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Veteran FBI Agent John F. Good, Who Oversaw ABSCAM Scandal, Has Died

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FBI Abscam tape

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Veteran FBI agent John F. Good, who was integral to uncovering the ABSCAM scandal that brought down six House members, a U.S. senator and 12 others in the 1970s, has died.

Good was 80 and died Wednesday at his Island Park home, Newsday reports. 

Good oversaw the ABSCAM anti-corruption operation that was depicted in the film, “American Hustle.”

Good’s brother confirmed the death.

Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover Died on This Date in 1972

J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover died 44 years ago Monday.

Here is the original New York Daily News story about his death on May 2, 1972:

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, 77, the nation’s towering symbol of law enforcement for nearly half a century, died at his home during the night.

Death struck without warning. Hoover believed himself in excellent health and put in a full day at work yesterday.

President Nixon made an impromptu appearance in the White House press room to praise Hoover’s “unparalleled devotion” to his country and to express his “profound sense of personal loss.” The President ordered that all flags on government buildings be flown at half staff.

Congress swiftly passed a resolution providing for Hoover’s body to lie in state that traditionally is reserved for Presidents, war heroes and distinguished legislators. He will be the first civil servant in American history to be so honored.

Hoover’s body was found on the floor beside his bed in his northwest Washington home by his maid, Annie Fields, who arrived about 8:30 a.m. to make his breakfast.

Dr. James L. Luke, District of Columbia coroner, attributed Hoover’s death to “hypertensive cardiovascular disease” — an ailment linked to high blood pressure. Luke said the immediate cause of death could have been a heart attack. He said an autopsy was not indicated.

Hoover’s body will lie in state in the rotunda from tomorrow morning until 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

The funeral service will be at the National Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. Thursday. Nixon will deliver the eulogy.

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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.

Former Heroic FBI Agent Who Saved Lives During Bank Robbery Dies

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Toy Fuson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Toy Fuson, a former FBI agent who saved the lives of several officers during a tense bank robbery, has died.

Fuson was 91.

WKRN reports that Fuson, who made headlines when he helped end a shootout and chase at a Bank of America in Tennessee, suffered a stroke.

Fuson headed the Nashville branch of the FBI.

He’s also known for leading a 1978 investigation that ended in the arrest of former Gov. Ray Blanton over a pardons-for-profit scandal.

Ohio Homeland Security Chief Dies After Decades of Helping Residents

Richard Baron

Richard Baron

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ohio Homeland Security lost its leader.

Richard Baron, executive director of the agency, died Tuesday following an illness, the Columbus Dispatch. 

Baron, 54, of Westerville, headed up security issues since September 2011.

Before taking the top Homeland Security job, Baron served 25 years with the State Highway Patrol and retired as captain in 2012. Prior to his State Highway Patrol job, Baron was a police officer and firefighter.

“He was an inspirational leader … a good man in every sense,” Department of Public Safety Director John Born said of his patrol academy classmate from 1987.

Former FBI Agent Who Became VP of New York Yankees Dies

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Phil McNiff, a former FBI agent and executive vice president of the New York Yankees, died Sunday, The Tampa Tribune reports. 

McNiff died following “a long, difficult battle with an illness that sapped his memory and his remarkable spirit of caring for people.”

McNiff, whose older brother also worked for the FBI, graduated from George Washington University and served in the Navy before joining the bureau.

After retiring from the FBI in 1980, McNiff became executive vice president of the Yankees.

Obit: Former Attny Gen Nicholas Katzenbach Championed Civil Rights, Key Aide in Kennedy and Johnson Admins

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Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Nicholas DeBelleville Katzenbach, who worked  as a lawyer for the Justice Department during the Kennedy administration and became Attorney General under the Johnson regime, only to bump heads with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover,  died Tuesday at age 90.

Serving a crucial role in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, it was Katzenbach who stood up to Governor George Wallace’s segregation efforts, his “stand in the schoolhouse door,” by personally assisting two African-American students, James Hood and Vivian Malone, through the doors of the University of Alabama. Malone would later become the first black graduate of U of Alabama, as well as Attny General Eric Holder’s sister-in-law.

The 1960s were “an exciting time,” Katzenbach had told the AP. “There were lots of young people who got themselves involved in civil rights, and later in protesting the Vietnam War, feeling involved in the government and what’s going on in their own future. To my mind that’s what makes this a great country.”

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. issued a statement Wednesday, saying:

“Today, we mourn the loss of Nicholas Katzenbach, one of our Nation’s great champions of civil rights and equal justice. Throughout a life that spanned 90 years, he served our country in many ways – as an attorney, activist, Presidential Advisor, U.S. Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, and U.S. Army Officer.

“During WWII, Second Lieutenant Katzenbach battled oppression overseas – and survived more than a year in a German prison camp – before returning home to fight for the cause of equal opportunity.

“Throughout one of the most challenging and consequential eras in American history, his extraordinary talents – and dedicated leadership of the Department of Justice – helped to guide our Nation forward from the dark days of segregation and to secure the successful passage of the landmark Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts.”

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Obit: James Sibert was Last Surviving FBI Agent at JFK Autopsy

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

The era haunted by first-hand memories of the JFK assassination is coming to an end.

Ex-FBI agent James Sibert died April 6 in Fort Myers, Florida, from complications following a fall. At age 93, he was the last surviving FBI agent to have attended JFK’s autopsy, according to the Naples News.

Naples News relays that among Sibert’s observations during the autopsy was that he “didn’t buy the single bullet theory,” which was key to the Warren Commission’s conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman at Dealey Plaza that fateful day.”

Son Bob Sibert told Naples News that his father remained ambivalent about the media attention he received around the autopsy. “At the end, [my father] was denying interviews. He said ‘there’s nothing left to say.'” He conveyed that James Sibert preferred instead to be remembered as a “loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.”

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