Episode 039: Stan Ragen – Evidence Response, Continuity of Operations


Retired agent Stan Ragen served in the FBI for 29 years. During his career, he was a member of SWAT, the coordinator of the Evidence Response Team (ERT), and worked Crisis Management matters—both as an agent and squad supervisor. Due to his involvement with these programs, Stan participated in many of the major investigations handled by the New York Office. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Stan Ragen reviews the important role he played in coordinating the office’s extraterritorial response to crisis events around the world. Some notable examples are the El-Khobar Towers (Saudi Arabia); TWA flight 800 (NY); Egypt Air flight 990 (RI); USS Cole (Yemen); US Embassy bombings (Kenya and Tanzania); and the 9/11 attacks.  He also assisted in the New York FBI response to Hurricane MARILYN (USVI); USAir flight 1549 (NY); and Hurricane SANDY (NY). Prior to retiring, Stan served as a senior advisor to New York Field Office executives, specifically in developing Continuity of Operations plans and procedures.

Supervisory Special Agent (Retired)

Stan Ragen

6/1/1987 – 11/30/2015









In January of 1997, Stan and members the New York Division’s Evidence Response Team (ERT) found human remains in a collapsed building in Harlem while assisting the one of the New York Division squads on a drug case. According to Stan, the successful results of the ERT in this matter demonstrated what the team could do and was an outstanding example of cooperation and collaboration with NYC agencies. The following are links to an ERT overview on the FBI website and newspaper articles about the drug case:

FBI Evidence Response Team


18 Indicted on Murder and Drug Charges

Stan with members of the ERT in 1998 at a vacant lot looking for human remains. Even though a cadaver K9 provided promising leads, they were, unfortunately, unable to make a recovery.









Stan and the New York Division Evidence Response Team found human remains in this collapsed building in Harlem.








Stan, with an interpreter, presenting at an overseas Crime Scene Course attended by officers from Uzbekistan (host), Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Georgia













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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