Episode 007: Jeff Covington – Tracking Top Ten Fugitives


Retired Special Agent Jeff Covington served in the FBI for 22 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Jeff is interviewed about his assignment on a Violent Crimes Squad and two shoot outs he was involved in while in the Kansas City Division. Jeff also reviews how, later in his career when assigned to the Fugitive Task Force in the Philadelphia Division, he participated in tracking two of the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives. Andrew Cunanan murdered five men, including one in Pennsville, New Jersey and fashion designer Gianni Versace in Miami. Joseph Martin Luther Gardner raped and murdered a woman in Savannah, Georgia before being located and captured in Philadelphia.


Special Agent (Retired)


11/25/1984 – 09/30/2007


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Jeff in uniform while serving as a trooper in the Maryland State Police Department, 1980- 1984.











Jeff Covington and Philadelphia Fugitive Task Force Members Track Two of the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. Here’s more information regarding these fugitive investigations:

South Carolina State Post-Conviction Relief Court documents – Joseph Martin Luther Gardner

Andrew Cunanan Murders a Fashion Icon


Philadelphia Fugitive Task Force members (FBI agents, Philadelphia Police Major Crimes officers, Philadelphia Warrant Unit, and Pennsylvania State Police) at firearms training at the FBI Academy – Quantico, VA.












Logo for the FBI Philadelphia Fugitive Task Force.










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Murderer and FBI Most Wanted Top Ten fugitive Joseph Gardner was captured in on October 20, 1994 by members of the Philadelphia Division Fugitive Task Force. He was executed by lethal injection in South Carolina on December 5, 2008.














FBI Director Louie Freeh (center) congratulates members of the Fugitive Task Force for the capture of Top Ten fugitive Joseph Gardner. Jeff Covington is at the far left.










Murderer Andrew Cunanan was added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on June 12, 1997, shortly before he killed Gianni Versace.















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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