Links

Columnists



Site Search


Entire (RSS)
Comments (RSS)

Archive Calendar

June 2021
S M T W T F S
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930  

Guides

How to Become a Bounty Hunter



FBI

‘Whitey’ Bulger Henchman: Feds Allowed Mob Boss to Continue Breaking Law

Steve Flemmi/dateline nbc

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Corrupt FBI agent John Connolly urged the feds against prosecuting him and James “Whitey” Bulger so they could continue delivering information about rival gangs, a former henchman for the accused mob boss testified Wednesday, The Boston Globe reports.

Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi testified that Connolly helped them avoid indictments at a time when other gangs were being prosecuted.

“Jim Bulger and myself were taken out of the indictment,” Flemmi testified. “That’s what John Connolly told me and that’s what Jim Bulger told me.”

Instead of being charged, Flemmi testified that he and Bulger continued to commit crimes with the FBI’s knowledge, The Globe reported.

Denver FBI Division Celebrates High Honors For It Forensic Laboratory

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI’s Denver division received honors for its forensic laboratory, becoming internationally accredited, the Denver Post reports.

Officials of the Rocky Mountain Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory celebrated Wednesday after getting accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors.

The laboratory opened in 2006 and allows full-service digital forensics, the Denver Post reported.

“Today, we celebrate not only our accreditation as one of 43 forensic laboratories in the world to attain international program accreditation in the digital and multimedia evidence discipline. We also celebrate the outstanding partnerships that have made every service provided at this laboratory possible,” said Thomas Ravenelle, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Denver division in the release.

How Realistic is Breaking Bad? Show Creators Consult with Experts in Chemistry, Government

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fans of Breaking Bad, a breathtaking show on AMC about a suburban meth dealer, have long praised it for its authenticity and seemingly strong sense of chemistry. 

Turns out, reports The Dallas Morning News, show leaders have been consulting with a chemist at the University of Oklahoma.

The show also uses an unnamed government agent to keep the show realistic, The Dallas Morning News reported.

“[Because] Walter White was talking to his students, I was able to dumb down certain moments of description and dialogue in the early episodes which held me until we had some help from some honest-to-god chemists, said show creator Vince Gilligan. We have a [chemist] named Dr. Donna Nelson at the University of Oklahoma who is very helpful to us and vets our scripts to make sure our chemistry dialogue is accurate and up to date. We also have a chemist with the Drug Enforcement Association based out of Dallas who has just been hugely helpful to us.”

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Vincent Lisi Becomes New Agent in Charge of Boston FBI Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Vincent Lisi, who has served in numerous jobs as an FBI agent since 1989, has been named the new leader of the agency’s Boston office, the Associated Press reports.

FBI Director Robert Mueller announced Wednesday that Lisi would replace Richard DesLauriers, who is retiring after more than 26 years with the FBI.

Most recently, Lisi served as deputy assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division in Washington D.C.

He also helped investigate the 2001 Anthrax attacks and served as a legal attache in Yemen.

DesLauriers headed the office during the deadly Boston Marathon bombings.

Reality Show to Feature Alleged Accomplice in ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Murder, Racketeering Trial

 
 

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sure, Patrick Nee has been connected to five murders in the trial of reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger.

But that hasn’t stopped the Disney Channel from featuring Nee on a reality show on the Discovery Channel about bookies in Boston, the Boston Globe reports.

“I’m absolutely disgusted,” said Tommy Donahue, the son of a man whom Nee is accused of helping murder.

He said he can’t understand why the feds aren’t pursuing Nee.

“His name has been thrown around a dozen times, and the government hasn’t done anything about it,” Donahue said.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

ACLU Urges Florida Authorities to Open Investigation into FBI-Involved Shooting of Chechen

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Tired of the FBI’s refusal to describe what happened when an agent shot and killed Ibragim Todashev in an Orlando condo, the ACLU is urging Florida authorities to investigate, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The ACLU also wants to know about the Orlando police officer who was at the condo when the May 22 shooting occurred.

Orlando police won’t even confirm any of their officers were in the condo, according to the Sentinel.

Todashev, who is Chechen, was said to be friend’s with the Boston Marathon bomber who was killed.

The ACLU said the FBI “has fostered widespread public distrust.”

Teens Steal Ammo, Submachine Gun, Bullet-Proof Vest from FBI Agent’s Car in Florida

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two teenagers are accused of breaking into the car of an FBI agent Saturday and stealing bullet-proof vest, ammo and an MP5 9 millimeter submachine gun in the Tampa Bay metro area,  reports The Tampa Bay Times.

Raymond Cano, 18, and a 16-year-old accomplice are believed to have broken into the car between 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday.

Cano was arrested on charges of armed burglary and grand theft and remained in jail Monday on $155,000 bail.

 

FBI-Involved Shootout Ends with 1 Suspect Dead, Another Injured in Philadelphia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A shootout between two suspects and the FBI and police ended with one suspect dead and another injured, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The newspaper reported that both men were suspects in murders and robberies across the city and were determined to fight if authorities tried to apprehend them. 

That’s exactly what happened when FBI agents and Philadelphia police swarmed their hangout early Monday afternoon, according to The Inquirer. After a 10-minute gunfight, 21-year-old Tevin Hammond was dead and 19-year-old Justin Mackie was severely wounded.

Authorities were not injured.

“They knew people were looking for them, and they made it very clear they would not surrender,”  Philadelphia Police Lt. John Stanford told the Inquirier.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST