Major Cases

Violent Crime and Major Theft major cases.

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  • Alcatraz Escape

    The fate of three men who made a daring escape from an isolated island prison in 1962 remains a mystery to this day.

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  • Brinks Robbery

    A 1950 robbery of a Brinks bank in Boston by men in masks sets of a massive search for those responsible.

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  • Charles Ross Kidnapping

    The FBI investigates the abduction and murder of a Chicago greeting card executive in 1937.

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  • D.B. Cooper Hijacking

    A man who parachuted out of an airplane in 1971 with a bag full of stolen cash has never been seen again in one of the great unsolved mysteries in FBI history.

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  • Durkin - Murder of an FBI Agent

    On October 11, 1925, Edwin C. Shanahan became the first Bureau agent killed in the line of duty.

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  • Frank Sinatra, Jr., Kidnapping

    On December 8, 1963, a group of amateur criminals hoping to strike it rich engineered one of the most infamous kidnappings in American history.

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  • Greenlease Kidnapping

    The 1953 kidnapping of a six-year-old boy by a pair of criminals ends tragically.

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  • Jack Gilbert Graham

    When United Air Lines Flight 629 blows up in mid-air in 1955, FBI agents painstakingly piece together the clues to identify the bomber.

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  • James Edward Testerman

    Charles Joseph Lovett and James Edward Testerman were sentenced to life in prison for murdering FBI Agent Hubert J. Treacy, Jr. on March 13, 1942.

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  • JFK Assassination

    After conducting some 25,000 interviews and running down tens of thousands of investigative leads, the FBI found that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

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  • John Elgin Johnson

    On September 25, 1953, Special Agent J. Brady Murphy was mortally wounded in a gun battle with John Elgin Johnson in a Baltimore, Maryland movie theater.

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  • Jonestown

    The FBI investigates a murder of a Congressman and a mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana in the late 1970s.

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  • Joseph Edward Earlywine

    Special Agent William R. Ramsey was killed on May 3, 1938 while attempting to arrest alleged robbers of a Lapel, Indiana bank.

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  • Judge Vance Murder

    The FBI hunts down a serial bomber who killed a federal judge and an Atlanta attorney in the late 1980s.

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  • Krupp Diamond Theft

    The theft of a valuable diamond ring in 1959 leads the FBI on a chase across the country.

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  • Lindbergh Kidnapping

    When the son of the famed aviator was kidnapped in 1932, the FBI and its new crime laboratory played a key supporting role.

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  • Murder and Mayhem in the Osage Hills

    In May 1921, the badly decomposed body of Anna Brown—an Osage Native American—was found in a remote ravine in northern Oklahoma.

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  • Nussbaum and Wilcoxson

    The FBI tracks down two dangerous and prolific bank robbers and Top Ten fugitives in the 1960s.

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  • Patty Hearst

    The kidnapping of the granddaughter of a newspaper magnate in 1974 becomes one of the strangest cases in FBI history.

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  • RESMURS Case (Reservation Murders)

    On June 26, 1975, FBI Agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams were murdered at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the southwest corner of South Dakota.

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  • Richard Floyd McCoy, Jr.

    In 1972, a man hijacked an United Airlines flight and parachuted from the plane over Utah with ransom money.

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  • The Black Dahlia

    The 1947 murder of a 22-year-old Hollywood hopeful in Los Angeles has never been solved.

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  • Weinberger Kidnapping

    When one-month-old Peter Weinberger was kidnapped from his home on July 4, 1956, the FBI launched a massive case that led to a tragic discovery.

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  • Weyerhaeuser Kidnapping

    On May 24, 1935, George Weyerhaeuser, the nine-year old son of prominent lumberman J.P. Weyerhaeuser of Tacoma, Washington, disappeared on his way home from school.

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