Retired agent Dr. Joseph Dizinno, DDS. served in the FBI for 22 years. Prior to joining the FBI, Dr. DiZinno, who received a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, owned and operated a family dental practice. He was initially assigned to the Washington Field Office where he investigated reactive crimes. After three years in the field, he was promoted and transferred to the FBI Laboratory where he began to specialize in the examination of hairs and fibers. Dr. DiZinno served as a critical investigative resource on many high-profile cases including dental and DNA identification at the Branch Davidian Cult fire, kidnappings, and major extortion cases. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Dr. DiZinno reviews the functions of FBI Laboratory and the investigation of the tragic murders of Joann Katrinak and her baby Alex where mitochondrial DNA analysis was first applied to forensic casework. He was part of the research team that developed and validated forensic mitochondrial DNA analysis capability which enabled the FBI to obtain a DNA profile from evidence containing small or degraded quantities of DNA from hair, bone, teeth, and bodily fluids. Dr. DiZinno ended his Bureau career as the Director of the FBI Laboratory where he led more than 550 FBI Laboratory personnel, providing forensic examinations, technical support, expert witness testimony, and training to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and responding to events all around the world. Currently, Dr, DiZinno is a faculty member at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where he teaches forensic science to undergraduate and graduate level students in the Forensic Science Program.
Laboratory Director (Retired)
4/20/1986 – 2/1/2008
Retired agent Stewart Fillmore served with the FBI for 29 years. He began his Bureau career as a support employee and after three years received an appointment to the special agent position. Stewart Fillmore was assigned to the Little Rock, Chicago, Dallas, and Tyler, Texas offices. A career “street agent,” he worked most of the criminal investigation under the jurisdiction of the FBI. However, his primary specialty was investigating public corruption. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Stewart Fillmore reviews a case initiated based on allegations that minority motorists were being illegally stopped on an isolated stretch of highway in rural East Texas. The case was eventually redirected to determine how and by whom drugs and firearms confiscated from motorists had gone missing from the Tenaha, Texas police evidence room. Stewart Fillmore wrote a book about the case, Tenaha: Corruption and Cover-Up In Small Town Texas. The true crime story provides an inside look at how an actual FBI public corruption investigation is worked. Since retiring from the FBI, Stewart Fillmore currently operates his own private investigation company.
Retired agent Kevin Rust served 29 years with the FBI. He spent a majority of his career in Mississippi in resident agencies out of the Jackson Division, including 13 years in a one person office. In this episode of FBI Retired case File Review, Kevin Rust reviews the reopened civil rights investigation of the racially motivated murder of sharecropper Ben Chester White by known Ku Klux Klan members. In the federal trial, witnesses spoke from the grave when testimony from the original state trial was read into the court record. The new case resulted in the murder conviction of Ernest Avants 34 years after the horrific hate crime occurred. During his Bureau career, Kevin Rust also had assignments in Chicago, Budapest, FBI Headquarters and Quantico. He was a crisis negotiator who responded to many incidents both domestically and internationally and taught negotiation concepts to hundreds of state, local and international officers. Kevin Rust, who prior to entering the FBI was a CPA with Price Waterhouse, currently works as a contractor for the FBI’s International Corruption Unit tracing money flows and identifying assets for seizure that were purchased with money stolen by foreign kleptocrats.
Retired agent John Terry served 25 years with the FBI. After a short stint in the Richmond Division, John was assigned to the Philadelphia Division where he developed an expertise in working International White Collar Crime investigations involving sophisticated schemes conducted by organized crime groups from eastern Europe. After a few years he was moved to the Organized Crime Squad where he investigated the Philadelphia mob. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, John Terry reviews his investigation of Ralph Natale, the first sitting mob boss ever to cooperate with and testify for the FBI. John also talks about his relationship with informant Ron Previte, also known as the “Fat Rat.” John Terry was later promoted to supervise the Organized Crime Squad. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, John Terry was appointed as the FBI’s On-Scene Commander at the Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad, Iraq, where he managed 25 task force investigators from various federal agencies conducting counter-terrorism and terrorist financing investigations. Later in his Bureau career, John served as the program manager responsible for covert operations utilizing all aspects of physical security to include locks, alarms, and video surveillance systems in support of counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence and criminal investigations throughout the United States. Currently, John Terry is employed as the Global Manager of Compliance Investigations for Ingersoll Rand.
Retired agent Dale Miskell served in the FBI for 23 years. His assignments included the Sacramento Field Office, Washington Field Office, the Cyber Division’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, and the Birmingham Field Office. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Dale is interviewed about the Internet Crime Complaint Center, known as IC3 and reviews his Nigerian re-shipping fraud case where individuals were recruited to receive merchandise at their place of residence and repackage the items for shipment to Nigeria. Unbeknownst to them, the merchandise was purchased with fraudulent credit cards. Dale Miskell traveled to Lagos, Nigeria to train police officers to investigate re-shipping fraud and assisted in the first ever arrests and prosecution in Nigerian courts of on-line cyber scams. While at Birmingham, home base to more than 430 cleared defense contractors, Dale Miskell supervised the Cyber Crime Squad and developed an expertise in targeting and combatting the computer hacking processes of advanced persistent threat actors. He also established and led one of the FBI’s first Cyber-Counterintelligence Task Forces.
In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agents Joe Wolfinger and Chris Kerr review their investigation of the evidence used in 2003, to charge 78-year-old, veteran FBI Agent Paul Rico in the high-profile, 22-year-old murder of Roger Wheeler, a prominent Tulsa, Oklahoma businessman. Rico died in jail before a trial or even a preliminary hearing was ever held. Joe Wolfinger and Chris Kerr had never met Paul Rico. After reviewing pertinent documents, they determined that there was no credible evidence that Rico conspired to commit murder. The only witnesses against him were two convicted organized crime assassins who accused Rico in an attempt to beat new murder raps and avoid their own death sentences. Wolfinger and Kerr compiled their findings in a book they wrote about their investigation, RICO: How Politicians, Prosecutors, and the Mob Destroyed One of the FBI’s Finest Special Agents. You can learn more about the book and the agent/authors by visiting their website RicoBook.com.
Retired agent William “Bill” Ouseley served 25 years with the FBI. He spent 21 of those years investigating organized crime and retired as Supervisor of the Organized Crime Squad, in the Kansas City FBI Field Division. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Bill Ouseley, along with Kansas City Detective Gary Jenkins, reviews the history of the Kansas City mob and the reign of mob boss Nick Civella, who ran the Kansas City mob for 30 years. Bill Ouseley was involved in numerous prosecutions of mob figures and is exceptionally knowledgeable about syndicated crime. He has testified in Federal Courts as an expert witness in various areas of organized crime activity, and provided testimony before a U.S. Senate special investigative committee on rackets. Bill Ouseley is the author of an historical accounting of the Kansas City mob – Open City: True Story of the KC Crime Family 1900-1950 and the true crime book Mobsters in Our Midst, the story of the rise and fall of Kansas City’s longest-reigning mob boss and the powerful crime family that he controlled.