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Florida Man Impersonates Homeland Security Officer to Pull Over Tampa Police Officer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Florida man was arrested for impersonating a Homeland Security officer after he pulled over a Tampa police officer in a traffic stop, ABC Action News reports.

Police said Jonathan Charles Stevens, 24, activated flashing red-and-blue emergency lights on his white Chevy Tahoe.

Stevens even called dispatch to report the pullover.

It didn’t take long for authorities to realize Stevens was not a federal officer, ABC Action News reported.

Murderer, Child Raper Tells Victims’ Families He’s Not a Monster

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sympathy isn’t easy to come by when you kill two women and rape children.

But sex offender Elias Acevedo tried to convince loved ones of the victims that he was not a bad person, the Associated Press reports.

“I’m not a monster. I feel a lot of remorse,” Acevedo said in a hushed courtroom Monday, wiping tears from his eyes. “I love you all, and God bless you.”

He was sentenced up to 445 years in prison.

The FBI reopened the case.

Father of Man Killed by FBI Agent Sends President Obama Picture of Son’s Bullet-Riddled Body

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Abdulbaki Todashev is agonized by the silence.

Since an FBI agent fatally shot his son, Ibragim Todashev, during an investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings in May, the agency has been virtually mum.

So, he thought, maybe photos of his son’s bullet-riddled body would prompt President Obama to seek answers.

The Boston Globe reports that Abdulbaki Todashev e-mailed the photos to the president and implored him to look into the death.

“I am not asking you to share my pain, but I am asking you, as the head of the great country, the guarantor of democracy in the modern world, to help the law and justice prevail,” Abdulbaki Todashev, the father of Ibragim Todashev, said in the letter he e-mailed to the White House this month.

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FBI Investigates Whether Man Jumped from Royal Carribean Cruise Ship

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Did he jump? Was it an accident?

The FBI is investigating how a 26-year-old man ended up overboard as a cruise ship sailed to Puerto Rico, UPI reports.

According to a Coast Guard statement, Tien Phuoc Nguyen intentionally jumped off the Royal Caribbean ship Adventure of the Seas on Saturday.

Nguyen was on the boat with family.

The ship turned around but Nguyen wasn’t found.

FBI’s David Bowdich Named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year for 2013

David Bowdich

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

David Bowdich, special agent in charge of counterterrorism for the Los Angeles Division, has been named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year for 2013.

Bowdich, who is considered a rising star in the bureau, has been an agent since 1995.

Bowdich earns the award for a variety of reasons. He’s well respected among the troops and has shown strong leadership and support for his agents. He’s also a hard worker.

He was at the forefront of the fatal shooting of a TSA officer at LAX Airport, and was a key person involved in the probe into four California men who were busted for plotting to attack Americans and U.S. military bases overseas.

While in San Diego earlier in his career, he led a yearlong wiretap investigation that resulted in the first federal racketeering convictions ever to be brought against street gang members in the Southern District of California. He also  been involved in the past in cracking down on kidnappings on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.

In 2011, he was  entrusted to  handle the transition of a new FBI Director when it was thought Robert S. Mueller III was going to step down after his 10 -year term. Mueller eventually got a two-year extension.

Bowdich was named to the SAC post in Los Angeles in 2012.

Bowdich becomes the sixth recipient of the award. Last year, it went to the FBI’s John Perren.

Previous recipients have included Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (2008), Warren Bamford, who headed the Boston FBI (2009), Joseph Evans, regional director for the DEA’s North and Central Americas Region in Mexico City (2010) and Thomas Brandon, deputy Director of ATF (2011).

 

Man Who Threatened to Kill President Was Killed in Shootout Outside of Phoenix Bank

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A man who was sentenced to jail in 2011 for threatening to kill President Obama died in a shootout with police outside of a bank in Phoenix, Ariz., ABC News reports.

Mario Edward Garnett was wanted in connection with a spree of bank robberies and the slaying of a police officer in Mississippi when he was killed Saturday.

In August 2010, Garnett allegedly posted a threatening message on the White House website: “if you order a strike on Iran, I’m going to come up there and blow your brains out on national TV. You scheming hypocrite … Netanyahu is a dead man. Damn Israel.”

Instead of spending six months in prison, which was his sentence, Garnett was released after just one month.

The FBI told ABC News that Garnett was armed when he robbed the Phoenix bank.

Meet the FBI Investigator Who Coined the Term ‘Serial Killer’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

You’ve probably never heard of Robert Ressier.

The FBI investigator is credited with coining the term “serial killer,” according to an NPR feature on unknown stories.

Ressier, who wrote a book on criminology, spent much of his career researching serial killers.

“There are people that are pretty good at this, and I would consider myself one of them, certainly,” Ressler said in an NPR interview in 1997.

Ressler died earlier this year.

“He went on face-to-face interviews with the most notorious and successful serial killers at that particular time,” Roy Hazelwood, who worked with Ressler at the FBI for more than 20 years, told NPR.

 

American Citizen Accused of Pot Possession Dies in Border Patrol Custody

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An American citizen arrested on allegations of possessing marijuana died in the custody of the Border Patrol, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Authorities said the man “became incoherent and unresponsive”while in a holding cell on Christmas Day at the agency’s Campo Station in San Diego County.

The Homeland Security’s Office of Investigator General and the county’s medical examiner are investigating.

The Border Patrol “is cooperating fully with these investigators to ensure a neutral third party reviews all evidence and information,” the agency said.

The man allegedly had about 3 pounds of pot with him.