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Jerri Williams is a retired FBI agent and author on a mission to show the public who the FBI is and what the FBI does by conducting interviews with retired FBI agents about their most intriguing and high-profiled cases, reviewing how the FBI is portrayed in books, TV, and movies, and recommending crime fiction and dramas. Photos and links to articles about the cases and violations discussed can be found in the show notes for each episode at jerriwilliams.com.

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Jerri Williams is a retired FBI agent and author on a mission to show the public who the FBI is and what the FBI does by conducting interviews with retired FBI agents about their most intriguing and high-profiled cases, reviewing how the FBI is portrayed in books, TV, and movies, and recommending crime fiction and dramas. Photos and links to articles about the cases and violations discussed can be found in the show notes for each episode at jerriwilliams.com.

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Engrossing and human

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A treat every time I listen. Thank you, Jerri!

The best podcast

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No fluff no music just the facts. Very interesting.

iTunes Ratings

556 Ratings
Average Ratings
479
37
18
7
15

Engrossing and human

By EmilyHelen - Oct 14 2019
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A treat every time I listen. Thank you, Jerri!

The best podcast

By wuadrille76685 - Sep 21 2019
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No fluff no music just the facts. Very interesting.

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Jerri Williams is a retired FBI agent and author on a mission to show the public who the FBI is and what the FBI does by conducting interviews with retired FBI agents about their most intriguing and high-profiled cases, reviewing how the FBI is portrayed in books, TV, and movies, and recommending crime fiction and dramas. Photos and links to articles about the cases and violations discussed can be found in the show notes for each episode at jerriwilliams.com.

Episode 046: Joe Pistone - Infiltrating the Mafia, Being Donnie Brasco

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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

1hr 11mins

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Episode 031: Mike Rochford - FBI Betrayal, Robert Hanssen

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Retired agent Mike Rochford served in the FBI for 30 years, five years as a clerical employee and Russian translator, and 25 as a special agent.  Prior to his retirement, Mike was Section Chief of the Espionage Section. Based on his language skill, Mike worked Foreign Counter Intelligence (FCI) cases for most of his career. While assigned as a supervisor at FBI Headquarters and in the field, he oversaw such cases as Aldrich Ames and Earl Pitts and worked to identity six unknown subjects, government spies the FBI and CIA had been for years trying to uncover. One of those "unsubs" was eventually identified as FBI agent Robert Hanssen. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Mike Rochford reviews the investigation of FBI agent turned spy, Robert Hanssen. Hanssen is considered the most damaging spy in FBI history. Mike recruited the source, a Russian agent of the KGB/SVR, who provided the information that led to Hanssen's identification. For this effort, Mike received the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement from the CIA.

Aug 20 2016

1hr 16mins

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Episode 019: Jesse Coleman – The Sicilian Mob and Undercover Drug Deals

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Retired Special Agent Jesse Coleman served in the FBI for nearly 28 years. He spent most of his career working drug investigations targeting organized crime figures and pursuing high-profile, violent drug gang members. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Jesse is interviewed about the two-year period he went undercover as a drug dealer selling cocaine and heroin to made members of the Sicilian mob. During the undercover investigation, he secretly recorded more than 200 conversations between him and the subjects. Jesse's efforts resulted in the arrest and conviction of 20 members of the mob family operating in the U.S., in addition to the head of the family who lived in Sicily, Italy. Jesse was awarded the Justice Department’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Agent of the Year in 1991 for his undercover role in this investigation.

May 28 2016

52mins

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Episode 012: Gerry Downes - Identifying a Serial Killer in Ghana

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Retired agent Gerry Downes served in the FBI for 25 years.  Gerry worked in the Child Abduction and Serial Killer Unit (now known as the BAU) for 11 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he is interviewed about travelling with several team members to Accra, Ghana in May 2001 to assist in the identification of a serial killer responsible for the horrific murders of more than 30 women. During the two weeks the Gerry and the FBI team were in Ghana, a suspect was arrested.  The suspect confessed to committing several of the murders. While in the country, the FBI team also trained Ghanaian police investigators in evidence collection and interrogations techniques. Gerry also mentions that when he returned to Ghana several years later he was impressed with the advances made.  Later in his career, Gerry left the BAU for a three-year assignment at the Legal Attaché (Legat) Ottawa sub-office in Vancouver, Canada.

Apr 09 2016

48mins

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Episode 132: Dan Craft – Jeffrey Dahmer, Interrogating Serial Killers

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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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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, feature temptation, corruption, and redemption, and are available at Amazon.com

Sep 06 2018

1hr 30mins

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Episode 055: Max Noel - Unabomber Terrorist Ted Kaczynski (Part 1)

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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

1hr 30mins

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Episode 126: Jeff Rinek – Yosemite Park Murders, In The Name of the Children (Part 1)

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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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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime 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

Jul 26 2018

1hr 47mins

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Episode 018: Barbara Verica – Undercover Spy and Investment Fraud

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Retired Special Agent Barbara Verica worked counter-intelligence matters for the first 15 years of her 30-year career and investigated economic crimes for the last fifteen. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Barbara Verica is interviewed about her time as an undercover operative in Manhattan gathering intelligence and the evidence needed to prove that her neighbor, a diplomat for an unidentified foreign country, was selling secrets to the former Soviet Union. Barbara also discusses an $5 million investment fraud case she investigated where in the subject of her case harassed and threatened to sue everyone involved, including a local judge and federal judge.

May 20 2016

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Episode 003: Jim Fitzgerald – Forensic Linguistics and the Unabomer

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Retired agent Jim Fitzgerald, a former FBI profiler, served twenty years with the FBI. Jim is one of the most respected forensic analysts and linguistics experts in the country. In addition to his many “expert” court appearances, Jim is called upon for his expertise by the entertainment and news industries. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews his role in solving the Unabomber case and several other  high-profile investigations, as well as his work as a technical consultant on the TV shows Criminal Minds and Sleepy Hollow and regular appearances on CNN for expert commentary on current events. We also chat about his memoir – A Journey to the Center of the Mind: Book 1.

Feb 06 2016

51mins

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

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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

1hr 19mins

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Episode 129: Michael E. Anderson – Enron Investigation

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

Aug 16 2018

1hr 36mins

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Episode 165: Ken Lanning – Satanic Ritual Child Abuse, Confirmation Bias

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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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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, feature temptation, corruption, and redemption, and are available on Amazon. 

May 09 2019

1hr 40mins

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Episode 035: Keith Kelly - Bernie Madoff, Ponzi Scheme

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Retired agent Keith Kelly served with the FBI for twenty-seven years. Keith, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), worked a variety of assignments during his career, including being a member of the New York Division SWAT Team, extensive experience as an undercover agent, following the money trail of international drugs cases and other criminal enterprises involved in distribution and racketeering, and specializing in complex financial and money laundering investigations. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews his most high-profiled assignment as the case-agent of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, a 21-person inter-agency investigation into the largest securities fraud case in history. This work resulted in the identification, seizure and forfeiture of more than $8 billion in assets along with the conviction of Bernard Madoff who received a 150-year jail sentence.

Sep 17 2016

1hr 5mins

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Episode 153: Q & A - With Special Agent FBI Recruiter

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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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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, feature temptation, corruption, and redemption, and are available on Amazon. 

Feb 13 2019

2hr 8mins

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Episode 181: Phil Coghlan – Hit Man: A Technical Manual For Independent Contractors

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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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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 28 2019

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Episode 041: FBI Special Agent - A Career Like No Other

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In this special episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Special Agents Greg Branch and Bill Toland are interviewed about the qualifications and requirements needed to become a special agent with the FBI. Greg joined the FBI in 1995 and has been assigned to squads handling reactive matters, such as drugs and bank robberies and to white collar crime investigations. For the past seven years, he has been task with recruiting efforts and is the Applicant Coordinator responsible for managing the special agent hiring program in the Philadelphia Division. Bill, a recent graduate of the FBI Academy, is also based in the Philadelphia Division where he is on a Cyber Squad. They provide a thorough and personal review of the FBI Special Agent hiring program and what it's like to train at the FBI Academy. I encourage all listeners interested in joining the FBI to apply, especially women and minorities. All potential FBI Special Agent candidates must start the application process online at FBIJobs.gov.

Oct 29 2016

1hr 5mins

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Episode 103: Bob Clifford - MS-13, Mara Salvatrucha

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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

1hr 16mins

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Episode 011: Edward Shaw - The FBI in Japan, Fugitives and Dinosaur Fossils

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In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agent Ed Shaw is interviewed about two cases he worked while assigned to LEGAT Tokyo in Japan. One focused on the capture of an American fugitive who had fled to Taiwan after murdering his wife in Vermont and the other involved the investigation of the theft of an Allosaurus dinosaur fossil illegally exported from the U.S. Both cases show from beginning to end what a Legat does when handling the overseas aspects of an international FBI investigation.

Apr 01 2016

53mins

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Episode 065: Bob Hamer – NAMBLA, Undercover Pedophile, and Sex Tourism

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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

1hr 28mins

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Episode 016: John Cosenza - Extraterritorial Jurisdiction & Global Threats

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Retired Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) John Cosenza served in the FBI for 22 years. John spent much of his career working counterterrorism cases and extraterritorial jurisdiction investigations. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, John Cosenza reviews how extraterritorial jurisdiction authorizes the FBI to investigate crimes against Americans on foreign soil, such as murders and kidnappings, if the crimes were based on an act of terrorism. These extraterritorial jurisdiction and counterterrorism cases took John around the world to numerous countries and international venues. He talks about one case in particular involving a Tunisian operative and a European terrorist cell that he worked out of Milan while assigned as the Assistant Legal Attaché (ALAT) in Italy. This case was unique in that it was worked jointly between the FBI and the Italian National Police, with assistance from NCIS. The successful investigation resulted in charges of conspiracy, arms and explosive trafficking, and the use of fraudulent documents.

May 06 2016

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Episode 189: Michael Harrigan – Crime in Indian Country, FBI National Academy

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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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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 as an audiobook, ebook and paperback wherever books are sold. 

Dec 11 2019

1hr 13mins

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Episode 188: Ron Hosko – The Boy in the Bunker, FBI Hostage Rescue

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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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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 as an audiobook, ebook and paperback wherever books are sold. 

Nov 27 2019

1hr 27mins

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Episode 187: John Glover – Atlanta Child Murders, Wayne Williams

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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

1hr 28mins

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Episode 186: John Glover – FBI 100th Anniversary of African American Special Agents

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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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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 as an audiobook, ebook and paperback wherever books are sold. 

Nov 10 2019

1hr 10mins

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Episode 185: Joe Navarro – Rod Ramsay Espionage Case, Reading Body Language

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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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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 as an audiobook, ebook and paperback wherever books are sold. 

Oct 30 2019

1hr 17mins

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Episode 184: Eileen Roemer – FBI Cadaver Dogs, 9/11 Search and Recovery

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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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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 as an audiobook, ebook and paperback wherever books are sold. 

Oct 16 2019

1hr 4mins

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Episode 183: Keith Tolhurst – Arizona Extortion, Kidnapping and Maiming Plot

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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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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 as an audiobook, ebook, and paperback wherever books are sold. 

Oct 03 2019

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Episode 182: Jerri Williams - My Media Empire, A Look Behind the Curtain

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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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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. 

Sep 05 2019

56mins

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Bonus Episode - Live Show FBI Recruiting with SA Cerena Coughlin, RESPECT: Women’s Podcast Festival

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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

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Episode 181: Phil Coghlan – Hit Man: A Technical Manual For Independent Contractors

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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

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Episode 180: Michael E. Anderson - Passport Fraud, Investment Fraud, Murder for Hire

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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

1hr 34mins

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Episode 179: Scott Duffey – Thomas Gibison, Skinhead Racially Motivated Murder

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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

1hr 29mins

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Episode 178: Russell Atkinson - Trade Secret Theft, Silicon Valley

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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

1hr 18mins

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Episode 177: Michael Harrigan – ViCAP, Serial Killer Samuel Little, Listener Q & A (Part 2)

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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

1hr 10mins

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Episode 176: Michael Harrigan – ViCAP, Highway Serial Killings Initiative (Part 1)

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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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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. 

Jul 25 2019

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Episode 175: Norman Wight – Stanley Mark Rifkin Bank Theft, Arrest Warrants

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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

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Episode 174: Jane Mason – Environmental Crime, Evidence Collection, PRESERVEkit

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Retired agent Jane Mason served more than 28 years with the FBI. Initially assigned to the Kansas City Division, she spent the majority of her career in the New York Office where she worked White Collar Crime cases with a heavy focus on Environmental Crimes. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Jane Mason reviews a case she worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where the subject, Gary Bennett operating as Gerace Contracting Corp., 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.

As a collateral duty, for 16 years Jane Mason also served as the Evidence Response Team (ERT) leader collecting forensic evidence at hundreds of local, national, and international of crime scenes, including collecting evidence and human remains for nine months following the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Upon her retirement, she and another retired agent formed a private investigations company where a number of her clients were survivors of sexual assault. Her expertise and experience with evidence collection and working with survivors motivated Jane Mason to form The Preserve Group and to create and manufacture the PRESERVEkit, a self-administered, sexual assault evidence collection kit for survivors who do not have a sexual assault forensic exam, commonly referred to as a rape kit. Visit PRESERVEkit.com to learn more. 

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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 worldwide wherever books are sold. 

Jul 11 2019

1hr 24mins

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Episode 173: Greg Shaffer – DC Snipers, HRT, Stay Safe Tips

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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

1hr 7mins

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Episode 172: Weysan Dun – Posse Comitatus, Nebraska Cult Murders

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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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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 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and worldwide wherever books are sold. 

Jun 27 2019

1hr 23mins

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Episode 171: Scott Larson – Solar Sunrise, Military Data Breach

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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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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 provides details everything you need to know about the FBI and her crime novels—Pay To Play and Greedy Givers—inspired by actual true crime FBI cases, are available on Amazon. 

Jun 20 2019

1hr 8mins

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