the chief investigator
baptism by fire
like most americans, Secret Service Chief John E. Wilkie remembers precisely where and when he learned that President McKinley had been shot. he was in his office adjusting a picture while his president was gunned down in the presence of three secret service agents Wilkie hand-picked for security that day. it was the third time in less than forty years a US president had been slain, and the first time such a tragedy OCCURRED under wilkie's watch.
Who is John Wilkie, really? The man has many enemies, and some of them point to his prior writing as Fred S. Ellmore ("Fred Sell More") to hurt his image. If they only knew the truth, for as far as secrets go, Yellow JOURNALISM is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to men like Wilkie.
At the request of then-president Theodore Roosevelt and under the advisement of chief wilkie, the Secret Service TRANSFERRED nine agents to the Justice Department on July 26, 1908 to form an experimental detective bureau unlike any the uS GOVERNMENT had seen. It was the nation's first federal intelligence agency, and according to president Roosevelt himself: "Chief Wilkie should be transferred to the department of justice, and put at the head of the force therein organized."