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Archive for August 13th, 2015

J. Wallace LaPrade, Former Head of FBI’s New York Office, Dies

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

J. Wallace LaPrade, who once led the FBI’s New York Field Office and helped oversee the safe return over several celebrity kidnapping victims, died on July 31 at the age of 89, the New York Times reports. 

LaPrade died after a battle with heart disease.

LaPrade was a controversial figure in the bureau and was fired as head of the New York office after being accused of hiding the extent of the bureau’s investigations of radical groups in the 1970s.

Before taking the helm in New York, LaPrade was head of the FBI’s Newark regional headquarters. He served 23 years as a federal agent.

Although LaPrade was credited with being more progressive on civil liberties issues than many in the bureau, he was accused to using aggressive tactics to investigate leftist radicals.

Attacks on Fiber Networks in California Continue to Baffle Investigators

san-franciscoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators continue to struggle to determine who was responsible for more than a dozen attacks on fire optic infrastructures San Francisco’s Bay Area.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the attacker or attackers have cut cables that carry “billions to bits of Internet data.”

The attacks disrupt Internet service, financial transaction and emergency phone calls.

Authorities aren’t even clear on a motive.

“Everyone recognizes that there seems to be a pattern of events here,” said John Lightfoot,assistant deputy agent in charge at the FBI’s San Francisco office. “We really need the assistance of the public to reach out and help solve this one.”

After 10 Years in Prison, Man Seeks Revenge Against FBI Agent in Craigslist Ad

Frederick H. Banks/Twitter

Frederick H. Banks/Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Frederick H. Banks didn’t waste time seeking revenge against the FBI agent who helped land him in prison for a decade.

TribLive.com reports that the 47-year-old Pittsburgh man is accused of harassing the agent and posting a Craigslist ad pretending to be the agent seeking men to have sex with him and his wife.

He was finished with his federal probation less than a month before allegedly posting the ad June 25.

Banks, who spent 10 years behind bars for selling pirated software and using counterfeit checks, was indicted Aug. 5 by a grand jury.

Another Bizarre Twist in 25-Year-Old Art Heist Involving Aging Gangster

Theft at Gardner Museum

Theft at Steward Gardner Museum.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The bizarre case involving the 25-year-old Steward Gardner Museum heist took another strange twist after disclosures in a federal court Wednesday that an aging Connecticut gangster lied when asked in the past whether he knew anything about the stolen paintings, the Hartford Courant reports. 

As a result, the FBI terminated its cooperation agreement with the Robert Gentile.

A polygraph administered to Gentile in the past showed that he likely lied when he denied knowing nothing about the robbery of 13 gems, including three Rembrandts and works by Manet and Degas.

A polygraph administered to Gentile in the past showed that he likely lied when he denied knowing nothing about the robbery and when he said he received none of the paintings.

While the discovery explains why the FBI has doggedly pursued Gentile for years on the robbery, investigators still don’t know what happened to the paintings.