Episode 005: Sherman Hopkins – Child Kidnapping and Murder


Retired supervisory special agent Sherman Hopkins served 22 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews a horrific kidnapping case he worked while assigned to the Dallas Division. The kidnapping case involved three little girls who went missing from their neighborhoods over a three-year period. The only thing their abductions had in common was a white van seen in the vicinity of these separate incidents. He also shares how this case affected him as a young father and his admiration for the families, particularly one of the mothers, who fought to make sure they would eventually learn what happened to their daughters.


Supervisory Special Agent (Retired)

Sherman Hopkins, Sr.

07/29/1985 – 07/31/2007

Sherman Hopkins






From Kidnapping to Corruption

A Career in Law Enforcement on the Local, State and Federal Level

Here are links to newspaper articles about the kidnapping and other cases Sherman discussed during his interview:

Dallas Kidnappings

Dallas Morning News 2-15-86

Dallas Morning News 2-25-86

Missing Girl’s Mother

Search Continues

David Penton interview

Jailed Ohio Child Killer Eyed In East Texas Case

Philadelphia Police Officer – Drug Theft Case

He’ll Sing To Skip Jail Ex-cop Admits Role In Ma


Quantico Range
Sherman on the firearms range during new agents training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA.








NAC Creds
Receiving his official FBI credentials on graduation day at the FBI Academy.










Dallas Swat Team
Sherman with Dallas Division SWAT members assigned to cover the World Economic Summit in Houston, TX in July 1990.








In Black Hawk
Riding in a Black Hawk helicopter during the World Economic Summit in Houston, TX in July 1990.







Swat at Indian Gap
SWAT training at Ft. Indiantown Gap, PA









With SAC
Sherman with former Philadelphia Division Special Agent in Charge Bob Reutter.










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. LB OhioSeptember 28, 2018

    I was really hoping that Mr. Sherman was going to say he was working on a book. Perhaps he will do so in the future, I am certain it will be very interesting reading and also be very inspiring for many people.

    1. Jerri WilliamsSeptember 28, 2018

      I agree. I’ll let him know we think he should write his story.


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