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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

542 Ratings
Average Ratings
469
36
16
7
14

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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FBI Retired Case File Review

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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.

Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: 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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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: Episode 037: Dell Spry - CIA Betrayal, Aldrich Ames

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Retired agent Dell Spry served in the FBI for twenty years. During his career, he primarily worked counterintelligence, counterespionage, and counterterrorism investigations. While assigned to FBIHQ, Dell was a member of the National Security Council Counterterrorism Working Group. He was liaison to the CIA Counterintelligence Center, Counterespionage Group and was the lead investigator for the FBI in the Aldrich Ames case. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Dell is interviewed about the two-year-long investigation where he, as the FBI case agent, along with a team of FBI and CIA personnel, was successful in identifying Ames as a KGB mole. Ames, who was directly responsible for the execution of several Soviet and Russian assets and operatives, was charged and convicted of espionage in 1994 and is serving a life sentence. Dell received the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in a Counterintelligence Investigation and the CIA Director’s Meritorious Service Award for his efforts. Prior to retirement, Dell supervised a Counterintelligence squad in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Currently, as a consultant, Dell teaches an advanced course of instruction to novice and experienced FBI personnel on human intelligence collection, intelligence tradecraft, and counterintelligence matters.

Oct 01 2016

1hr 1min

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Rank #9: 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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Aug 16 2018

1hr 36mins

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Rank #10: Episode 118: Ed Mireles - Fatal FBI Miami Shootout (Part 1)

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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

1hr 27mins

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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: 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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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: Episode 107: Greg Coleman – Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort

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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

1hr 30mins

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Rank #15: 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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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: Episode 143: Michael McGowan – Ghost, Working Undercover

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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

1hr 15mins

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Rank #18: Episode 057: Eddie Freyer - Polly Klaas, Child Abduction and Murder (Part 1)

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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

1hr 16mins

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Rank #19: 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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Rank #20: 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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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 and worldwide wherever books are sold. 

Jul 04 2019

1hr 7mins

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