and guest speaker services.

 

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Jul 19, 2018
Episode 124: Vince McNally - Airplane Cargo Theft, First Responder Suicide
01:00:37

Retired Agent Vincent McNally served in the FBI for 31 years. He was initially hired as a clerical employee. During his agent career, he conducted and led investigations in general criminal violations, espionage, terrorism, white-collar crime, organized crime, and drug violations. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Vince McNally reviews the case of a mysterious airplane cargo theft of $1 million of negotiable securities stolen from an American Airlines flight traveling between New York and Los Angeles. Later in his career, Vince McNally became an instructor in Crisis (Hostage) Negotiations and Program Manager for the FBI’s Critical Incident Stress Management teams at the FBI Academy. Vince retired after serving as Unit Chief of the Employee Assistance Unit (EAU) at FBI Headquarters. Currently, Vince McNally serves on the Board of Scientific & Professional Advisors of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (National Center for Crisis Management). He is a Compassion Fatigue Specialist, Board Certified in Acute Traumatic Stress Management, and Board Certified in Emergency Crisis. He is also a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP). Vince McNally and I continue our conversation from Episode 36 about the stress and trauma experienced by first responders that results in a higher incidence of suicide. Here's his 10 Point Suicide Reduction Program. He can be contacted via his LinkedIn profile, where he regularly posts articles on critical incidents, trauma, stress, and first responder suicide.

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Jul 12, 2018
Episode 123: J.J. Klaver – Electronic Surveillance, Fort Dix Six Case
01:05:39

Retired agent J.J. Klaver served in the FBI for 25 years. He was initially assigned to the Indianapolis Division for eight years before being transferred to the Philadelphia Division. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, J.J. Klaver reviews his duties as a Technically Trained Agent (TTA) on the Technical Operations Squad, collecting evidence and intelligence through the use of lawfully authorized electronic surveillance, and reviews how audio and video monitoring was utilized in the Fort Dix Six terror plot case. Later in his career, J.J. Klaver was appointed as the Division's Media Relations Coordinator and spokesperson, and the supervisor of both the Executive Staff Services Squad and Technical Operations Squad. Upon his retirement, J.J. worked for several years for Barclays Bank in New York City as a Vice President in Compliance, Conduct Oversight. Recently, J.J. Klaver, who has a Doctorate degree in Organization and Management, started his own consulting firm, Klaver Consulting Associates.  

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Jul 05, 2018
Episode 122: Jerri Williams – New Era Ponzi Scheme, Greedy Givers
01:25:47

Retired agent Jerri Williams served in the FBI for 26 years. During most of her Bureau career, she worked major economic fraud investigations targeting financial crimes and corruption. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, she reviews the Foundation of New Era Philanthropy investigation, a $350 million Ponzi scheme perpetrated against unsuspecting nonprofit organizations, high profiled philanthropists, and beneficiary donors, which resulted in a 12-year prison sentence and multiple forfeitures. The case and Jerri Williams were featured on the CNBC show, American Greed, Confessions of a Con Man. She received a United States Attorney Award for Distinguished Service for her work on the New Era Philanthropy case, as well as two additional U.S. Attorney Awards for her work on an international advance fee scam, and a business to business telemarketing fraud. Toward the end of her FBI career, Jerri Williams was appointed as the spokesperson for the Philadelphia Division of the FBI, taking on the responsibility of educating and informing the media and public about the Bureau. Post-FBI retirement, Jerri served as the spokesperson and Director of Media Relations for SEPTA, Philadelphia’s public transportation provider. Both positions often placed her in the spotlight in front of local and national news media. Jerri Williams is the author of two crime novels. Her recently published novel, Greedy Givers, was inspired by the Foundation of New Era Philanthropy investigation discussed in this episode.

(I'm interviewed by Deana Marie, host of Twisted Philly Podcast. Thanks, Deana!)

 

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Jun 28, 2018
Episode 121: John Mindermann – Watergate, FBI Public Perception Today
01:50:18

Retired agent John Mindermann served in the FBI for 20 years. During his career, he was a firearms and defensive tactics instructor, and leader of the first Washington Field Office SWAT Team. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews his assignment on C-2, the Miscellaneous Crimes Squad assigned to the Watergate investigation. He reveals little-known facts about the case, including the circumstances leading to the interview of a key witness and the FBI shutdown of the Presidential business offices in the White House. Later in his career, he was assigned to the Behavioral Science Unit in Quantico, Virginia, where  he specialized in violence avoidance, and created and taught Crisis Intervention and Police Stress programs. Prior to retiring, he transferred back to his hometown, San Francisco, where he supervised an Organized Crime and Narcotics Squad. Joh Mindermann is the author of In Pursuit: From the Streets of San Francisco to Watergate,  a gripping tale of a defining moment in American history—the Watergate scandal—told for the first time by the FBI agent who was coincidentally on weekend duty when the burglary occurred.

 

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Jun 21, 2018
Episode 120: Alfred Finch – Pakistani C-130 Crash, Accident or Terrorism?
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Retired agent Alfred Finch served in the FBI for 22 years. During his career, he was assigned to a variety of investigative and executive positions handling public corruption, kidnapping, extortion, bank robbery, and terrorism cases. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Al Finch reviews his investigation of a 1988 plane crash that took the lives of Pakistani President Zia, a U.S. Ambassador, and 28 others. Al Finch found himself involved in international intrigue and misinformation when possible evidence that the Pakistani C-130 crash was an accident was suppressed, and the unproven theory that the cause was a terrorist event was put forward instead. Al Finch finished his career as the Legal Attaché to Cairo and later as a Deputy Chief with the U.S. National Central Bureau of Interpol. Upon retiring from the FBI, he was a contract employee with the FBI assigned to the National Counter Terrorism Center. He later served as Director of Security for the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, in Springfield, Virginia where he set up personnel security apparatus for all radio and television employees and the physical plants that housed them. He is  currently a contract employee with the Voice of America.

Jun 14, 2018
Episode 119: Ed Mireles - Fatal FBI Miami Shootout (Part 2)
01:53:12

Retired agent Ed Mireles served in the FBI for 25 years. During his career, he worked as a street agent, supervisor and manager in a wide range of investigative and administrative areas, as well as an undercover agent in hundreds of high level, high-risk narcotics, criminal and national security investigations. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the April 11, 1986, fatal FBI Miami shootout where, during the pursuit of two extremely dangerous criminals, two special agents were killed, and several others, including Ed Mireles, were wounded. Although severely injured, Ed Mireles fired his shotgun one handed to prevent the suspects from escaping, then charged the suspects, fatally wounding both. His heroic actions prevented further injury to his fellow Agents and innocent citizens. He has received numerous awards and commendations honoring him for his heroism and bravery that day. After retiring from the Bureau, Ed Mireles, a former Marine, worked as a defense contractor in Iraq as a law enforcement professional and adviser to the Iraqi Police, including one year embedded (in uniform) with the Marines. He also worked with the U.S. Department of State in helping to train police in Mexico and Belize. He is the author of  FBI Miami Firefight: Five Minutes that Changed the Bureau his story of survival and the fight to save the lives of his brother agents on that fateful day. The true crime book is available exclusively on his website EdMireles.com.

 

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Jun 07, 2018
Episode 118: Ed Mireles - Fatal FBI Miami Shootout (Part 1)
01:27:58

Retired agent Ed Mireles served in the FBI for 25 years. During his career, he worked as a street agent, supervisor and manager in a wide range of investigative and administrative areas, as well as an undercover agent in hundreds of high level, high-risk narcotics, criminal and national security investigations. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the April 11, 1986, fatal FBI Miami shootout where, during the pursuit of two extremely dangerous criminals, two special agents were killed, and several others, including Ed Mireles, were wounded. Although severely injured, Ed Mireles fired his shotgun one handed to prevent the suspects from escaping, then charged the suspects, fatally wounding both. His heroic actions prevented further injury to his fellow Agents and innocent citizens. He has received numerous awards and commendations honoring him for his heroism and bravery that day. After retiring from the Bureau, Ed Mireles, a former Marine, worked as a defense contractor in Iraq as a law enforcement professional and adviser to the Iraqi Police, including one year embedded (in uniform) with the Marines. He also worked with the U.S. Department of State in helping to train police in Mexico and Belize. He is the author of  FBI Miami Firefight: Five Minutes that Changed the Bureau his story of survival and the fight to save the lives of his brother agents on that fateful day. The true crime book is available exclusively on his website EdMireles.com.

 

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May 31, 2018
Episode 117: Kevin Rust - Police Excessive Force, Color of Law Violations
01:26:00

Retired agent Kevin Rust served 29 years with the FBI. He spent the majority of his career in Mississippi in resident agencies out of the Jackson Division, including 13 years in a one person office. In this episode of FBI Retired case File Review, Kevin Rust reviews his investigation of a rural police officer charged and convicted of deprivation of rights under color of law violations, in connection with the blackjack beating of a Jake Gibbs, an elderly black man held in police custody. Gibbs sustained two broken ribs as the result of the use of excessive force incident. During his Bureau career, Kevin Rust also had assignments in Chicago, Budapest, FBI Headquarters and Quantico. He was a crisis negotiator who responded to many incidents both domestically and internationally and taught negotiation concepts to hundreds of state, local and international officers. Kevin Rust, who prior to entering the FBI was a CPA with Price Waterhouse, currently works as a contractor for the FBI’s International Corruption Unit tracing money flows and identifying for seizure assets that were purchased with money stolen by foreign kleptocrats.

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May 24, 2018
Episode 116: Dan Reilly – Rare Documents Theft, Charles Merrill Mount
01:10:28

Retired agent Dan Reilly served with the FBI for 30 years, six as a photographer and technician in the FBI Laboratory and twenty-four as a Special Agent. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Dan Reilly reviews the case of con-man and rare documents thief, Charles Merrill Mount, a celebrated Portrait artist, who stole hundreds of historical manuscripts from the National Archives and the Library of Congress, including Civil War documents and three letters written by Abraham Lincoln. During his career, he worked on a wide variety of criminal cases, including Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property, property crimes, and helped start the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force Program investigating violent drug gangs.  Dan Reilly led the Evidence Response Team (ERT) at the Washington Field Office and provided extensive experience and training to others on crime scene examination. After his retirement from the FBI, Dan Reilly worked as a private consulting analyst with the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force operations in the Mid-Atlantic region. Dan Reilly is currently an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University in the Criminology, Law and Society Department. He is in the process of writing his second textbook.

May 17, 2018
Episode 115: Scott Decker – Amerithrax, Recounting the Anthrax Attacks
01:26:41

Scott Decker served 22 years in the FBI. Early in his Bureau career, Decker, who had a doctorate in Human Genetics, joined the Bureau’s fledgling Hazardous Materials Response Unit in Quantico. On September 12, 2001, he led a team of FBI hazmat specialists to Ground Zero in New York City. Three weeks later, the country came under attack again, this time from anthrax. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Scott Decker reviews working on and later managing the “science squad” of the newly formed Amerithrax Task Force. The task force’s mission was to identify and apprehend the person responsible for the mailings of anthrax that killed five people and permanently injured nearly two dozen more. Decker coordinated the early genetics and DNA forensics of the investigation. He then went on to supervise a squad of agents, all with advanced science degrees, as they coordinated the forensics aspect of the case. Their work charted new ground and established the discipline of Microbial Forensics. In 2009, he and his team received the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Scientific Advancement. Scott Decker is the author of Recounting the Anthrax Attacks: Terror, the Amerithrax Task Force, and the Evolution of Forensics in the FBI, in which he was able to write authoritatively on the events that took place during the anthrax investigation, many of which have never before been publicized. You can learn more about Scott Decker and his non-fiction book on his website rscottdecker.com.

May 10, 2018
Episode 114: James Furry – Church of Love, Romance Scam
01:04:41

Retired agent James Furry served in the FBI for 31 years, eleven as a professional support employee and twenty years as a special agent. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, James Furry reviews his Church of Love case. Donald Lowry and Pamela St. Charles were charged with 26 counts of mail fraud for operating the Church of Love, a romance scam perpetrated against 31,000 lonely-heart male victims who were defrauded of $4.5 million in losses discovered during the four-year investigation. During his FBI support career, James Furry was assigned to a Special Support Group conducting surveillance on hostile Russian intelligence agents while serving in New Orleans and the Washington Field Office. During his agent career, most of his time was in the Newark Division working Organized Crime and supervising an Organized Crime Squad, a Crimes Against Children Squad and serving as the World Trade Center Command Post Supervisor. He was also a hostage negotiator, police instructor and taught foreign police schools in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and the Ukraine. After his retirement from the FBI, Furry worked as an anti-money laundering consultant. He is the author of Fidelity, Bravery, & Integrity: My Story: The True Life and Career of a FBI Special Agent, a memoir about his FBI career that includes a chapter on the Church of Love. To learn more about him, you can visit his website jimfurry.com.

May 03, 2018
Episode 113: Herbert Cousins - Yahweh Ben Yahweh, Temple of Fear
52:22

Retired agent Herbert Cousins, Jr. served in the FBI for nearly 22 years. He retired as the Special Agent in Charge of the Springfield Division in Illinois. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews his investigation of self-proclaimed black messiah and cult leader Hulon Mitchell Jr., also known as Yahweh Ben Yahweh, who led the Florida-based Nation of Yahweh Temple. The Nation of Yahweh was a religious cult founded on the teachings of black separatism and supremacy. On the instructions of Yahweh Ben Yahweh, members of the cult’s violent inner circle committed numerous murders of cult defectors and random racial killings of whites. Yahweh and several of his followers were charged and convicted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), with predicated violations of murder, attempted murder, arson, and extortion. During his Bureau career, Herbert Cousins specialized in counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal and security matters. After retiring from the FBI, he served for a period of time as the Inspector General for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the fourth largest school district in the United States. Currently, Herbert Cousins is the owner of Cousins&Associate, an agency that provides private corporate security consulting, investigation, and litigation support on a national and international level.

Apr 26, 2018
Episode 112: Ray Holcomb – Inside FBI Counterterrorism Post 9/11 (Part 2)
01:06:36

Retired agent Raymond Holcomb served in the FBI for nearly 22 years. His Bureau assignments involved espionage, counter-narcotics, national security, and Special Weapons and Tactics, and took him across America, the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Africa. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Ray Holcomb discusses his FBI Counterterrorism post 9/11 responsibilities as the Section Chief of the FBI’s Operational Response Section which managed the FBI Fly Away/Rapid Deployment Team, the FBI’s Military Liaison/Detainee Unit and the National Joint Terrorism Task Force (NJTTF). The National JTTF Unit oversaw the operations and budget of nearly 60 state-based terrorism task forces. The Military Liaison/Detainee Unit oversaw agents detailed worldwide to Unified Combatant Commands and the FBI’s role in the interrogation of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. During the course of his career as a counterterrorism investigator, Ray established extensive relationships with foreign police and intelligence services and after retiring from the FBI, he worked for 8 years as a Strategic Planner with the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC); and for 4 years as a State of Delaware Homeland Security Advisor.  He currently serves as a consultant to the federal government on terrorism and other national security-related matters. Ray Holcomb is the author of Endless Enemies: Inside FBI Counterterrorism in which he writes about leading the FBI’s elite cadre of counterterrorism agents who were at the helm of every major post-9/11 investigation.

Apr 19, 2018
Episode 111: Ray Holcomb - The Looming Tower, John O'Neill, Yemen, and 9/11 (Part 1)
01:19:57

Retired agent Raymond Holcomb served in the FBI for nearly 23 years. His Bureau assignments involved espionage, counter-narcotics, national security, and Special Weapons and Tactics, and took him across America, the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Africa. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Ray Holcomb discusses FBI hero and legend John O’Neill and working in Yemen with fellow agent Ali Soufan on the USS Cole bombing and 9/11 investigations. Both O’Neill and Soufan are featured in the Hulu TV series The Looming Tower. While assigned to the New York Office, Ray Holcomb was appointed Commander of the 50 member FBI New York SWAT team. Under his leadership, the team assumed an expanded role and, in addition to regular involvement in high-risk domestic arrests, the team provided overseas security and enhanced investigative capability for FBI teams deploying in response to terrorist attacks involving U.S. citizens. Post 9/11, he was selected by then Director Mueller to stand up a new counterterrorism unit named the FBI Fly Away/Rapid Deployment Team. During the course of his career as a counterterrorism investigator, Ray established extensive relationships with foreign police and intelligence services and after retiring from the FBI, he worked for 8 years as a Strategic Planner with the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC); and for 4 years as a State of Delaware Homeland Security Advisor.  He currently serves as a consultant to the federal government on terrorism and other national security-related matters. Ray Holcomb is the author of Endless Enemies: Inside FBI Counterterrorism in which he writes about leading the FBI’s elite cadre of counterterrorism agents who were at the helm of every major post-9/11 investigation.

Apr 12, 2018
Episode 110: Oliver "Buck" Revell - Operation Goldenrod, A G-Man's Journal
01:04:52

Retired agent Oliver “Buck” Revell served in the FBI for 30 years. During his Bureau career, he assumed numerous leadership roles, culminating with his promotion to Associate Deputy Director in Charge of Investigations. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews Operation Goldenrod and the capture of Fawaz Younis, the first overseas apprehension of an international terrorist. He also provides frank and transparent insight about the public perception of the FBI today. Operation Goldenrod" was the first time that new extra-territorial jurisdiction approved by Congress  was used. This legislation provided the FBI with authority to investigate terrorist acts in which Americans were taken hostage, no matter where the acts occurred. Buck Revell is the author of A G-Man's Journal: A Legendary Career Inside the FBI- From The Kennedy Assassination to the Oklahoma City Bombing. Currently, he is the founder and President of a global business and security-consulting firm, based in Rowlett, Dallas County, Texas. You can find out more about the firm’s services at the Revell Group International.

Apr 05, 2018
Episode 109: Tony Robleto - The FBI In Mexico, Chasing Murderers And Fugitives
50:46

Retired agent Tony Robleto served in the FBI for 25 years. He spent most of his stateside Bureau career in California with assignments in the San Francisco, San Diego Division, and the Los Angeles Divisions. He also spent significant time working for the FBI in Mexico as an Assistant Legal Attaché (ALAT) in Mexico City where he was responsible for criminal and as a Border Liaison Officer (BLO) during his time in San Diego. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews three of the numerous murder cases and fugitive apprehensions and extraditions he was involved in during his various assignments with the FBI in Mexico, including the capture of a man who raped and killed a woman in New Orleans and fled to Mexico, a man who threatened a U.S. Congresswoman and fled to Mexico, and an American man who stabbed his American boyfriend 24 times while they vacationed in Mexico and then fled back to the U.S. During his Mexico assignments, Tony Robleto, who is a native Spanish speaker, conducted investigative leads with the assistance of local Mexican law enforcement partners, arranged case coordination meetings between US and Mexican prosecutors, conducted pre-trial interviews, and legalized evidence for use in US federal court. His efforts contributed significantly to the capture and extradition of the main subjects involved in a U.S. Consulate murder investigation. This investigation was the recipient of the 2011 Legat Office Investigative Excellence Award. Tony Robleto retired from the Bureau last year and currently resides in San Diego, California.

Mar 29, 2018
Episode 108: Ralph DiFonzo - "Mourning Son" Murderer, John Riccardi
01:02:58

Retired agent Ralph DiFonzo served in the FBI for 30 years. He was initially assigned to the Salt Lake City Division, and later to the Los Angeles Division where he worked on the Major Case Violent Crimes Squad and handled high-profile cases – kidnappings; bank robberies; celebrity stalkings; fugitive investigations and extortions. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Retired agent Ralph DiFonzo reviews his eight-year fugitive case to apprehend John Riccardi, wanted for the double murder of Connie Navarro and her friend Susan Jory. Connie Navarro was the mother of the Rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Dave Navarro who produced "Mourning Son" a documentary about the tragic event. Ralph DiFonzo appears in the film. As an FBI-certified Police Instructor and a former member of the FBI SWAT Team, Crisis Negotiator, and Crisis Management Coordinator, he supervised a Safe Streets Task Force when reassigned to the New Haven Division. Since his retirement, Ralph DiFonzo has provided training to law enforcement and private sectors throughout the United States. He works as a private investigator and a consultant with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Team Adam and Project Alert. He also conducts security audits & assessments in schools and businesses and has been responsible for installing and training personnel in Live-Scan Fingerprint Systems within the State and Federal Government. Ralph has appeared on various TV and radios programs and interviewed in various national newspapers and publications, offering his expertise and experience regarding ongoing high-profile criminal cases.

Mar 22, 2018
Episode 107: Greg Coleman – Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort
01:30:55

Retired agent Gregory Coleman served with the FBI for more than 25 years. He specialized in investigating financial crimes, money laundering, and asset forfeiture. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Greg Coleman reviews the criminal investigation of Jordan Belfort and the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont for securities fraud, stock manipulation, and money laundering. The case was chronicled in the Martin Scorsese movie, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. In the movie, Greg Coleman was portrayed by actor Kyle Chandler. During his Bureau career, Coleman was widely recognized as an anti-money laundering expert among his law enforcement colleagues and is a recipient of the Director's Award (Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys) for Outstanding Contributions in Law Enforcement. Many of his investigations involved stock market manipulations where the proceeds were laundered through shell corporations and offshore bank accounts.  Since his retirement, he has operated Coleman Worldwide Advisors, where he designs and delivers customized, highly interactive, live training related to the detection and prevention of money laundering and suspicious activity reporting.  The training incorporates actual real-life examples drawn from the experiences of Mr. Coleman and other law enforcement officers. Greg Coleman is also a frequent keynote speaker and guest lecturer and has spoken to audiences in 14 countries.  He has significant experience giving presentations utilizing simultaneous translation. To arrange for him to consult or speak, you can find more information about him and Coleman Worldwide Advisors on Greg Coleman's LinkedIn page.

 

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Mar 15, 2018
Episode 106: Ed Petersen – Exxon Oil Executive Kidnapping, Sidney Reso
01:07:15

Retired agent Ed Petersen served with the FBI for more than 27 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the investigation of the kidnapping and murder of Exxon Oil Executive Sidney Reso. While they negotiated for his release for 52 days, what investigators didn’t know was that Reso had been shot in the arm during the kidnapping, and had died three days later. During his career, Ed Petersen handled a variety of responsibilities to include the coordination of complex investigations involving white collar type crime, fraud, embezzlement, organized crime, foreign counter-intelligence, terrorism and violent crimes, extortion, kidnapping, fugitive and bank robbery cases. Petersen was an FBI certified Hostage Negotiator, Police Instructor, and S.W.A.T. Team coordinator. He also served as the FBI’s liaison with state, local and federal law enforcement agencies and professional sports organizations. Upon retiring, he became the Director of Security for Major League Baseball (MLB), Office of the Commissioner. Currently, Ed Petersen is a co-founder of Buckley Petersen Global, Inc., and has contributed to security assessments and the development of crisis readiness and response plans for corporations, schools, hospitals and professional sports.

Mar 08, 2018
Episode 105: Joe Lewis – Eric Rudolph, Birmingham Abortion Clinic Bombing
54:03

Retired agent Joe Lewis served 27 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Lewis reviews “SandBomb” the investigation of Eric Rudolph and the bombing of a Birmingham, Alabama abortion clinic that resulted in the death of off-duty police officer Robert Sanderson and severely injured a nurse. The case also identified Rudolph as the person responsible for the Olympic Park Bombing, as well as the bombing of another abortion clinic, and a nightclub all in Atlanta, Georgia. More than five years after the incident, Eric Rudolph was captured and pled guilty to the Birmingham bombing and the bombings in Atlanta. Joe Lewis led this investigation as the Special Agent in Charge of the Birmingham Division. During this time period, he also oversaw an investigation that reopened the infamous 1963 church bombing in Birmingham and led to the conviction of one of the conspirators. Prior to this assignment, Joe Lewis served in several other management positions including as the supervisor if the Chicago Division’s Public Corruption Squad. He retired from the FBI as the Deputy Assistant Director, Organized Crime Branch, Criminal Investigative Division in Charge of all Organized Crime Investigations and Intelligence. In the private sector, Joe Lewis served as Senior Director of Corporate Investigations for Walmart’s Global Security Division. He is now also retired from corporate life.

Mar 01, 2018
Episode 104: Randy Wolverton - Savings and Loan Fraud, Leonard Pelullo, Philly Mob
58:38

Retired agent Randy Wolverton served with the FBI for 28 years. During his Bureau career, Wolverton, a CPA, worked cases involving violent crime, white-collar crime, drugs, public corruption, domestic terrorism and health care fraud. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Randy Wolverton reviews a savings and loan fraud case that targeted real estate investor Leonard Pelullo. In spite of the testimony of LCN underboss Phillip Leonetti who admitted to brokering a disputed loan shark debt between Leonard Pelullo and a LCN protected loan shark, the case had to be tried four times before Pelullo’s final conviction was upheld, and he was sentenced to a 24-year prison term. Prior to retirement, Randy Wolverton was promoted to the Financial Crimes Section, Economic Crimes Unit at FBI Headquarters and was responsible for program management of corporate fraud, securities fraud, insurance fraud and mass-marketing fraud matters. After he retired from the FBI, he co-edited a book entitled “White Collar Crime – Core Concepts for Consultants and Expert Witnesses” published by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Randy Wolverton currently continues to work for the FBI as a contract Asset Forfeiture Investigator.

Feb 22, 2018
Episode 103: Bob Clifford - MS-13, Mara Salvatrucha
01:16:04

Retired agent Bob Clifford served with the FBI for 24 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the organization and operation of the transnational gang Mara Salvatrucha, known as MS-13, the most dangerous gang in the United States. In November 2004, Bob Clifford was asked by then- FBI Director Robert Mueller to accept a special assignment to FBIHQ to establish the FBI's MS-13 National Gang Task Force, and served as its first Director. For the next 18 months, Bob led multi-agency and multi-national efforts to combat the infamous MS-13 and other violent transnational street gangs, to include several deployments throughout Central America to successfully garner international cooperation and intelligence-sharing. In addition to coordinating multiple law enforcement field operations, Bob was required to appear before White House, Congressional, and Cabinet-level officials on a regular basis. The task force is now known as the Transnational Anti-Gang (TAG) Task Force initiative. Bob Clifford was previously interviewed on Episode of FBI Retired Case File Review about his investigation and capture of the only surviving hijacker responsible for the hijacking of Egypt Air Flight 648.

 

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction about greed and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime/history podcast. Her novels—Pay To Play and Greedy Givers—inspired by actual true crime FBI cases and featuring temptation, corruption, and redemption, are available at amazon.com. 

Feb 15, 2018
Episode 102: Judy Tyler – Maurice Lewis Cocaine Crew, Architectural Theft
01:01:15

Retired agent Judy Tyler served 31 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Judy reviews her investigation of the Maurice Lewis, aka "Mo Black,"  8th and Allegheny cocaine criminal enterprise and the surprising spin-off case involving the theft of Philadelphia’s historically significant architectural treasures that resulted in the conviction of Charles Kass, a former IRS and Labor Department agent. Judy has extensive experience in the investigation of violent drug trafficking organizations and advanced investigative techniques. She specialized in the recruitment, development, and operation of human intelligence,  also known as informants, and cooperating witnesses. During her career, she received awards from the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and from the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Post-retirement, Judy continues to share her experience and expertise as a contract instructor training current FBI agents as part of a specialized in-service program.

(In Episode 3 of FBI Retired Case File Review, Judy was interviewed about two other drug investigations and her FBI career.)

Feb 08, 2018
Episode 101: Gary Noesner – Waco, Stalling for Time
53:19

Retired agent Gary Noesner served in the FBI for more than 30 years, four as a support employee and 26 as a special agent. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Gary Noesner reviews his role, 25 years ago, as a hostage negotiator speaking with David Koresh and other members of the Branch Davidians during the Waco siege. He also reviews the Paramount Network's 6-part TV mini-series, Waco. A significant focus of Gary Noesner Bureau career was directed toward investigating and negotiating numerous crisis incidents covering prison riots, right-wing militia standoffs, religious zealot sieges, terrorist embassy takeovers, airplane hijackings, and over 120 overseas kidnapping cases involving American citizens. He continues to consult independently and speaks at law enforcement conferences and corporate gatherings around the world. He has appeared on numerous television news programs and documentaries and has been interviewed in major publications addressing hostage negotiation, terrorism, and kidnapping. Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator, the book he wrote about his career, serves as the basis for a six part mini-series on the 1993 Waco Siege incident airing on the Paramount Network in January and February 2018. Gary can be contacted for presentations and speeches via his website.

Feb 01, 2018
Episode 100: The FBI in Books, TV, and Movies - 10 More Clichés and Misconceptions
01:27:09

I’m celebrating 100 episodes of FBI Retired Case File Review with a special crime fiction show exploring clichés and misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. What most people know about the FBI comes from popular culture. This list features what writers of novels, scripts, and screenplays sometimes get wrong about the Bureau and FBI agents. This is my second list. In Episode 50, I also wrote about this topic. Both lists were created for those who read and watch crime fiction about the FBI, write crime fiction and thrillers about the FBI, and who have always wanted to join the FBI.

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My co-host for this episode is retired agent Bobby Chacon. We have both “been there” and “done that.” As you may recall, Bobby was my co-host in Episode 50, and in Episode 8, I interviewed him about working Jamaican drug gang cases and leading the FBI dive team.

I should be clear that as an author of FBI crime fiction I understand the use of creative license. I’m also aware that many of the clichés and misconceptions presented here are intentionally written into books, scripts, and screenplays due to time constraints and the need to create well-paced scenes and fully developed characters. These shortcuts are needed, at times, to tell a story in an entertaining way. Nevertheless, it’s also important to know how things really work. So, here are 10 more clichés and misconceptions about the FBI:

#1   The FBI recruits only former police, military officers, attorneys, and accountants. Actually, candidates for the special agent position come from a vast variety of backgrounds. Some worked everyday jobs, such as teachers, nurses, sales managers, linguists, cyber/computer specialists, pilots, and engineers before joining the FBI. Others were in pre-FBI positions that you would never imagine, such as dentist, medical doctors, and scientists with Ph.Ds. Let me also add a note about age requirements. Although the qualifying age to join the FBI is 23, the average agent is 30 years old and has worked a managerial-level job for several years prior to receiving an appointment. The mandatory retirement age for GS 1811 series federal law enforcement officers is 57. Of course, an agent can receive a limited extension if his or her continued service is in the public's interest. However, most agents retire from the FBI in their early 50's to start post-FBI-retirement positions while they're still marketable (ageism exists, even for FBI agents). Some TV shows cast actors that are too young or too old for the role of an FBI agent.

#2   Female FBI agents wear low, cut tight-fitting clothes. TV shows like Quantico overemphasize the physical attributes of the actresses portraying female agents. In the real world, all agents wear attire appropriate for the specific work environment. Female FBI characters are also often depicted as single and childless, when in fact, most female agents, like their male counterparts, have families. It can be done. But like any other high-pressure position, it requires support to navigate the long days with unpredictable hours and out-of-town travel.

#3   One agent can handle an entire investigation by his/herself. Actually,  it takes a team to work a major investigation. In books, TV, and movies, one composite character might be created to portray the roles of several agents. Often, writers don’t have the time to develop multiple characters, so they create a character to represent all the players. But during a major investigation in the field, help with surveillances, searches, arrests, monitor wiretaps, transcribe tapes, is needed, and the entire squad or offices gets involved.

#4   Undercover agents run their cases. UCAs play an important role in FBI cases, but the case agent is responsible for the case. It might help to look at the UCA as a contract player and the case agent as the casting agent, director, and producer for the investigation. Also, an agent can’t simply raise their hand and be placed in a long-term undercover role. Intensive training and role-playing seminars determine an agent’s suitability. Pre and post evaluations are mandatory.

#5   Agents jet around the world in private jets to conduct investigations. Many investigations require that requests for investigation known as “leads” be sent to FBI offices throughout the country. A request is assigned to a “lead” agent who interviews witnesses, conducts surveillances, or obtains documents on behalf of agents assigned to other offices. If an agent is able to articulate that the interview or investigation must be conducted by him or her and is authorized to travel, in most cases, the agent is flying out on a commercial flight and in the economy section. There are important exceptions. The FBI does own and lease planes for immediate deployment to respond to crisis events all over the world.

#6   FBI can actively conduct investigations all over the world. If an FBI agent wants to interview a witness or subject in a foreign country, he or she must first submit an official request through the Department of Justice to obtain host country clearance. In many situations, the agent is not authorized to conduct the interview. Instead, with assistance from the FBI's foreign-based Legal Attachés, a list of questions is provided to the foreign country’s law enforcement officials who then conduct the interview and report back to the FBI. The exception is when the crimes or attacks against Americans fall under Extraterritorial Jurisdiction. In the mid-1980s, Congress passed laws authorizing the FBI to investigate hostage-taking and kidnappings of Americans and terrorist acts against U.S. citizens or national interests overseas. Agents assigned overseas investigations still work with that foreign nation’s law enforcement and security personnel, in concert with the U.S. Embassy and the Ambassador. However, FBI jurisdiction doesn’t extend to non-terrorism related homicides, robberies, rapes, and muggings of Americans—these are usually handled by local authorities. In these instances, the FBI can offer investigative or forensics assistance if asked and if appropriate.

#7    An FBI forensic examiner does it all, even makes arrests. A forensic examiner is not a one-stop shop. Unlike on TV, each examiner at the FBI Laboratory has a specialty, whether it be DNA, hair and fibers, fingerprints or blood splatter analysis. Another thing that TV shows and books get wrong is chain of custody and evidence preservation. It’s not enough to pick up an item at a crime scene and drop it into a baggie or tissue pulled from the agent's pants pocket. Requirements are stringent. Evidence must be preserved and sealed in special evidence bags and the handling and custody of the evidence documented. If the chain is broken, the evidence may not be acceptable to be entered as evidence in court. The most frequently recognized misconception is that DNA and other forensic evidence is always present and can be analyzed quickly. This unrealistic expectation based on TV shows is known as the “CSI effect” and has seriously impacted what jurors expect during trials.

#8   Being an FBI bomb tech is a dangerous job. What most people know about bomb techs is from movies like the Hurt Locker. In real life, hand entry, where a tech actually places his hands on an unexploded IED or suspicious package, is no longer or rarely done. Back in the old days before robots and bomb suits, a bomb tech lacked proper safety equipment and being a bomb tech was a dangerous job. Nowadays, a bomb tech’s primary role is to respond to calls about suspicious packages, and remote equipment is used examine and render safe possible explosive devices. Bomb techs also process post-blast bombing crime scenes.

#9  FBI agents investigate murders. Yes, but only under special circumstances. Usually, if the FBI is investigating a murder case, there is another crime, a federal violation also in play. Such as a hate crime, where the homicide violated the victim's constitutional and civil rights, or when a teller or security guard is murdered during the robbery of a federally insured bank, or the victim is killed during a kidnapping where the victim was taken across state lines. The FBI authorization to investigate a murder is most clear under the following circumstances; when the homicide occurs on federal property or an Indian reservation, and under Special Maritime or Territorial Jurisdiction, when the murder occurs onboard a U.S. Navy or U.S. Merchant Marine ship in international waters or on U.S. military bases worldwide. During state and local murder investigations, an “Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution” or UFAP warrant can be issued, and the Bureau can enter the case. Technically, however, the investigation of the actual murder is not the Bureau’s task, just the apprehension of the interstate fugitive suspect and the murder suspect once located and arrested is tried in state court.

#10  Bad guys are plotting to enact revenge against the FBI agents who put them behind bars. A frequent storyline for books, TV shows, and movies is where the bad guy sets up elaborate crimes and plays mind games to get back at or lure in the agent who was responsible for him spending years in jail. Now, this is something the FBI is very cautious about. An agent will receive a transfer if there is any expressed threat to him/her or their loved ones. This scenario is a great cliché for thrillers and works for well for the genre. However, in most cases, it's the opposite. Based on the respect and courtesy shown to them during the investigation, bad guys often call agents from jail and after they've served their time just to keep in touch. 

The following are links to newspaper articles about the ways the Bureau works with writers to get it things right about the FBI in books, TV, and movies:

FBI Website:  How can screenwriters, authors, and producers seeking authenticity work with the FBI? 

BuzzFeed News 10/9/2017:  Inside The FBI's Half-Secret Relationship With Hollywood 

Business Insider 8/22/2016: 11 things Hollywood gets wrong about being an FBI agent — and one thing it gets right 

Jan 25, 2018
Episode 099: Bill Grace – “Wolf Ticket,” Roofers Union Local 30 Labor Racketeering Case
01:12:29

Retired agent Bill Grace served more than 33 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the “Wolf Ticket” investigation where 13 Philadelphia Roofers Union Local 30 officials were convicted of racketeering, extortion, and bribery. The case uncovered numerous ties between union leaders, organized crime, and public officials. The key to the successful investigation was the surreptitious recording devices installed in the union hall that secretly taped conversations between union leaders and others. Prior to his transfer to the Philadelphia Division, where he worked Labor Racketeering and Corruption cases in Philadelphia and South Jersey, Bill Grace was assigned to the Bureau’s Baltimore and New Haven Offices. He currently continues to work for the FBI as a contract Asset Forfeiture Investigator.

Jan 18, 2018
Episode 098: Eric Alpert – Thomas Capano, Anne Marie Fahey Murder Case
01:30:16

Retired agent Eric Alpert served in the FBI for 25 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Alpert reviews the high-profile investigation of multi-millionaire Thomas Capano for the disappearance and murder of Anne Marie Fahey. Anne Marie Fahey had been the scheduling secretary for the governor of Delaware and Capano was a powerful attorney with high-level contacts and connections in Wilmington.

During his Bureau career, Eric Alpert was involved in investigations and received specialized training in kidnapping, child abductions, criminal profiling, crisis management, violent crime, and homicide investigation. Later in his career, Alpert was promoted to supervisory positions in the Violent Crime Section, Criminal Investigative Division, at FBI Headquarters and the Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico. He retired as the Senior Supervisory Resident Agent in the Tampa Division’s  Orlando Resident Agency.

Jan 11, 2018
Bonus Episode: Philadelphia Strip Club Corruption Case, Frank Antico - Pay To Play
49:53

Special thanks to Gangland Wire podcast cohosts Gary Jenkins and Aaron Gnirk for allowing me to re-post this episode from their show on FBI Retired Case File Review. I was interviewed on the Gangland Wire podcast in October 2017, and it was such a fun and crazy episode I thought I would share it with you here.

The main thing you need to know about this case is that before Harvey Weinstein, there was Frank Antico and Boobgate. This true crime FBI Philadelphia strip club investigation featured extortion, sex, money, and more and a case review is certainly timely and relevant.  Some of Frank Antico’s antics will shock you. One important disclaimer: This was not my case, but I know it well because it inspired me to write my FBI crime thriller, Pay To Play.

Frank Antico, an official in the Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses & Inspections, was sentenced to 63 months in prison, as well as a $10,000 fine, for a 13-year-reign of racketeering, extortion, and fraud. He was convicted of racketeering for extorting money from topless bars, a check-cashing agency, a nightclub, houses of prostitution and a private businesswoman between 1983 and 1995. The jury also convicted him of defrauding city residents of his loyal services by setting up his mistress as a private consultant who could get permits and zoning quickly for clients that he sent to her. The mistress made more than $700,000 over 10 years and, in return, the L&I official didn’t have to pay her about $30,000 in child support for their two sons. Four ex-lovers of the L&I official who testified for the prosecution and other witnesses portrayed him as an oversexed, middle-aged, city bureaucrat who haunted topless bars and took anything owners gave him, including free sex, even after he became L&I’s chief inspector in the 1990s. Evidence showed that out on the town, he was treated by club owners to free booze, food, $100 bills, couch dances, a pig roast, a picnic for his pals, strippers for a deputy mayor, limo rides and Phillies tickets. In return, club operators could operate outside the law.

Jan 04, 2018
Episode 097: Robert Clifford and Kevin Foust – Hijacking, Egypt Air Flight 648 (Part 2)
57:14

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agents Bob Clifford and Kevin Foust review their international terrorism investigation of the hijacking of Egypt Air Flight 648 during an international trip from Athens, Greece to Cairo, Egypt, on November 23, 1985. The plane was hijacked in Malta by members of the terrorist organization, Abu Nidal. The hijackers began systematically shooting Israeli and American passengers. A rescue attempt by Egyptian commandoes resulted in dozens of deaths, making the hijacking of Flight 648 one of the deadliest such incidents in history. Sixty-one of the 95 passengers and crew died, as did two of the three hijackers. Bob Clifford and Kevin Foust recount their efforts to bring the only surviving hijacker, Omar Mohammed Ali Rezaq, back to the U.S. to stand trial.

Dec 21, 2017
Episode 096: Robert Clifford and Kevin Foust – Hijacking, Egypt Air Flight 648 (Part 1)
01:02:20

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agents Bob Clifford and Kevin Foust review their international terrorism investigation of the hijacking of Egypt Air Flight 648 during an international trip from Athens, Greece to Cairo, Egypt, on November 23, 1985. The plane was hijacked in Malta by members of the terrorist organization, Abu Nidal. The hijackers began systematically shooting Israeli and American passengers. A rescue attempt by Egyptian commandoes resulted in dozens of deaths, making the hijacking of Flight 648 one of the deadliest such incidents in history. Sixty-one of the 95 passengers and crew died, as did two of the three hijackers. Bob Clifford and Kevin Foust recount their efforts to bring the only surviving hijacker, Omar Mohammed Ali Rezaq, back to the U.S. to stand trial.

Dec 14, 2017
Episode 095: Eugene Casey – Terrorist Carlos The Jackal, Interview Strategies
01:12:13

Retired agent Eugene Casey served 21 years with the FBI. As a special agent, he used skills acquired from his prior employment as a compliance officer at Wall Street investment firms to work white collar crime matters, drug money laundering, food stamp benefit fraud, and terrorist financing investigations. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Eugene Casey reviews a series of interviews he conducted with IIich Ramirez Sanchez, known worldwide as Carlos the Jackal, the inventor of modern-day terrorism. Before Osama Bin Laden, Carlos the Jackal was the world’s most famous terrorist. At the time that these debriefings, Eugene Casey was serving as Assistant Legal Attaché for the FBI in Paris, France. During his career, Casey received several awards from the Department of Justice including one for spearheading the Salt Lake Olympic Bribery investigation. He also served as the supervisor of the Joint Task Force on Terrorist Finance in Saudi Arabia and was the Unit Chief for the Eurasian Organized Crime Unit of the Criminal Investigative Division. His last Bureau assignment before retiring earlier this year was as an instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia teaching Interviewing and Interrogation Skills. 

Dec 07, 2017
Episode 094: Russell Atkinson - Silicon Valley Executive Kidnapping Case
01:28:12

Retired agent Russell Atkinson served with the FBI for 25 years. He specialized in investigating high-technology crimes in Silicon Valley. Atkinson also worked on several kidnapping cases and has arrested murderers and drug dealers. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Russell Atkinson reviews the case of Charles Geschke, a wealthy Silicon Valley businessman kidnapped at gunpoint and held for four days before being rescued. After retiring from the FBI, Russ Atkinson, with degrees in mathematics and law, practiced law and also worked for many high-tech firms in the computer industry including IBM, Fairchild Semiconductor, and AOL. Now retired, he spends time writing crime fiction and is the author of eight mystery novels. His book Held For Ransom, is a fictionalized account of the kidnapping of a wealthy Silicon Valley executive inspired by the Geschke case. You can learn more about Russell Atkinson and his books at his website Cliff Knowles Mysteries. 

Dec 01, 2017
Episode 093: Joseph Dizinno – FBI Laboratory, Katrinak Murder Case
01:04:30

Retired agent Dr. Joseph Dizinno, DDS. served in the FBI for 22 years. Prior to joining the FBI, Dr. DiZinno, who received a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, owned and operated a family dental practice. He was initially assigned to the Washington Field Office where he investigated reactive crimes. After three years in the field, he was promoted and transferred to the FBI Laboratory where he began to specialize in the examination of hairs and fibers. Dr. DiZinno served as a critical investigative resource on many high-profile cases including dental and DNA identification at the Branch Davidian Cult fire, kidnappings, and major extortion cases.  In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Dr. DiZinno reviews the functions of  FBI Laboratory and the investigation of the tragic murders of Joann Katrinak and her baby Alex where mitochondrial DNA analysis was first applied to forensic casework. He was part of the research team that developed and validated forensic mitochondrial DNA analysis capability which enabled the FBI to obtain a DNA profile from evidence containing small or degraded quantities of DNA from hair, bone, teeth, and bodily fluids. Dr. DiZinno ended his Bureau career as the Director of the FBI Laboratory where he led more than 550 FBI Laboratory personnel, providing forensic examinations, technical support, expert witness testimony, and training to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and responding to events all around the world. Currently, Dr, DiZinno is a faculty member at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where he teaches forensic science to undergraduate and graduate level students in the Forensic Science Program.

Nov 23, 2017
Episode 092: Stewart Fillmore – Tenaha, Texas Corruption Cover-Up
01:11:14

Retired agent Stewart Fillmore served with the FBI for 29 years. He began his Bureau career as a support employee and after three years received an appointment to the special agent position. Stewart Fillmore was assigned to the Dallas, Little Rock, Chicago, and Tyler, Texas offices. A career “street agent” he worked most of the criminal investigation under the jurisdiction of the FBI. However, his primary specialty was investigating public corruption. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Stewart Fillmore reviews a case initiated based on allegations that minority motorists were being illegally stopped on an isolated stretch of highway in rural East Texas. The case eventually was redirected to determine how and by whom drugs and firearms confiscated from motorists had gone missing from the local police evidence room. Stewart Fillmore wrote a book about the case, Tenaha: Corruption and Cover-Up In Small Town Texas. The true crime story provides an inside look at how an actual FBI public corruption investigation are worked. Since retiring from the FBI, Stewart Fillmore currently operates his own private investigation company.

Nov 17, 2017
Episode 091: Kevin Rust – Reopened Klan Murder Case, Ben Chester White
01:30:39

Retired agent Kevin Rust served 29 years with the FBI. He spent a majority of his career in Mississippi in resident agencies out of the Jackson Division, including 13 years in a one person office. In this episode of FBI Retired case File Review, Kevin Rust reviews the reopened civil rights investigation of the racially motivated murder of Ben Chester White by known Ku Klux Klan members. In the federal trial, witnesses spoke from the grave when testimony from the original state trial was read into the court record. The new case resulted in the murder conviction of Ernest Avants 34 years after the horrific hate crime occurred. During his Bureau career, Kevin Rust also had assignments in Chicago, Budapest, FBI Headquarters and Quantico. He was a crisis negotiator who responded to many incidents both internationally and domestically and taught negotiation concepts to hundreds of state, local and international officers. Kevin Rust, who prior to entering the FBI was a CPA with Price Waterhouse, currently works as a contractor for the FBI’s International Corruption Unit tracing money flows and identifying assets for seizure that were purchased with money stolen by foreign kleptocrats.

Nov 10, 2017
Episode 090: John Terry – Philadelphia Mob, Ralph Natale and Ron Previte
01:21:09

Retired agent John Terry served 25 years with the FBI. After a short stint in the Richmond Division, John was assigned to the Philadelphia Division where he developed an expertise in working International White Collar Crime investigations involving sophisticated schemes conducted by organized crime groups from eastern Europe. After a few years he was moved to the Organized Crime Squad where he investigated the Philadelphia mob. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, John Terry reviews his investigation of Ralph Natale, the first sitting mob boss ever to cooperate with and testify for the FBI. John also talks about his relationship with informant Ron Previte, also known as the “Fat Rat.” John Terry was later promoted to supervise the Organized Crime Squad. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, John Terry was appointed as the FBI's On-Scene Commander at the Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad, Iraq, where he managed  25 task force investigators from various federal agencies conducting counter-terrorism and terrorist financing investigations. Later in his Bureau career, John served as the program manager responsible for covert operations utilizing all aspects of physical security to include locks, alarms, and video surveillance systems in support of counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence and criminal investigations throughout the United States. Currently, John Terry is employed as the Global Manager of Compliance Investigations for Ingersoll Rand. 

Nov 03, 2017
Episode 089: Dale Miskell – Nigerian Re-Shipping Fraud, IC3 (Report Internet Scams)
53:28

Retired agent Dale Miskell served in the FBI for 23 years. His assignments included the Sacramento Field Office, Washington Field Office, the Cyber Division's Internet Crime Complaint Center, and the Birmingham Field Office. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Dale is interviewed about the Internet Crime Complaint Center, known as IC3 and reviews his Nigerian re-shipping fraud case where individuals were recruited to receive merchandise at their place of residence and repackage the items for shipment to Nigeria. Unbeknownst to them, the merchandise was purchased with fraudulent credit cards. Dale Miskell traveled to Lagos, Nigeria to train police officers to investigate re-shipping fraud and assisted in the first ever arrests and prosecution in Nigerian courts of on-line cyber scams. While at Birmingham, home base to more than 430 cleared defense contractors, Dale Miskell supervised the Cyber Crime Squad and developed an expertise in targeting and combatting the computer hacking processes of advanced persistent threat actors. He also established and led one of the FBI's first Cyber-Counterintelligence Task Forces.

Oct 26, 2017
Episode 088: Joe Wolfinger and Chris Kerr - Justice for Paul Rico
01:44:32

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agents Joe Wolfinger and Chris Kerr review their investigation of the evidence used in 2003, to charge 78-year-old, veteran FBI Agent Paul Rico in the high-profile, 22-year-old murder of Roger Wheeler, a prominent Tulsa, Oklahoma businessman. Rico died in jail before a trial or even a preliminary hearing was ever held. Joe Wolfinger and Chris Kerr had never met Paul Rico. After reviewing pertinent documents, they determined that there was no credible evidence that Rico conspired to commit murder. The only witnesses against him were two convicted organized crime assassins who accused Rico in an attempt to beat new murder raps and avoid their own death sentences.

Joe Wolfinger served nearly 30 years with the FBI. During his Bureau career, he rose through a variety of positions—serving as a squad supervisor, inspector, Special Agent in Charge (SAC), and lastly, as Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC) of the FBI Academy at Quantico, VA.  After retiring from the FBI, Wolfinger, an attorney, served pro bono for fourteen years as the executive director of the Major County Sheriff's Association. Chris Kerr served a total 33 years with the FBI. Initially hired as a clerk and an analyst, he spent the last 26 years of his Bureau career as a special agent primarily working organized crime and drug investigations. Chris Kerr was elected by his peers to three terms on the National Executive Board of the FBI Agents Association. He was also elected as national co-chair of the FBI Special Agents Advisory Committee. When Kerr retired, he went to law school and began a new career as a criminal defense lawyer.

Wolfinger and Kerr compiled their findings in a book they wrote about their investigation, RICO: How Politicians, Prosecutors, and the Mob Destroyed One of the FBI's Finest Special Agents. You can learn more about the book and the agent/authors by visiting their website RicoBook.com.

Oct 20, 2017
Episode 087: Bill Ouseley and Gary Jenkins – Kansas City Mob, Skimming Casinos
55:15

Retired agent William "Bill" Ouseley served 25 years with the FBI. He spent 21 of those years investigating organized crime and retired as Supervisor of the Organized Crime Squad, in the Kansas City FBI Field Division. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Bill Ouseley, along with Kansas City Detective Gary Jenkins, reviews the history of the Kansas City mob and the reign of mob boss Nick Civella, who ran the Kansas City mob for 30 years. Bill Ouseley was involved in numerous prosecutions of mob figures and is exceptionally knowledgeable about syndicated crime. He has testified in Federal Courts as an expert witness in various areas of organized crime activity, and provided testimony before a  U.S. Senate special investigative committee on rackets. Bill Ouseley is the author of an historical accounting of the Kansas City mob - Open City: True Story of the KC Crime Family 1900-1950 and the true crime book Mobsters in Our Midst, the story of the rise and fall of Kansas City’s longest-reigning mob boss and the powerful crime family that he controlled.

Gary Jenkins retired from the Kansas City Police Department in 1996 after a 25-year career. In addition to practicing law, Gary's has written a book documenting the investigation into Las Vegas skimming activities, Leaving Vegas: The True Story of How the F.B.I. Wiretaps Ended Mob Domination of Las Vegas Casinos. Gary also produced a documentary and co-hosts a podcast, both titled Gangland Wire Crime Stories. You can purchase the film, listen to the podcast and learn more about Gary Jenkins at ganglandwire.com

Oct 13, 2017
Episode 086: Kevin Miles - Master Bomb Technician, Khobar Towers Attack
01:08:41

Retired agent Kevin Miles served 23 years with the FBI. As the FBI’s first officially assigned full-time Special Agent bomb technician (SABT), he spent more than 17 years acquiring extensive experience in the field of improvised explosive devices and post-blast investigations. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Kevin Miles reviews the duties of a post blast bomb technician processing and investigating explosive crime scenes, the bombing of Khobar Towers, Saudi Arabia in 1996, and the Maldives Al-Qaeda bombing in 2007. Kevin Miles is a past Executive Director of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators. He has travelled to 65 countries and 48 states, including multiple deployments to high threat areas such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, and has taught more than 9,000 students from all over the world on the intricacies involved with bombing investigations. In 2010, he was named as an FBI Master Special Agent Bomb Technician. He has published numerous articles and research papers on the topics above and has received numerous awards for his service to the first responder community. Currently, he is a lecturer at Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management.

Sep 29, 2017
Episode 085: Herman Groman - White Boy Rick, Cocaine Corruption Conspiracy
54:36

Retired agent Herman Groman served in the FBI for 25 years. While in the Bureau, he specialized in working deep long-term undercover operations as an undercover agent in the areas of organized crime and narcotics. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the case of FBI informant Richard Wershe Jr., also known as White Boy Rick, who, at the age of 17, was convicted of selling large quantities cocaine and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Later in his FBI career, Herman Groman was assigned to lead several high-profile public corruption investigations. He was also a team leader of one of the FBI Special Operations Groups (SOG). The specialized group conducted surveillances of major terrorist cell groups and their associates. Groman served as the director of security at a large Las Vegas casino/hotel for several years after retiring from the FBI. He is the author of Pigeon Spring, a crime novel featuring his fictionalized alter-ego former FBI agent Matt Steel, who coincidentally also takes a job as director of security at a major Las Vegas casino too.

Sep 22, 2017
Episode 084: Brett Hood - Hedge Fund Ponzi Scheme, Maricopa Investment Fraud
01:08:22

Retired agent Michael “Brett” Hood served 25 years with the FBI. During his Bureau career, he worked complex financial crime, money laundering, corruption and major investment fraud cases. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Brett Hood reviews his investigation of David Mobley, Sr. and Maricopa Investments, a multi-million dollar hedge fund Ponzi Scheme. Bret, a federal-court certified expert in money laundering and financial crimes, has traveled the world for the FBI teaching public and private sector employees how to develop anti-fraud and corruption programs. Bret is the author of Eat More Ice Cream: A Succinct Leadership Lesson for Each Week of the Year and Get Off Your Horse! 52 Succinct Leadership Lessons from U.S. Presidents.  After retiring from the FBI, Brett became the director of 21st Century Learning & Consulting, LLC where he offers blocks of instruction on a range of topics to include forensic accounting, executive leadership, crisis management, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and compliance programs. You can learn more about Brett Hood at his website  21puzzles.com.

Sep 19, 2017
Episode 083: Gary Noesner – Crisis/Hostage Negotiations, Stalling for Time
01:17:10

Retired agent Gary Noesner served in the FBI for more than 30 years, four as a support employee and 26 as a special agent. During his Bureau career he was an investigator, instructor, and hostage negotiator. A significant focus of his career was directed toward investigating and negotiating numerous crisis incidents covering prison riots, right-wing militia standoffs, religious zealot sieges, terrorist embassy takeovers, airplane hijackings, and over 120 overseas kidnapping cases involving American citizens. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Gary Noesner reviews the importance of crisis negotiations and stalling for time and how these concepts were used during the Montana Freeman incident. When he retired he was the Chief of the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Unit, Critical Incident Response Group, the first person to hold that position. He continues to Consult independently and speaks at law enforcement conferences and corporate gatherings around the world. He has appeared on numerous television news programs and documentaries and has been interviewed in major publications addressing hostage negotiation, terrorism, and kidnapping. He has written a book about his career, Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator. The book serves as the basis for a six part mini-series on the 1993 Waco Siege incident that will air on the Paramount Network in January 2018. Gary can be contacted for presentations and speeches via his website.

Sep 15, 2017
Episode 082: Tym Burkey – Aryan Nations Hate Group, White Supremacy Extremism
01:29:31

Retired agent Tym Burkey served 20 years with the FBI. While in the Cincinnati Division at the Dayton Resident Agency, he worked violent crime and domestic terrorism matters and was assigned a case targeting the Aryan Nations, which at the time was considered to be the most dangerous white supremacist group in the United States. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Tym Burkey reviews how his informant Dave Hall infiltrated the violent neo-Nazi organization. The intelligence gathered by Hall lead to the disruption and dismantling of the Aryan Nations’ leadership. Later in his career, Tym Burkey began working counterintelligence investigations and was transferred to the Albuquerque Division where he was assigned to the Sandia National Laboratories and supervised the Albuquerque Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). After retiring from the FBI, Tym Burkey co-wrote with Dave Hall a narrative account of their Aryan Nations case. Their book, Into the Devil's Den: How an FBI Informant Got Inside the Aryan Nations and a Special Agent Got Him Out Alive, is a true-life thriller and a testament to bravery, dedication, and friendship. It’s also a timely reminder that America’s homegrown terrorists can be just as deadly as those from overseas.

Sep 08, 2017
Episode 081: Marc Ruskin – False Flag Espionage, Classified Materials Theft
01:18:58

Retired agent Marc Ruskin served 27 years with the FBI. During his Bureau career, he spent more than 20 of those years as an undercover agent. Marc successfully infiltrated a New York Mafia crime family, a Chinese Malaysian heroin organization, a Wall Street trading exchange, right-wing terrorist groups, and worked on espionage cases. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Marc Ruskin reviews his false flag espionage undercover role posing as a French operative seeking to purchase uranium enrichment equipment that had been stolen from a U.S. Department of Energy facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. His undercover work in this case resulted in a former employee at the Oak Ridge Complex being sentenced to six years in prison. Marc Ruskin was awarded five Commendations from the Director of the FBI for his work. A native French and Spanish speaker, he has worked at several US Embassies including Paris, Madrid, and Buenos Aires. As an FBI certified police instructor, Marc has lectured at universities and law enforcement academies. Since his retirement from the FBI in 2012, he has divided his time between a law practice in New York and extended stays in Liaoning Province, China, where he writes and studies Mandarin. Marc Ruskin recently published The Pretender - My Life Undercover for the FBI, a true crime narrative about his undercover roles and the FBI's undercover operations—the procedures, the successes, and the failure.

Sep 01, 2017
Episode 080: Bob Bukowski - Kidnapping and Murder, Millionaire Nelson Gross
58:35

Retired agent Robert "Bob" Bukowski served nearly 25 years with the FBI.  Prior to his appointment, he spent 5 years with the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). During his Bureau career he was assigned to International and Domestic Terrorism, Foreign Counter Intelligence and Violent Crime matters and worked high profile investigations in terrorism, kidnappings, homicides, organized crime and multi state violent gangs. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Bob reviews the multi-state and multi-agency investigation of the kidnapping and murder of millionaire Nelson Gross. Three teenagers were eventually charged and convicted of kidnapping and murdering their victim for a $20,000 ransom. After the successful conclusion of the case, Bob served as Team Leader in the 9/11 Investigation and was interviewed by the 911 Commission Committee. Bob was also a member of the Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF) in both New York City and New Jersey.  Since retiring from the FBI, he has been employed by the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) where he coordinates investigations throughout Northern New Jersey between local police departments and federal agencies. Bob is also an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickerson University where he teaches criminal justice and terrorism classes.

Aug 25, 2017
Episode 079: Joe Wolfinger – Family Espionage, John Walker Spy Ring
01:32:56

Retired agent Joe Wolfinger served nearly 30 years with the FBI. During his Bureau career, he rose through a variety of positions—serving as a squad supervisor, inspector, Special Agent in Charge (SAC), and lastly, as Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC) of the FBI Academy at Quantico, VA. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Joe Wolfinger is interviewed about his supervision of the counterintelligence squad in Norfolk, VA and the investigation of John Walker, a retired U.S. Navy chief warrant officer and communications specialist who sold secrets about American military codes to the Soviets for nearly 20 years. He also recruited his friend, brother and son and together they caused extensive damage to America's national security. The John Walker spy ring has been described as the "most damaging Soviet spy ring in history. Walker pled guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. For those who want to learn more about the investigation, Joe Wolfinger recommends retired case agent Bob Hunter's book Spy Hunter: Inside the FBI Investigation of the Walker Espionage Case. After retiring from the FBI, Wolfinger served pro bono for fourteen years as the executive director of the Major County Sheriff's Association.

Aug 18, 2017
Episode 078: Bob Hamer – Counterfeit $100 Bills, Operation Smoking Dragon
01:06:40

Retired agent Bob Hamer served in the FBI for 26 years. While in the Bureau, Hamer, a Marine Corps veteran, worked organized crime, gangs, terrorism, and child exploitation cases. Much of his career was spent undercover, successfully posing as a drug dealer, contract killer, international weapons dealer, white-collar criminal, and pedophile. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Bob Hamer is interviewed about his undercover role in Operation Smoking Dragon, an investigation that dismantled an international smuggling ring that brought into the country illegal drugs, cigarettes, and counterfeit $100 bills, known as North Korean "Supernotes," Bob Hamer received numerous awards throughout his career including the coveted FBI Director's Award for Distinguished Service and five United States Attorney Awards for Distinguished Service. He has written and consulted for television and is the author of three award-winning books and three novellas. His non-fiction book, THE LAST UNDERCOVER, details his FBI undercover career.

Aug 11, 2017
Episode 077: Dan Reilly - Hitman Wayne “Silk’ Perry, Witness Retaliation
01:29:59

Retired agent Dan Reilly served with the FBI for 30 years, six as a photographer and technician in the FBI Laboratory and twenty-four as a Special Agent. During his career, he worked on a wide variety of criminal cases and helped start the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force Program. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Dan Reilly reviews the case of Wayne "Silk" Perry, a hitman and enforcer for drug gangs operating in the early 1990’s in the Washington D.C. area. Perry claimed to have been involved in as many as 100 murders, many targeting witnesses who dared to cooperate with law enforcement. In addition to investigating violent drug gangs, Dan Reilly headed the FBI's Evidence Response Team at the Washington Field Office and provided extensive experience and training to others on crime scene examination. After his retirement from the FBI, Dan Reilly worked as a private consulting analyst with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force operations in the Mid-Atlantic region.  He has published a text book on crime scene examination and taught other law enforcement professionals in the U.S. and worldwide. Dan Reilly is currently an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University in the Criminology, Law and Society Department.

Aug 04, 2017
Episode 076: Jerry Clark - Female Serial Killers, Majorie Diehl-Armstong
54:12

Retired agent Dr. Jerry Clark, Ph.D., served a total of 21 years in federal law enforcement. He was an NCIS agent and a DEA agent, prior to becoming a special agent with FBI. Jerry Clark was previously interviewed on Episode 13 of FBI Retired Case File Review about one of the most bizarre bank robbery schemes in the history of the FBI, known officially as COLLARBOMB. In this episode, Jerry Clark reviews the criminal case and trial of Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, the mastermind behind the Collarbomb pizza delivery case and the activity of other female serial killers. Jerry Clark has a Ph.D. in in Criminology and he is currently an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He and his co-author Ed Palattella have written their third true crime book Mania and Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong: Inside the Mind of a Female Serial Killer to be released on September 12, 2017. You can learn more about Dr. Jerry Clark and his other true crime books by visiting the Pizza Bomber website.

Jul 28, 2017
Episode 075: Mary Ellen O'Toole - Serial Killers, Sexual Sadists
01:01:24

Retired agent and former FBI profiler Dr. Mary Ellen O'Toole, Ph.D., served in the FBI for nearly 28 years. For more than half of that time, she worked in the Bureau's prestigious Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) where she consulted on many of the FBI's highest profile and most complex cases, including homicides, kidnappings, sexual assaults, predatory behavior, child molestation and other crimes of violence. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Mary Ellen O'Toole, who is recognized as the FBI's leading expert in psychopathy, discusses serial killers and reviews the case of the Green River Killer Gary Ridgway, who was convicted of killing 49 women. Post retirement, Mary Ellen O'Toole is an internationally recognized Forensic Behavioral Consultant and Lecturer. She makes frequent media appearances on major TV news programs and radio affiliates and has been interviewed in prominent newspapers and publications around the country. In 2015, Mary Ellen O'Toole was appointed as the Director of the Forensic Science Program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Her book Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Feelings Betray Us introduces the right way to assess people for everyday situations in our personal and professional lives, and how to make safer decisions about them and the situations they create for us. You can learn more about Dr. Mary Ellen O'Toole by visiting her website MaryEllenOtoole.com.

Jul 21, 2017
Episode 074: Ray Batvinis – Russian Interference, History of FBI Counterintelligence
01:08:46

Retired agent Dr. Raymond Batvinis, Ph.D. served in the FBI for twenty-five years. He spent most of his career concentrating on counterintelligence and counterterrorism matters. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Ray Batvinis reviews the history of the FBI's counterintelligence program and past and current investigations of Russian interference in U. S. policies. During his Bureau career, Ray Batvinis' assignments included stints at the Washington Field Office and the Intelligence Division's Training Unit at FBI headquarters. Later he served in the Baltimore Division as a Supervisory Special Agent where he was privileged to supervise espionage investigations. After his retirement, he earned a Ph.D. in American History from The Catholic University of America and currently works a historian and educator specializing in the discipline of counterintelligence as a function of statecraft. He has written two books on the history of the FBI's counterintelligence program. The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence, examines the turbulent early years of the Bureau's counterintelligence evolution and includes examples of past Russian interference. His latest book provides details about former Director J. Edgar Hoover and FBI Counterespionage during World War II. In addition to writing and researching, Dr. Batvinis operates FBIstudies.com, a website focused on the study of the FBI and other counterintelligence issues.

Jul 13, 2017
Episode 073: Juan Jackson – Corrupt Cops, Operation Shattered Shield (Part 2)
01:27:11

Retired agent Juan Jackson served with the FBI for 24 years. Most of his Bureau career were spent as an undercover agent working dangerous assignments all over the country. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Juan Jackson is interviewed about his long term undercover role as "J. J." a drug kingpin in the FBI Group I  undercover case - Operation Shattered Shield.  J. J. hired corrupt members of the New Orleans Police Department to protect his large-scale cocaine operation. The dirty police officers, who maintained around-the-clock guard duty at the warehouse where the drugs were stored, were told that the cocaine was only being warehoused within the city limits, before being transported to other cities for distribution. During the investigation, monitors overheard officers repeatedly threatening violence against J. J. and his couriers. The case ended abruptly when the FBI wiretap revealed that one of the officers, Len Davis, had ordered a hit-man to murder a woman who had filed a police brutality complaint against him. In addition to murder, Davis, his partner Sammie Williams and more than 20 additional officers were convicted of extorting bribes and offering protection to a drug dealer. Juan Jackson received the New Orleans Police Department's Medal of Valor for his contributions to Operation Shattered Shield. Post retirement, Juan Jackson has worked as Director of Security for several NBA teams. Currently, he is Director of Security for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Jul 07, 2017
Episode 072: Juan Jackson – Corrupt Cops, Operation Shattered Shield (Part 1)
01:32:07

Retired agent Juan Jackson served with the FBI for 24 years. Most of his Bureau career were spent as an undercover agent working dangerous assignments in New York, Miami, Atlanta and cities around the world. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Juan Jackson is interviewed about his long term undercover role as "J. J." a drug kingpin in the FBI Group I undercover case - Operation Shattered Shield. Juan, as his alter ego J. J., hired corrupt members of the New Orleans Police Department to protect his large-scale cocaine operation. The dirty police officers, maintained around-the-clock guard duty at the warehouse where the drugs were stored. During the investigation, monitors overheard officers repeatedly threatening violence against J. J. and his couriers. The case ended abruptly when the FBI wiretap also revealed that one of the officers, Len Davis, had ordered a hit-man to murder a woman who had filed a police brutality complaint against him. In addition to murder, Davis, his partner Sammie Williams and more than 20 other officers were convicted of extorting bribes and offering protection to a drug dealer. Juan Jackson received the New Orleans Police Department's Medal of Valor for his contributions to Operation Shattered Shield. Post retirement, Juan Jackson has worked as director of security for several NBA teams. Currently, he is Director of Team Security for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Jun 30, 2017
Episode 071: Greg Stejskal - The Joker, Marijuana Criminal Enterprise
50:45

Retired agent Greg Stejskal served with the FBI for 31 years. He was assigned to the Detroit Division, where, for the most part, he worked out of the Ann Arbor Resident Agency. He was the Senior Resident Agent in the RA for the last ten years of his career prior to retirement. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Stejskal reviews the investigation of a massive marijuana criminal enterprise. Initially a lead from the Indianapolis Division seeking assistance with a case involving a mother, Linda Leary, and her two sons, Paul and Richard Heilbrunn, who were charged with operating a marijuana smuggling and distribution enterprise, Greg Stejskal was assigned to identified and locate a co-conspirator thought to be living in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area. Only identified as "The Joker" in the 136-page federal indictment, the unknown subject had been charged with being a distributor for the Heilbrunn family marijuana operation. According to the indictment, the drug ring operated from 1975 to 1985 and it would prove to be the biggest marijuana ring ever prosecuted by the US. After a patient but persistent investigation, Stejskal determined that James Hill was the man he was looking for, the Joker. Hill was sentenced to twenty years in jail for his role in the Ann Arbor operation of the marijuana criminal enterprise. Post retirement, Greg Stejskal is active in community service. He is also a regular contributor to TicKleTheWire.Com, a website featuring federal law enforcement news from around the country. Stejskal's article about his search for the joker Hunting For The Joker is posted on the site.

Jun 23, 2017
Episode 070: Mike Leyden - Extortion, Philly Mob and City Councilman
55:46

Retired agent Mike Leyden served 26 years with the FBI. Leyden, who has a law degree from Villanova University, was assigned to the Jacksonville Division, Pensacola Residency Agency and the Detroit Division, where he worked bank robberies, kidnappings, and fugitive matters. When transferred to the Philadelphia Division, Leyden helped set up and was the supervisor of the Special Operations Group based on a concept initially established in the Detroit Division. He was later appointed as the supervisor of the Newtown Square Resident Agency. To avoid an unwanted transfer to FBIHQ, Leyden stepped down and was placed on the Organized Crime Squad to work cases targeting the Philly mob. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Leyden is interviewed about an extortion case that resulted in the conviction of Nicodemo Scarfo Sr., Philadelphia City Councilman Leland Beloff, and Beloff's administrative assistant, Robert Rego for attempting to extort $1 million from Willard Rouse, a Philadelphia developer. During the investigation, two "made men," Nicholas Caramandi and Thomas DelGiorno, became government witnesses and their testimony eventually led to indictment and conviction of entire hierarchy of the Scarfo Family. After retirement, Mike Leyden became the Vice President of Corporate Security and Surveillance for Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Currently, he still occasionally accepts private investigation assignments.

Jun 16, 2017
Episode 069: Gina Davis and Ted Jones - Triple Murder, Safe Streets Taskforce
01:18:31

Retired agent Gina Davis served 25 years with the FBI. She began her Bureau career on a Violent Crimes and Drug Trafficking Crimes Squad in Albany, New York. After a long term undercover assignment in the Baltimore Division, Gina Davis received a permanent transfer and continued to investigate drug and violent crimes, in addition to starting and serving as the acting supervisor of a Safe Streets Task Force operating out of Calverton, Maryland office. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Gina and Maryland State Trooper and homicide detective Ted Jones, a 10-year taskforce member, are interviewed about how the team solved a cold case murder of the execution-style shooting of three young women. The women's bodies were left in a secluded area off a rural route in Laurel, Maryland. Because the location was on federal land, the case was initially investigated by the U.S. Park Police and later assigned to the Safe Streets Taskforce. The taskforce was able to gather the evidence needed to charge the three men responsible for the murders. In 1999, Davis was promoted to a supervisory position at FBI Headquarters, managing FBI personnel stationed at Legal Attaches in U.S. embassies in countries around the world.  She was promoted again in 2001 and was assigned to the Seattle Division, Tacoma Resident Agency where she managed all investigative programs in the three offices under her purview. Gina Davis initiated both a Safe Streets Task Force and a Joint Terrorism Task Force during her six-year tenure in Tacoma. Her last assignment was in the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division (CID) where she served as Chief of Staff for the Assistant Director. 

Jun 03, 2017
Episode 068: Phillip Sena – Cop Killer, Top 10 Fugitive Ted Otsuki
01:04:21

Retired agent Phil Sena served 25 years in federal law enforcement, seven as a Deputy U. S. Marshal and 18 years as a Special Agent with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Phil Sena is interviewed about the fugitive investigation of Top Ten Fugitive Ted Otsuki. In October 1987, Otsuki killed Boston police officer Roy Sergei and wounded officer Jorge Torres when they responded to a domestic disturbance call. A national manhunt to locate and capture Otsuki ensued. After he developed a crucial cooperating witness, Phil Sena, working closely with Boston and San Francisco detectives, took up the fugitive hunt in San Francisco, Texas and Guadalajara, Mexico, where Otsuki was eventually captured by Mexican Federal Judicial Police and the FBI. In addition to working fugitive cases, during his Bureau career, Phil Sena gained extensive experience in the investigation of violent crime and terrorism and served as a Supervisory Special Agent of the Bank Robbery/Kidnap Squad, the Fugitive Task Force and the Violent Gang Task Force, as well as Crisis Management Coordinator and SWAT Coordinator in the FBI Tactical Operations Center for the San Francisco Division. He was also supervisor of and a diver on the FBI Western Region Underwater Search and Recovery Team. Phil Sena is certified as a Police Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, SWAT Instructor, Police Fitness Instructor and Tactical Instructor.

May 27, 2017
Episode 067: John Chesson - Hate Crime, Courageous Cooperating Witness
01:18:46

Retired agent John Chesson served with the FBI for 25 years. During most of his Bureau career, John primarily worked cyber crime as an investigator and supervisor investigating computer intrusion cases and coordinating the Philadelphia and San Francisco Bay Area InfraGard Programs. However, in this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he is interviewed about a hate crime/civil rights matter from his early days in the FBI. The case involved the investigation of six South Philadelphia men suspected of violating the civil rights of an African American woman by vandalizing the home she had just rented on their block.  The case was assigned to John and his co-case agent, Christina Kibbey. Mike Kates (also spelled Cates), a wheelchair-bound man who lived on the street, agreed to become their cooperating witness and to help them gather the evidence needed to prove that damaging the house was a racially motivated scheme to make the house uninhabitable and to intimidate and discourage the woman from moving into the neighborhood. Kates courageously recorded consensually monitored conversations with the subjects of the investigation and testified as the star witness in the subsequent trials. All of the people involved were found guilty. On October 21, 1999, FBI Director Louis Freeh awarded Mike Kates the 18th Annual "Louis E. Peters Memorial Service Award" for his selfless commitment to protect victims of crime.  This citizens ward was sponsored by the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI (read citation below).  The case review includes two surprising happily-ever-after conclusions and an unexpected tragedy.

May 20, 2017
Episode 066: Jim Huggins - Mark Putnam, FBI Informant Murderer
01:12:02

Retired agent Jim Huggins served in the FBI for 28 years. During his Bureau career, Huggins was assigned to the Minneapolis, Denver and Louisville Divisions, in addition to special assignments on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation during the Wounded Knee takeovers in 1973 and again in 1975 and during the RESMURS investigation of the murder of two FBI agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Jim Huggins is interviewed about his investigation of FBI agent Mark Putnam, a new agent assigned to a two-man resident agency in Pikeville, Kentucky, high in Appalachian coal country.  Based primarily on Huggins ability to elicit a confession, Putnam pled guilty and was convicted of strangling is his pregnant informant, Susan Daniels Smith, in a fit of rage. While assigned to the Louisville Division, Huggins also conducted or supervised many of Kentucky’s biggest corruption investigations.  He served as the supervisor of the Lexington Resident Agency from 1986 until his retirement. After retiring from the FBI, Jim Huggins was appointed by the Kentucky Attorney General as Director of Investigations for the Public Corruption Unit, where he worked for seven years. Recently, Huggins was hired as a technical advisor for Above Suspicion, the feature film based on the non-fiction book of the same name that depicts the tragic saga of Mark Putnam and Susan Smith.

May 13, 2017
Episode 065: Bob Hamer – NAMBLA, Undercover Pedophile, and Sex Tourism
01:28:22

Retired agent Bob Hamer served in the FBI for 26 years. While in the Bureau, Hamer, a Marine Corps veteran, worked organized crime, gangs, terrorism, and child exploitation. Much of his career was spent undercover in assignments lasting anywhere from several days to more than three years. Bob successfully posed as a drug dealer, contract killer, international weapons dealer, white-collar criminal, and pedophile. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he is interviewed about infiltrating the security-obsessed North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA). Disguised as an aging pedophile, he was able to crack the group’s extensive international network and to identify and gather evidence on sex tourists traveling overseas to sexually exploit children. Bob Hamer received numerous awards throughout his career including the coveted FBI Director’s Award for Distinguished Service and five United States Attorney Awards for Distinguished Service. He has written and consulted for television and is the author of three award-winning books and three novellas. His non-fiction book, THE LAST UNDERCOVER, details his FBI undercover careers, with special emphasis on his courageous assignment to penetrate NAMBLA.

May 06, 2017
Episode 064: James Gagliano – Drug Gangs, Safe Streets, and Basketball
01:18:52

Retired agent James Gagliano served in the FBI for nearly 25 years. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he was a commissioned officer in the Army before joining the Bureau. During his FBI career, "Jimmy" Gagliano worked organized crime, was a member of the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT - the FBI’s elite counter-terror unit), participated in numerous overseas deployments, and lead the FBI New York Office SWAT Team. He was awarded the FBI’s Medal for Bravery for actions while serving on the SWAT Team. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Gagliano is interviewed about his role as the Supervisory Senior Resident Agent (SSRA) of the New York Division’s Hudson Valley Resident Agency and forming the Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force. He also talks about the importance of community policing and how he used his role as basketball coach to encourage, motivate and mentor "at risk" kids. His multi-agency unit received the “Top Gang Unit” award by the New York Gang Investigator’s Association, and the “True American Hero” award from the Federal Drug Agents Foundation for their multiple high profile prosecutions of violent street gangs. Gagliano's last two assignments, were as the acting Legal Attaché in Mexico City and as the Chief of Staff/Special Assistant to the Assistant-Director-in-Charge of the FBI's New York Division. Since retiring, he has become a sought-after speaker on the topics of "Leadership" and "Combating the Gang Culture" and frequently appears as a guest law enforcement analyst on CNN and other television news programs.

Apr 22, 2017
Episode 063: Angelo Lano - FBI Watergate Investigation
01:26:29

Retired agent Angelo Lano served in the FBI for 29 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, he is interviewed about being the case agent of the FBI Watergate investigation, starting from the morning of June 17, 1972, when he received a phone call from his Bureau supervisor instructing him to report to the Watergate Complex to investigate a break-in at the Democratic National Committee Headquarters. His initial assignment was to identify the five men caught in the act and arrested by local police. However, subsequent investigation by Lano and members of his squad, quickly determined that this was more than just another interstate theft of stolen property case. They learned that the intruders were connected to the committee to re-elect President Richard Nixon and the property crime case morphed into the biggest political scandal in U.S. history. Lano's investigation produced evidence of a cover-up and led to articles of impeachment being drawn up against Nixon, who resigned from office in 1974. Angelo Lano was one of several FBI agents falsely accused of being Deep Throat, a source of leaks consisting of inside investigatory information for the Washington Post.

Apr 15, 2017
Episode 062: Jon Hersley and Larry Tongate - Oklahoma City Bombing (Part 2)
01:16:59

Retired agent Jon Hersley served in the FBI for 30 years and retired agent Larry Tongate served for 29 years. They were case agents assigned to the nation-wide investigation of the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams we learn more about the 168 victims—including 19 children—and the more than 500 people injured from the bombing. The warped ideology that motivated Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols to blow up the Murrah building is also reviewed. Jon Hersley was assigned to the Oklahoma City Division. Larry Tongate was in the Bureau's Kansas City Office. The bomb blast also destroyed the entire north side of the nine-story concrete and granite Murrah building, incinerated nearby cars, and damaged more than 300 buildings. The OKBOMB investigation, as it became known, is the United States' deadliest act of homegrown terrorism.  After being tried and convicted of the crime, McVeigh was executed on June 11, 2001 and Nichols was sentenced to life in prison. A third individual, Michael Fortier was sentenced to 12 years in prison for failing to report the planned attack and for lying to the FBI. In their book—Simple Truths: The Real Story of the Oklahoma City Bombing Investigation—Hersley and Tongate and their co-author Bob Burke, assembled a chronological review of the initial events and of the evidence gathered in the case against McVeigh, Nichols and Fortier.

Apr 07, 2017
Episode 061: Jon Hersley and Larry Tongate - Oklahoma City Bombing (Part 1)
01:34:43

Retired agent Jon Hersley served in the FBI for 30 years and retired agent Larry Tongate served for 29 years. They were case agents and investigators for the nation-wide investigation of the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City Bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams they are interviewed about the fast-moving search to identify, capture and charge the persons responsible. Jon Hersley was assigned to the Oklahoma City Division. Larry Tongate was in the Bureau's Kansas City Office. The bomb blast caused the death of 168 innocent people—including 19 children. It also destroyed the entire north side of the nine-story concrete and granite Murrah building, incinerated nearby cars, and damaged more than 300 buildings. The OKBOMB investigation, as it became known, is the United States' deadliest act of homegrown terrorism.  After being tried and convicted of the crime, Timothy McVeigh was executed on June 11, 2001 and Terry Nichols Nichols was sentenced to life in prison. A third individual, Michael Fortier was sentenced to 12 years in prison for failing to report the planned attack and for lying to the FBI. In their book—Simple Truths: The Real Story of the Oklahoma City Bombing Investigation—Hersley and Tongate and their co-author Bob Burke, assembled a chronological review of the initial events and of the evidence gathered in the case against McVeigh, Nichols and Fortier.

Mar 31, 2017
Episode 060: Rick Hahn - FALN, Terrorists for Puerto Rican Independence
01:07:26

Retired agent Rick Hahn served 32 years with the FBI, six years as a clerical employee and 26 as a special agent. Throughout his entire career he was involved in terrorism cases, either as a field investigator or as a forensic specialist in explosives. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, Hahn is interviewed about the extensive investigation of the domestic terrorist group known as the FALN—Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional or Armed Forces of National Liberation—an extremist organization advocating for Puerto Rican independence through acts of violence. The group, active in the 1970s and early 1980s, is credited with committing more than 100 bombings that caused several deaths, multiple injuries, and millions of dollars in damage. Hahn also talks about the formation of the first official Joint Terrorism Taskforces (JTTF) in New York and Chicago. He believes that the FALN was and still is American's most prolific domestic terrorism organization. In 1984, United States Attorney General William French Smith awarded Rick Hahn with the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service for his efforts in disrupting and dismantling the FALN. A documentary about the investigation will be released later in the year. The film is based on a non-fiction manuscript written by Rick Hahn.

Mar 24, 2017
Episode 059: Jim Clemente - Preventing the Sexual Victimization of Children
01:13:17

Retired agent Jim Clemente served in the FBI for 22 years. Prior to joining the FBI, Clemente was a prosecutor in the Child Sex Crimes Prosecution Team in the Bronx, New York. His first FBI duty assignment was in the New York Field Division’s Joint FBI/NYPD Sexual Exploitation of Children Task Force. After assignments in Little Rock Division and the Washington Field Office, Clemente was appointed as a supervisory special agent in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, VA. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, Jim is interviewed as a follow-up to prior episodes focused on child abductions and child sexual predators. As a nationally recognized expert in the fields of sex crimes investigations, sex offender behavior and child pornography, he has investigated and consulted on thousands of cases involving serial murder, serial rape, child abduction, sex crimes, homicide, threats, bombings and the sexual victimization of children. In his work, he has interviewed hundreds of victims and offenders. He is a host of the popular true crime podcast Real Crime Profile and also serves as a writer and producer for Criminal Minds, the long-running CBS FBI crime drama. Jim Clemente is the author of the crime novel Without Consent, a fictionalized account of his personal loss of innocence at the hands of a child sex offender.

 

Mar 17, 2017
Episode 058: Eddie Freyer - Polly Klaas, Child Abduction and Murder (Part 2)
01:14:41

Retired agent Eddie Freyer served 30 years with the FBI, four years as a clerical employee in the Pittsburgh Division and 26 years as a special agent. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, he is interviewed about the intensive investigation that was launched to recovery Polly Klaas, a twelve-year-old girl abducted from her bedroom by a stranger during a slumber party with two friends during October of 1993. Eddie Freyer was the case agent who, working in conjunction with his partners from the Petaluma Police Department, worked countless hours for more than sixty days without a single day off, desperately trying to recovery Polly and bring her home alive.  Freyer was aware, that although they knew the reality of the decreased possibility of finding her alive after the first 24 hours had passed. The Polly Klaas child abduction investigation became a major national story. All parents could relate to the fear and horrified of the thought that their child could be taken from her bedroom during the night. Freyer is currently an instructor with ICITAP, the International Criminal Investigation Training Assistance Program, and travels around the country and world conducting presentations about the Polly Klaas abduction case and the lessons he learned during the investigation.

Mar 10, 2017
Episode 057: Eddie Freyer - Polly Klaas, Child Abduction and Murder (Part 1)
01:16:31

Retired agent Eddie Freyer served 30 years with the FBI, four years as a clerical employee in the Pittsburgh Division and 26 years as a special agent. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, he is interviewed about the intensive investigation that was launched to recovery Polly Klaas, a twelve-year-old girl abducted from her bedroom by a stranger during a slumber party with two friends during October of 1993. Eddie Freyer was the case agent who, working in conjunction with his partners from the Petaluma Police Department, worked countless hours for more than sixty days without a single day off, desperately trying to recovery Polly and bring her home alive.  Freyer was aware, that although they knew the reality of the decreased possibility of finding her alive after the first 24 hours had passed. The Polly Klaas child abduction investigation became a major national story. All parents could relate to the fear and horrified of the thought that their child could be taken from her bedroom during the night. Freyer is currently an instructor with ICITAP, the International Criminal Investigations Assistance Program, and travels around the country and world conducting presentations about the Polly Klaas abduction case and the lessons he learned during the investigation.

Mar 03, 2017
Episode 056: Max Noel - Unabomber Terrorist Ted Kaczynski (Part 2)
01:16:44

Retired agent Max Noel served nearly 31 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, Noel is interviewed about the Unabomber Terrorist Ted Kaczynski case. For 15 years, multiple agencies, including the FBI, AFT, the Postal Inspection Service and numerous state and local police departments, worked mostly independently to identified and arrest the person responsible for setting off 16 bombs throughout the United States that killed three and seriously maimed and injured several victims.  Noel, who was planning to retire just prior to being hand-picked for the assignment, was selected as the investigative squad supervisor for a new task force created by then Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI Director Louie Freeh.  FBI management supported Noel and his multi-agency team with a strategy to manage the massive manpower and paper intensive major investigation—code-named Unabomber— that had previously frustrated and overwhelmed all involved.  Ted Kaczynski name was among the huge list of potential suspects. As luck would have it, the Unabomber’s anonymity was finally cracked when Kaczynski released his infamous manifesto. Noel and other members of the taskforce received the Attorney General's Award for Distinguish Service for their efforts. Noel, along with Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jim Freeman and Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Terry D. Turchie, wrote a book, Unabomber: How the FBI Broke Its Own Rules to Capture the Terrorist Ted Kaczynski, about how, after 17 years, they finally identified, captured, and convicted the notorious Unabomber.

Feb 24, 2017
Episode 055: Max Noel - Unabomber Terrorist Ted Kaczynski (Part 1)
01:30:22

Retired agent Max Noel served nearly 31 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, Noel is interviewed about the Unabomber Terrorist Ted Kaczynski case. For 15 years, multiple agencies, including the FBI, AFT, the Postal Inspection Service and numerous state and local police departments, worked mostly independently to identified and arrest the person responsible for setting off 16 bombs throughout the United States that killed three and seriously maimed and injured several victims.  Noel, who was planning to retire just prior to being hand-picked for the assignment, was selected as the investigative squad supervisor for a new task force created by then Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI Director Louie Freeh.  FBI management supported Noel and his multi-agency team with a strategy to manage the massive manpower and paper intensive major investigation—code-named Unabomber— that had previously frustrated and overwhelmed all involved. Ted Kaczynski name was among the huge list of potential suspects. As luck would have it, the Unabomber’s anonymity was finally cracked when Kaczynski released his infamous manifesto. Noel and other members of the taskforce received the Attorney General's Award for Distinguish Service for their efforts. Noel, along with Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jim Freeman and Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Terry D. Turchie, wrote a book, Unabomber: How the FBI Broke Its Own Rules to Capture the Terrorist Ted Kaczynski, about how, after almost 17 years, they finally identified, captured, and convicted the notorious Unabomber.

Feb 17, 2017
Episode 054: Bill Dyson - El Rukn Libyan Terrorist Conspiracy
59:20

Retired agent Bill Dyson served nearly 31 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, Dyson is interviewed about how the Chicago Division’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, while conducting an investigation targeting drug trafficking, overheard tidbits of information that seemed to indicate an international conspiracy involving the El Rukn street gang and Libyan terrorist. Bill Dyson led the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) that developed this information and determined that members of the El Rukns were meeting with representatives of the then-hostile government of Libya led by Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi to discuss a conspiracy to perpetrate a terrorist attack inside of the United States. The El Rukn Libyan conspiracy investigation marked the first convictions of American citizens for conspiring to commit terrorist acts in their country on behalf of a foreign government in exchange for money. After retiring from the Bureau, Bill Dyson was hired by the University of Illinois and authored a college text book titled Terrorism: An Investigator’s Handbook. He currently works for the Institute for Inter-Governmental Research (IIGR), a non-profit serving under a grant from the Department of Justice, to provide anti-terrorism training to state and local police officers throughout the United States.

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Feb 10, 2017
Episode 053: Denise Minor - Francophile in the FBI, Investigating En Français
48:40

Retired agent Denise Minor served nearly 29 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, Minor is interviewed about her extensive investigative experience working overseas primarily in various countries in Africa and in the United States utilizing her French language skills to communicate, interpret and translate during her career.  In addition to serving as the Legal Attaché or LEGAT in Rabat, Morocco, Minor was a French interpreter for the Protocol Office in support of FBI Director Louie Freeh and other FBI executives, deployed to Nairobi, Kenya to lead a small team with French language skills to conduct terrorism investigation in the Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoros Islands, deployed to Rwanda to investigate human rights violations and genocide and had numerous other assignments that took her to Yemen, Haiti and other French speaking destinations around the world. Her state-side assignments, included leading a team of crime analysts at the Behavioral Analysis Unit, Violent Criminal Apprehension Program and serving as a leadership development program facilitator on the FBI Leadership Learning Delivery Team.  After retiring from the FBI, Minor, a licensed attorney and certified personal coach, opened her own leadership development consulting firm, MindSpring Metro DC, Inc.

Feb 03, 2017
Episode 052: Myron Fuller - The Original ABSCAM, Con Men and Mob Guys
01:01:51

Myron Fuller served in the FBI for 30 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, Fuller is interviewed about his case agent and undercover role in the case code named ABSCAM, originally initiated to investigate and penetrate White Collar Crime and Organized Crime targets in the New York area. Specifically, it was begun as an undercover operation to infiltrate the conspiracy of members of organize crime to purchase a mortgage company for fraudulent and criminal purposes. The sophisticated ABSCAM scenario included a fictitious wealthy Lebanese businessman and a $7 Million bank account. Fuller and his undercover partner, agent John Hauss, represented that they worked for a consortium of foreign banks and a Lebanese businessman who wanted to funnel millions of Middle-East money into ventures in the United States. The scenario, with the cooperation of con man Mel Weinberg, allowed for the successful conviction of organized crime figures, conmen, and ultimately, corrupt politicians. Fuller retired as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Honolulu Division.

Jan 27, 2017
Episode 051: Jim McGee - HRT, FCI Talladega Hostage Rescue
01:27:36

Retired Special Agent Jim McGee served in the FBI for nearly 21 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he is interviewed about being a member of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), one of the world's most elite counter-terrorism teams. McGee provides a first-hand account of his participation in the HRT's first dynamic assault mission which resulted in the successful hostage rescue of nine. In 1991, a violent group of Cuban inmates in the Federal Correctional Institution in Talladega, Alabama, overpowered their guards and took hostages. The inmates demanded that they not to be deported back to Cuba. The HRT was called in and the hostages were rescued unharmed. For their efforts, Jim and the other HRT members were awarded the FBI Medal of Meritorious Achievement. McGee wrote a book about his experience—Phase Line Green. It's available by contacting McGee directly. 

Jan 20, 2017
Episode 050: The FBI in Books, TV and Movies - 10 Clichés and Misconceptions
56:45

I’m excited to be celebrating my 50th episode of FBI Retired Case File Review this week, along with the success of my crime novel Pay To Play. While producing and hosting my true crime – crime fiction podcast over the last year, I’ve conducted interviews with my retired FBI agent colleagues about the high-profiled cases they worked while on the job. And during almost every interview one of us comments about some aspect of the case or an investigative method that had been portrayed in books, TV and movies as a cliché or inaccurately. I noted at least ten (10) misconceptions about the FBI that were repeatedly discussed. Just as some attorneys don’t read or watch legal dramas and some doctors avoid medical shows and novels, for this special episode I’m joined by retired agent Bobby Chacon, a technical advisor for the TV show Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders for a lively discussion about why some FBI agents might not be reading that bestselling book series or watching that popular show depicting the FBI. Most people will never meet a FBI agent. The only connections they have with the FBI are the ones they make through books, TV, and movies, along with, of course the news. So, what if those portrayals are clichés or aren’t accurate? Does it really matter?

Jan 13, 2017
Episode 049: Todd Hulsey - Nuclear Weapons, Mascheroni Spy Case (Part 2)
01:08:28

Retired agent Todd Hulsey served with the FBI for 15 and a half years. However, he has, in total, 21 years of federal law enforcement service. Prior to obtaining his law degree and joining the Bureau, Hulsey worked for five years as a special agent with the United States Customs Service, now known as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Hulsey is interviewed regarding a nuclear weapons espionage case involving Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and his wife Marjorie Mascheroni. “Leo” Mascheroni was a theoretical physicist formerly employed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The FBI discovered that he had contacted a foreign country and had offered to sell his expertise and assistance to build a nuclear weapons program for that nation. Hulsey supervised the Albuquerque Division case and the agents, analysts and surveillance group members who gathered the evidence needed to prosecute the Mascheronis for espionage. They both agreed to plead guilty to illegally passing nuclear weapons program documents which contained information derived from classified and restricted data. He was sentenced to five years and she to one year in prison. Post Bureau retirement, Todd Hulsey runs his own law practice and operates  X Fed Productions, an entertainment consulting firm providing technical advice in the areas of national intelligence, law enforcement, and military operations to authors, screenwriters, video game developers, producers, and directors.

Jan 06, 2017
Episode 048: Todd Hulsey - Nuclear Weapons, Mascheroni Espionage Case (Part 1)
01:14:16

Retired agent Todd Hulsey served with the FBI for 15 and a half years. However, he has, in total, 21 years of federal law enforcement service. Prior to obtaining his law degree and joining the Bureau, Hulsey worked for five years as a special agent with the United States Customs Service, now known as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Hulsey is interviewed regarding a nuclear weapons espionage case involving Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and his wife Marjorie Mascheroni.  "Leo" Mascheroni was a theoretical physicist formerly employed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The FBI discovered that he had contacted a foreign country and had offered to sell his expertise and assistance to build a nuclear weapons program for that nation. Hulsey supervised the Albuquerque Division case and the agents, analysts and surveillance group members who gathered the evidence needed to prosecute the Mascheronis for espionage. They both agreed to plead guilty to illegally passing nuclear weapons program documents which contained information derived from classified and restricted data. He was sentenced to five years and she to one year in prison. Post Bureau retirement, Todd Hulsey runs his own law practice and operates  X Fed Productions, an entertainment consulting firm providing technical advice in the areas of national intelligence, law enforcement, and military operations to authors, screenwriters, video game developers, producers, and directors.

Dec 30, 2016
Episode 047: Richard Marquise - ScotBom, Lockerbie Bombing of Flight 103
01:29:15

Retired agent Richard “Dick” Marquise served with the FBI for 31 years. He is an expert in the fields of counter terrorism and crisis management, both as an investigator and as a manager. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Marquise is interviewed about Pan Am Flight 103, blown out of the skies over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988, four days before Christmas. Two hundred and seventy people were killed. Marquise was involved with the investigation from its inception and, after being named to lead the U.S. Task Force which included the FBI, Department of Justice and the Central Intelligence Agency, he managed the investigation through the return of indictments in 1991. He also played an active role through the court proceedings and in August 2001, with the successful resolution of the trial, he received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service. Following the case, which had been code named Scotbom, his Bureau career included the role of Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the FBI’s Oklahoma City Division.  He has provided training to law enforcement officials all over the United States and internationally and has appeared on television and radio talk shows and has given hundreds of speeches all over the world on the topic of terrorism. In order to document the facts of the investigation, Marquise wrote Scotbom: Evidence and the Lockerbie Investigation a non-fiction account of the international terrorism case.

Dec 16, 2016
Episode 046: Joe Pistone - Infiltrating the Mafia, Being Donnie Brasco
01:11:20

Retired agent Joe Pistone served in the FBI for nearly 27 years.  However, he is primarily known world-wide for the six years he spent infiltrating one of the New York mafia families as Donnie Brasco, his undercover alter ego. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews his undercover assignment, a mission so secret only a handful of agents knew what he was doing and where he was as he secretly gathered vital intelligence on the mafia and its criminal ways. The work Joe Pistone did was so incredibly dangerous that it has been documented in numerous books, documentaries, television shows, and the 1997 feature film Donnie Brasco, starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino. After the undercover case was closed, Joe spent the remainder of his Bureau career testifying in federal court all around the country for mob related trials and at the FBI Academy helping to establish the FBI's undercover program and training courses. Joe continues to travel overseas lecturing and training law enforcement officers how to "go undercover."

Dec 09, 2016
Episode 045: Geoff Doyle - Operation Whitemare, Chinese Heroin Bust
56:28

Retired agent Geoff Doyle served 20 years with the FBI.  He joined the Bureau after 8 and a half years in the military. Early in his career, Geoff worked a variety of assignments in the Richmond and New York Divisions, including SWAT, bank robberies and investigating Italian organized crime.  He was later assigned to a squad specifically established to combat the increase in Chinese organized crime. He was eventually promoted to be the supervisor of the squad, which began to focus primarily on investigating the trafficking of heroin and cocaine from South East Asia into the United States. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Geoff is interviewed about working as the case agent of Operation Whitemare, the international FBI investigation that resulted in the largest heroin bust and seizure in U.S. history and identified and disrupted major international Chinese drug networks. Post retirement, Geoff owns and operates, Doyle Carden Group LLC, an investigative and anti-money laundering consulting firm.

Dec 03, 2016
Episode 044: Karl LNU - Cooperating Witness, Telemarketing Fraud
01:02:50