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.
Special Agent (Retired)
1/9/1989 – 6/30/2012
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.
Retired agent Robert “Bob” Bukowski served nearly 25 years with the FBI. Prior to his appointment, he spent 5 years with the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). During his Bureau career, he was assigned to International and Domestic Terrorism, Foreign Counter Intelligence and Violent Crime matters and worked high profile investigations in terrorism, kidnappings, homicides, organized crime and multi state violent gangs. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Bob reviews the multi-state and multi-agency investigation of the kidnapping and murder of millionaire Nelson Gross. Three teenagers were eventually charged and convicted of kidnapping and murdering their victim for a $20,000 ransom. After the successful conclusion of the case, Bob served as Team Leader in the 9/11 Investigation and was interviewed by the 911 Commission Committee. Bob was also a member of the Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF) in both New York City and New Jersey. Since retiring from the FBI, he has been employed by the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) where he coordinates investigations throughout Northern New Jersey between local police departments and federal agencies. Bob is also an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickerson University where he teaches criminal justice and terrorism classes.
Retired agent Dan Reilly served with the FBI for 30 years, six as a photographer and technician in the FBI Laboratory and twenty-four as a Special Agent. During his career, he worked on a wide variety of criminal cases and helped start the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force Program. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Dan Reilly reviews the case of Wayne Silk Perry, a hitman and enforcer for drug gangs operating in the early 1990’s in the Washington D.C. area. Perry claimed to have been involved in as many as 100 murders, many targeting witnesses who dared to cooperate with law enforcement. In addition to investigating violent drug gangs, Dan Reilly headed the FBI’s Evidence Response Team at the Washington Field Office and provided extensive experience and training to others on crime scene examination. After his retirement from the FBI, Dan Reilly worked as a private consulting analyst with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force operations in the Mid-Atlantic region. He has published a text book on crime scene examination and taught other law enforcement professionals in the U.S. and worldwide. Dan Reilly is currently an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University in the Criminology, Law and Society Department.
Retired agent Dr. Jerry Clark, Ph.D., served a total of 21 years in federal law enforcement. He was an NCIS agent and a DEA agent, prior to becoming a special agent with FBI. Jerry Clark was previously interviewed on Episode 13 of FBI Retired Case File Review about one of the most bizarre bank robbery schemes in the history of the FBI, known officially as COLLARBOMB. In this episode, Jerry Clark reviews the criminal case and trial of Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, the mastermind behind the Collarbomb pizza delivery case and the activity of other female serial killers. Jerry Clark has a Ph.D. in in Criminology and he is currently an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He and his co-author Ed Palattella have written their third true crime book Mania and Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong: Inside the Mind of a Female Serial Killer to be released on September 12, 2017. You can learn more about Dr. Jerry Clark and his other true crime books by visiting the Pizza Bomber website.
Retired agent and former FBI profiler Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole, Ph.D., served in the FBI for nearly 28 years. For more than half of that time, she worked in the Bureau’s prestigious Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) where she consulted on many of the FBI’s highest profile and most complex cases, including homicides, kidnappings, sexual assaults, predatory behavior, child molestation and other crimes of violence. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Mary Ellen O’Toole, who is recognized as the FBI’s leading expert in “psychopathy,” discusses serial killers and reviews the case of the Green River Killer Gary Ridgway, who was convicted of killing 49 women. Post retirement, Dr. O’Toole is an internationally recognized Forensic Behavioral Consultant and Lecturer. She makes frequent media appearances on major TV news programs and radio affiliates and has been interviewed in prominent newspapers and publications around the country. In 2015, Mary Ellen O’Toole was appointed as the Director of the Forensic Science Program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Her book Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Feelings Betray Us introduces the right way to assess people for everyday situations in our personal and professional lives, and how to make safer decisions about them and the situations they create for us. You can learn more about Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole by visiting her website MaryEllenOtoole.com.