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Archive for September 16th, 2011

Gotti Jr. Pinning 4 More Murders on Pop

By Bruce Golding
New York Post
The sins of the father are growing — thanks to his son.

John “Junior” Gotti plans to pin four more murders on his late crime-boss dad, according to the script of an upcoming biopic.

Junior claims the future “Dapper Don” impersonated an NYPD detective during the previously unknown revenge killing of three Irish gangsters, according to Mafia expert Jerry Capeci’s Ganglandnews.com Web site.

The screenplay for Junior’s “Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father” also “credits” John Gotti “with orchestrating the murder of the neighbor who killed his 12-year-old son, Frank in a tragic car accident in 1980,” Capeci says.

To read more on the NY Post click here.

Go to Gang Land News (paid website)

 

Portland DEA and Cops Make Record Drug Bust

Drugs and cash seized/portland police

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Earlier this week the Portland Police Bureau Drugs and Vice Division (DVD) and the DEA received information about a large amount of drugs headed to Portland. On Wednesday, officers raided three area homes in what  the police department described as its biggest drug bust ever.

Officers found “28 pound of heroin, 2 pounds of cocaine, $156,000 cash, 6 handguns, 1 rifle, 1 ballistic vest, 2 cars, 1 horse trailer, and 6 saddles,” the Portland Police Bureau told MyFox Spokane.

Four were arrested in what is believed to be Portland’s biggest drug bust ever. The trove of drugs have a reported street value between $1.5 and $2 million.

Ex-FBI Official Says the Media Distorts the Image of J. Edgar Hoover and His Sexuality

Anthony Riggio is a former lawyer who went on to work for the FBI for 24 years. He held a number of posts during that time including assistant special agent in charge of the Detroit office. He retired in 1995 as a senior executive at FBI headquarters. His column is in response to a ticklethewire.com story about a GQ interview with Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio about the upcoming film “J. Edgar” that suggests Hoover carried on an affair with his right hand man Clyde Tolson.

Tony Riggio

 
By Anthony Riggio
For ticklethewire.com

I find it interesting that Hollywood has no proof of Hoover being a homosexual, a story that was sparked by a discredited author.

Yet, it tickled the media’s fancy and now the media can’t get over it, and every chance they get, they herald this unfounded suspicion.

The media is so loathe to give Hoover any credit for the magnificent organization he built and an agency that is held up to reverence by every country in the world (including current and former communist countries). Note that the FBI has even built an FBI Academy in some of these countries, and whenever a country does not know how to deal with certain criminal activities, they implore the FBI’s help.

The “left” leaning media in this country holds Hoover in contempt because he did what he had to do at the time to keep this country safe and free from harm, under acceptable and lawful rules.

I realize that there is a heavy emphasis on accenting what today is considered awful and one of Hoover’s detractors — and there many — was a Washington columnist named Jack Anderson who accused Hoover of every evil on the face of the earth. Yet, Mr. Anderson and his tactics have been severely criticized lately. Does this get the same publicity or negative distortion that J.Edgar Hoover got?

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

Our media has become so cynical and corrupt that they have molded history to their leanings and polluted the minds of the young and of the too lame (of which most Americans are) to search out the the truth for themselves. Instead, they continue to believe the lie that keeps on being repeated. With time, this lie has become truth.

I am a lover of history, but history derived from a film or biased reporters — no, make that media distorters — is not history but fanciful story telling.

Ex-FBI Agent and Prolific Author Paul Lindsay Did it His Way

Paul Lindsay/simon & schuster photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Paul Lindsay, the hard-digging FBI agent who became a prolific author, and wrote seven novels — the last two of which were N.Y. Times best sellers — died peacefully Thursday night at a Boston hospital of pneumonia with his family by his side. He was 68.

The ex-Marine, who friends kidded was a cop trapped in an agent’s suit, was known for his dogged pursuit of criminals, his sharp wit and sometimes a lack of patience for management.Lindsay graduated from MacMurray College in 1968 and served a tour of duty in Vietnam as a Marine Corps infantry officer, according to his website.

In the Marine Corps, he was a Company Platoon Commander who was awarded two Purple Hearts and the Silver for bravery, according to the family.He later joined the FBI and worked in the Detroit office for 20 years. He lived in Rye, N.H.He authored his first book at the tail end of his FBI career, which stirred controversy in the FBI because it was a thinly veiled novel that took shots at some folks in the agency.

He went on to write six other books. And just last month it was reported that Millenium Films had acquired the rights to “The Bricklayer”, his best-selling novel penned under the pseudonym Noah Boyd, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The report also noted that Scottish actor Gerard Butler is supposed to star in the film as a rogue former agent who’s services are needed to battle a criminal group that’s been demanding multi-million dollar ransom payments.

Friends and family  said that Lindsay died due to complications from pneumonia.He had been diagnosed in 2005 with a blood cancer, leukemia,  that compromised his white blood cell count, the possible result of his exposure to chemical defoliates when he served in the Marines in Vietnam, the family said.

The condition eventually left him with compromised immune system, which made it difficult to fight off infection. The family said he kept his condition secret from everyone but his immediate family and one friend.“He never wanted anyone to feel sorry for him or treat him differently–he never permitted himself that luxury,” his family wrote in an email to friends.In part of a memoir the family shared with friends, Lindsay wrote:“I am dying. A single cell, damaged and then mutated, is now multiplying at a Pandorian rate through my bloodstream.

“The aberration was triggered, from best guesses, by Agent Orange, the defoliant dumped so generously-18,000,000 gallons or so–on Vietanam to help keep American troops alive. An irony that is life itself.

“For me, it was over forty years ago. The medical term is Chronic Lyphocytic Leukemia, or to those of us on more intimate footing, CLL. The disease has reached stage four, and unfortunately there is neither a cure nor a stage five.“. . . I have been the recipient of a great deal of luck in my life. But as John Steinbeck wrote in The Pearl, ‘Luck, you see, brings bitter friends’.”

“Recent events have made it apparent that good fortune is nothing more than a temporary statistical anomaly, which given enough time has little choice but to swing in an opposite and equal arc. In my case, leukemia. Given the extraordinary adventure my good luck has provided to my years, I can offer no complaint about the pendulum’s final resting place.”His family concluded the email by saying: ”Our Father will be missed, loved and remembered.”In his memory contributions may be directed to: The Wounded Warrior Program

Greg Stejskal

 

Greg Stejskal served as an FBI agent for 31 years and retired as resident agent in charge of the Ann Arbor office.
By Greg Stejskal
ticklethewire.com

Paul Lindsay – He did it his way.

I first met Paul Lindsay in 1975. I had arrived in Detroit fresh from new agents’ class and was assigned to the fugitive squad. Paul ended up being my training agent.

Ordinarily Paul wouldn’t have been assigned a new agent to train – back then Paul wasn’t known for his patience or warmth, and he didn’t suffer fools. New agents tend to be a little foolish, and I was no exception. The guy, who was supposed to be my training agent, was involved in a trial. Paul was his partner so he was stuck with me by default. We didn’t exactly hit it off in the beginning.

Ultimately Paul accepted me, not because I had any great skills or talent, but because I showed that I was willing to work ridiculous hours and to learn.

Paul taught me much.

Paul had earned a reputation as one of the best fugitive agents in the Bureau – he was very good at finding guys who didn’t want to be found. What I learned from Paul was there were no great secrets or tricks to finding fugitives. It entailed hard work and perseverance. But Paul didn’t just work hard. He employed imagination and intelligence.

I eventually moved on to different squads and different violations, but I used the lessons I learned from Paul throughout my career in the FBI. Paul moved on too and later would apply his considerable talents to cold cases and serial killers.

Paul also had a talent for creative writing. He wrote his first book in 1992 while he was still an agent in Detroit. That first book caused some controversy because Paul was not reticent about criticizing some thinly disguised, but still recognizable characters. Usually those characters were in Bureau management.

It also was no coincidence that the heroes of Paul’s books displayed perseverance, intelligence and imagination. Paul’s book (and those that followed) also displayed Paul’s keen rapier like wit – rapier like because Paul was adept at skewered many inflated egos.

Earlier this year, I wrote a review for Paul’s most recent book, Agent X. In that review I described the hero, Steve Vail, as being a “blue-collar intellectual.” Paul wrote me: “If asked to I could have never reduced Vail to a two-word description; “blue-collar intellect” is pretty nifty.” Well I may have been able to reduce Vail to a two word description, but I can’t think of two words, standing alone, that would come close to doing Paul justice.

Paul was not a two dimensional character. He was a multi-dimensional man, who played many roles: husband, father, friend, Marine officer, FBI agent, author, mentor…. He approached those roles, indeed life, with passion, and he did it his way.

“For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels. The record shows I took the blows and did it my way!” *

Paul has taken his well-deserved place in the pantheon of FBI legend. He would like that. He embodied the FBI motto: fidelity, bravery, integrity.

*(Frank Sinatra/”My Way,” copyright EMI Music publishing).

FBI Hones in on Aides of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Russian Immigrant Who was Surgeon Gets 30 Years in Murder-Related Identity Theft

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Russian immigrant Dmitry Yakolev may have been a trained surgeon, but federal authorities say he used his hands to do more than good deeds.

In fact, the feds say he was involved in identity theft, bank fraud and credit card theft involving three people they suspect he murdered over several years.

On Thursday,  U.S. District Judge I. Leo Glasser of Brooklyn sentenced him to 30 years in prison .  He was also ordered to forfeit $432,050 in proceeds.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brookly said Yakolev was  convicted in March of  identity theft, bank fraud and credit card fraud and charges linked to the disappearance and/or murder of three Brooklyn residents between 2003 and 2007.

The three-week trial in March brought nearly 40 witnesses to the stand.

Forensics experts and others convinced jurors that Yakovlev used the identities of Michael Klein, Viktor Alekseyev and Irina Malezhik “to commit aggravated identity theft, credit card fraud, and bank fraud shortly after each victim disappeared in November 2003, December 2005, and October 2007, respectively, and that Yakovlev murdered Alekseyev and Malezhik in connection with his theft of their identities,” a U.S. Attorney press release said.

Authorities said evidence showed that  Yakovlev knew each of the victims  and was the last to see each alive. They said he was found with identity cards, jewelry, checkbooks and other items belonging to the victims after their deaths.

Interestingly, authorities said one of the bodies was found dismembered in a way that suggested it was done at the hands of someone with keen anatomical knowledge, such as a surgeon, like Yakovlev.

His wife Julia was sentenced to 36 months in prison for credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft by Judge Glasser back in August.

 

FBI Says There’s Nothing There; Newspaper Report Suggests Links Between Saudi Family in Fla. and 9/11 Attackers

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Something simply doesn’t jive if the the press reports are to believed.

The Miami Herald reported Thursday that Steve Ibison,  head of the Tampa FBI, said the agency found no connection between the 9/11 terrorist attacks and a Saudi family who abandoned their Saraosta, Fla. home and new car several days before the attack.

Ibison issued a statement Thursday saying the FBI checked out the “suspicions surrounding” about the home, but never found evidence linking the family to the hijackers. The Herald reported about the connection last week, triggering cries for an investigation into matter.

“There was no connection found to the 9/11 plot,” said the statement, released to the St. Petersburg Times.

But the Herald reports:

“The FBI’s official version… conflicts sharply with reports from people who worked at the homeowners’ association and a counterterrorism officer who joined the investigation.

“A senior administrator at the luxury community told The Herald that cars used by the 9/11 hijackers — the tag numbers noted by security guards at the gate — drove to the entrance asking to visit the family at various times before the attacks. One of the cars was linked to terrorist leader Mohamed Atta, said administrator Larry Berberich.

“In addition, a counterterrorism officer who requested anonymity said agents also linked telephone calls between the home and known hijacking suspects in the year before the attacks.”

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla. has asked for a House investigation into the matter, the Herald reported.

To read more click here.

 

FBI Says Training Lecture Critical of Devout Muslims Has Changed

istock photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An FBI presentation at Quantico, Va., to agents that negatively portrayed devout Muslims, has been discontinued, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

AP, citing a federal law enforcement official, said the lecture was given for just three days in April.

One part of the lecture contended that the more devout Muslim are, the more likely they were to be violent.

FBI spokesman Christopher Allen said changes have been made since the lecture to better comply with FBI standards, AP reported.

The online publication Wired.com first reported on the issue.

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