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Fla. Completes Ted Bundy DNA Profile for FBI Data Base

Ted Bundy /fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Serial killer Ted Bundy’s DNA profile was uploaded to the FBI’s DNA data base on Friday, opening the way for police investigators around the country to see if Bundy was responsible for any other murders, the New York Times reported.

Bundy, who was executed in Florida in 1989, confessed to 30 murders, but hinted there were more, the Times reported.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement assembled a complete profile of Bundy recently after extracting DNA from a vial that had been stored in the court house for three decades, the Times reported. Up until now, no complete DNA profile had been available.

David Coffman, chief of forensics at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, said his department began searching for enough DNA to create a profile after being contacted by the police in Tacoma, Wash., this year, the Times reported.

Authorities in Tacoma are hoping to solve the case of Ann Marie Burr, an 8-year-old girl who disappeared from her house in 1961, Times reported. Bundy was 14 at the time.

Coffman told the Times he receives four or five calls a year from investigators inquiring about Bundy’s DNA in connection with unsolved cases.

Ill. FBI Agent Pleads to Lying About Whereabouts of $43,643

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Where’s the money? That’s what authorities still would like to know.

FBI Agent Jerry Nau, 44, of Peoria, Ill. pleaded guilty Wednesday in Urbana, Ill.  to lying about the whereabouts of $43,643 seized during a drug investigation in November 2008 by a multi-county task force he was part of, according to the Peoria Journal Star. He is currently on unpaid leave.

The paper reported that Nau didn’t admit to taking the money, and said he didn’t know where the money went.

The plea agreement stated that Nau was to bring back the cash from the task force to the FBI evidence vault. After the conviction in the drug case in 2009, FBI agents looked for the money but couldn’t find it.

On June 30, 2010, Nau falsely told his superiors the money was in the task force evidence vault and faxed to the FBI’s Springfield office a receipt showing it was there, the Journal Star reported.

He then lied when he said two officers came with him and saw the cash. He also told Justice Dept. officials that he had brought the money back to the FBI Peoria office, but failed to log it properly, the paper reported. He said he then checked the vault and saw the money was missing.

The paper reported that his agreement says he “panicked” when he didn’t know where the money was and “he simply hoped the money would turn up.” He denied taking any money.

“The United States believes it is very serious when a federal law enforcement officer makes a false statement regarding evidence in a federal criminal case,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney James Warden from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Indiana’s Southern District, according to the paper. The Indiana office handled the prosecution. “When asked to produce it, he failed to do so, was unable to do so and then made false statements about the status of the money.

“Where that money is now, only Mr. Nau and God know and he (Nau) isn’t saying other than he has misplaced it.”

Sentencing is set for Nov. 29 in Peoria. He faces up to five years in prison.

His attorney Jeff Flanagan did not return a call to the Star Journal for comment.

FBI Searches For Person Who Put Homemade Bomb at Oklahoma Gas Line

Column: Did Washington Not Understand ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious?

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After talking to some folks and watching the latest Congressional hearings on ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious, I’m beginning to think the Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley aren’t going to find what they’re looking for — that is:

Who at the Justice Department gave the Ok for the operation — at least knowingly? The two politicians have been hammering away at that, trying to find out the answer during Congressional inquiries.

The reason I say that is because the sense I’m getting — and granted I could be wrong —  is that William Newell, head of the ATF Phoenix division during the operation, was briefing folks on Operation Fast and Furious directly or indirectly at the Justice Department and the White House.

Problem was, those folks didn’t really understand the full scope of the operation. And consequently, Newell figured he had the full blessing of Washington, when in fact, Washington didn’t understand fully what it was blessing him with.

For those of you who haven’t been following it closely, the operation encouraged gun dealers in Arizona to sell to straw purchasers or middlemen, all with the hopes of tracing the guns to the Mexican cartels. ATF lost track of some guns, and some surfaced at crimes scenes on both side of the the border.

So in the end, the real question, perhaps to be answered, isn’t who blessed the operation in Washington, but rather why folks in Washington didn’t understand what Operation Fast and Furious was all about.

I’m just sayin.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

FBI Arrests Philly Man for Threatening to Shoot Sen. Lieberman

Sen. Lieberman/senate photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Philadelphia man has been charged with threatening to shoot Sen. Joe Lieberman, NBC Connecticut reported.

Authorities alleged that Dmitry Dyatlov, 23, a U.S. citizen who came from Uzbekistan in 1998, wrote on a blog: “Actually, there is , at least, one Jew, who we absolutely must shoot in the face (many times), ASAP: Joe Lieberman.”

The station reported that FBI agents went to his apartment on Aug. 2 after being alerted of the posting by the U.S. Capitol Police.

The station reported that a co-worker alerted authorities to the blog post after Dyatlov stopped showing up for work as a Information Technology specialist with Accenture Consulting.

He was detained after a detention hearing Tuesday, but was expected to be released on a tether, the station reported.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Unabomber Auction Produces $225,000 for Victims

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The recent auction that sold off belongings of Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski –including his journals and sun glasses — is paying off for the victims of his evil deeds.

The Los Angeles Times reports that checks totaling $225,000 from the auction were sent to four victims. A federal judge in Sacramento ordered the disbursement last week.

The LA Times reported that the online government auction, which ended June 2, included the typewriter Kaczynski used to compose the manifesto he sent to the New York Times and the Washington Post. That sold for $22,003.

His hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses depicted in an FBI sketch of the Unabomber suspect sold together for $20,025, the paper reported. And his personal journals sold for $40,676.

The paper reports that Kaczynski is currently serving a life sentence in a federal prison in Colorado after mailing homemade explosives that killed three people and wounded 20.

According to the LA Times, the money was dispersed as follows:

  • Susan Mosser, widow of advertising executive Thomas Mosser, who was killed in 1994; $185,177.23.
  • Connie Murray, widow of Sacramento forester Gilbert Murray, who was killed in 1995; $33,648.05.
  • Gary Wright, who was injured by a 1987 bomb; $3,545.47.
  • Lois Epstein, the wife of University of California, San Francisco physician and researcher Charles Epstein, who was severely injured by a 1993 bomb; $3,364.81.

FBI Probes Hacking of Rural Law Enforcement Websites

istock photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating the hacking thefts of credit cards, email messages and other information from websites of rural law enforcement departments, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that the hackers collective Anonymous said Saturday it attacked 70 websites of law enforcement departments in retaliation for the arrests of some of its sympathizers in the United States and Great Britain.

Some of the hacked emails contained sensitive information, including tips about suspected crimes, profiles of gang members and security training, AP reported.

The e-mail thefts were mainly from sheriffs’ departments in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Mississippi, AP reported.

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Pa. Man Who Bit 2 FBI Agents Pleads Guilty

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Pennsylvania man who bit two FBI agents earlier this year, and tried to promote terror attacks online,  pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Pittsburgh, the Associated Press reported.

Emerson Begolly, 22,  pleaded guilty to using the Internet to promote terror attacks against American military and civilian targets. He posted remarks on an Islamic extremist web forum he moderated.

AP reported that he also pleaded guilty to having a loaded pistol while biting the agents.

The agents arrested Emerson Begolly, in New Bethlehem, Pa., outside of Pittsburgh in January.

Begolly, who had posted pro-terrorist songs and statements online, was sitting in a car outside a fast food restaurant when one of the agents opened the door, AP wrote. Authorities declined to say what the agents were up to, but a criminal complaint said agents had an interest in him.

After the agent opened the door, AP reported that Begolly screamed and reached into his jacket, prompting agents to prevent him from getting what they suspected was a gun, according to the criminal complaint.

“Agents attempted to control Begolly, Begolly bit both agents and drew blood,” the complaint said, according to the AP. The complaint said agents found a 9mm handgun inside his jacket with the safety “off” and one round in the chamber.