One Marshal's Badge: A Memoir of Fugitive Hunting, Witness Protection, and the U.S. Marshals Service

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2009 - Political Science - 210 pages
While many people are familiar with the U.S. Marshals Service’s reputation from frontier days, when legendary lawmen such as Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson enforced the Wild West, the agency’s modern exploits are less well known. One Marshal’s Badge sheds light on the service’s valuable role in current national and international affairs through the intriguing figure of Louie McKinney, the agency’s former director. McKinney’s life is an inspirational story of personal fortitude and professional achievement. Growing up a sharecropper’s son in the segregated South, McKinney rose to become the first career deputy to lead the Marshals Service. Prior to his promotion, McKinney contributed to the agency in many groundbreaking ways, including helping to restore order to the skies after a rash of airline hijackings in the early 1970s; guarding prisoner John Hinckley, the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, as a yearlong assignment; transporting criminals to trial and to prison in his own car before the creation of Con Air; enforcing the integration of Southern public schools as a black deputy marshal; and heading an innovative sting operation that netted hundreds of fugitives by enticing them with free football tickets. One Marshal’s Badge offers a rare glimpse into the Marshal Service’s inner workings, especially its witness protection program and elite SWAT team, and is an eyewitness account of the social turbulence that defined American history in the late twentieth century.

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I have known Louie since his first day as a Deputy US Marshal, but I never truly knew his background.
This is a great book and very interesting reading. I am proud to be a personal friend of the
McKinney family, and sincerely recommend this book. Learn what life can really be like when you put forth some effort.


2Early YearsFrom the Farm to the High Seas
3Tales of Two BadgesThe DC Metropolitan Police Department and the US Marshals Service
4Before Con AirTransporting Criminals in My Car
5A Long Bus RideEnforcing Integration in the South
6Preventing Airline HijackingsThe First Sky Marshals
8Inventing IdentitiesThe Witness Protection Program
9Deputy in ParadiseRising through the Ranks in the US Virgin Islands
10InterpolHelping to Police the World
11Top CopRunning the Marshals Fugitive Apprehension Operation
12Working RetirementLeading the Marshals Service
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7Shadow StalkersThe Creation of the Special Operations Group

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