Mormons & the FBI – I’ve often heard that the FBI likes to hire Mormons. Is that true? Steve Mayfied talks about being interviewed to work at the FBI.
Steve: But he asked me, he says, “Why I see you served a Mormon mission.” And he talked about Mormon agents he knew. My interview was 20 minutes. Five minutes was about my work and what I thought of the FBI. The other 15 was about Mormonism, my mission, and things like that. So that started up. Well, I got to know a lot of the Mormon agents there. In fact, two of the agents were in my LDS ward in Walnut Creek, California. But, I was told when they identify, “He’s a member of the tribe.”
“What do you mean a member of the tribe?”
“He’s LDS.” That’s how we would identify ourselves.
We will also discuss Mormons killed in the line of duty at the FBI, as well as the only Mormon FBI agent to be caught spying for the Russians and talk about a religious discrimination case where Mormonism was a central issue.
Steve: One of the agents they brought up from L.A. was a guy named Richard W. Miller. [He was a] very interesting character because 10 years later he was first FBI agent arrested for espionage as a Mormon—as a Russian spy.
GT: As a Mormon, Russian spy.
Check out our conversation, as well as our other conversation with Steve!
191: Steve Mayfield: Crime Photographer (Mayfield)
190: Mormon Connection in Patty Hearst Kidnapping (Mayfield)