Insiders of the American Mob: Jim Kallstrom, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

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James Kallstrom, former FBI agent began his career in 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland, before transferring to the New York Office of the FBI in 1971. In New York, Kallstrom supervised the electronic surveillance of the New York La Cosa Nostra in the '70s and '80s, wiretapping and bugging social clubs and mobster hangouts, including Casa Storta and the Palma Boys Social Club. Kallstrom and his team of agents were responsible for providing evidence through their work, which helped take out the top tier of the New York mafia in the “Case of Cases,” the Mafia Commission Trial, 1985-1986. Kallstrom went on to become the head of the FBI’s New York City office. He led a number of high-profile cases, including the investigation into the crash of TWA Flight 800. Kallstrom has appeared on national television programs related to law enforcement and terrorism.

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