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Here are some of the questions that Jim is asked most frequently regarding the Brian Wells/pizza bombing case. If you have questions that are not answered here feel free to ask Jim using the contact information at the bottom of this page. Jim will try his best to answer as many questions as possible. Check back to see if your question has been added to this page.
  1. Why is the FBI in charge of the investigation of Brian Wells' mysterious and violent death?
    The FBI has jurisdiction because Mr. Wells was killed by a bomb, and that is a federal offense. That is why the ATF is involved as well. The FBI is in charge of the investigation because that is usually what happens when they come into a case. In this instance it might be unfortunate and inappropriate since the Wells case is at heart a criminal homicide, and homicide cases are best handled by city and state specialists in the investigation of sudden, violent or mysterious deaths.

  2. Should the FBI withdraw from the case?
    No, but a support role would be a better fit. The FBI can offer its crime lab and criminal profiling services, and handle interstate leads. When the case is solved, the killer or killers will in all likelihood be prosecuted for murder, a state crime.

  3. Why has this case gone so long without being solved?
    Investigators tend to have difficulty solving crimes without cooperating eyewitnesses, knowledgeable informants, obvious suspects, or quick confessions. The Lindbergh kidnapping/murder took 2.5 years to solve, and the unabomber case seventeen. The Jon Benet Ramsey case is still unsolved.

  4. Is it a good idea to assign 50 investigators from a half dozen agencies to a case?
    No. In my opinion, on the Wells case, there were too many cooks in the kitchen.

  5. Are big rewards a good idea?
    No. Big rewards are generally unwise for these reasons: (A.) They reveal that the investigation has stalled and that investigators have run out of leads. (B.) It invites an army of psychos and psychics into the case, wasting manpower chasing down wild-goose-chase leads. (C.) It encourages people with information to withhold it until money is offered.

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A. James Fisher
Dept. of Political Science & Criminal Justice, 146 Hendricks Hall
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA 16444
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