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FBI Starts Unique Campaign; Running Ads About Top 10 Fugitive Whitey Bulger’s Girlfriend

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI isn’t giving up on finding the ever-elusive Top 10 fugitive, Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, who is wanted for 19 murders.

The latest: the FBI is launching what it calls a “unique new publicity campaign” by focusing on Catherine Elizabeth Greig, the longtime girlfriend of Bulger. She has not been charged in his crimes, but is a federal fugitive wanted for harboring Bulger.

The campaign includes a 30-second, FBI- produced  public service announcement (PSA) that will begin airing Tuesday on  TV stations around the country. The announcement will hone in on  Greig’s relationship with Bulger and her physical characteristics.

The FBI said it purchased about 350 time slots in media markets in 14 cities in 10 states. The cities are Albuquerque, Biloxi, MS; Boston, Chicago,Ft. Myers, Miami, Milwaukee, Mobile, AL; New Orleans, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa, and Tucson.

“The FBI believes that publicizing Catherine Grieg’s photo and characteristics among her contemporaries will lead to a tip about her whereabouts and, ultimately, to the arrest of Bulger,”  Richard DesLauriers, head of the  Boston Division, said in a statement.

The FBI said the PSA  announcement will air during shows that have a high percentage of female viewers in the same age group as 60-year-old Greig.

The FBI said it homes someone in that audience — a friend, co-worker, neighbor, hair stylist, manicurist, doctor or dentist —  might recognize Greig.

“In terms of publicity, for 100 years the FBI has known that combining the reach and power of the media with alert citizens is a successful formula for catching fugitives,”  FBI  Supervisory Special Agent Richard Teahan, who leads the Boston FBI task force searching for Bulger, said in a statement.  “So we’re taking the next logical step and focusing on Greig as part of a unique initiative.”

The PSA points out that there is more than 21-year age difference between Greig and Bulger, who is 81.

The FBI said some tibits about her include: she loves dogs and all kinds of animals; she is likely to have well-kept teeth because she previously worked as a dental hygienist; she likes to frequent beauty salons and prior to fleeing with Bulger in 1995, she had multiple plastic surgeries.

Authorities said she has blue eyes, is 5 feet 6 inches tall, and had a thin build when she fled.

She is known to go by the aliases Helen Marshal and Carol Shapeton.

The FBI said the last credible sighting of the couple was in London in 2002.

The FBI is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to her capture and $2 million for Bulger’s arrest.

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FBI Reports Drop in Violent Crimes in 2010; Murder Dropped by 4.4%

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Violent crimes and property crimes dropped in 2010 compared to the previous year, the FBI’s Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime report showed.

The report, released Monday, showed a 5.5 percent decrease in reported violent crimes compared to 2009. Property crimes dropped 2.8 percent.

The FBI reported that murder declined 4.4 percent , while forcible rape dropped 4.2 percent, robbery 9.5 percent, and aggravated assault 3.6 percent—all when compared with 2009 crime figures.

Geographically, the South saw the largest decline in violent crime (7.5 percent), followed by the Midwest (5.9 percent), the West (5.8 percent) and the Northeast (0.4 percent).

As for property crime, motor vehicle theft was down 7.2 percent, larceny-theft was down 2.8 percent, and burglary was down 1.1 percent. Arson fell 8.3 percent nationally.

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DNA Sample That Could Have Solved Washington State Murder Languished in FBI Lab For 3 1/2 Years

Suspect Gary Krueger/kiro7

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A DNA sample that could have solved a 2001  murder by a former Seattle cop languished at the FBI lab for 3 1/2 years, the station KIRO 7 news  in Seattle reported.

The story unfolds like this:

In 2001, realtor Mike Emert, 40, was murdered in the Seattle suburb of Woodinville while showing a home to a prospective buyer. The murder goes unsolved.

In 2002, the station reported, that former Seattle cop Gary Krueger, who authorities suspect was a professional hitman, was convicted in a series of armed bank robberies. He went off to federal prison and was released in 2007– but not before authorities sent a swab of his DNA to the FBI’s DNA lab in Quantico, Va.

In March of 2010, he drowned shortly being involved in a home invasion robbery, the station reported.

In July of that year, the FBI finally ran his DNA and submitted it to the National DNA Index System — 3 1/2 years after local authorities gave it to the lab.  The test pointed to Krueger in  the 2001 murder of a real estate agent Mike Emert.

The station reported that Krueger  was also a suspect in the 1981 slaying of former police officer and Everett gas station owner, Terry Dolan and in the 1984 stabbing of Bellevue attorney Jim Barry.

Mary Beth Emert, wife of the slain real estate agent, told the station she was angry about the delay.

“It makes my blood boil, absolutely makes my blood boil,” she said, adding that she feels she was denied justice because the DNA samples came after Krueger’s death.

“It’s kind of that final piece, putting it on the right place and knowing that after all this time this monster has been identified,” Emert told KIRO news. “Too bad that the system didn’t get him while they could- while he was alive.”

The FBI sent a response by email to the station, saying:

“In the interest of being fair and balanced… I’m hopeful that your special project story, on DNA testing, will mention that the FBI Laboratory successfully eliminated the federal offender backlog of over 300,000 samples in September of 2010.”

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Tex. Congressman Says Mexican Cartel Members Plotting to Kill American Agents

Michael McCaul

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A law enforcement bulletin is warning that Mexican drug cartel members  have talked about killing U.S. law enforcement agents on the American side of the border, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas  said Thursday that  the gangsters were overheard talking about killing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Texas Rangers.

AP reported that the plot involved Mexican using AK-47 assault rifles to shoot from Mexico into the U.S. In February, ICE agent Jaime Zapata was shot to death and another agent he was with was wounded in Mexico.

Authorities are offering a reward of up to $5 million in the case.

One ICE Agent Shot and Killed and 2nd One Wounded in Mexico

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

NO ONE in Mexico appears safe from the violence that continues to strangle that country.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was killed and another was wounded Tuesday while driving through northern Mexico, the Associated Press reported. The two were assigned  to the ICE attache office in Mexico City.

AP reported that the two agents were driving in the northern state of San Luis Potosi and were stopped at what appeared to be a military checkpoint. At that point, someone opened fire.

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, issued a statement saying:

“I’m deeply saddened by the news that earlier today, two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents assigned to the ICE Attaché office in Mexico City were shot in the line of duty while driving between Mexico City and Monterrey by unknown assailants.”

“Let me be clear: any act of violence against our ICE personnel – or any DHS personnel – is an attack against all those who serve our nation and put their lives at risk for our safety. The full resources of our Department are at the disposal of our Mexican partners in this investigation. We remain committed in our broader support for Mexico’s efforts to combat violence within its borders.”

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U.S. Atty’s Office Says Chandra Levy Killer Poses “Grave Danger” to Community; Asks for Life Sentence

Ingmar Guandique

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It hardly comes as a surprise that the U.S. Attorney’s Office is asking a judge to sentence Chandra Levy’s killer to life in prison without parole.

The Washington Post reports that the prosecutors, in asking for a life sentence,  wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed Tuesday that convicted killer Ingmar Guandique, 29, “demonstrated predatory behavior that seems incapable of rehabilitation” and he “posed a grave danger” to the community.

Sentencing is set for Friday for Guandique, who was convicted in November of killing Levy, 24, who vanished in 2001. Her skeletal remains were found in Rock Creek Park in Northwest Washington a year later. Charges were filed against Guandique while he was in prison serving a 10 year sentence for attacking two woman in that park the same year Levy disappeared.

Chandra Levy

The sentencing memo written by prosecutors Amanda Haines, Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez and Chris Kavanaugh also noted that Guandique had attacked a woman at knifepoint in El Salvador before coming to the U.S. at age 19 and that he masturbated in front of a female prison guard, the Post reported.

Guandique’s attorney’s have asked for a new trial.

Ex-FBI Agent Convicted in Las Vegas of Voluntary Manslaughter

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Las Vegas jury on Tuesday convicted retired San Diego FBI special agent Edward Preciado-Nuno of voluntary manslaughter with use of a deadly weapon in the death of his son’s girlfriend, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

The Clark County District Court jury, which deliberated for about five hours, found Edward Preciado-Nuno, 63, guilty in the November 2008 death Kimberly Long. She was found dead in his son’s garage with several blunt force trauma wounds,the Las Vegas Sun reported.

The jury was told a claw hammer was used in the assault and that Long was defending herself. The defense claimed that Preciado-Nuno was attacked first and had been trying to diffuse a toxic relationship between Long and his son.

Preciado-Nuno was taken into custody. Sentencing is set for Feb. 23.

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Investigators Looking at Serial Killer in 2001 Murder of Seattle Fed Prosecutor

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Investigators are looking at an imprisoned serial killer and former FBI informant as a possible suspect in the 2001 murder of Seattle federal prosecutor Tom Wales, the Boulder Daily Camera reports.

Wales, 49,  and a father of two, was sitting in front of his computer in the basement of his home on Oct. 11, 2001 when he was shot and killed by someone in his backyard, the Camera reported.  For quite some time, authorities have been focusing on a Seattle businessman whom Wales unsuccessfully prosecuted.

Authorities are now looking at serial killer Scott Kimball, 44, who spent time in Seattle and told the FBI months and years after the killing that he had information about the case, the Camera reported. Kimball was  sentenced last year to 70 years in prison for killing his uncle and three Colorado women in 2003 and 2004, the paper reported. He is also a suspect in other murders.

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