The FBI Files

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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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