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Katkov Mugshot2 SmallerI finally figured it out! I know how the FBI lured Mr. Katkov to the apartment where he was arrested. I know from what I’ve read in the literature and what my FBI case officers have told me that no intelligence officer – not GRU, KGB or CIA, et al – would ever be caught with classified documents on their person. Dead-drops are used for that, so this was a piece of the puzzle that has never made sense to me.

Katkov did not go to one of his other asset’s apartments to receive a classified document as reported in the press and in another book written by the FBI’s other controlled asset. (See Rich Man Poor Man.)

I reviewed audio tape 17-6, a conversation with my FBI case officer, Jim, on 12/18/87, where I asked him about the FBI’s other asset.  Jim said that there was something “special” about him and he was not a guy off the street. With all do respects to the Tinkerbell, the guy who wrote that other book about  Katkov, there was nothing special about him and he was a guy off the streets just like me.

Jim had to have been speaking about “Paul”. Tinkerbell mentions Paul in his book as the contact who was supplying him with confidential information to pass to Katkov. This has to be how the Bureau lured Mr. Katkov to Tinkerbell’s apartment: not to pick up a classified document, but to meet Paul. Apparently Mr. Kaktov was hot to meet Tinkerbell’s secret asset. So when katkov entered Tinkerbell’s apartment and was given a secret report, the FBI swooped in and caught Katkov “red-handed.” Makes perfect sense.

Here is where Katkov was arrested:

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In October, 2013, I entered ROOFMAN: A True Story of Cold War Espionage, in Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards. I should have known better. I used to subscribe to WD, and in each issue they would give a short readers a chance to expand upon an idea they issued in the previous issue. I found that I never much cared for the editors’ choices and found what I believed to be better writing further on down the list.

They announced the winners on December 31, 2013. Needless to say, ROOFMAN, according to those who live their lives and set their clocks according to Central Time, did not even come close. And I was convinced I was going to win the whole shebang! (Not in Peoria!)

I received a short summary of the one and only judge to view my work today:

Entry Title: ROOFMAN: A True Story of Cold War Espionage

Author: John Pansini

Judge Number: 30

Entry Category: Nonfiction

 

 

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Structure and Organization: 4

 

Grammar: 4

 

Production Quality and Cover Design: 3

 

Plot (if applicable): 3

 

Character Development (if applicable): 3

    

 

Judges Commentary*:

  In the book, “Roofman: A True Story of Cold War Espionage,” author John Pansini takes readers on a remarkable journey. It hardly seems possible that a “regular Joe” could become an intelligence asset so casually, and yet it happened! Wow! Pansini’s story of working with the FBI and maintaining a seemingly double life with his Russian contacts offers some wonderful insight into what was going on in the United States, right before our very eyes, during the Cold War. It’s a wonder the author was able to stay quiet so long. It was also very interesting to watch the author evolve as he grew more comfortable with his role as informant. I appreciated the links to the audio he recorded. The one place the book stumbles for me is in the length. The author should consider if every conversation and every meeting needs to be included. Question whether some stories could be removed or shortened without harming the integrity of the overall story. It was also difficult at times to keep all of the characters straight, perhaps removing some of the minor players and/or adding a list of characters would help readers. If there are newspaper clippings about the incidents, I’d love to see those included as well.

And my reply to Judge #30 is as follows:

“I think Judge #30 Self-Published Ebook awards does not know what he/she is talking about. All I’ll say is I’m damn proud of ROOFMAN.
I should have known better than to trust anything as cutting edge as ROOFMAN  to a staid publication like Writer’s Digest. I wasted $75. Glad I’m not a subscriber.
John Pansini”
Early on a promised myself that I would enter on this blog all reviews, The Good, The Bad and (even shit like the above) Warm Milk. WD is published out of Cincinnati, Ohio. My best advice to them is to never leave the Midwest.
John Pansini
(One Pissed Off Roofer!)


3874900On March 15, 2013, from out of nowhere, certain new information came my way.  Because of this new information I now know the exact address of where Michael Katkov was arrested on December 17, 1987: 21 E. 10th Street, Apt 11D. I also now who the FBI’s other controlled asset was.

Go to the audio website and click on 17-2: http://roofmanpansini.com/

Very interesting.

By the way, below is where I lived in 1987. Way below.

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Maybe David Petraeus would still be the DCI if  FBI agent Frederick Humphries had not gone to his congressman. Don’t you just hate it when some guys take it upon themselves to mess in national security?

I’m being factitious, of course, because that’s exactly what I did back when I was Roofman The Spy: I injected United States Customs into the Katkov Affair.

Here is my initial phone conversation with United States Customs:

Audio 15-2 (2:09)

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I lived in Washington Heights in upper Manhattan. The building was being renovated. When the plumbers tore into my wall, guess who they found wedged between the pipes?

This excerpt is taken from Chapter 9:

Friday, August 30th, at the Three Star Diner on 179th St.: Mike looked like he was about to up chuck his cheese sandwich. At least I had the decency to wait until he was finished eating before reminding him about a dead rat that had been entombed in my wall. Although we had briefly discussed this on the phone on yesterday…

Audio 9-3 (0:40)

… today I felt a need to embellish: “Stunk up the whole apartment. You should’ve seen it. It was all black and corroded with these disgusting hairs sticking out all over the place.” Then I noticed Mike’s nausea. “And the tail on that thing! Long, pink, and as fat as your finger.” I grinned. “What’s the matter, no rats in Jersey?”

“We don’t keep ‘em in our homes.”

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On the audio in this chapter I refer  to true American patriots: that would be the members on the senate committee. I also say, “Not that asshole.” That would be the guy in the photo to the left.

Talking with my FBI case officer, Jim Knapp, about the Iran/Contra Hearings, he gave me insights into how things work when people testify before congressional committees. As it turned out, Agent Knapp was correct: North was convicted but got off on a technicality. His testimony before the senate committee was ruled inadmissible on appeal.

More than at any other time I lived through the Katkov Affair I felt like a tiny part of history. And I will be ever grateful to Agent Knapp for sharing this information with me.

This excerpt comes from Chapter 15:

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The above quote came from the audio tape below. And, yes, I did feel like a real spy. I had a large sum of money in my pocket, and the Soviets had given me a secret mission.

This excerpt comes from Chapter Eleven:

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