FBI Stings Archeological Thieves- update


Another one of 24 defendants indicted in the much-criticized FBI sting of alleged archaeological theft commits suicide:

‘Last Friday, a second alleged Indian artifact thief turned up dead in an apparent suicide. Steven L. Shrader, 56, appeared to have shot himself twice in the chest behind an elementary school in Shabbona, Ill., where he had gone to visit his mother.

Shrader was one of 24 defendants indicted in the much-criticized FBI sting of alleged archaeological thieves in the Southwest. Federal agents said that during the two-and-a-half year investigation, a confidential source purchased 250 illegal artifacts, such as sacred prayer sticks and Yucca blankets, that were collected on public land or Indian land in violation of federal laws.’
See article at Scientific American

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4 Responses to FBI Stings Archeological Thieves- update

  1. Gryphon says:

    nah. just me being a smart-ass. stick with your strong suit. 😀

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  2. pochp says:

    Sharp catch again Gryph. I missed that. Bravo.

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  3. Gryphon says:

    Why was he visiting his mother behind an elementary school? Maybe he had gone behind the school to meet with her, but she didn’t show up and he got despondent? Wouldn’t her house or at least a coffee shop have been a better choice? Perhaps the odd choice of a meeting place for his own mother irritated him to the point of suicidal rage?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

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