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  • Retired agent and BAU profiler Leonard Opanashuk reviews his 2002 investigation of the murders of two young Oregon City schoolgirls, Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis, who, within two months of each other, disappeared under mysterious circumstances en route to their neighborhood school bus stop. Len, a relatively new agent with just over a year of experience in the FBI, was assigned the missing schoolgirls case and was present when investigators discovered the remains of both girls buried on a neighbor's property. During the episode, Len explains how working this case shaped the rest of his FBI career. He served in the FBI for over 22 years.

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  • I teamed up with the Stop The Killing podcast. When the hosts, Katherine Schweit and Sara Ferris, invited me to be a guest on their show, I suggested we review the core principles of America's deadly force policy assumed by everyone who carries a gun, whether they’re a law enforcement officer or private citizen. I hope our conversation provides an understanding of what it’s like to carry a gun. I dedicate this show to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty.

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  • Retired agent Mark Sewell reviews his investigation of mafia associate Steve Kaplan and Kaplan’s operation of The Gold Club, the infamous Atlanta strip club that hosted some of the most recognized professional athletes and celebrities in America.

    The Gold Club was the largest single money maker for the Gambino Crime Family. Kaplan, mobster Michael “Mikey Scars” DiLeonardo, and 13 others were charged with racketeering, money laundering and prostitution counts in an indictment that included criminal activity in Miami and New York. Mark Sewell is the author of Investigating America’s Most Notorious Strip Club: The FBI, The Gold Club, and the Mafia, his personal account of what it was like to investigate the case and be prominently featured in the 2001 trial, covered daily by media outlets. His true crime tale covers the twist that brought the four-month trial to a shocking conclusion. Mark Sewell served in the FBI for 20 years.

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  • Retired agent Frank Figliuzzi reviews the FBI’s Highway Serial Killings Initiative, a special unit that tracks the victims of serial murderers picked up at truck stops in one jurisdiction, sexually assaulted and murdered in another, and dumped along a highway in a third location. Frank shares how the transient nature of the offenders and the multiple jurisdictions involved make these cases incredibly difficult to solve and his journey to learn more about the victims and better understand the life of a trucker in his new book, Long Haul: Hunting the Highway Serial Killers. Retired agent Frank Figliuzzi served 25 years in the FBI.

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  • In Part 2 of this two-part episode, retired agents Mario Tariche and Raquel “Rocky” Cicini continue their review of Operation RECOIL, the investigation of Cocaine Cowboys Willy Falcon and Sal Magluta, to include their work with key cooperating witness Marilyn Bonachea. This case was memorialized in the Netflix series “Cocaine Cowboys Kings of Miami,” during which Mario and Rocky were interviewed. Check out episode show notes, photos, and related articles:

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  • In Part 1 of this two-part episode, retired agents Mario Tariche and Raquel “Rocky” Cicini review their investigation of Willy Falcon, Sal Magluta, aka The Cocaine Cowboys and others, which resulted in the dismantlement of the largest drug trafficking organization in South Florida and provided the evidence of jury tampering and bribery in the acquittal verdict received in a prior drug case against the defendants. The case was code-named Operation RECOIL, an acronym for Racketeering, Execution, Corruption, Obstruction of Justice, Intimidation of Witnesses, and Laundering of Money. The case was memorialized in the Netflix series “Cocaine Cowboys Kings of Miami,” during which Mario and Rocky were interviewed.

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  • Retired FBI forensic artist Lisa Bailey reviews the FBI’s forensic facial approximation program, where she used skulls and anthropologist reports to create sculptures of unidentified individuals to help investigators seeking the public’s assistance in solving cold cases. She also reviews the 5-year research project she launched on behalf of the FBI at the University of Tennessee’s “Body Farm,” which resulted in the Bureau’s 3D digital and photographic forensic art reference collection of over 100 contemporary skulls. Lisa Bailey served in the FBI for 18 years.

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  • FBI Retired Case File Review Live! was held on April 28 at the Punch Line comedy club in Philadelphia. This episode is the audio recorded during the live event. My on stage guests included retired agent Scott Duffey and his partner retired ATF special agent Terrance Mortimer, who take us behind the scenes of an unbelievable investigation they investigated, involving a nearly 2-decade-old unsolved homicide tenaciously pursued with the Philadelphia Police Department. During the second half of the live show, Scott and Terry joined a panel of retired agents for a “Ask Us Anything” Q & A session. Special thanks to the previous guests of FBI Retired Case File Review who took part in the panel discussion, Darin Werkmeister, Richard Macko, James J. Klaver, William Grace, Steve Heaney, Kathryn Lambert, and Jeffrey Covington.

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  • Retired agent Chris Campion reviews the Jaycee Dugard child abduction case, and his time investigating her disappearance throughout the 18 years she was missing. Chris and his FBI colleagues and local law enforcement partners diligently pursued viable leads from the day Jaycee was taken in 1991 right up to that day in 2009, when she was miraculously recovered. Chris also reviews how the FBI helped Jaycee and her daughters re-enter life. This is Chris’s first time talking publicly about the case. Chris Campion served in the FBI for 25 years.

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  • Retired agents Christian Anglin and Craig McLaughlin review Operation Crown Prince, an investigation into Afghan nationals residing in the U.S. transporting heroin into the country and providing proceeds to the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and insurgents as a means of material support for their operations combating U.S. and allied forces. The case was nicknamed “The Great Chicken Caper” as it originated with intelligence that proceeds were laundered through Afghan owned fried chicken businesses along the east. Christian Anglin served in the FBI for over 24 years. Craig McLaughlin served in the FBI for 23 years.

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  • Retired Agent Scott Duffey reviews his years-long investigation of a nearly 2-decade-old rumor about an unsolved racially motivated homicide. The case, tenaciously pursued by Scott, his partner ATF special agent Terrance Mortimer, and the Philadelphia Police Department, resulted in the conviction of Thomas Gibison, a self-proclaimed skinhead for conspiracy to commit murder, ethnic intimidation, and firearms violations. Scott served in the FBI for 22 years.

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  • Retired agent and former BAU profiler Julia Cowley reviews the murder investigation of 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker and her 11-year-old friend Skyla Whitaker on the rural dirt road near one of their homes in Weleetka, Oklahoma and the detailed BAU analysis Julia conducted to provide insights for investigators about the unknown subject who shot and killed the girls. Julia served nearly 22 years in the FBI. Check out episode show notes, photos, and related articles: https://jerriwilliams.com/314-julia-cowley-weleetka-schoolgirls-murders/

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  • Retired agent Jerome Lorrain reviews the investigation of the murder of Sarah Willard, a 29-year-old escort/sex worker from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Sarah disappeared in November 2019 and the Pascagoula, Mississippi Safe Streets Task Force (SSTF) worked with Detective Lieutenant Shane Bozeman of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office to investigate her disappearance. They learned that a 54-year-old man living in Mississippi had hired Sarah to be his BDSM sex slave. At first, he denied knowing where she was. The FBI's Cellular Analysis Survey Team (CAST) was crucial to Jerome and Shane’s resolution of this case. Jerome Lorrain served in the FBI for 30 years.

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  • Retired agent John Ouellet reviews his investigation of Stephen Blumberg, the most prolific book thief in the history of the United States. His investigation led John to Blumberg’s three-story, 17-room mansion in Ottumwa, Iowa, packed with antiques and 23,000 rare books and manuscripts stolen from libraries and universities in 45 states and Canada. During the trial, the stolen volumes were estimated to be worth $5 million. However, librarians agree the collection was priceless. John Ouellet served in the FBI for 23 years.

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  • Retired agent Jerry Hester reviews his Paesan Blues investigation, an FBI undercover operation that targeted Italian mafioso Roberto Settineri’s global crime network with the collaboration of the Italian National Police (INP) and, surprisingly, the cooperation of Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein. After the case review, we discuss Jerry’s new book, Mafia Miami: FBI Politics and How an Investigation was Nearly Sabotaged. The book focuses on the investigation of Settineri, but Jerry also discusses administrative roadblocks he encountered while running the complex investigation. Jerry served in the FBI for 20 years.

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  • Retired agent Dennis Cosgrove reviews the Golden ADA investigation, which he opened after an informant provided information about three Russian immigrants who had opened a state-of-the-art diamond merchant center in San Francisco with diamonds suspected of having been looted from the Russian government and smuggled into the United States. The scheme resulted in Russia losing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of diamonds and precious gems and stones.

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  • Retired agent Richard Denholm reviews the missing persons investigation of Jessie Davis, the 9 months-pregnant girlfriend of Canton, Ohio police officer Bobby Cutts Jr. Rich led the case as the supervisor of the Cleveland Division’s Canton Resident Agency. The disappearance became a national news story.

    The Starks County Sheriff’s Office invited the FBI to provide assistance with interviews of witnesses, and the polygraph examination of Cutts, after which he agreed to show the agents where Davis’s body was buried. Cutts was charged and convicted on seven counts involving the homicide of Davis and her unborn child. Rich also talks about the connection this tragic case had with the investigation of the murder of another 9-months pregnant woman, Laci Peterson. Rich served in the FBI for 22 years.

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  • Retired agent Barry Black was assigned to the Oklahoma City Division where he investigated complex financial crimes for the first half of his Bureau career and was a sniper on the SWAT team, before being certified as a Special Agent Bomb Technician (SABT). In this episode, he reviews two cases, the first a medical supply investment fraud case, which was featured on an episode of Unsolved Mysteries. For the second, he reviews the initial investigative steps he took as a bomb tech responding to his first post blast crime scene, the Oklahoma City Bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, where the lives of 168 people, including 19 children were lost. Barry shares how that tragic event shaped his career and led to his being recognized as a Master Bomb Technician. Barry Black served in the FBI for 31 years.

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  • In part two of this two-part episode, retired agent Steve Busch and retired FBI attorney Steve Kramer review how, after the success of the Golden State Killer case, they became the co-founders and architects of the FBI’s National Investigative Genetic Genealogy (or IGG) team, assisting law enforcement agencies in the identification of suspects, training thousands of investigators, and lecturing all over the world. They also talk about Indago Solutions, the AI-based software they designed to automate DNA matching and the production of investigative leads, transforming how people can be identified through public records and DNA. Check out episode show notes, photos, and related articles: https://jerriwilliams.com/307-steve-busch-and-steve-kramer-investigative-genetic-genealogy-cold-case-murders-indago/


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  • In part one of this two-part episode, retired Bureau attorney Steve Kramer and retired agent Steve Busch review how Kramer teamed up with Paul Holes, an investigator for the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office, to use Investigative Genetic Genealogy to generate leads to identify the person known as the Golden State Killer.

    Different law enforcement agencies spent 43 years trying to find the serial killer. Kramer and Holes took a different approach, and assembled a team that identified Joseph James DeAngelo as the infamous Golden State Killer after only 63 days. Kramer and Busch then teamed up at the Orange County Resident Agency at the Los Angeles Division to form the FBI’s first forensic genetic genealogy team.

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