Retired Agent Tommy MacDonald served as a Special Agent with the FBI for twenty-five years, 21 as a special agent and four as an investigative specialist.
In this episode of FBI Retired case File Review, he reviews the thirty-seven-year manhunt for Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive cop killer Donald Eugene Webb, wanted for the December 1980 murder of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania Chief of Police Gregory Adams. His multiple interview sessions with Webb’s wife, Lillian, were a major component of the many tools and techniques used to resolve the mystery case.
Tommy first office assignment was the New York City Field Office where for eight years he was assigned to the FBI/NYPD Violent Crimes Squad in lower Manhattan, also known as the Joint Bank Robbery Task Force, which investigated violent crimes in the five boroughs of New York City.
In October 2010, he was one of two FBI Agents selected nationwide by Executive Management in FBI Boston to work what was then the 14-year unresolved fugitive investigation for JAMES “Whitey” BULGER.
In late 2011, he returned to the NYO, where he was assigned to the White Plains Resident Agency, where he was the assigned case agent on a sixty-five defendant RICO gang case in Yonkers, NY.
In September of 2012, he accepted a transfer to the Portland, Maine Resident Agency out of the Boston Division of the FBI, where for eight years he worked cases as a field agent.
While assigned in Maine, in addition to the fugitive hunt for Webb, Tommy was the case agent on the arrest and conviction of serial child predator and baseball coach Robert Joubert, the arrest and conviction of three subjects and recovery of six stolen NC Wyeth paintings in one of the largest art heists in New England history, several defendant health care fraud investigation.
He was also a member of the FBI’s Child Abduction and Rapid Deployment Team. He spent his final year serving as the recruiter for the Boston Field Office.
Tommy has a BA from the University of New Hampshire which he attended on a basketball scholarship, and a JD from Fordham University School of Law, which he attended at night while working full-time as an Investigative Specialist for the FBI.
He is currently employed in software sales as a Regional Sales Manager for uLab Systems.
Special Agent (Retired)
May 2000 – June 2021
“We were hoping with the publicity the photos might give us a tip that would resolve this case, whether Webb was alive or dead.”—Retired Agent Tommy MacDonald
The following are links to articles about the fugitive investigation and resolution of the 37-year manhunt for cop killer Donald Eugene Webb:
Washington Post – 7/17/2017: FBI agents spent decades searching for a mobster wanted in a cop killing. Then they found his secret room.
South Coast Today – 10/22/2017: The hunt for Donald Webb
Boston 25 News (VIDEO) – 2/23/2018: New England’s Unsolved: Final secrets of police chief killer found in backyard grave
Unsolved Mystery (VIDEO) – Timestamp 37:30: Fugitive Donald Webb
FBI Evidence (VIDEO): Secret Hideout in Webb Residence Closet (Credit FBI Boston Photographer Rick Rota)
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