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Millie Parsons, Longest Serving Employee in FBI History, Dies at Age 99

Millie Parsons

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Mildred C. Parsons, the longest working FBI employee, who retired in 2002, died on Sunday. She was 99.

In June 2002, I was working at the Washington Post and I had the opportunity to interview Mildred Parsons, a sweet woman who worked as an FBI secretary in Washington for 62 years, 9 months and 2 days — never once calling in sick.

I wrote back then:

Yesterday, clad in a bright-pink dress suit adorned with a white corsage, Parsons, 88, the longest-serving employee in FBI history, retired. Her final day on the job included a visit to the office of the director, Robert S. Mueller III, and a party, during which former and current co-workers showered her with hugs and unbridled adulation.

“No, I’m not going to cry,” she told well-wishers. “It is sad, but at the same time, it’s nice. Everyone has to retire sometime. It’s time for me to leave.”

In nearly 63 years on the job, Parsons, known as Millie, had a headache or two and a cold, but no ailment serious enough to make her stay home.

“I may have sneezed or something, or had a little bit of a cold,” she said. “If I had a headache, I just went in there. If I was around people, I would forget.”

Parsons died on Sunday, reportedly from heart failure. She was 99.

I got emails from folks who worked with her letting me know. She was one of those FBI legends.

A funeral service  will be held on Thursday. A posting on the funeral page website said: “Beloved wife of the late Harry B. Parsons; survived by her nephews Robert Engle, Marion “Skip” Toms, niece Barbara Farmer, her friend and dance partner Robert M. Harris and numerous great nieces and nephews.”

(If anyone would like me to post a comment about Millie on this story, please send comments to: Lengela@ticklethewire.com.)

Police: Black Louisiana Woman Lied About Racists Lighting Her on Fire

KKK/fbi file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A 20-year-old Louisiana woman who claimed she was set on fire by racists who scrawled KKK and a racial slur on her car made up the incident, state police said Tuesday, the New York Daily News reports.

Police said forensic evidence shows Sharmeka Moffitt set herself on fire on Sunday and invented the story of a hate crime, which the FBI was investigating.

Moffitt received extensive burns on more than half her body, according to the Daily News.

“The evidence does not support the statement that she was attacked by three males,” said Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Lt. Julie Lewis.

The woman’s fingerprints were found on a lighter and lighter fluid, police said.

Local police will decide whether to charge Moffitt.

Philly FBI Boss George C. Venizoles to Take Over New York Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 George C. Venizelos, head of the FBI’s Philadelphia division, will be named assistant director in charge of the bureau’s New York field office, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, citing anonymous sources knowledgeable of the move.

A New Jersey native, the 52-year-old served as interim assistant director in charge of the New York office for several months in 2010 until Janice Fedarcyk was given the job.

Venizelos became special agent in charge of the Philadelphia office, the same post Fedarcyk had held.

Fedarcyk left the bureau for the private sector this summer.

The FBI wouldn’t comment on Venizelos’ new job until there was an official announcement, possibly as early as today.

Ex-Border Patrol Officer Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Mexican Woman

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A former U.S. Border Patrol officer was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday after admitting he sexually assaulted a Mexican woman traveling in the U.S., the Desert Sun reports.

Luis Edward Hermosillo was sentenced immediately after he pleaded guilty in Riverside County Superior Court to sexual penetration by threatening to use the authority of a public official and kidnapping.

Hermosillo was accused in court of pulling over the tourist and her two children, ages 2 and 5, in Indio, Calif.

Authorities said Hermosillo groped and penetrated the woman with his finger after he ordered her out of the car, the Desert Sun reported.

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FBI Investigates Alleged Hate Crime After Black Woman Set on Fire in Louisiana Park

fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI is investigating allegations of a hate crime after a 20-year-old black woman said she was set on fire by three men who scrawled KKK and a racial slur on her car in Louisiana, the Associated Press reports.

More than half of Sharmeka Moffitt’s body was covered in burns – some third degree – when police responded to her 911 call Sunday night, Louisiana State Police said.

Moffitt was in critical condition late Monday after she said men doused her in flammable liquid and set her on fire at a park, the AP reported.

Police found KKK and a racial slur on her car.

Moffitt said the three men were wearing white hoods or hats, but she couldn’t describe their race, the AP reported.

No suspects have been identified.

Widow of Arizona Border Patrol Agent Writes Book about Coping with Loss

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The grieving wife of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent who was killed by a drunk driver in Arizona wrote a book about losing her husband, the Associated Press reports.

The book, “Crazy Courage: A Young Widow’s Survival Guide,” is a guide for widows of fallen officers.

“I heard myself sobbing uncontrollably, but only for a brief moment,” Samantha Gallagher wrote about hearing news of the death of her husband, Michael Gallagher. “It was a cry of hysteria, of helplessness. I remember hearing the sobs and it didn’t sound like me. It was like I was hearing someone else.”

Gallagher was 32 in September 2010 when he was driving on a reservation road for work. A drunken driver, Angela Mata, lost control of her car and killed Gallagher. She was sentenced to five years in prison last year, the AP wrote.

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Journalist Awarded Nearly $500,000 for FBI’s Failure to Turn Over Public Records

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Journalist and author Seth Rosenfeld spent a lot of time and money digging up FBI records since the mid-1980s, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The FBI’s refusal to turn over records turned out to be costly after a judge ruled last week that the bureau owed Rosenfeld nearly a half million dollars in attorney fees for violating the Freedom of Information Act in 1990 and 2007.

Rosenfeld, a tough critic of the bureau, was seeking records on the FBI’s covert operations at the University of California Berkeley and its odd relationship with President Ronald Reagan.

Rosenfeld recently published his book, “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power.”

The FBI said it had planned to turn over the information but was slow in doing so, the Chronicle reported.

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Former FBI Agent Goes on Trial in Fatal Drunken Driving Crash

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

 Jury selection is to begin Monday in Prince George’s County, Md., in suburban D.C.  for a former FBI agent accused of causing a drunken driving crash that killed an 18-year-old in February 2011, the Washington Examiner reports.

Adrian N. Johnson, who was dismissed from the bureau shortly after the accident, faces nine charges, including vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Johnson is accused of driving drunk in Brandywine, Md.,  when his car veered into oncoming traffic and struck a vehicle driven by Lawrence Garner Jr., the Washington Examiner reported.

Johnson, who was off duty at the time, had a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit to drive, prosecutors allege.