Police are looking for the person(s) responsible for the murder of Thomas Wales back in 2001.
Wales was a federal prosecutor who specialized in prosecuting fraud cases involving banks and businesses. He was also a gun-control activist who was president of an organization called CeaseFire, which once tried to pass a law that would require gun owners to use trigger locks. They also were allegedly receiving death threats. In October 2001, Wales was sitting in his basement office at his computer. A gunman was able to get by the security lights in Wales' backyard and shot Wales through a basement window. There is a $1 million reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.
What do you guys think? As a prosecutor, it's obvious Wales had a long list of people who would love to see him dead, but his focus was on white-collar crimes, and those tend to be less violent. Then there's his role as a gun-control activist. If he had received death threats, it's very possible a radical gun supporter took matters in his own hands and killed him. My issue is this: the killer knew how to bypass the security lights around the Wales household. That would indicate they were familiar with the layout, and that Wales may have known his killer.
Admin Note #1: If you have any information on this case, our advice would be to contact The Seattle Office of the FBI at (206) 622-0460
Post by Scumhunter on Jan 23, 2014 15:26:14 GMT -5
It's ok, I deleted the other thread.
Sometimes a case is hard because there's nothing to go on. This case is hard because it seems to have the unusual problem of too many possible suspects or types of suspects.
I'm sure a lot of people didn't like him (all for selfish reasons), but it does seem strange to me that someone who didn't know him or had never been in his house knew how to bypass those lights. I don't know if it was a family or someone else, but my gut tells me someone had been in that house before the incident.
There's no doubt that it was somebody who was familiar with the house. Perhaps Tom was stalked by somebody, or he was killed by someone who he once trusted. Either way, it's too bizarre to ignore the fact that the motion sensitive lights didn't go off.
AMW aired this case twice; once in April 2002 and once in September 2003 (it's actually going to be profiled on the next episode in the complete 2003 guide I'm working on). As of the last update, investigators had narrowed down the type of gun that may have been used in the murder, but that obviously wasn't a big enough clue.
Post by HeadMarshal on Aug 5, 2014 19:14:24 GMT -5
Just wanted to mention two things from the FBI Seeking Information Poster.
- The gun that was used was a Soviet Bloc manufactured Makarov semi-automatic with an aftermarket barrel. A limited number of these weapons were sold in the US.
- In 2006, the FBI received a letter from someone using the name "Gidget" (title for a 1960 movie and television series) claiming responsibility for Thomas Wales's murder. Authorities can't determine if the claims are accurate and the writer was never identified.
About the letter, it's quite possible it was sent from someone who was trying to falsely take credit for Thomas's murder. The biggest thing however in my opinion is the Makarov semi-automatic pistol that was used. According to it's wikipedia page, it's a popular concealed carrying weapon.
Also this is probably old news but since we never discussed it before he's the sketch of a man seen in Wales' neighborhood weeks or days prior to his murder. He could have nothing to do with it of course, but he still needs to be identified:
Last Edit: Oct 8, 2021 1:17:01 GMT -5 by Scumhunter