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Expert Criminal Profiler Weighs in on How to Find Cop-Killing Suspect Eric Matthew Frein

Eric Frein

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

So how do you capture a cop-killing survivalist who has managed to elude police in Pennsylvania for 42 days?

Not many people would know more than Gregg O. McCrary, a retired criminal profiler for the FBI who spoke to the Scranton Times-Tribune in a report published Friday.

“He may be in one of those situations as ‘this is what we’re down to,'” McCrary said. “What places are he comfortable and familiar with? Eventually, they can flush him out into areas he’s not familiar with and that could be the end of the hunt.”

Eric Matthew Frein has been on the run after being accused of killing Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II, 38, of Dunmore, and wounding of Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant.

Authorities believe he has disappeared in the thicket of the Pocono Mountains.

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Will Investigators Find Pennsylvania Fugitive Frein? Survivalists Have Record of Eluding Authorities

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When it comes to capturing survivalist fugitives, law enforcement has a spotty record, Reuters reports.

So when Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett pledged to quickly capture Eric Matthew Frein, who is accused of gunning down two state troopers, some experts were naturally skeptical.

Law enforcement officials believe Frein is hiding in the Pocono Mountains after he’s been added to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.”

Turns out, a third of the fugitives on that list “are avid outdoorsmen with skills to hide for years – if not a lifetime – in the wilderness,” Reuters wrote.

“He may have an elaborate plan that had multiple caches and multiple hides and be set up for a number of years. It doesn’t look like he just did it on a whim,” said Pat Patten, who owns Tactical Woodland Operations School in Franklin, North Carolina, which trains police to catch fugitives in the outdoors.

The FBI, for example, is still on the hunt for a skilled hunter, William Bradford Bishop Jr., who disappeared nearly 40 years ago, after the beating deaths of his wife, mother and three sons in Maryland.

Man Who Threatened to Kill President Was Killed in Shootout Outside of Phoenix Bank

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A man who was sentenced to jail in 2011 for threatening to kill President Obama died in a shootout with police outside of a bank in Phoenix, Ariz., ABC News reports.

Mario Edward Garnett was wanted in connection with a spree of bank robberies and the slaying of a police officer in Mississippi when he was killed Saturday.

In August 2010, Garnett allegedly posted a threatening message on the White House website: “if you order a strike on Iran, I’m going to come up there and blow your brains out on national TV. You scheming hypocrite … Netanyahu is a dead man. Damn Israel.”

Instead of spending six months in prison, which was his sentence, Garnett was released after just one month.

The FBI told ABC News that Garnett was armed when he robbed the Phoenix bank.

Blogger Suggests FBI Has More Info on Decades-old Cop-Killer Case

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Blogger Micah Morrison seeks justice in a decades old cop-killer case, and wants the FBI to reveal any hidden cards.

Last weekend marked 40 years since Police Officer Phillip Cardillo was shot and killed in Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam Mosque No. 7 in Harlem, reports Micah Morrison for the NY Daily News. Morrison, who is working on a book about the incident, is calling on the feds to reopen the recently re-examined, and re-closed, case.

Morrison suggests that the only suspect in Cardillo’s murder, Lewis 17X Dupree,  may have been an FBI informant, and that the whole case, including the fact that it was closed without a conviction, reeks of “betrayal and coverup.”

He reports that in 1976 then-FBI Director Clarence Kelly wrote a letter to Nation of Islam General Counsel Saad El-Amin, declaring “neither the FBI nor any FBI source or informant was in any way connected with the confrontation or events leading up to the confrontation.”

However, FBI docs regarding the case have 6 prominent black-outs under the heading “Sources,” suggesting to Morrison that the FBI has more info that could illuminate the unresolved case.

To read more click here.

Column: Georgia May Have Killed More than Troy Davis


Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

No one can defend a convicted cop killer. That’s easy to say.

But they can if there’s a question as to whether the person killed the cop, and if the state has decided to execute that person with so much evidence in doubt.

At 11:08 p.m. Wednesday night, the  state of Georgia executed Troy Davis, who was convicted in 1991 of killing Georgia cop Mark MacPhail, who was working as a security guard at the time of shooting. Several witnesses have recanted key testimony. The evidence is thin.

The Pope had weighed in on the matter. He had asked the state of Georgia to reconsider. So did folks like ex-FBI Director William Sessions, who had serious doubts about the case.

This isn’t a pro or anti-death penalty issue.  It’s not a conservative or liberal issue — at least not the way I see it.

It’s really an issue of whether our justice system has a conscience, whether it cares if it puts someone to death when so much evidence is in question.

The Supreme Court rejected a last minute bid to halt the execution. So did the Georgia pardons board.

Georgia may have just killed one guy, Troy Davis, who may or may not have killed the officer.

It also killed the faith some had in our system.

I’d love to hear your opinion. Send any comments to lengela@ticklethewire.com or feel free to post a comment below in the comment section.

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