Episode 101: Gary Noesner – Waco, Stalling For Time

Retired agent Gary Noesner served in the FBI for more than 30 years, four as a support employee and 26 as a special agent. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Gary Noesner reviews his role, 25 years ago, as a hostage negotiator speaking with David Koresh and other members of the Branch Davidians during the Waco siege. He also reviews the Paramount Network’s 6-part TV mini-series, Waco.  During his Bureau career, Gary Noesner was an investigator, instructor, and hostage negotiator. A significant focus of his career was directed toward investigating and negotiating numerous crisis incidents covering prison riots, right-wing militia standoffs, religious zealot sieges, terrorist embassy takeovers, airplane hijackings, and over 120 overseas kidnapping cases involving American citizens. He continues to consult independently and speaks at law enforcement conferences and corporate gatherings around the world. He has appeared on numerous television news programs and documentaries and has been interviewed in major publications addressing hostage negotiation, terrorism, and kidnapping. Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator, the book he wrote about his career, serves as the basis for a six part mini-series on the 1993 Waco Siege incident airing on the Paramount Network in January and February 2018. Gary can be contacted for presentations and speeches via his website.

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Gary Noesner

10/30/1972 – 1/3/2003










The following are links to interviews  with Gary Noesner where he speaks about his role in the real and reel Waco siege:

TIME – 1/23/2018:  How an FBI Agent and a Waco Survivor on Opposite Sides of the Deadly Standoff United for a New Show About the Tragedy

NPR – 1/23/2018:  25 Years After The Tanks, Tear Gas And Flames, ‘Waco’ Returns To TV

Megan Kelly Today – 1/22/2018:  Waco survivor, FBI hostage negotiator speak out 25 year later

Time Magazine – 10/8/2010:  A Former FBI Negotiator on Waco and 30 Years of Standoff

Gary Noesner (center) with the Waco cast and crew at the New York premier of the 6-part mini-series, Waco.











Gary Noesner’s book on how negotiation is used during crisis incidents. It can be purchased here.














Gary Noesner’s book on how negotiation is used during crisis incidents. It can be purchased 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.

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