Retired agent Tony Robleto served in the FBI for 25 years. He spent most of his stateside Bureau career in California with assignments in the San Francisco, San Diego Division, and the Los Angeles Divisions. He also spent significant time working for the FBI in Mexico as an Assistant Legal Attaché (ALAT) in Mexico City where he was responsible for criminal and as a Border Liaison Oﬃcer (BLO) during his time in San Diego. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Tony Robleto reviews three of the numerous murder cases and fugitive apprehensions and extraditions he was involved in during his various assignments with the FBI in Mexico, including the capture of a man who raped and killed a woman in New Orleans and fled to Mexico, a man who threatened a U.S. Congresswoman and fled to Mexico, and an American man who stabbed his American boyfriend 24 times while they vacationed in Mexico and then fled back to the U.S. During his Mexico assignments, Tony Robleto, who is a native Spanish speaker, conducted investigative leads with the assistance of local Mexican law enforcement partners, arranged case coordination meetings between US and Mexican prosecutors, conducted pre-trial interviews, and legalized evidence for use in US federal court. His eﬀorts contributed signiﬁcantly to the capture and extradition of the main subjects involved in a U.S. Consulate murder investigation. This investigation was the recipient of the 2011 Legat Oﬃce Investigative Excellence Award. Tony Robleto retired from the Bureau last year and currently resides in San Diego, California.
Retired agent Ralph DiFonzo served in the FBI for 30 years. He was initially assigned to the Salt Lake City Division, and later to the Los Angeles Division where he worked on the Major Case Violent Crimes Squad and handled high-profile cases – kidnappings; bank robberies; celebrity stalkings; fugitive investigations and extortions. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Retired agent Ralph DiFonzo reviews his eight-year fugitive case to apprehend John Riccardi, wanted for the double murder of Connie Navarro and her friend Susan Jory. Connie Navarro was the mother of the Rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Dave Navarro who produced “Mourning Son” a documentary about the tragic event. Ralph DiFonzo appears in the film. As an FBI-certified Police Instructor, FBI SWAT Team member, Crisis Negotiator, and Crisis Management Coordinator, he supervised a Safe Streets Task Force when reassigned to the New Haven Division. Since his retirement, Ralph DiFonzo has provided training to law enforcement and private sectors throughout the United States. He works as a private investigator and a consultant with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Team Adam and Project Alert. He also conducts security audits & assessments in schools and businesses. Ralph has appeared on various TV and radios programs and interviewed in various national newspapers and publications, offering his expertise and experience regarding ongoing high-profile criminal cases.
Retired agent Ed Petersen served with the FBI for more than 27 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the investigation of the kidnapping and murder of Exxon Oil Executive Sidney Reso. During his career, Petersen handled a variety of responsibilities to include the coordination of complex investigations involving white-collar type crime, fraud, embezzlement, organized crime, foreign counter-intelligence, terrorism and violent crimes, extortion, kidnapping, fugitive and bank robbery cases. Petersen was an FBI certified Hostage Negotiator, Police Instructor and S.W.A.T. Team coordinator. He also served as the FBI’s liaison with professional sports and other state, local and federal law enforcement agencies. Upon retiring, he became the Director of Security for Major League Baseball (MLB), Office of the Commissioner. and in this capacity, worked with all major league clubs regarding integrity of the game issues as well as facility security, trademark infringement and counterfeit products investigations. As co-founder of Buckley Petersen Global, Inc., he has contributed to security assessments and the development of crisis readiness and response plans for corporations, schools, hospitals and professional sports.
Retired agent Joe Lewis served 27 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Lewis reviews “SandBomb” the investigation of Eric Rudolph and the bombing of a Birmingham, Alabama abortion clinic that resulted in the death of off-duty police officer Robert Sanderson and severely injured a nurse. The case also identified Rudolph as the person responsible for the Olympic Park Bombing, as well as the bombing of another abortion clinic, and a nightclub all in Atlanta, Georgia. More than five years after the incident, Eric Rudolph was captured and pled guilty to the Birmingham bombing and the bombings in Atlanta. Joe Lewis led this investigation as the Special Agent in Charge of the Birmingham Division. During this time period, he also oversaw an investigation that reopened the infamous 1963 church bombing in Birmingham and led to the conviction of one of the conspirators. Prior to this assignment, Joe Lewis served in several other management positions including as the supervisor if the Chicago Division’s Public Corruption Squad. He retired from the FBI as the Deputy Assistant Director, Organized Crime Branch, Criminal Investigative Division in Charge of all Organized Crime Investigations and Intelligence. In the private sector, Joe Lewis served as Senior Director of Corporate Investigations for Walmart’s Global Security Division. He is now also retired from corporate life.
Retired agent Bob Clifford served with the FBI for 24 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the organization and operation of the transnational gang MS-13, Mara Salvatrucha, the most dangerous gang in America. In November 2004, Bob Clifford was asked by then FBI Director Robert Mueller to accept a special assignment to FBIHQ to establish the FBI’s MS-13 National Gang Task Force, and served as its first Director. For the next 18 months, Bob led multi-agency and multi-national efforts to combat the infamous MS-13 and other violent transnational street gangs, to include several deployments throughout Central America to successfully garner international cooperation and intelligence-sharing. In addition to coordinating multiple law enforcement field operations, Bob was required to appear before White House, Congressional, and Cabinet-level officials on a regular basis. The task force is now known as the Transnational Anti-Gang (TAG) Task Force initiative. Bob Clifford was previously interviewed on Episodes 96 and 97 of FBI Retired Case File Review about his investigation and capture of the only surviving hijacker responsible for the hijacking of Egypt Air Flight 648.
Retired agent Eric Alpert served in the FBI for 25 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Alpert reviews the high-profile investigation of multi-millionaire Thomas Capano for the disappearance and murder of Anne Marie Fahey. Anne Marie Fahey had been the scheduling secretary for the governor of Delaware and Capano was a powerful attorney with many high-level contacts and connections in Wilmington.
During his Bureau career, Eric Alpert was involved in investigations and received specialized training in kidnapping, child abductions, criminal profiling, crisis management, violent crime, and homicide investigation. Later in his career, Alpert was promoted to supervisory positions in the Violent Crime Section, Criminal Investigative Division, at FBI Headquarters and the Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico. He retired as the Senior Supervisory Resident Agent in the Tampa Division’s Orlando Resident Agency.
Retired agent Russell Atkinson served with the FBI for 25 years. He specialized in investigating high-technology crimes in Silicon Valley. Atkinson also worked on several kidnapping cases and has arrested murderers and drug dealers. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Russell Atkinson reviews the case of Charles Geschke, a wealthy Silicon Valley businessman kidnapped at gunpoint and held for four days before being rescued. After retiring from the FBI, Russ Atkinson, with degrees in mathematics and law, practiced law and also worked for many high-tech firms in the computer industry including IBM, Fairchild Semiconductor, and AOL. Now retired, he spends time writing crime fiction and is the author of eight mystery novels. His book Held For Ransom, is a fictionalized account of the kidnapping of a wealthy Silicon Valley executive inspired by the Geschke case. You can learn more about Russell Atkinson and his books at his website Cliff Knowles Mysteries.