Retired agent Ray Carr served twenty-five years with the FBI. During his career Ray served as the Primary Coordinator for the FBI Philadelphia Division, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime and the Philadelphia Hostage Negotiation Team. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews his training as a hostage negotiator and profiler in the field and his investigation of Carl Gugasian, one of the most prolific bank robbers ever investigated by the FBI. The case features hidden bunkers containing stashes of cryptic maps, weapons, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and thousands of dollars in cash. Ray discusses the painstaking and extraordinary steps that led to the discovery of a bank robber who evaded police for 30 years.
Additionally, Ray Carr was a Certified Police Instructor providing instruction to federal, state and local law enforcement officers in the areas of Crisis Management, Criminal Profiling, Hostage Negotiations, Psychology of the Criminal Mind, Forensic Crime Scene Analysis, Death Scene Investigation, Forensic Interviewing and Criminal Investigative Analysis. Currently, he is the Director of the Wilmington University Criminal Justice Institute, which provides research, educational programs, professional development training, and consulting services required to assist the community in fighting and addressing the growing crime problems and public safety concerns. He is also an adjunct instructor at Drexel University, working in the Masters of Forensic Science and Criminalistics Program.
UPDATED 3/2/2021: Ray Carr, with veteran Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Joseph Slobodzian, has published 30 YEARS ON THE RUN: THE HUNT FOR THE MOST PROLIFIC BANK ROBBER IN HISTORY. Via actual F.B.I. documents, the book details Carl Gugasian’s background, revealing the intimate discussions that helped Carr understand how the well-educated man chose a life of crime and circumvented law enforcement for decades.
Special Agent (Retired)
4/3/1989 – 12/31/2014
The following are links to articles about the infamous hunt for an unknown Friday night serial bank robber, Carl Gugasian: