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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 Max Noel served nearly 31 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, Noel is interviewed about the Unabomber Terrorist Ted Kaczynski case. For 15 years, multiple agencies, including the FBI, AFT, the Postal Inspection Service and numerous state and local police departments, worked mostly independently to identified and arrest the person responsible for setting off 16 bombs throughout the United States that killed three and seriously maimed and injured 23 victims. Noel, who was planning to retire just prior to being hand-picked for the assignment, was selected as the investigative squad supervisor for a new task force created by then Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI Director Louie Freeh. FBI management supported Noel and his multi-agency team with a strategy to manage the massive manpower and paper intensive major investigation—code-named Unabomber— that had previously frustrated and overwhelmed all involved. Ted Kaczynski name was among the huge list of potential suspects. As luck would have it, the Unabomber’s anonymity was finally cracked when Kaczynski released his infamous manifesto. Noel and other members of the task force received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguish Service for their efforts. Noel, along with Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jim Freeman and Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Terry D. Turchie, wrote a book, Unabomber: How the FBI Broke Its Own Rules to Capture the Terrorist Ted Kaczynski, about how, after almost 17 years, they finally identified, captured, and convicted the notorious Unabomber.

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Retired agent Max Noel served nearly 31 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, Noel is interviewed about the Unabomber Terrorist Ted Kaczynski case. For 15 years, multiple agencies, including the FBI, AFT, the Postal Inspection Service and numerous state and local police departments, worked mostly independently to identified and arrest the person responsible for setting off 16 bombs throughout the United States that killed three and seriously maimed and injured 23 victims. Noel, who was planning to retire just prior to being hand-picked for the assignment, was selected as the investigative squad supervisor for a new task force created by then Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI Director Louie Freeh. FBI management supported Noel and his multi-agency team with a strategy to manage the massive manpower and paper intensive major investigation—code-named Unabomber— that had previously frustrated and overwhelmed all involved. Ted Kaczynski name was among the huge list of potential suspects. As luck would have it, the Unabomber’s anonymity was finally cracked when Kaczynski released his infamous manifesto. Noel and other members of the task force received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguish Service for their efforts. Noel, along with Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jim Freeman and Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Terry D. Turchie, wrote a book, Unabomber: How the FBI Broke Its Own Rules to Capture the Terrorist Ted Kaczynski, about how, after almost 17 years, they finally identified, captured, and convicted the notorious Unabomber.

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Retired agent Bill Dyson served nearly 31 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, Dyson is interviewed about how the Chicago Division’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, while conducting an investigation targeting drug trafficking, overheard tidbits of information that seemed to indicate an international conspiracy involving the El Rukn street gang and Libyan terrorist. Bill Dyson led the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) that developed this information and determined that members of the El Rukns were meeting with representatives of the then-hostile government of Libya led by Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi to discuss a conspiracy to perpetrate a terrorist attack inside of the United States. The El Rukn Libyan terrorist conspiracy investigation marked the first convictions of American citizens for conspiring to commit terrorists acts in their country on behalf of a foreign government in exchange for money. After retiring from the Bureau, Bill Dyson was hired by the University of Illinois and authored a college text-book titled Terrorism: An Investigator’s Handbook. He currently works for the Institute for Inter-Governmental Research (IIGR), a non-profit serving under a grant from the Department of Justice to provide anti-terrorism training to state and local police officers throughout the United States.

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Retired agent Denise Minor served nearly 29 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, Minor is interviewed about her extensive investigative experience working overseas primarily in various countries in Africa and in the United States utilizing her French language skills to communicate, interpret and translate during her career.  In addition to serving as the Legal Attaché or LEGAT in Rabat, Morocco, Minor was a French interpreter for the Protocol Office in support of FBI Director Louie Freeh and other FBI executives, deployed to Nairobi, Kenya to lead a small team with French language skills to conduct terrorism investigations in the Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoros Islands, deployed to Rwanda to investigate human rights violations and genocide and had numerous other assignments that took her to Yemen, Haiti and other French-speaking destinations around the world. Her state-side assignments, included leading a team of crime analysts at the Behavioral Analysis Unit, Violent Criminal Apprehension Program and serving as a leadership development program facilitator on the FBI Leadership Learning Delivery Team.  After retiring from the FBI, Minor, a licensed attorney and certified personal coach, opened her own leadership development consulting firm, MindSpring Metro DC, Inc.

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