This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, U.S. Marshals, the CIA, and Being Taken Downtown. I'm Adam Richardson and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau.
Welcome to episode number 56 of the Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional-quality, crime-related fiction. This week, I'd like to thank Gold Shield patrons, Debra Dunbar from debradunbar.com, C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com, Larry Keeton, Vicki Tharp of vickitharp.com, Dharma Kelleher of dharmakelleher.com, Chrysann, Jimmy Cowe of Crimibox, and Larry Darter for their support. I'd also like to thank all of my Coffee Club patrons for their support month after month. You can find links to all of the writers supporting this episode by going to the show notes at writersdetective.com/56, and to learn about setting up your own Patreon account for your author business, and to help me keep the lights on in the Bureau, visit writersdetective.com/Patreon, P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
This week's first question comes from Ken Shoemaker who you can find at facebook.com/ShoemakerKen51. Ken wrote, "Congratulations on the one year anniversary for the podcast and congratulations to all the winners. My question this week is how often do you or other agencies use the U.S Marshal service to apprehend wanted fugitives? Do you or other detectives work with them in the hunt?" Yeah Ken, I've worked with the U.S Marshals deputies a few times on cases and there are a variety of reasons why a local agency might work with the Marshal service.
In the most memorable case that I was involved in the Marshals were helping police department track a murder suspect who had also been involved in a gun fight with the police, and the deputy U.S Marshals were able to track the suspect's cell phone into my jurisdiction. So in this case the Marshal Service was providing technical assistance in a state fugitive case. That was a crazy night because I ended up on surveillance as the point person on the hotel room all night long. Then when our SWAT team was setting up on the hotel room, I somehow ended up being the one at the front desk, calling all the rooms in that wing of the hotel as part of our SWAT teams evacuation plan.
Then once that wing of the hotel was clear, I became the defacto hostage negotiator talking to this murderer. I mean this guy had his girlfriend in the room with him and he's been drinking all night and after being in a gunfight with the police. He confirms to me in one of my many phone calls into that room that he is in fact armed with several guns, and after a dozen or more phone calls I somehow convinced him to surrender peacefully. And I'm not really clear on how or why the hostage negotiators were not called out on this incident, but I just relied on my skills of being able to talk to people, rapport building and being honest, knowing that if I started bullshitting him, things would end badly for him and his girlfriend and everyone really. Which is why I'd say I'd rather be lucky than good any day... Continue reading...
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