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FBI Retired Case File Review

The host of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams is a retired FBI agent writing crime fiction inspired by true crime FBI cases. In this podcast, she interviews retired FBI agents about their most intriguing and high-profile cases, reviews how the FBI is portrayed in books, TV, and movies and recommends crime fiction. Photos and links to articles about the cases and topics discussed can be found at

Aug 30, 2018

Retired agent Dave Richter served in the FBI for more than 33 years, ten as a support employee and 23 as a special agent. During most of his agent career, he worked violent crime, general criminal, and white-collar crime matters out of the Philadelphia Division’s Newton Square Resident Agency. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews his investigation of the Johnston Gang, a violent family-based robbery, and burglary ring responsible for millions of dollars of thefts and convicted of the murders of six witnesses. The gang operated for more than 20 years in the rural areas of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and New York, stealing everything they could get their hands on, especially farm machinery. Dave Richter believes that the investigation was a success and the Johnston brothers were brought to justice due to the combined efforts of the federal, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies assigned. The case inspired the feature film At Close Range which starred Sean Penn and Christopher Walken, a number of TV true crime shows, and a book written by a former local reporter. Currently, Dave Richter is a principal in a private investigative agency, Cloud, Feehry & Richter, Inc.


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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review. Her novels—Pay To Play and Greedy Givers—inspired by actual true crime FBI cases and featuring temptation, corruption, and redemption, are available at