Not everything we cover at the BrokeAndBroker.com Blog is about Wall Street. After all, although many of our readers work on the Street, they still live in the same world as everyone else. As such, we also cover stories of more general interest. Sometimes we feature humorous and quirky stories involving an existential threat to all of humanity. For example, did y'all read the FBI's recent release of files about the radioactive Boy Scout who kept a small nuclear reactor in his home freezer?
On April 26, 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation
posted on "The
Vault" a 16-page file pertaining to its investigation of
"David Hahn." For those who forgot the episode involving Hahn, let me share
this portion of an April 23, 2007, FBI report, which explains that a
"walk-in complainant" to the Montgomery Count Texas Sheriff's Office
informed the authorities that:
DAVID HAHN, is currently in possession of a small nuclear breeder reactor in
his home in the Detroit area. The reactor is apparently the size of a
basketball and kept in a freezer surrounded by ice in HAHN's home. HAHN has
allegedly experimented with nuclear reactors since childhood and was the
subject of a book named, "Radioactive Boyscout" . .
. . .
records searches over the internet appear to confirm that a DAVID HAHN (born
1976) did attempt to build a nuclear reactor in Commerce Township Michigan when
he was 17 years old. .
nuclear reactor in Hahn's freezer? Maybe Ben & Jerry's will be launching a "Radioactive Boyscout" pint: strawberry ice cream with chunks of yellowcake and jalapeno, and a swirl of mushroom cloud.
Telephone Poles and Alarm Clocks
In another FBI Report containing notes of the April 23, 2007, interview of Hahn, it was noted that:
[D]avid HAHN is using cocaine heavily, and is not taking his prescribed medication for a mental illness [REDACTED IN REPORT] described HAHN as paranoid; HAHN believes the people have the ability to "shock" his genitalis with their minds, and that they are doing so on a regular basis. [REDACTED IN REPORT] stated he has study [sic] witchcraft and knows that this is not possible and has tried to reassure HAHN of this fact. HAHN may also be visiting prostitutes on a regularly [sic]. [REDACTED IN REPORT] believes he is still trying to build a nuclear reactor, and is accumulating anything with radium in it, mainly used watches or alarm clocks. HAHN also conducted an experiment in his home using electrical transformers from telephone poles, and caused a fire in his home. [REDACTED IN REPORT] does not believe that HAHN intended to hurt anyone, but is concerned about his unstable mental state. . .
After the FBI conducted a visit
to Hahn's home and attempted to contact him by telephone, a May 16, 2007, FBI
Report doesn't exactly comfort us:
[H]AHN stated he is on disability
because he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. HAHN said he also has
radiation poisoning from his prior contact with radioactive substances. .
On August 1, 2007, Hahn was charged with larceny in Clinton Township, Michigan for allegedly removing a number of smoke detectors from the halls of his apartment building. His intention was to obtain americium from them. In his mug shot, his face is covered with sores which investigators believe are from exposure to radioactive materials. During a Circuit Court hearing, Hahn pleaded guilty to attempted larceny of a building. The court's online docket said prosecutors recommended that he be sentenced to time served and enter an inpatient treatment facility. Under terms of the plea, the original charge of larceny of a building would be dismissed at sentencing, scheduled for October 4. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail for attempted larceny. Court records stated that his sentence would be delayed by six months while Hahn underwent medical treatment in the psychiatric unit of Macomb County Jail.
In an FBI Complaint Form (FD-71), we learn of a February 12, 2010, complaint made by the Shelby Township Police Department pursuant to information from Hahn's Probation Officer, who advised that:
Hahn has numerous burn marks on his face, which are similar to the marks Hahn had on his face when he was building the reactor. Det. [REDACTED IN REPORT] stated that perhaps Hahn is again attempting to build a reactor or is using radioactive materials. Det. [REDACTED IN REPORT] believes Hahn is currently on probation for drug possession. . .
The FBI Sign
Language Interpreting and Reading Program policy was implemented in May 2016.
It controls the provision of sign language interpreting and reading services
for Bureau personnel and those with whom the FBI
Bureau Aviation Regulations: Policy Directive and Policy Guide was issued on
1/1/2015. Its purpose is "to provide safe and effective aviation and
surveillance support" to FBI investigations in conjunction with the rules
issued by the Federal Aviation Administration regarding airplane
consists of FBI materials on an investigation conducted between 1972 and 1974
into allegations that the Trump Management Company had discriminated against
applicants for apartment rentals on account of their
The FBI Recreation Association (FBIRA) began in 1931 as the
FBI Athletic Association, operating in cooperation with the Bureau to serve FBI
employees. This directive established the current policy for the official
recognition and support of FBI Recreational Associations in the Bureau. It
became effective 12/13/2011.
On December 2, 2015, Syed Farook and his wife attacked their
co-workers at a San Bernardino Department of Public Works office party, killing
14 and injuring 20. During the subsequent investigation, FBI personnel obtained
an encrypted cell phone owned by Farook. This release consists of FBI documents
from 2016 related to obtaining a contract with a third party to access the data
on Farook's phone.
24, 1971, a man calling himself Dan Cooper, a.k.a. D.B. Cooper, bought a
one-way ticket on a flight bound for Seattle, Washington. While the flight was
en-route, he hijacked the plane and made several demands. Later, while the
plane was in the air, he jumped out of it with a parachute and the ransom money
he had been given. He was never found. This release consists of FBI's
investigative files from its search for "Cooper" between November
1971 and May 1992.
Asian American Political Alliance - The Asian American
Political Alliance was a protest group formed at the University of California,
Berkeley, in 1968. This release covers the FBI investigation of the group and
its leaders from 1969 through 1972. The FBI was especially interested in the
contact the group or its members had with Chinese communists