Want to Help the FBI Find Stolen Art? There's an App for That
A new mobile app provides access to the National Stolen Art File, a database of 8,000 missing items
California Man Admits to Helping Create Fake Basquiat Paintings
Michael Barzman agreed to plead guilty in connection with a scandal that rocked the Orlando Museum of Art
The Ten Best History Books of 2022
Our favorite titles of the year resurrect forgotten histories and illuminate how the nation ended up where it is today
How World War II Helped Forge the Modern FBI
Under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, J. Edgar Hoover consolidated immense power—and created the beginnings of the surveillance state
The FBI Kept Files on the Monkees—and Micky Dolenz Wants to See Them
The band's last surviving member is suing the FBI, which monitored the group in the 1960s
FBI Seizes 25 Basquiat Paintings Off a Florida Museum’s Walls
Federal agents are investigating the origin of the works, which were on display at the Orlando Museum of Art
Inside the Global Cult of Al Capone
A recent auction of the Chicago gangster's mementos testifies to his enduring appeal—and the thorny nature of collecting items owned by criminals
Stephanie St. Clair, Harlem's 'Numbers Queen,' Dominated the Gambling Underground and Made Millions
In the 1930s, the enigmatic figure ran an illegal lottery while championing New York City's Black community
The True History Behind 'Judas and the Black Messiah'
Shaka King's upcoming film dramatizes Black Panther leader Fred Hampton's betrayal by an FBI informant
A New Film Details the FBI's Relentless Pursuit of Martin Luther King Jr.
Smithsonian scholar says the time is ripe to examine the man's complexities for a more accurate and more inspirational history
The Mayor and the Mob
William O'Dwyer was beloved by New York City. So why did he abruptly leave office and head to Mexico?
NPR Identifies Fourth Attacker in Infamous Civil Rights Murder
William Portwood admitted his involvement in attacking minister James Reeb to reporters just weeks before his death
The F.B.I. Is Trying to Return Thousands of Stolen Artifacts, Including Native American Burial Remains
Five years after the F.B.I.'s six-day raid on a rural Indiana home, the agency is turning to the public for help identifying and repatriating the artifacts
'It Wasn't Aliens': Solar Observatory That Was Mysteriously Evacuated Will Reopen Tomorrow
The Sunspot Observatory in New Mexico was closed for ten days due to a 'security threat,' though aliens and solar flares have been ruled out
How the Smithsonian Helped Sleuth Out the True Identity of a Pair of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers
When the FBI asked museum conservators at the American History Museum for assistance, they discovered the two pairs are twins
When the Unabomber Was Arrested, One of the Longest Manhunts in FBI History Was Finally Over
Twenty years ago, the courts gave Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences, thereby ending more than a decade of terror.
The F.B.I. Helped a Museum Learn the Identity of a 4,000-Year-Old Severed Head
Cutting-edge DNA analysis revealed the mummified head belonged to Djehutynakht, a governor in Middle Kingdom Egypt, and not his wife as some believed
Was the FBI Searching for Lost Civil War Gold in Pennsylvania?
The agency was recently seen excavating a site where, according to some Elk County locals, a missing shipment of gold bars was buried
The Weird Story of the FBI and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
The film supposedly had Communistic tendencies
A 1957 Meeting Forced the FBI to Recognize the Mafia—And Changed the Justice System Forever
FBI director J. Edgar Hoover previously ignored the growing threat in favor of pursuing Cold War bugaboos