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Retired agent Angelo Lano served in the FBI for 29 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, he is interviewed about being the case agent of the FBI Watergate investigation, starting from the morning of June 17, 1972, when he received a phone call from his Bureau supervisor instructing him to report to the Watergate Complex to investigate a break-in at the Democratic National Committee Headquarters. His initial assignment was to identify the five men caught in the act and arrested by local police. However, subsequent investigation by Lano and members of his squad, quickly determined that this was more than just another interstate theft of stolen property case. They learned that the intruders were connected to the committee to re-elect President Richard Nixon and the property crime case morphed into the biggest political scandal in U.S. history. Lano’s investigation produced evidence of a cover-up and led to articles of impeachment being drawn up against Nixon, who resigned from office in 1974. Angelo Lano was one of several FBI agents falsely accused of being Deep Throat, a source of leaks consisting of inside investigatory information for the Washington Post.

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Retired agent Jon Hersley served in the FBI for 30 years and retired agent Larry Tongate served for 29 years. They were case agents assigned to the nation-wide investigation of the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams we learn more about the 168 victims—including 19 children—and the more than 500 people injured from the bombing. The warped ideology that motivated Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols to blow up the Murrah building is also reviewed. Jon Hersley was assigned to the Oklahoma City Division. Larry Tongate was in the Bureau’s Kansas City Office. The bomb blast also destroyed the entire north side of the nine-story concrete and granite Murrah building, incinerated nearby cars, and damaged more than 300 buildings. The OKBOMB investigation, as it became known, is the United States’ deadliest act of homegrown terrorism.  After being tried and convicted of the crime, McVeigh was executed on June 11, 2001 and Nichols was sentenced to life in prison. A third individual, Michael Fortier was sentenced to 12 years in prison for failing to report the planned attack and for lying to the FBI. In their book—Simple Truths: The Real Story of the Oklahoma City Bombing Investigation—Hersley and Tongate and their co-author Bob Burke, assembled a chronological review of the initial events and of the evidence gathered in the case against McVeigh, Nichols and Fortier.

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Retired agent Jon Hersley served in the FBI for 30 years and retired agent Larry Tongate served for 29 years. They were case agents assigned to the nation-wide investigation of the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams they are interviewed about the fast-moving search to identify, capture and charge the persons responsible. Jon Hersley was assigned to the Oklahoma City Division. Larry Tongate was in the Bureau’s Kansas City Office. The bomb blast caused the death of 168 innocent people—including 19 children and injured more than 500 people. It also destroyed the entire north side of the nine-story concrete and granite Murrah building, incinerated nearby cars, and damaged more than 300 buildings. The OKBOMB investigation, as it became known, is the United States’ deadliest act of homegrown terrorism.  After being tried and convicted of the crime, Timothy McVeigh was executed on June 11, 2001 and Terry Nichols was sentenced to life in prison. A third individual, Michael Fortier was sentenced to 12 years in prison for failing to report the planned attack and for lying to the FBI. In their book—Simple Truths: The Real Story of the Oklahoma City Bombing Investigation—Hersley and Tongate and their co-author Bob Burke, assembled a chronological review of the initial events and of the evidence gathered in the case against McVeigh, Nichols and Fortier.

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Retired agent Rick Hahn served 32 years with the FBI, six years as a clerical employee and 26 as a special agent. Throughout his entire career he was involved in terrorism cases, either as a field investigator or as a forensic specialist in explosives. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, Hahn is interviewed about the extensive investigation of the domestic terrorist group known as the FALN—Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional or Armed Forces of National Liberation—an extremist organization advocating for Puerto Rican independence through acts of violence. The group, active in the 1970s and early 1980s, is credited with committing more than 100 bombings that caused several deaths, multiple injuries, and millions of dollars in damage. Hahn also talks about the formation of the first official Joint Terrorism Taskforces (JTTF) in New York and Chicago. He believes that the FALN was and still is American’s most prolific domestic terrorism organization. In 1984, United States Attorney General William French Smith awarded Rick Hahn with the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for his efforts in disrupting and dismantling the FALN. A documentary about the investigation will be released later in the year. The film is based on a non-fiction manuscript written by Rick Hahn.

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Retired agent Jim Clemente served in the FBI for 22 years. Prior to joining the FBI, Clemente was a prosecutor in the Child Sex Crimes Prosecution Team in the Bronx, New York. His first FBI duty assignment was in the New York Field Division’s Joint FBI/NYPD Sexual Exploitation of Children Task Force. After assignments in Little Rock Division and the Washington Field Office, Clemente was appointed as a supervisory special agent in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, VA. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, Jim Clemente is interviewed as a follow-up to prior episodes focused on child abductions and child sexual predators. As a nationally recognized expert in the fields of sex crimes investigations, sex offender behavior and child pornography, he has investigated and consulted on thousands of cases involving serial murder, serial rape, child abduction, sex crimes, homicide, threats, bombings and the sexual victimization of children. In his work, he has interviewed hundreds of victims and offenders. He is a host of the popular true crime podcast Real Crime Profile and also serves as a writer and producer for Criminal Minds, the long-running CBS FBI crime drama. Jim Clemente is the author of the crime novel Without Consent, a fictionalized account of his personal loss of innocence at the hands of a child sex offender.

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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 Investigation Training 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.

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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 Investigation Training 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.

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