Retired agent Gina Davis served 25 years with the FBI. She began her Bureau career on a Violent Crimes and Drug Trafficking Crimes Squad in Albany, New York. After a long term undercover assignment in the Baltimore Division, Gina Davis received a permanent transfer and continued to investigate drug and violent crimes, in addition to starting and serving as the acting supervisor of a Safe Streets Task Force operating out of Calverton, Maryland office. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Gina and Maryland State Trooper and homicide detective Ted Jones, a 10-year taskforce member, are interviewed about how the team solved a cold case murder of the execution-style shooting of three young women. The women’s bodies were left in a secluded area off a rural route in Laurel, Maryland. Because the location was on federal land, the case was initially investigated by the U.S. Park Police and later assigned to the Safe Streets Taskforce. The taskforce was able to gather the evidence needed to charge the three men responsible for the murders. In 1999, Davis was promoted to a supervisory position at FBI Headquarters, managing FBI personnel stationed at Legal Attaches in U.S. embassies in countries around the world. She was promoted again in 2001 and was assigned to the Seattle Division, Tacoma Resident Agency where she managed all investigative programs in the three offices under her purview. Gina Davis initiated both a Safe Streets Task Force and a Joint Terrorism Task Force during her six-year tenure in Tacoma. Her last assignment was in the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division (CID) where she served as Chief of Staff for the Assistant Director.
Retired agent Phil Sena served 25 years in federal law enforcement, seven as a Deputy U. S. Marshal and 18 years as a Special Agent with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Phil Sena is interviewed about the fugitive investigation of Top Ten Fugitive Ted Otsuki. In October 1987, Otsuki killed Boston police officer Roy Sergei and wounded officer Jorge Torres when they responded to a domestic disturbance call. A national manhunt to locate and capture Otsuki ensued. After he developed a crucial cooperating witness, Phil Sena, working closely with Boston and San Francisco detectives, took up the fugitive hunt in San Francisco, Texas and Guadalajara, Mexico, where Otsuki was eventually captured by Mexican Federal Judicial Police and the FBI. In addition to working fugitive cases, during his Bureau career, Phil Sena gained extensive experience in the investigation of violent crime and terrorism and served as a Supervisory Special Agent of the Bank Robbery/Kidnap Squad, the Fugitive Task Force and the Violent Gang Task Force, as well as Crisis Management Coordinator and SWAT Coordinator in the FBI Tactical Operations Center for the San Francisco Division. Phil Sena is certified as a Police Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, SWAT Instructor, Police Fitness Instructor and Tactical Instructor.
Retired agent Jim Huggins served in the FBI for 28 years. During his Bureau career, Huggins was assigned to the Minneapolis, Denver and Louisville Divisions, in addition to special assignments on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation during the Wounded Knee takeovers in 1973 and again in 1975 and during the RESMURS investigation of the murder of two FBI agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Jim Huggins is interviewed about his investigation of FBI agent Mark Putnam, a new agent assigned to a two-man resident agency in Pikeville, Kentucky, high in Appalachian coal country. Based primarily on Huggins ability to elicit a confession, Putnam pled guilty and was convicted of strangling is his pregnant informant, Susan Daniels Smith, in a fit of rage. This case was probably Huggins most infamous, however, while assigned to the Louisville Division, he also conducted or supervised many of Kentucky’s biggest corruption investigations. He served as the supervisor of the Lexington Resident Agency from 1986 until his retirement. After retiring from the FBI, Jim Huggins was appointed by the Kentucky Attorney General as Director of Investigations for the Public Corruption Unit, where he worked for seven years. Recently, Huggins was hired as a technical consultant for Above Suspicion, the feature film based on the non-fiction book of the same name that depicts the tragic saga of Mark Putnam and Susan Smith.
Retired agent James Gagliano served in the FBI for nearly 25 years. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he was a commissioned officer in the Army before joining the Bureau. During his FBI career, “Jimmy” Gagliano worked organized crime, was a member of the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT – the FBI’s elite counter-terror unit), participated in numerous overseas deployments, and lead the FBI New York Office SWAT Team. He was awarded the FBI’s Medal for Bravery for actions while serving on the SWAT Team. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Gagliano is interviewed about his role as the Supervisory Senior Resident Agent (SSRA) of the New York Division’s Hudson Valley Resident Agency and establishing the Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force. He also talks about the importance of community policing and how he used his role as basketball coach to encourage, motivate and mentor “at risk” kids. His multi-agency unit received the “Top Gang Unit” award by the New York Gang Investigator’s Association, and the “True American Hero” award from the Federal Drug Agents Foundation for their multiple high profile prosecutions of violent street gangs. Gagliano’s last two assignments, were as the acting Legal Attaché in Mexico City and as the Chief of Staff/Special Assistant to the Assistant-Director-in-Charge of the FBI’s New York Division. Since retiring, he has become a sought-after speaker on the topics of “Leadership” and “Combating the Gang Culture” and frequently appears as a guest law enforcement analyst on CNN and other television news programs.
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.
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.
Retired Special Agent Jim McGee served in the FBI for nearly 21 years. This week on FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, he is interviewed about being a member of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), one of the world’s most elite counter-terrorism teams. McGee provides a first-hand account of his participation in the HRT’s first dynamic assault mission which resulted in the successful hostage rescue of nine. In 1991, a violent group of Cuban inmates in the Federal Correctional Institution in Talladega, Alabama, overpowered their guards and took hostages. The inmates demanded that they not to be deported back to Cuba. The HRT was called in and the hostages were rescued unharmed. For their efforts, Jim and the other HRT members were awarded the FBI Medal of Meritorious Achievement. McGee wrote a book about his experience—Phase Line Green—available by contacting McGee directly.