Famous Spy Cases

Robert Hanssen espionage case
Robert Hanssen
Maskim Martynov espionage case
Maksim Martynov
Rudolph Ivanovich Abel The Hollow Nickle Case
Rudolph I Abel
Aldrich Ames Treason
Aldrich Ames
The Atom Spy Case The Rosenberg Gang
Atom Spy Case
Zambia Sabotage Plot to destroy bridge
Zambia Sabotage
Tokyo Rose Propaganda
Tokyo Rose
Anastase Vonsiatsky Espionage
Anastase Vonsiatsky
Duquesne Spy Ring 33 links
Anastase Vonsiatsky


Since its founding in 1908, the US FBI has been involved in many famous cases. Inasmuch as inquiries often are received about them, the Office of Public and Congressional Affairs (OPCA) has prepared monographs on some of the most frequently requested, closed investigations.

The monographs should be considered to be overviews rather than exhaustive treatments. Although additional details on these cases or copies of photographs and illustrations are not available from OPCA, further information on them may be found in libraries.

The information provided is courtesy of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation located at www.fbi.gov.

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During World War II, Velvalee Dickinson, who owned and managed a doll shop in New York City, used correspondence about dolls to conceal information about U.S. Naval forces she was attempting to convey to the Japanese via South America.

Velvalee Malvena Dickinson was born on October 12, 1893, in Sacramento, California, the daughter of Otto and Elizabeth Blucher, also known as Blueher. Her father and mother were both born in the United States. She graduated from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, in 1918, but did not receive her Bachelor of Arts degree until January, 1937, because of an allegation that she had not returned certain books to the University.

Velvalee Dickinson

Doll Woman