In the incredibly overheated, paranoid environment of the Cold War, anything seemed possible. Senator Joe McCarthy saw Communists hiding in every broom closet, Julius and Ehtel Rosenberg were executed as spies -- although the evidence we have today suggests that Ethel, at least, wasn't guilty of any ... More >>
On January 31, three men robbed an armored truck in Queens. They parked in front of a HSBC Bank outlet in Queens and waited for an armored car to make its regularly scheduled cash pick up around noon. They held up the guard at gunpoint and left with an undisclosed sum of money. Nearly six months l ... More >>
The FBI calls him the "Gatsby Bandit" because of the hat. The middle-aged man suspected of three recent Queens bank robberies wore a tan driving cap during a May 16 heist at Astoria Federal Savings Bank on Broadway. He also wore a similar hat, only in blue, in separate robberies on May 12 at Investo ... More >>
Bank robberies hold a special place in America mythology. So much so that the bank robbery page of the FBI's website dedicates a section to "Famous Cases & Criminals," with detailed biographies and case narratives of bandits like John Dillinger, "Baby Face" Nelson, and "Pretty Boy" Floyd. These wer ... More >>
This afternoon, the FBI held a press conference where they presented pictures of their two Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Suspect one is on the left in the black hat, and suspect two is wearing the white hat. Scroll down for surveillance video.
Possession of kiddie-porn is a fairly serious crime punishable in some cases by up to 10 years in prison for each image or video of child smut. So, if the "FBI" contacts you via-email, says it found kiddie-porn on your computer, and then tells you can clear the whole thing up by paying a $200 fine, ... More >>
It's an annual tradition to tag the Port-a-Potties and shower trailers at the Gathering of the Juggalos. This year was no different, except that the graffiti's message shifted from its usual slate of insular rallying cries ("Whoop Whoop," "Down With the Clown," etc.) to focus on this past year's maj ... More >>
The Internet continues to face rough times, falling victim to the nationwide heat wave, the leap second and, now, the lifting of an FBI anti-virus program. Gotta love repetition.At midnight, 64,000 computers in the United States and a quarter million worldwide might be forced off the Inter ... More >>
The FBI has entered the the esoteric world of rare wine collecting, arresting a Los Angeles collector who was influential enough to hike up international prices of wine, and accusing him of fraud.
News broke earlier today that five individuals supposedly associated with Anonymous have been charged for attacks on websites ranging from the CIA to Strafor, and some are saying that it's a triumph for the FBI's fight against the hackivist collective. And because the FBI might have gotten intel f ... More >>
Bad news, New Yorkers: every time you buy one dollar coffee from that dude in the food cart outside your office, someone is secretly wondering if you're a terrorist in disguise. That's because under new "Suspicious Activity Reporting" guidelines from the FBI, paying for small purchases in cash sho ... More >>
The FBI has released a cache of documents about the Village Voice dating from 1969 to 1997 that are now available under FOIA. Bomb threats! Contras! Secret lists! Ed Koch vs. J. Edgar Hoover! First up: were Village Voice subscribers in the '70s added to a creepy secret government list? A le ... More >>
FBI The latest bandit in town is the "One Glove Bandit," named thusly because his gimmick -- and every criminal needs a good gimmick these days -- is that he wears a single glove, à la Michael Jackson. So far, he's robbed three NYC banks, the latest being a Chase Bank in Flushing yesterday morni ... More >>
A day after the online sect LulzSecurity pulled their own hack on Rupert Murdoch, members of the most the widely-known hacking collective Anonymous, from which LulzSec spun off, have been raided by the FBI. (There doesn't seem to be a direct connection other than the media attention currently ... More >>
The FBI is looking into a stun gun found on a JetBlue flight from Boston to Newark, New Jersey, but a spokesman says it probably wasn't for a terrorist attack. That seems obvious considering it was found only after the plane was emptied, as the crew was cleaning and pulled it from a seat-back ... More >>
The Mafia is always one step ahead of the rest of us. This is how they operate. We've all seen it in Goodfellas, right? Thus, when FBI agents started sneaking in and infiltrating mob ranks wearing wires and hoping to get the needed dirt to bust them, the Mafia thought of a solution: To get in ... More >>
A Disney Cruise Liner that left from Los Angeles on Sunday is reporting that a crew member on "The Disney Wonder" has gone missing. The crew realized that the unidentified worker was missing on Tuesday when he didn't show up for his morning shift. The boat docked Wednesday in Puerto Vallarta, ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. August 31, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 35 Littlejohn & the mob: Saga of a heist By Arthur Bell Tuesday, August 22. Home about 10 p.m. A message from a friend on my cassette phone unit. "Just heard a couple of homosexuals are holding up a bank ... More >>
J. Edgar Hoover had his FBI eye on Runnin' Scared in 1969, just-released Teddy Kennedy files reveal. In fact, he called us liars, the greatest blurb quote we've ever garnered.
The FBI is warning of a possible new terror tactic: per ABC News, a "battle of suspicious bags" is being encouraged on a jihadist website. The bags, while suspicious, might actually be filled with harmless items like water bottles, or socks -- not with bombs.
All right, he diddled young boys. And now it turns out, thanks to the FBI dossier, that he made strange noises overnight with a PYT and he also created a fascinating video extravaganza called "All Boy Anthology." So what! He danced really nice and I liked the way his nose never got in the wa ... More >>
Sometimes one must just bow to the bounteous fruits of the Freedom of Information Act, a request via which has led the FBI to unveil their epic file on Michael Jackson, wherein the twin salient facts relevant to the law--the threats and stalkers and extortion schemes that accrue to the very, ... More >>
U.S. District Court Judge Dora Irizarry has halted FBI examination of materials seized in a Thursday raid on the Queens home of Elliot M. Madison, who was arrested outside Pittsburgh during the G20 Summit for allegedly using social media to help protesters avoid police. The FBI is said to have conf ... More >>
While the four losers who wanted to blow up Riverdale synagogues -- whose conspiracy was "played out on a veritable soundstage of hidden cameras and secret microphones," per the Times -- continue to grab scary headlines, some are suggesting that they were just pathetic mooks who got grifted by an ov ... More >>
The FBI has given up -- at least for now -- digging for old wiseguy bones at a mob burial ground on Long Island. The FeeBees spent three days this week shoveling away at a spot in East Farmingdale where a tipster had told them more bodies were buried -- to no avail. Last fall, spade work by the b ... More >>
Cristina Alesci, of the CUNY J-School team that provided us with entertaining voter audio last week, has obtained via FOIL request the FBI's files on David Halberstam, Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times reporter and author of The Best and the Brightest. A third of the pages are redacted, but the ... More >>
The NYPD and FBI are probing an early morning blast that damaged the Times Square Armed Forces Recruiting Station. The blast occurred shortly after 3:30 am at the recruiting station on the traffic island on Broadway between 43rd and 44th Street, according to police. A police statement described th ... More >>
The New York Post ran a little fast and loose with a story last week on the cancellation of a meeting of an FBI-affiliated business group at the Hunter College School of Social Work, and we here at Runnin’ Scared thought it would be nice to fill in the backstory. According to the Post, the New Yo ... More >>
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