290: T.C. Fuller – Hunting Top Ten Fugitive, Child Sex Offender

In this episode, retired agent T.C. Fuller reviews a Crimes Against Children investigation where his subject was added to the FBI’s Top Ten Fugitive Most Wanted list.

The subject, Michael Scott Bliss, was the second preferential sex offender the Bureau ever placed on the list. A tip from the America’s Most Wanted television program led to Bliss’s arrest. He was the show’s #700th capture.

T.C. served in the FBI for twenty years. His first assignment was to the Albany Division, where he spent 10 of his 13 years at the Burlington, Vermont Resident Agency.

He worked Crimes Against Children, and Violent Crimes and Major Offenders cases, with temporary duty tours in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. During his time in Albany, T.C. was also a Principal Firearms Instructor.

Later in his career, he was assigned as a firearms instructor at the FBI Academy and worked on Capitol Hill as a Congressional Liaison in the Director’s Office of Congressional Affairs.

A hardship transfer took him and his wife, also an agent, to the Charlotte Division in North Carolina where he worked terrorism matters until his retirement.

Currently, T.C. is the CEO of The Horus Group which conducts research aimed at improving law enforcement training methodologies surrounding deadly force implementation, as well as providing private and semi-private firearms instruction.

He has recently released his memoir, Painting Over Rust: Stories from a 20 Year Odyssey in the FBI, where he walks us through the seminal events of his career.

Special Agent (Retired)

T. C. Fuller

11/1997 – 12/2017







“We find damning video evidence of just what was happening in these hotels rooms with this guy and this child.”—Retired Agent T.C. Fuller

The following are articles about his investigation of fugitive Bliss and his placement on the FBI’s Top Ten Fugitive list and his capture:

FBI Website: Bureau released photos of Bliss

FBI Website – 1/31/2002: FBI Places Michael Scott Bliss on Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List

CNN – 4/25/2002: Most Wanted’ suspect arrested

Rutland Herald – 2/19/ 2004: Vt. man on ‘wanted’ list to serve 22 years (Case Recap)

Listen to more FBI Retired Case File Review episodes about fugitive investigations and the FBI’s Top Ten Fugitives list, as well as episodes about crimes against children.

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T.C. provides valuable and unvarnished first-person observations of his time in the FBI.











Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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