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FBI Revives 40-Year-Old Manhunt for California’s ‘Most Prolific Serial Killer’

Renderings of the elusive serial killer.

Renderings of the elusive serial killer.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

For 40 years, the FBI has been trying to track down California’s “most prolific serial killer.”

Known as the “East Area Rapist” and “Golden State Killer,” the unknown man has eluded authorities since he’s been accused of committing at least 12 murders, 45 rapes and dozens of burglaries in the 1970s and 1980s, Fox News reports.

The FBI said on Wednesday that its renewing its search for the elusive killer, offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

Authorities called the man the “most prolific” serial killer in California history.

The victims and their families deserve justice,” FBI Special Agent in Charge, Monica Miller, told reporters. 

Orlando Shooter Was Armed Security Guard for Major Homeland Security Contractor

G4S Secure Solutions

G4S Secure Solutions

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

About a decade before Omar Mateen opened fire on an Orlando nightclub, killing more than 50 people, he worked for a global security firm that was one of the biggest contractors for the federal government after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Mateen began working as a security officer for G4S Secure Solutions in 2007, The Week reports.

The job required Mateen to carry a weapon and obtain a license as a security guard.

“Mateen underwent company screening and background checks when he was recruited in 2007 and the check revealed nothing of concern,” G4S North America CEO John Kenning said in a statement. “His screening was repeated in 2013 with no findings. We were not made aware of any alleged connections between Mateen and terrorist activities.”

Although Mateen cleared company screenings, G4S reportedly was aware of an FBI investigation targeting Mateen. But the company said it was unaware of “alleged connections between Mateen and terrorist activities.”

Mateen recently worked as a security guard at a gated community.

FBI Increases Scrutiny of Wife of Orlando Nightclub Shooter

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The wife of the gunman who killed 49 people inside an Orlando nightclub is facing tough questions from the FBI to determine whether she knew the attack was going to happen.

The Washington Post reports that Noor Z. Salman, 30, went to the club at least once with her husband, Omar Mateen, before the attack.

One federal law enforcement official said Salman accompanied Mateen as “reconnaissance.”

Salman has not been arrested, but the FBI is trying to determine how much she knew about the attack and whether she had advance knowledge.

The FBI also has discovered that Mateen made at least one phone call to an acquaintance during the standoff. Details of that conversation weren’t immediately clear.

FBI Warned Chicago Police of Plans by Gang Members to Ambush Officers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A reliable informant warned the FBI of plans to ambush officers in retaliation for the death of Laquan McDonald, who was shot by police.

The Chicago Tribune reports the FBI alerted the Chicago Police Department that officers may be shot with the release of the video of the shooting.

“Violent rhetoric is high,” the FBI wrote in a Nov. 24 email to the Chicago police. “Due to the recent media spotlight on officer-involved deaths of minorities, there is a lot of anger in the neighborhood served by the Chicago Police Department.”

No attacks occurred.

The informant said gang members planned to ambush police outside of the 14h District headquarters on Chicago’s Wet Side.

“In addition to being unarmed and unprotected, these employees will likely be in either small groups or by themselves, which would make them targets of opportunity,” the FBI said. “(Confidential human source) states that shooters may lie-in-wait, and then conduct an ambush.”

Senator: FBI Is Down 6,000 Agents Despite Increasing Threats of Terrorism

Sen. Lindsey Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Budget cuts have left the FBI with too few agents to properly address the terrorism threat, Sen. Lindsey Graham said.

“The FBI has lost 6,000 agents due to budget cuts. The Army is going to be at 1940 levels – the Navy at 1950 levels. I want to restore our defense cuts and our intelligence cuts so we can fight a war we can afford to win,” he told the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney

On Monday, House Democrats supported legislation that would give the FBI authority to reject gun purchases to people on the terror watch list. The GOP rejected the measure in December.

Hillary Clinton called on a national ban on assault-style weapons, while Donald Trump proposed a ban on Muslims entering the country.

Homeland Security Agent Injured Before Fatally Shooting Violent Suspect

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Homeland Security official suffered minor injuries before fatally shooting a suspect who became combative Tuesday afternoon in Chula Vista, Calif., officials said.

CBS8 reports that members of a federal law enforcement task force were taking part in an undercover narcotics sting at a shopping center.

Mike Carney, deputy special agent in charge of Homeland Security investigations in San Diego, was taken to the hospital for treatment for minor injuries after the suspect allegedly became violent. Carney said he feared for his life before he pulled the trigger.

Federal authorities took several people into custody.

Homeland Security officials have not divulged details of the shooting or the man who was fatally shot.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Director: Omar Mateen Was Self-Radicalized Lone Wolf with No Help Overseas

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Omar Mateen appears to be a self-radicalized lone wolf who received no help overseas, FBI Director James Comey said.

During the massacre that left more than 50 people dead, Mateen spoke with police dispatchers three times, pledging allegiance to ISIS and praising the Boston Marathon bombers, the New York Post reports. 

“We have seen no indication that this was a plot directed from outside the United States and we see no indication that he was part of any kind of network,” Comey told reporters.

“It is also not entirely clear at this point what terrorist group he inspired to support. Although, he made clear his affinity at the time of the attack for ISIL and generally … for radical Islamist groups.”

Orlando Shooter Was a Regular at Gay Bars — ABC News

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Brian Ross, Rhonda Schwartz, Cho Park, Alex Hosenball, James Gordon Meek

ABC News.

The man who killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Omar Mateen, was himself a regular patron of gay clubs in Florida for years, classmates, friends and club employees told ABC News.

“Sometimes he would be there for a few weeks at a time and maybe on the weekends and then you wouldn’t see him for a little while, then you’d see him again and that’s the way it kind of went,” said 71-year-old James Van Horn, a frequent visitor to Pulse.

Two people who worked at Pulse said they also recognized Mateen as a customer. One of them, head of security Estella Peterkin, said she had to kick him out multiple times for bad behavior.

To read the full report click here.