I've covered the FBI in Philadelphia and nationally for a good number of years.
Nationally, I've interviewed David G. Major, a former FBI counterintelligence official and President Reagan's counterintelligence advisor. And I've interviewed legendary undercover FBI agent Joseph Pistone, AKA Donnie Brasco, and legendary FBI criminal profiler John Douglas.
In Philadelphia, I've interviewed former Philadelphia Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Thomas Kimmel, as well as a good number of street agents.
So I was interested in a piece the FBI offered on the history of the FBI in Philadelphia.
You can read the piece below:
The FBI has had agents stationed in Philadelphia since its earliest days as an organization.
1920s and 1930s
In November 1924, Lenore Houston (seen in the above photo), an employee in Philadelphia, became the first and only female special agent hired by Director Hoover. While serving in the Philadelphia office, Miss Houston received excellent performance ratings and was earning $3,100 a year by April 1927. She resigned in 1928, shortly after being transferred to the Washington Field Office.
1940s and 1950s
1970s through 1990sIn another undercover drug investigation, Philadelphia lost a second agent. In March 1996, Special Agent Charles Leo Reed (seen in the above photo) met Jonathan M. Cramer, a reputed Philadelphia drug dealer who was attempting to purchase cocaine. The meeting took place in Agent Reed’s car, which was parked in a hotel parking lot near the Philadelphia waterfront. Something went wrong, a gun battle ensued, and Agent Reed and Cramer shot and killed each other.
In May 2007, the Philadelphia Joint Terrorism Task Force and other authorities in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey disrupted a potentially disastrous terrorism plot by six men who were allegedly planning to attack soldiers at the U.S. Army base at Fort Dix in New Jersey.