Episode 057: Eddie Freyer – Polly Klaas, Child Abduction and Murder (Part 1)

Retired agent Eddie Freyer served 30 years with the FBI, four years as a clerical employee in the Pittsburgh Division and 26 years as a special agent. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, he is interviewed about the intensive investigation that was launched to recovery Polly Klaas, a twelve-year-old girl abducted from her bedroom by a stranger during a slumber party with two friends during October of 1993. Eddie Freyer was the case agent who, working in conjunction with his partners from the Petaluma Police Department, worked countless hours for more than sixty days without a single day off, desperately trying to recovery Polly and bring her home alive.  Freyer was aware, that although they knew the reality of the decreased possibility of finding her alive after the first 24 hours had passed. The Polly Klaas child abduction investigation became a major national story. All parents could relate to the fear and horrified of the thought that their child could be taken from her bedroom during the night. Freyer is currently an instructor with ICITAP, the International Criminal Investigation Training Assistance Program, and travels around the country and world conducting presentations about the Polly Klaas abduction case and the lessons he learned during the investigation.

Special Agent (Retired)

Edward L. Freyer

4/16/1972 – 3/31/2002









The following are links to resources providing additional information about the Polly Klaas abduction and murder investigation:

KlaasKids Foundation  Established in 1994 to give meaning to the death of twelve-year-old kidnap and murder victim Polly Hannah Klaas and to create a legacy in her name that would be protective of children for generations to come. The Foundation’s mission is to stop crimes against children.

The FBI Files, Season 1, Episode 1 “Polly Klaas: Kidnapped” (VIDEO)

Investigative Discovery  “Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case-  Who took Polly Klaas?” (VIDEO)

People Magazine – Taken in the Night, The Life and Death of Polly Klaas

The Polly Klaas child abduction investigation became a national story. It was a People Magazine cover story – Taken in the Night, The Life and Death of Polly Klaas – in December 1993.













The wanted flyer seeking information about the abduction of Polly Klaas and the composite sketch of the suspect who snatched her from her home. He was later identified as ex-con Richard Allen Davis.














Eddie in Iraq in 2010, presenting the Polly Klaas investigation to Iraqi judges.















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 250 episodes available for free on all popular podcast apps.


  1. Mary QuirkeFebruary 22, 2023

    These podcasts are fascinating and they make for great listening. Jerri’s books are excellent as well. I’m a big fan!

    1. Jerri WilliamsFebruary 22, 2023

      Thank you for taking the time to let me know!


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