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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

"The Bishop"

Has "The Bishop" been caught?

"The Bishop" is a pseudonym used by the suspect in a series of mail bombs and threats directed at the financial industry according to the Chicago Sun-Times in an online story headlined Suspect nabbed in 'Bishop' mail bomb cases. The article dated April 25, 2007, and written by staff reporters Natasha Korecki and Stefano Esposito, offers some insight into suspect John P. Tomkins' motives and techniques.

As noted in the April 25, 2007, press release by Patrick Fitzgerald, US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Tomkins was arrested by Inspectors from the US Postal Inspection Service.

The US Postal Inspection Service is yet another relatively low-profile federal investigative agency. Its mission "...is to protect the U.S. Postal Service, its employees and its customers from criminal attack, and protect the nation's mail system from criminal misuse." When crimes involve the US mail, Postal Inspectors have jurisdiction and authority to investigate. Just as the IRS CI's special agents are experts in investigating violations of the Internal Revenue Code, so are Postal Inspectors the best qualified to investigate crimes against or using the US mail.

Anyone interested in the application of science and technology to investigations would enjoy checking out the US Postal Inspection Service's Forensic Laboratory Services and Technical Services Division webpage.