BEHIND THE AUTHOR

Ray Morrow commanded an illustrious career with the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, beginning as a street level Special Agent and rising through the executive ranks to
eventually become the Special Agent-In-Charge of the Field Office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his
hometown. Ray’s journey has been particularly lionized in Bureau lore, and his undercover work has
served as a prototype for subsequent sting operations, as well as a training tool for all new agents at the
FBI academy.

 

EPISODE 138: RAY MORROW AND DAN ESTREM – CLEVELAND POLICE CORRUPTION, UNDERCOVER STING (PART 1)

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agents Ray Morrow and Dan Estrem review their Cleveland Police Corruption case where Ray served as the undercover agent, and Dan was the case agent. The major undercover operation was developed to gather evidence on corrupt police officers who were accepting payments to act as lookouts and protect illegal gambling dens. Ray and Dan set up two gambling casinos which were actually part of an FBI sting. The case resulted in the indictment and conviction of 30 Cleveland Police Officers and 17 other individuals.

 

EPISODE 139: RAY MORROW AND DAN ESTREM – CLEVELAND POLICE CORRUPTION, UNDERCOVER STING (PART 2)

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agents Ray Morrow and Dan Estrem review their Cleveland Police Corruption case where Ray served as the undercover agent, and Dan was the case agent. The major undercover operation was developed to gather evidence on corrupt police officers who were accepting payments to act as lookouts and protect illegal gambling dens. Ray and Dan set up two gambling casinos which were actually part of an FBI sting. The case resulted in the indictment and conviction of 30 Cleveland Police Officers and 17 other individuals.

 

MEDIA

 
Microphone

UNDERCOVER CONFESSION: FORMER FBI AGENT AUTHOR GAINED PASSION FOR LAW IN ELLWOOD CITY

Ellwood City Ledger

UNDERCOVER CAREER: HOPEWELL GRAD WHO WROTE BOOK ON HIS CAREER AS FBI AGENT DRAWS INTEREST FROM HOLLYWOOD FILMMAKER

The Times (Beaver County, PA)

MEDIA ADVISORY: CARNEGIE MELLON'S HEINZ SCHOOL HOSTS FEDERAL CAREER DAY, NOV. 15  (GUEST SPEAKER RAY MORROW)

Carnegie Melon University

IT’S SMART FOR TURNPIKE TO GO CASHLESS - BUT HERE’S A BIG DRAWBACK

The Morning Call

FOUR FACE FELONY THEFT CHARGES FOR $315K IN TURNPIKE TOLL DEBTS

Bucks County.Org

NEW PA. TURNPIKE IG SAYS HE SEEKS CHANGE, NOT SCALPS

The Philadelphia Enquirer

PA. TURNPIKE COMMISSION HIRES EX-FBI OFFICIAL TO STUDY ALLEGED FRAUD, WASTE

Penn Live - Patriot News

5 CHARGED AFTER ALLEGEDLY RACKING UP $66,000 IN UNPAID PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE TOLLS

ABC Action News Philadelphia - Channel 6

MEDIA

RAY A. MORROW REPORTS AS SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE OF THE FBI PITTSBURGH FIELD OFFICE

FBI.Gov

TRACES OF TERROR: THE INTELLIGENCE REPORTS; AGENT COMPLAINTS LEAD F.B.I. DIRECTOR TO ASK FOR INQUIRY

New York Times

PA. TURNPIKE PREPARES CASES AGAINST TOLL EVADERS

Pocono Record

West Virginia University

NEW INSPECTOR GENERAL HIRED TO ROOT OUT TURNPIKE CORRUPTION
WASHINGTON COUNTY NATIVE MORROW IS VETERAN OF FBI

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

FORMER FBI MAN EXPLAINS HOW HE PLANS TO POLICE THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE COMMISSION

Pennlive.com

FBI OFFERS $40,000 REWARD FOR INFO ON TRESTLE FIRE

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

DODGING TOLLS ON THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE? YOU COULD BE CHARGED WITH A FELONY

Philly Voice

NEW RESEARCH CENTER WILL FOCUS ON IDENTITY FRAUD

Washington Technology

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  1. Ep. 916: Ray Morrow Author, "Broken Shield" with Ray Morrow

    Retired FBI Special Agent in Charge

 

MORROW PUBLISHES HIS FIRST BOOK

Hollywood May Be Calling Next

Pennsylvania Turnpike ENews MilePosts Aug 2020 

Ray Morrow has served as the PA Turnpike’s chief compliance officer for almost a decade. A conscientious professional, meticulous in his approach to any project, Ray spent the majority of his career as a law enforcement professional.
Having served in the FBI for 20 years, Ray held investigative and supervisory positions in Louisville, Cleveland, Atlanta, Tampa, and FBI Headquarters.
Now Ray can add author to his professional resume. His book, “Broken Shield: An FBI Undercover Agent’s Personal Perspective,” hit bookshelves in July.
The book focuses on Ray’s work as the primary undercover agent in a major police corruption investigation of Cleveland officers. At the time he had only been an FBI agent for two years and had no previous undercover experience. The undercover operation uncovered corruption that resulted in 47 arrests, 30 of which were police officers.
As far back as he can remember, Ray wanted to be an FBI Special Agent. “When I was a child, I was enthralled with J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI,” Ray explained. As one of the most powerful people in the United States during the 1960s, FBI Director Hoover received a good deal of attention. “He was always meticulously dressed and fastidious when it came to following the law. And when the television show ‘The FBI’ hit the airwaves that cemented my feelings about becoming a Special Agent for the FBI.”
Fresh of out of the FBI Academy, Ray was assigned to the Bureau’s Louisville Division at a point when FBI undercover agents were infiltrating the New York mafia. “As I learned more about undercover work, I found that the undercover technique was the most useful and productive tool in an investigator’s and prosecutor’s tool belt,” Ray continued. “But it’s extremely tough work and you have to leave your ego at the door. Additionally, the mental, emotional and physical toll that it takes to be successful in that type of arena can be overwhelming.”
Ray shared that significant emotional toll. “I was so singularly focused that I lost sight of what was truly important to me,” Ray said. “My family suffered and I lost them for several months. It wasn’t until the FBI’s psychologist intervened that I realized the mistake I had made. I went back to my wife and reconciled, and we recently celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary.”
Always the soul of discretion, Ray never talked about his cases with family or friends. However, a few years ago he was asked to do a podcast with retired FBI Special Agent Jerri Williams. “After the podcast, Ms. Williams, who happened to be an accomplished author suggested that I write a book,” explained Ray. Others reinforced that suggestion. But there was one call he received from a retired FBI Special Agent named Joaquin “Jack” Garcia that greatly influenced Ray. Jack was a legendary FBI undercover agent who was on ‘60 Minutes’ regarding one of his undercover investigations. “That call made me think seriously about writing a book,” said Ray. After the call with Garcia, he made one additional call to Joe Pistone, whose book on his undercover work investigating the mafia had influenced Morrow’s career in its formative stages. With Pistone’s encouragement the dye was cast, and Morrow spent the last two years writing about his undercover work and investigation that was part of one of the FBI’s largest police corruption cases.
When asked about next projects, Ray explained: “I am currently working with a Hollywood producer writing a script for a movie called, ‘In Too Deep,’ inspired by my undercover investigation, and I will be writing that book with my editor Lindsay Preston.”
It has been a most interesting career path for Morrow who believes deeply that “to succeed in anything, you have to have a passion, you must be prepared and you must, no matter what, persevere.”

 

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