Steve Moore admits it. He is an adrenalin junkie.
He has lived among members of the Aryan Nation, tracked down al-Qaida in Pakistan, tracked down and arrested serial killers in the U.S., and has had a near-death experience.
Moore is a former FBI agent and award-winning author.
His latest book, “Special Agent Man: My Life in the FBI as a Terrorist Hunter, Helicopter Pilot, and Certified Sniper,” was the topic as he spoke during a program put on by Georgia Southern University’s School of International Studies on Monday evening in the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center.
Moore, a self-confessed “adrenaline junkie,” resonates with complete honesty and candor as he describes his 25 years of service as one of the top agents of the FBI. Retiring in 2008 because of the constant strain on his family life, Moore has now taken to the lecture circuit sharing with students the “do’s and don’ts” of international travel and living.
The author also helped free Amanda Knox by his timely investigation. Knox and her boyfriend were accused and convicted of murdering their roommate in Perugia, Italy, on Nov. 1, 2007, while Knox was a foreign exchange student. Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, won their freedom on Oct. 4, 2011, after spending four years in an Italian prison. Steve Moore was able to prove Italian officials wrong in the totality of their investigations.
Mr. Moore was able to help guide Italian officials to Rudy Guede, the real murderer in the Knox case. He burglarized the apartment while Knox and her boyfriend were out for the evening.
Moore spent five years as a SWAT team sniper, a position that took him around the world, but said, “I’ve never killed anybody – intentionally.” He shared how he became an insurgent living with Richard Butler’s Aryan Nation. Many trips, including to Pakistan, Jakarta and Tunisia, exposed Moore to a world gone awry.
He recalled arresting Buford O’Neal Furrow on Aug. 10, 1999, following the shooting of several preschoolers at a Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles, and killing a mailman at a later date.
Moore shared with the crowd of nearly 260 that one needs to be especially sharp and attentive at all times while traveling or living abroad.
“When a person goes overseas, he/she has to understand that foreigners view us (Americans) from a negative perspective,” Moore said. “You have to remember that the American Bill of Rights in your back pocket does not mean a thing when you’re over there. It doesn’t work for you once you have left the States.”
He stressed that anyone traveling overseas should cooperate with and respect local law enforcement.
“If you are arrested and questioned, you should make contact with the local U.S. Consulate as soon as possible,” Moore said.
Moore retired in 2008 after taking a year off with cancer. His marriage was under a great deal of stress, so he made the final decision to work for “The Bureau of the Family” and leave behind the “Federal Bureau of Investigation.” He is currently speaking across the country and also writing a book about the Amanda Knox investigation, which should be on the market in a few months.
In the preface of his book, Moore writes: “So this is the story of an FBI career from a guy who did not get jaded. From a guy who loved it as much on his first day as he did on his last. A guy for whom every case was the best case he had ever worked.”