Retired agent Keith Tolhurst served in the FBI for 24 years. During his career, he investigated kidnappings, interstate shipment theft, civil rights, hate crimes, gangs, domestic terrorism, murder, sex crimes, bank robberies, and fugitives. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the case of Grand Canyon prison escapee Danny Ray Horning, who led the FBI and law enforcement partners on the largest fugitive manhunt in Arizona. The investigation lasted 54 days and used specially trained tracking dogs. The case and Keith Tolhurst have been featured on the TV shows Discovery ID FBI: Criminal Pursuit and the FBI Files. 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. Since his retirement from the FBI, Keith has been employed as an independent contractor for the Bureau for the past seven years, providing classified and unclassified instruction to FBI agents related to advanced human intelligence. He is the founder of Tolhurst International, LLC a licensed Private Investigations firm that also provides security consultants, customizable training courses, and guest speaker services.
Special Agent (Retired)
11/19/1987 – 10/16/2011
Retired Agent Vincent McNally served in the FBI for 31 years. He was initially hired as a clerical employee. During his agent career, he conducted and led investigations in general criminal violations, espionage, terrorism, white-collar crime, organized crime, and drug violations. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Vince McNally reviews the case of a mysterious airplane cargo theft of $1 million of negotiable securities stolen from an American Airlines flight traveling between New York and Los Angeles. Later in his career, Vince McNally became an instructor in Crisis (Hostage) Negotiations and Program Manager for the FBI’s Critical Incident Stress Management teams at the FBI Academy. Vince retired after serving as Unit Chief of the Employee Assistance Unit at FBI Headquarters. Currently, Vince McNally serves on the Board of Scientific & Professional Advisors of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (National Center for Crisis Management). He is a Compassion Fatigue Specialist, Board Certified in Acute Traumatic Stress Management, and Board Certified in Emergency Crisis Response. He is also a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP). Vince and I continue our conversation from Episode 36 about the stress and trauma experienced by first responders that results in a higher incidence of first responder suicide. Here’s his 10 Point Suicide Reduction Program. He can be contacted via his LinkedIn profile, where he regularly posts articles on critical incidents, trauma, stress, and first responder suicide.
Retired agent J.J. Klaver served in the FBI for 25 years. He was initially assigned to the Indianapolis Division for eight years before being transferred to the Philadelphia Division. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, J.J. Klaver reviews his duties as a Technically Trained Agent (TTA) on the Technical Operations Squad, collecting evidence and intelligence through the use of lawfully authorized electronic surveillance, and reviews how audio and video monitoring was utilized in the Fort Dix Six terror plot case. Later in his career, J.J. Klaver was appointed as the Division’s Media Relations Coordinator and spokesperson, and the supervisor of both the Executive Staff Services Squad and Technical Operations Squad. Upon his retirement, J.J. worked for Barclays Bank in New York City as a Vice President in Compliance, Conduct Oversight. Recently, J.J. Klaver, who has a Doctorate degree in Organization and Management, started his own consulting firm, Klaver Consulting Associates.
Retired agent Jerri Williams served in the FBI for 26 years. During most of her Bureau career, she worked major economic fraud investigations targeting financial crimes and corruption. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, she reviews the Foundation of New Era Philanthropy investigation, a $350 million charity Ponzi scheme perpetrated against unsuspecting nonprofit organizations, high profiled philanthropists, and beneficiary donors, which resulted in a 12-year prison sentence and multiple forfeitures. The case and Jerri Williams were featured on the CNBC show, American Greed, Confessions of a Con Man. She received a United States Attorney Award for Distinguished Service for her work on the New Era Philanthropy case, as well as two additional U.S. Attorney Awards for her work on an international advance fee scam, and a business to business telemarketing fraud. Toward the end of her FBI career, Jerri Williams was appointed as the spokesperson for the Philadelphia Division of the FBI, taking on the responsibility of educating and informing the media and public about the Bureau. Post-FBI retirement, Jerri served as the spokesperson and Director of Media Relations for SEPTA, Philadelphia’s public transportation provider. Both positions often placed her in the spotlight in front of local and national news media. Jerri Williams is the author of two crime novels. Her recently published novel, Greedy Givers, was inspired by the Foundation of New Era Philanthropy investigation discussed in this episode.
(I’m interviewed by Deana Marie, host of Twisted Philly Podcast. Thanks, Deana!)
Retired agent John Mindermann served in the FBI for 20 years. During his career, he was a firearms and defensive tactics instructor, and leader of the first Washington Field Office SWAT Team. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews his assignment on C-2, the Miscellaneous Crimes Squad assigned to the Watergate investigation. He reveals little-known facts about the case, including the circumstances leading to the interview of a key witness and the FBI shutdown of the Presidential business offices in the White House. Later in his career, he was assigned to the Behavioral Science Unit in Quantico, Virginia, where he specialized in violence avoidance, and created and taught Crisis Intervention and Police Stress programs. Prior to retiring, he transferred back to his hometown, San Francisco, where he supervised an Organized Crime and Narcotics Squad. Joh Mindermann is the author of In Pursuit: From the Streets of San Francisco to Watergate, a gripping tale of a defining moment in American history—the Watergate scandal—told for the first time by the FBI agent who was coincidentally on weekend duty when the burglary occurred.
Retired agent Alfred Finch served in the FBI for 22 years. During his career, he was assigned to a variety of investigative and executive positions handling public corruption, kidnapping, extortion, bank robbery, and terrorism cases. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Al Finch reviews his investigation of a 1988 plane crash that took the lives of Pakistani President Zia, a U.S. Ambassador, and 28 others. Al Finch found himself involved in international intrigue and misinformation when possible evidence that the Pakistani C-130 crash was an accident was suppressed, and the unproven theory that the cause was a terrorist event was put forward instead. Al Finch finished his career as the Legal Attaché to Cairo and later as a Deputy Chief with the U.S. National Central Bureau of Interpol. Upon retiring from the FBI, he was a contract employee with the FBI assigned to the National Counter Terrorism Center. He later served as Director of Security for the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, in Springfield, Virginia where he set up personnel security apparatus for all radio and television employees and the physical plants that housed them. He is currently a contract employee with the Voice of America.
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.