Returning readers might recall that in the past, new items were placed in this section for a period of time, and then finally moved to the appropriate area on the site. Well ...too much moving around, changing and redoing links and I felt like I was sitting at the local fair, moving one of those fuzzy peas in and out of three walnut shells!
This page will now give you an idea of changes, additions, deletions and more that were made so you don't have to start searching the entire site to see if you missed something. Plus I don't have to play any shell games anymore! You can now go right to the link where the item added will remain on the site!
What we're going to do is create a simple "listing" of ongoing and recent changes in subject areas which have occurred. The writings, documents, photos or whatever will be planted at their permanent site locations and all you have to do to follow one link to see them!
Next time you stop by our site, just visit this page to see if you missed anything of significance...
Hope you find this new approach helpful!
The Months Thru July, 2018
There haven't really been any additions to the site these last 6 months. Most of our time has been assisting the FBI's Society on a few historical matters, entertaining questions from FBI families about their fathers/grandfathers and finally, dealing with some health matters of my own which have slowed us down. We're still waiting to hear from several FBI families who appear to have interesting items for submission to our site.
Short of all of that, like most of you, we're just trying to deal with the outrageous heat and humidity of daily life in Kentucky! Stay tuned!
New documents helped us piece together a page on the "Sloan Holster," which as many know, was the invention of SAC "Hank" Sloan while in charge of the FBI Academy back in the 60's. Readers can find the story of the holster at this link.
While we're still unpacking, believe it or not, with the move to Kentucky, we're also in the midst of examining several packets of information, photos etc. sent to us from different FBI families. This information pertains to their immediate relatives who were FBI special agents during the turbulent 1930s.
One item in particular we've flagged for readers is SA Charles Kleinkauf's five pages of typed notes he submitted to an internal FBI magazine for publishing. A fascinating account of his young clerical days at FBIHQ, interaction with J. Edgar Hoover and his rise to become a special agent.
Stop by the link in the upper navigation area regarding "G-Men: ....Personal Papers..." and read this fascinating account.
We're finally settled into the small community of Danville, Kentucky and believe me, I won't miss another Buffalo winter! Beautiful state and a quiet way of living.
By the way, we're shifting some interesting articles over to a new section called "FBI History: The Findings Of Others." Stop by and read some of the most interesting FBI history you'll find to date!
Down the bottom of the site navigation area you'll see a section on the Barker/Karpis gang. We've added some new info there including a 125 page, 1936 summary of the gang's activities including "Ma Barker's" role in some of it, her background and more!
And finally, getting back on track, we're going to be working with three FBI families whose father's/grandfather's served during the Depression Era. These gracious folks are in the midst of supplying us with photos, clippings, memoirs and more that will be posted to this site over the coming weeks ahead.
We are permanently moving residence from the Buffalo, NY area to Danville, Kentucky and right now we're scheduled to leave May 2, 2017. Needless to say, we're not going to accomplish much on this site during the move, and settling in on the other end. That includes finding a new Internet service since Verizon is not in Danville. Bear with us on this one and suffice it to say that it might take me a while to get back to you if you email me during this period.
- A revised article on Special Agent Charles Winstead. Written by me, this will appear in our Society's internal magazine "The Grapevine" in the May edition.
Changes/Additions late 2016 Into Early 2017
- The G-Men Blog contains regular additions of opinion and historical blips that we add on a regular basis so don't forget to stop by there for some short, historical look at the menu for the day. Feel free to make comments but please keep them civil! (We do not sell or give-away email or other data)
- For those wanting to know, in the section on "Machine Gun" Kelly, we've added a link to a post retirement interview of SA Charles Winstead who provided the names of Ft. Worth and Dallas police officers present at the raid on the Shannon farm in search of those involved in the Urschel kidnapping.
- Two group photos of the "old timers" added to our page including the first National Academy class of 1935.
- Check the section on FBI "hard cases" for weapons to see the confusion surrounding the Kansas City Trunk Company.
- We moved the page about Eliot Ness and the "Untouchables" to an independent link of it's own in the navigation due to the apparent interest by readers on the subject.
- 1935 instructions to the field on the issue of weapons inventory problems.
- Author Brian Hunt's article on the George Weyerhaeuser child kidnapping of 1935 has been added to the "Related Articles and Links"! We've been assisting Brian in his endeavors to produce another book, this time on the legendary SAC, E. J. Connelley. Stay tuned for the release notes.
- We are currently working on a new page or site link that will make available information on newly released books of the Bureau's 1930s era.
- An interesting letter surfaces from Director Hoover to his good friend, Courtney Riley Cooper's wife. The letter is revealing in Hoover's emotions over the depression that Cooper appears to be suffering. Cooper helped shape the Bureau's image during the early years...
- An interesting photo of the Special Agents In Charge at firearms training, Quantico, Va in 1935 has been added.
- A new photo of "Jelly" Bryce in our photo section courtesy a reader
- A revision of our article "The Myth Of The 1934 Crime Bill And FBI Weaponry" Find out what the Crime Bill really changed.
- A couple of more bios placed at the biography section of this site.