Episode 047: Richard Marquise – Lockerbie Bombing of Flight 103

Retired agent Richard “Dick” Marquise served with the FBI for 31 years. He is an expert in the fields of counter terrorism and crisis management, both as an investigator and as a manager. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Marquise is interviewed about Pan Am Flight 103, blown out of the skies over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988, four days before Christmas. Two hundred and seventy people were killed. Marquise was involved with the investigation from its inception and, after being named to lead the U.S. Task Force which included the FBI, Department of Justice and the Central Intelligence Agency, he managed the investigation through the return of indictments in 1991. He also played an active role through the court proceedings and in August 2001, with the successful resolution of the trial, he received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service. Following the case, which had been code-named Scotbom, his Bureau career included the role of Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the FBI’s Oklahoma City Division.  He has provided training to law enforcement officials all over the United States and internationally and has appeared on television and radio talk shows and has given hundreds of speeches all over the world on the topic of terrorism. In order to document the facts of the investigation, Marquise wrote Scotbom: Evidence and the Lockerbie Investigation a non-fiction account of the international terrorism case.












Special Agent in Charge (Retired)

Richard Marquise

2/8/1971 -8/2/2002

The following are links to FBI overviews and news articles about the December 21, 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103:

Pan Am 103 Bombing – FBI Website

Remembering Victims of Flight 103 a memorial ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery (VIDEO)

Pan Am Flight 103 Fast Facts – CNN

Pan Am Flight 103 – Archival articles published in The New York Times

Frontline 3 Part Series: My Brother’s Bomber (VIDEO)

Richard Marquise on a boat crossing the Rhine en route to a Flight 103 meeting with the BKA (Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany) and Scottish Police, September 1989.











Detective Chief Superintendent Stuart Henderson, the Scottish Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) and Marquise in Henderson’s office at the Lockerbie Incident Control Centre, Lockerbie, Scotland, 1991.












Marquise, Stuart Henderson and Manfred Klink, of the German BKA. He led their end of the Flight 103 investigation. Summer 1991











Lead investigators of the bombing of Flight 103 met in Scotland after indictments issues in November 1991. Meeting took place in December. From left, by country Sweden, Malta, Scotland, Switzerland, USA, Germany and ASAC John Navarrete (due to his SES status was put in picture as courtesy).












Marquise at Arlington in front of the Carin memorializing the victims of Flight 103.















Group of former FBI/DOJ investigators at a memorial service at Arlington Cemetery where families of the Flight 103 victims gather annually at a Cairn erected of 270 Scottish stones to commemorate the dead at Lockerbie












Dryfesdale Cemetery, Lockerbie, Scotland where the Lockerbie victims (11) and unidentified bodies from the bombing of Flight 103 were buried.











Dick wrote his own account of the Flight 103 Scotbom investigation. The book is available here.
















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.


  1. […] 047: Richard Marquise – Lockerbie Bombing of Flight 103 […]

  2. Fred JordanDecember 20, 2016

    Ken Dornstein, who lost his brother David on Flight 103, produced a 3 part documentary on his quest to uncover more information on those responsible for the Lockerbie bombing.

    “My Brother’s Bomber” aired on PBS in 2015, and Ken’s work helped to uncover 2 additional suspects in Libya—including the bomb maker Richard mentions in the podcast (I believe Richard is one of several investigators interviewed in the documentary).

    PBS has all 3 episodes available for streaming online here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/my-brothers-bomber/

    1. Jerri WilliamsDecember 20, 2016

      Thank you Fred for letting me know about the Frontline series. I watched some of it and will finish it later, but have added the link to the episode show notes. I think it’s important to include the voices of the victims’ families.

  3. Sharyn BovatDecember 19, 2016

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM46LwmEY20 iThink the documentary PROVING Megrahi was most likely a scapegoat for the Lockerbie bombing was leaked by the Russian:):) i made clips and you’ll see that Buck Revell is “not” 100% ,…….

    1. Jerri WilliamsDecember 20, 2016

      I have no information regarding this bombing theory, but respect your opinion.

  4. james harveyDecember 19, 2016

    fantastic episode, one of my favs, disgusting that the bombers were let out of prison, they didnt show compassion killing the innocent victims

    1. Jerri WilliamsDecember 19, 2016

      I’m proud that we were able to record the episode in time for listeners to remember the victims during this year’s anniversary, Wednesday, December 21.


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