Episode 143: Michael McGowan – Ghost, Working Undercover

Retired agent Michael McGowan served with the FBI for more than 30 years. During his career he was assigned to the Philadelphia and Boston Divisions. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Retired agent Michael McGowan reviews his memoir, Ghost – My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent, that recaps his experience working undercover against some of the most dangerous, sophisticated, and notorious criminal organizations and individuals throughout the world, participating in more than 50 FBI Undercover Operations. He successfully infiltrated Italian LCN and Russian Organized Crime groups, Mexican drug cartels, Outlaw Motorcycle gangs, contract murderers and corrupt public officials, all resulting in significant arrests, seizures, and lengthy incarcerations. He was an instructor at the FBI Undercover Certification School in Quantico, Virginia and also served an operational counselor for the FBI’s Undercover Safeguard Unit, evaluating undercover FBI personnel for operational and psychological readiness. Michael McGowan has been qualified in federal court as a subject matter expert in Undercover Operations. After retiring from the FBI, McGowan started The 7329 Group, a law enforcement undercover training and entertainment consulting firm. His book has been optioned for development as a feature film by Sylvester Stallone’s production company.

Special Agent (Retired)

Michael McGowan

2/9/1987 – 7/31/2017









“I was escorted into a basement area that I had never been in before. This was after they believed my identity had been compromised. I thought it was going to end as a bad day. But there was a jukebox playing My Way by Frank Sinatra, my father’s favorite song.  I got the impression that he was taking care of me and I was going to get out of there.”

The following links are to articles regarding Mike’s time working  undercover in Boston and the case with Philadelphia organized crime connections:

UPI Archives – 6/14/2000:  Mafia boss makes deal to help feds

MY City Paper – NYC – 6/7–14/2001:  Banned in Boston – Finding a mob safe haven in Philly

Philly Voice – 8/23/2016:  Former Joey Merlino mob associate Robert ‘Boston Bob’ Luisi now a Christian minister

Photo of Mike McGowan with cash seized during one of his drug investigations.









Michael McGowan recaps his more than 30 years of dedicated service to the FBI working undercover in Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent. The book 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 250 episodes available for free on all popular podcast apps.

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