Retired agent Gary Noesner served in the FBI for more than 30 years, four as a support employee and 26 as a special agent. During his Bureau career he was an investigator, instructor, and hostage negotiator. A significant focus of his career was directed toward investigating and negotiating numerous crisis incidents covering prison riots, right-wing militia standoffs, religious zealot sieges, terrorist embassy takeovers, airplane hijackings, and over 120 overseas kidnapping cases involving American citizens. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Gary Noesner reviews the importance of crisis negotiations and stalling for time and how these concepts were used during the Montana Freeman incident. When he retired he was the Chief of the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Unit, Critical Incident Response Group, the first person to hold that position. He continues to consult independently and speaks at law enforcement conferences and corporate gatherings around the world. He has appeared on numerous television news programs and documentaries and has been interviewed in major publications addressing hostage negotiation, terrorism, and kidnapping. He has written a book about his career, Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator. The book serves as the basis for a six part mini-series on the 1993 Waco Siege incident that will air on the Paramount Network in January 2018. Gary can be contacted for presentations and speeches via his website.
Unit Chief (Retired)
10/30/1972 – 1/3/2003
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.
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.