The FBI Files

Discovery Channel (ended 2006)
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  • show Description
  • Through re-enactments of high profile cases involving the FBI, the show reveals how agents solve these crimes behind the scene. The show producers work with FBI special agents and examiners in high tech crime labs to portrait each case accurately. You will learn how the FBI protects the lives of Americans and brings the most notorious criminals to justice. The FBI was originally established to address crime that covered cities, counties, and spread across state lines. The country needed a federal law-enforcement entity to do those investigations. And over the years, as the country has grown and as the world, by the same token, has grown smaller, the FBI’s mission has changed to meet the various threats. The show is hosted by James Kallstrom, the former director in charge of the FBI's New York office. Along with The New Detectives, the FBI File is one of Discovery Channel's highest rated series. The FBI Files is also available on international televisions. Globally, key outlets include RTL 2 in Germany, Channel 5 in the UK, TVDanmark, and the Discovery Channel in the UK, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Selected regional showtime: Discovery Channel (U.S.): weekdays at 3PM EST / PST Discovery Asia: Friday at 11PM Discovery Australia: Wednesday at 7:30PM AESTmoreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 7 : Ep 18

    Final Takedown

    Aired 3/24/06

  • S 7 : Ep 17

    Bad Company

    Aired 3/17/06

  • S 7 : Ep 16

    Sniper at Home

    Aired 3/10/06

  • S 7 : Ep 15

    The Ivy League Murders

    Aired 3/3/06

  • S 7 : Ep 14

    Independence Day Breakout

    Aired 2/24/06

  • Cast & Crew
  • Anthony Call


  • Jim Kallstrom


  • Johnny Alonso

    Joey Merlino

  • Greg Provance

    Special Agent Kelley

  • Steve Altes


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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • A Victim's wife, Susan Mosser (to the judge in court): "...make the sentence bullet-proof, or bomb-proof, lock him so far down that when he does die, he'll be closer to hell. That's where the devil belongs."

    • Suspect / Abductor: So what do you want to talk to me about? (Suspect called the mother who stated in the press that she would like to talk to the abductor. He called exactly one year to the minute from the abduction.)

    Notes (20)

    • KlaasKids Foundation was formed a year after the killing. The Foundation is an advocate for child safety.

    • Case fact: In the early 1990s, Vincent Gigante ("Crazy Don"), the Boss of New York's Genovese LA COSA NOSTRA (LCN), was indicted and arrested as a result of the FBI's investigation of LCN infiltration of New York City's construction industry. Gigante was charged with ordering six murders and conspiring in three others; he was also charged with labor racketeering and extortion. Feigning mental illness, Gigante had his trial postponed twice, but in June 1997, after being ruled mentally competent, his trial began. Gigante was convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison. As a result of this investigation, 20 other LCN members were convicted and $4 million in illegally obtained LCN assets were forfeited.

    • In this episode, Vince Gigante had a plot to kill rival mob boss John Gotti. Gotti was featured on another episode of the FBI Files, "John Gotti: Convicted." Ironically, after Gigante was convicted, John Gotti took over him in the crime family.

    • Case Fact: Melissa Lee Brannen was last seen during a holiday party at the Woodside Apartment Clubhouse in Lorton, Virginia on December 3, 1989. Her family resided in the apartment complex at the time. She disappeared from the festivities and has never been seen again. Caleb D. Hughes was developed as a suspect within hours of the abduction. Hughes was employed as a groundskeeper at Woodside Apartments at the time of Brannen's disappearance. The FBI examined blood and fiber evidence from Hughes' vehicle in the weeks following Brannen's disappearance. He was convicted of abducting Brannen with the intent to defile in 1991. Two other men were convicted of attempting to extort ransom momey from Brannen's mother shortly after her daughter's disappearance. The individuals were not connected to her actual abduction.

    • FBI Agents gave the case the code name "Unabomb" because universities and airlines were the early targets.

    • The case is the nation's longest, most expensive hunt for a serial killer. It took 18 years.

    • The civil trial for the bombing finally began on September 26, 2005. Hundreds of victims are suing the owners of the Twin Towers, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, over security procedures.

    • The 1993 World Trade Center attack was unprecedented and it was the first attack by foreign terrorists on American soil. This episode was aired before September 11, 2001, when the Twin Towers were detroyed in a separate terrorist attack.

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    Trivia (15)

    • John Gotti died at the age of 61 in prison from complications of head and neck cancer on June 10, 2002.

    • The Dixie Mafia story was published into a book by Pocket in 1995. It is titled "Mississippi Mud : Southern Justice and the Dixie Mafia (Edward Humes)."

    • To give you a background of this episode, here's a brief history of New Orleans being the capital of corruption. The undisputed champion of the political arts was Huey Long, aka "Kingfish," whose populist program of road building and free schoolbooks propelled him to the governorship of Louisiana in 1928 and later to the U.S. Senate. The levels of graft in his administration were outrageously high even by the standards of Louisiana politics. Though he survived being impeached on charges of bribery, he was assssinated in 1935 by the son-in-law of a political opponent. His legacy remains. In recent years, 14 state judges were convicted of corruption, and more than 50 police officers were convicted of crimes that included rape, murder, and robbery. Two are currently on death row. As a former congressman once said: "Half of Louisiana is under water, and the other half is under indictment."

    • The case was one of the most significant successful cases that Squad C-16 tackled. Squad C-16 consists of 15 FBI agents and 16 MPD officers who utilize drug and violent crime investigations to address the most violent gangs in Washington, D.C. in recent years.

    • Followers of Yahweh have reemerged in Canada, since the release of their leader. Their website is

    • Sect leader Yahweh Ben Yahweh were freed after 10 years in prison in September 2001.

    • C-11 Squad is responsible for investigating violations of federal laws as they relate to organized crime activity, including italian organized crime and asian organized crime. The mpd participates with a full-time investigator in the washington area asian organized crime initiative. Other squads include C-4: Bank robberies, kidnapping; C-6: Major drug organizations; C-13: Major national drug organization.

    • At one point in the episode, the narrator says the crime occurred in 1997, even though the crime really occurred in 1992.

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  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • This show is a excellent show.It teach you to how to spot a murder and lair.They teach you to never give a strange information about you until you get to know them well.If you are going home take different routes home.That will through a murder off.Be car

    By Toyata, Jul 01, 2007

  • Personal favorite of mine, just watching 5 minutes of it makes me watch all of it.

    By halofreak3487, Aug 16, 2006

  • Stories from the FBI archives.

    By britains, Jun 06, 2006

  • The FBI Files........

    By BoricuanDragon, Aug 19, 2005