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September 2022


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Science Fiction Legend Bradbury Aroused Suspicions of FBI

Steve Neavling 

The FBI actively investigated late science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury on suspicions that he had Communist leanings in the 1960s, according to records obtained by The Huffington Post.

Several writers, including screenwriter Martin Berkeley, voiced suspicions about Bradbury, who was an outspoken critic of the House Un-American Activities Committee, which probed communists in America, The Huffington Post reported.

Berkeley “stated that the general aim of these science fiction writers is to frighten the people into a state of paralysis or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria which would make it very possible to conduct a Third World War in which the American people would seriously believe [sic] could not be won since their morale had been seriously destroyed.”

But an investigation later revealed: “No evidence has been developed which indicates he was ever a member of the CP (Communist Party).”

Retired FBI Agent Shares Story of Long Relationship with Mafia Hitman

Steve Neavling 

A retired FBI agent who handled a notorious mafia hitman and secret FBI informant in the 1960s will be featured on Biography Channel’s Mobsters next week, reports the Sarasota Patch.

Former agent Lindley “Lynn” DeVecchio will discuss the handling of Colombo crime family capo Gregory Scarpa, known as “The Grim Reaper” in New York.

The series captures DeVecchio’s 30-year relationship with Scarpa as an informant, according to the Sarasota Patch.

Scarpa was serving time for murder when he died of AIDS in 1994.

New Jersey Mail Carrier Accused of Distributing Cocaine though packages

Steve Neavling 

A New Jersey postal worker was distributing more than mail on her daily route.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday the arrest of Christina Nunez, who allegedly used her daily route to ship cocaine in falsely addressed packages, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities said Nunez admitted receiving packages of cocaine as part of a drug trafficking organized based in Puerto Rico, according to the AP.

Nunez didn’t enter a plea Tuesday.


Playful FBI Site Offers Quiz on Pop Culture and Women FBI Agents

A scene from “The X-Files” television show, which featured agents investigating paranormal phenomenon.

By Allan Lengel

The FBI website is getting rather playful.

As part of its celebration of the 40th anniversary of woman FBI agents, the bureau is offering a quiz on women and pop culture.

The website writes:

It took a while for Hollywood and television to notice that FBI women special agents had come on the scene in 1972—and to think how they might work into old and new storylines.

At first, in the early 1990s, the focus was on training and new agents…and on comedy—women trying by hook or by crook to make it in a man’s profession. Now you find our women agents portrayed in a variety of decisive roles in team environments—trying to locate missing persons, analyzing evidence, analyzing the criminal mind, and, of course, investigating paranormal activity and worldwide conspiracies.

Take our quiz and test your knowledge of pop culture as it relates to women FBI special agents. This is part of our continuing series marking the 40th anniversary of female agents.


Celebrating Women Special Agents
Part 4: Who Said It? Pop Culture’s Take on Women Special Agents

1. “I am in a dress, I have gel in my hair, I haven’t slept all night, I’m starved, and I’m armed! Don’t mess with me!”

2. “You see a lot, doctor. But are you strong enough to point that high-powered perception at yourself? What about it? Why don’t you—why don’t you look at yourself and write down what you see? Or maybe you’re afraid to.”

Answer Key

3. “He was kinda of cute…for a sociopath.”

4. “Hey, you think it’s easy being surrounded by guys with guns all day?”
Male agent: “I thought you liked guys with guns.”

“I like the guns.”

5. “What are you doing here?”
Male scientist: “We’re trying to plug a hole in the universe. What are you doing here?”

“Apparently the same thing.”

6. “Sometimes looking for extreme possibilities makes you blind to the probable explanation right in front of you.”

7. “Journalist William D. Tammeus wrote: You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around and why his parents will always wave back.”

8. “A cup of tea, a German-English dictionary, and I’ll have it translated in a day or two.”


Report: ATF Officials in Phoenix Responsible for Fast and Furious

Steve Neavling

 A federal report on the controversial gun-walking operation, Fast and Furious, places much of the blame on the program on the Phoenix office of the ATF, CBS News reports.

The report by the Inspector General, which is expected to be released in a few weeks, shows a divide between the Phoenix office and their supervisors at ATF headquarters and the Justice Department, according to CBS News, which interviewed peopled familiar with the case.

Those most responsible, according to the report, are then-Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell, agent Hope MacAllister and group servitor David Voth.

Phoenix-based authorities said they knew nothing was wrong because they had the blessings of headquarters and the Justice Department – both of which were notified of the investigation during briefings.

Superiors, however, said they never wanted agents to allow guns to walk, according to CBS News.

One of the guns was found later at the murder scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.


Retirement Party for Head of NY FBI Cost $150 Per Person: “Even for NY Prices That’s Wholly Crap”

By Allan Lengel

The cost for attending the September retirement party of Janice Fedarcyk, who just stepped down as head of the New York FBI, isn’t so cheap: $150.

Some think that’s excessive for a party for the  assistant director in charge  (ADIC) of the New York office.

“Everybody said ‘wholly crap,'” one agent told “Even for N.Y. prices, that’s wholly crap.”

Another person said: “The event costs $150. That’s the most expensive retirement dinner I have ever seen. Given the tough economic times and lack of payraises for federal workers the last two years, this is outrageous. Either ADIC Fedarcyk or whoever is planning this is out of touch with reality.”

The event is set for Sept. 6 at a hall in Manhattan.

The $150 includes cocktails and  hors d’oeuvres from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by a sit-down dinner.

FBI retirement parties are usually about a third of that cost if not less.

The N.Y. FBI office had not yet responded for comment on Monday.

FBI Looking for Diverse Pool of Qualified Candidates to Become Agents

Steve Neavling

 The FBI is expanding its recruiting efforts to find a diverse pool of candidates for a variety of special agent jobs, the Sacramento Bee reports.

The FBI is on the hunt for CPAs, Chinese-Mandarin speakers and candidates skillful in cyber-network administration.

The FBI typically only hires for two weeks twice a year, but the agency is adding an additional two weeks to attract “a more diverse candidate pool,” Steve Dupre, recruitment coordinator for the FBI’s Easter Division, told the Sacramento Bee.

Since Aug. 1, the FBI has received about 7,500 application for special agent jobs.

To apply, visit

FBI Agent Creates Technology to Chase Down Pedophiles

Steve Neavling

A Salt Lake City FBI agent is changing how authorities investigate child sex crimes, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Special Agent Eric Zimmerman created software that the FBI approved last fall, leading to the arrests of more than 220 suspects, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

The 13 software tools reduce the time to investigate data on a computer hard drive and interpret real-time information on suspected abusers, the Tribune reported.

“I can honestly say it is one of the best tools that I have ever used since doing this line of work,” Toronto Police Service Detective Paul Krawczyk, who has worked in the child exploitation section of his agency for 10 years, told the Tribune.

The FBI offers the technology to local police.