Retired supervisory special agent Sherman Hopkins served 22 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews a horrific kidnapping case he worked while assigned to the Dallas Division. The case involved three little girls who went missing from their neighborhoods over a three-year period. The only thing their abductions had in common was a white van seen in the vicinity of these separate incidents. He also shares how this case affected him as a young father and his admiration for the families, particularly one of the mothers, who fought to make sure they would eventually learn what happened to their daughters.


Supervisory Special Agent (Retired)

Sherman Hopkins, Sr.

07/29/1985 – 07/31/2007


Sherman Hopkins













From Kidnapping to Corruption

A Career in Law Enforcement on the Local, State and Federal Level

Here are links to newspaper articles about the cases Sherman discussed during his interview:

Dallas Kidnappings

Dallas Morning News 2-15-86

Dallas Morning News 2-25-86

Missing Girl’s Mother

Search Continues

David Penton interview

Jailed Ohio Child Killer Eyed In East Texas Case

Convicted killer extradited to Texas

Philadelphia Police Officer – Drug Theft Case

He’ll Sing To Skip Jail Ex-cop Admits Role In Ma


Quantico Range

Sherman on the firearms range during new agents training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA.









NAC Creds

Receiving his official FBI credentials on graduation day at the FBI Academy.












Dallas Swat Team

Sherman with Dallas Division SWAT members assigned to cover the World Economic Summit in Houston, TX in July 1990.











In Black Hawk

Riding in a Black Hawk helicopter during the World Economic Summit in Houston, TX in July 1990.











Swat at Indian Gap

SWAT training at Ft. Indiantown Gap, PA














With SAC

Sherman with former Philadelphia Division Special Agent in Charge Bob Reuter.












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 available for subscription on iTunes and Stitcher. Her novel—Pay To Play— about a female agent investigating corruption in the Philadelphia strip club industry is available at


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  Feb 20, 2016

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