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.
Retired agent Kevin Miles served nearly 23 years with the FBI. As the FBI’s first officially assigned full-time Special Agent bomb technician (SABT), he spent more than 17 years acquiring extensive experience in the field of improvised explosive devices and post-blast investigations. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Kevin Miles reviews the duties of a post-blast bomb technician processing and investigating explosive crime scenes, the bombing of Khobar Towers, Saudi Arabia in 1996, and the Maldives Al-Qaeda bombing in 2007. Kevin Miles is a past Executive Director of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators. He has travelled to 65 countries and 48 states, including multiple deployments to high threat areas such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, and has taught more than 9,000 students from all over the world on the intricacies involved with bombing investigations. In 2010, he was named as an FBI Master Special Agent Bomb Technician. He has published numerous articles and research papers on the topics above and has received numerous awards for his service to the first responder community. Currently, he is a lecturer at Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management.
Retired agent Herman Groman served in the FBI for 25 years. While in the Bureau, he specialized in working deep long-term undercover operations as an undercover agent in the areas of organized crime and narcotics. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the case of FBI informant Richard Wershe Jr., also known as White Boy Rick, who, at the age of 17, was convicted of selling large quantities cocaine and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Later in his FBI career, Herman Groman was assigned to lead several high-profile public corruption investigations. He was also a team leader of one of the FBI Special Operations Groups (SOG). The specialized group conducted surveillances of major terrorist cell groups and their associates. Groman served as the director of security at a large Las Vegas casino/hotel for several years after retiring from the FBI. He is the author of Pigeon Spring, a crime novel featuring his fictionalized alter-ego former FBI agent Matt Steel, who coincidentally also takes a job as director of security at a major Las Vegas casino too.