FBI Issues GET OUT OF JAIL FREE cards. Would you like one? Become an informant!
Last month Whitey Bulger was finally convicted of racketeering and murder charges after 16 years on the run. You would think after the atrocious handling of this informant by the FBI and Justice Department, there would be no more free rides for stool pigeons.
You'd be wrong.
The USA Today published a special report on statistics released by the bureau that shows over 5,000 crimes were approved by agents at the FBI. According to that report, "Agents authorized 15 crimes a day, on average, including everything from buying and selling illegal drugs to bribing government officials and plotting robberies."
A former agent at the bureau suggested that the total number of crimes be kept in context. After all, informants catch a lot of bad guys.
I suppose that will be of little comfort to the victims.
Disney Character Helps Solve Murder
Police in Hartford Connecticut got some badly needed assistance in solving a murder recently, according to Slate's crime blog. Scrooge McDuck helped put the handcuffs on a killer. The victim was wearing a gold medallion of the cartoon character, a relatively rare occurrence in Hartford. When police checked local pawn shops, they found the medallion, along with the paperwork identifying the seller, who is now in jail awaiting trial.
According to the article, the criminal could have been smarter if he'd used fake ID: “Huey,” “Dewey,” or “Louie” would’ve done nicely.