Episode 116: Dan Reilly – Rare Document Theft, Charles Merrill Mount

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. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Dan Reilly reviews the case of con-man and rare documents thief, Charles Merrill Mount, a celebrated Portrait artist and art historian, who stole hundreds of historical manuscripts from the National Archives and the Library of Congress, including Civil War documents and three letters written by Abraham Lincoln. During his career, he worked on a variety of criminal cases, including Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property, property crimes, and helped start the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force Program investigating violent drug gangs. Dan Reilly led the Evidence Response Team (ERT) 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. Dan Reilly is currently an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University in the Criminology, Law and Society Department.

Special Agent (Retired)

Dan Reilly

10/2/72 – 10/2/2002










The following are links to newspaper articles about the investigation of rare documents stolen by Charles Merrill Mount from the from the National Archives and the Library of Congress:

Washington Post – 8/16/1987:  THE FALL FROM GRACE OF AN ARTIST, AUTHOR – Washington Post

New York Times – 1987 Archives:  Portrait Painter Is Accused In Theft of Rare Documents – NYTimes.com

New York Times – 1987 Archives:  Lincoln Documents Recovered – NYTimes.com


Charles Merrill Mount (mug shot photo) was charged with stealing 400 rare documents and sentenced to five years in prison.














Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast available for free subscription on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and other popular podcast apps. Her nonfiction book FBI Myths and Misconceptions: A Manual for Armchair Detectives and her FBI corruption squad police procedurals featuring Special Agent Kari Wheeler are available wherever books are sold.

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