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Ex-FBI Agent Who Authored Books Critical of J. Edgar Hoover Has Died at 88

fbi logo newBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

William Weyand Turner, a former FBI agent who criticized J. Edgar Hoover in several books, died Dec. 26, the Marin Independent Journal reports. 

Turner died after complications with Parkinson’s Disease.

He was 88.

Hoover fired Turner in 1962 after he testified before Congress that an investigation was needed into the bureau’s extensive wiretapping.

When Turner was an agent, he testified that he set up hundreds of wiretaps on telephones and even broke into homes and businesses to plant the hidden surveillance.

Turner detailed in his 1970 book, “Hoover’s FBI,” that the bureau’s director placed so much energy on cracking down on communism that he failed to adequately prosecute organized crime.

“For nearly four decades, he (Hoover) stuck his head in the sand while the crime syndicates waxed fat,” he wrote.

Convicted Ohio Congressman James Traficant Jr. Dies at 73

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By  Matt Schudel
Washington Post

James A. Traficant Jr., an iconoclastic nine-term Ohio populist in the U.S. House of Representatives who was convicted on corruption charges in 2002, becoming the second member of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War, died Saturday,  Sept. 27 at a hospital in Youngstown, Ohio. He was 73.

A family spokeswoman, Heidi Hanni, confirmed his death to reporters. The former congressman was injured in a tractor accident on his farm near Greenford, Ohio, on Tuesday. A former aide told reporters in Ohio that he apparently had a heart attack while driving the tractor, which overturned inside a building and left the former congressman trapped underneath.

Mr. Traficant, a maverick Democrat who found his own path politically and seemingly in everything else, was one of the most deliberately outrageous members of Congress in history. Glib and voluble, he was known for wearing cowboy boots, skinny ties and out-of-date polyester suits and for a bouffant mound of hair that seemed to defy gravity.

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Detroit Cop on ATF Task Force Dies From Wounds Suffered in April Shootout

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Detroit cop Patrick Hill — part of a federal task force– who was critically wounded in a shootout with a murder suspect in early April on the city’s west side, died Saturday, a source tells Deadline Detroit.

Hill got into a shootout while trying to arrest a murder suspect. The suspect was killed by law enforcement. Another officer was wounded during the shootout, but was treated and released from the hospital within 24 hours of the shooting.

Details about his death were sketchy.

Originally, back in April, it was reported that Hill was shot in the head multiple times. Reports later came out that he may have been hit by shrapnel or metal fragments, possibly from a car that was hit by bullets.

Hill was a highly respected cop on the task force.

 

Ex-Nashville U.S. Atty. John Roberts Dies at age 74

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Nashville U.S. Attorney John Roberts, who served during the Clinton administration, died Sunday after a long illness, the Memphis Post reported. He was 74.

After leaving his post, Roberts served as executive director of the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce.

Previously, he served as a General Sessions Court judge.

The paper reported that he briefly returned to the bench in 2006 at the request of Gov. Phil Bredesen. He temporarily filled a vacancy due to a contested election.

FBI Report: More Law Enforcement Officers Died in Line of Fire in 2009

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By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

From three Pittsburgh cops gunned down in one day to a U.S. border patrol agent ambushed by Mexican teens, the year 2009 was an especially deadly one for local and federal law enforcement, according to the FBI.

In its preliminary report, the FBI found a 17 percent jump in the number of officers “feloniously killed” in the line of duty in 2009, comparing the toll of 48 with the previous year’s 41. Additionally, 47 officers were accidentally killed in 2009, or 21 fewer than the year before.

Of the officers feloniously or criminally killed last year, 15 died in ambush situations and nine died during an arrest, the report said. On top of that, eight died during traffic stops or pursuits, five died while responding to disturbance calls, four while investigating suspicious activities, one while dealing with a person with mental illness, two while transporting prisoners and four in other situations.

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Retired Philly ATF Agent William Drum Dead at Age 85

atf_sealBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

William J. Drum, a highly regarded “take-no-prisoners” Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agent in Philadelphia for 20 years, died last week at age 85, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

Drum started with ATF in 1960 and retired in 1980, the paper reported. He also worked as an investigator in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and security officer for Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City.

He was a church deacon and lived in Blackwood, N.J., the paper reported.

“He had a stable of informants,” James Kelly, retired ATF agent who worked with Drum told the Daily News. “He was the personification of the U.S. Treasury agent. He was a hard-nosed, take-no-prisoners type of guy who never let up on a case. He worked 12-16 hours a day, seven days a week.”

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Secret Service Agent Maurice Martineau Who Testified on Kennedy Assassination Dies in Ill. at Age 95

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By Allan Lengel
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Maurice G. “Marty” Martineau, a U.S. Secret Service agent from 1941 to 1972, who coordinated security at the 1968 Democratic Convention and testified before Congress on the Kennedy Assassination, has died at age 95, the Chicago Tribune reported on Sunday.

During his 31-year career, Martineau protected every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Lyndon B. Johnson, the paper reported.

He died Oct. 8, 2009 in Winfield, Ill.

The Michigan State University grad became a Secret Service agent in 1941, the paper reported. He worked in a number of field offices including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee and Kansas City.

The Tribune reported that he was the assistant special agent in charge of the Chicago Field Office from 1963 to 1969 and coordinated security at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

He also testified before the House Select Committee on Assassinations as part of the Warren Commission probing into the JFK assassination, the Tribune said.

He retired in 1972.