Episode 152: Bob Clifford – Mormon Missionary Murders, Terrorism in Latin American

Retired agent Robert “Bob” Clifford served with the FBI for 24 years. He rose from Special Agent to Senior Executive with responsibilities in international terrorism and transnational criminal gangs matters. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Bob Clifford reviews an extra-territorial jurisdiction case from early in his career when he was assigned as a technical adviser embedded with a Bolivian police counter-terrorism team to capture the terrorist responsible for the murder of two Mormon missionaries and the attempted assignation of U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz.

Bob is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations, to include FBI Director’s Award for Counter-terrorism, the Director of National Intelligence Commendation Award, the Award of Excellence from the National Counterintelligence Executive, and the Bolivian National Police Medal of Merit. In 2004, he received the Service to America Medal and was named Federal Employee of the Year.

Bob Clifford was previously interviewed about his investigation and capture of the only surviving hijacker responsible for the hijacking of Egypt Air Flight 648  (Episodes 96 and 97) and his special assignment to establish the FBI’s MS-13 National Gang Task Force (Episode 103).

Special Agent (Retired)
Robert Clifford
1/9/1989 – 6/30/2012







“I embedded myself as a technical adviser into a newly formed 20-member counter-terrorism team of Bolivian police trained and supported by the FBI.”  — Retired Agent Robert “Bob” Clifford

The following are newspaper articles about the Mormon missionary murders in Latin America in the late 1980s and the capture of two terrorist who killed two Mormon missionary murders in Bolivia:

The Boston Globe – January 6, 1990:  Mormons Face Latin Attacks

The Daily Herald (Provo, Utah) July 21, 1992:  Suspected killer of two missionaries captured

Listen to Episode 110: Oliver “Buck” Revell – Operation Goldenrod, G-Man’s Journal to learn about the first extra-territorial jurisdiction case.

Before Bob Clifford was sent to Bolivia, 14 Mormon chapels had been bombed by terrorists. The Boston Globe – January 6, 1990:  Mormons Face Latin Attacks.











The “BUSCADOS,” Spanish for Wanted Poster, for the Bolivian terrorists responsible for the two Mormon missionary murders.













Bob with Bolivian Counter-terrorist Police in the Bolivian Jungle during a counter-terrorism operation.











Photo of Bob and his wife Deirdre in the Andes mountains of Bolivia.














Bob and Deirdre receiving the State Department Commendation Award from the US Ambassador to Bolivia.











Bob boarding an American Embassy plane travelling throughout Bolivia in search of the Zarate Wilka terrorists.











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 procedural series featuring Special Agent Kari Wheeler are available wherever books are sold.

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