Episode 015: Mike Carbonell – Toddler Kidnapped for Ransom and Ira Einhorn


Retired Supervisory Special Agent Mike Carbonell served in the FBI for 28 years.  In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Mike is interviewed about his investigation of a toddler kidnapped for ransom from his parents place of business in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. Mike also talks about working with investigator Richard DiBenedetto from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office to locate fugitive Ira Einhorn in Europe and return him back to the United States to be prosecuted for the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Mike spent most of his Bureau career working bank robberies, violent crime and fugitives. Prior to retiring, he was the supervisor of the Philadelphia Violent Crimes and Fugitive Task Force which teamed FBI agents with officers and troopers from Philadelphia Police Major Crimes, the Philadelphia Warrant Unit and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Supervisory Special Agent


Michael Carbonell

9/23/79 – 1/3/2008








Mike tells us that it is rare that people, especially children, are kidnapped for ransom. Below are links to newspaper articles about the Andy Siu kidnapping case and the capture and return of long-time fugitive from justice, Ira Einhorn:

A Kidnapping Undone

Two Plead Guilty In Kidnapping Of A Son Of Chinatown Merchant

FBI Rescues Boy; 150g Kidnap Fails

2 Plead Guilty In Kidnapping

Investigator in Einhorn case savors a victory long delayed

Mike working with an actor on the set of the movie Shooter when it was filming in Philadelphia in 2007. Mike and several agents from the Violent Crimes Task Force served as consultants for the feature film. Task force member Philadelphia Detective Andy Adams (with glasses) appeared as an extra in the movie.












Mike (in gray suit) stands next to FBI Director Louie Freeh as the Fugitive Task Force receives an award from the Director for the capture of a Top Ten fugitive.










Mike (right center) with members of his Philadelphia Fugitive Task Force Squad attending firearms training at the FBI Academy – Quantico, VA.











Mike eating a sandwich.













Patch with logo of the FBI Philadelphia Violent Crimes and Fugitive Task Force.









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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