Tom Donohue is a retired agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A native of New York City, he describes his childhood neighbors using references to the film Goodfellas.
After starting his career with the F.B.I. in St. Louis, Donohue moved to South Carolina where he eventually took on as the Resident Agent in Greenville, South Carolina.
In Greenville, Donohue worked some of the biggest federal cases the city has ever seen.
In the mid-1970s, Donohue’s investigation was instrumental in bringing down the notorious Dawson Gang, a band of robbers that pulled jobs at more than 100 banks and stole millions of dollars.
On the day of the Looper murders, Donohue went to the crime scene to offer his assistance, but the detectives turned him away.
“The problem with Looper, he was an honest, straight guy,” Donohue said. “I can remember the day of the murder. I went over there. They didn’t want any help at all. They turned us thumbs down.”
He says they wouldn’t even let him see the crime scene photos.
Today, Donohue feels convinced the detectives weren’t simply protecting their turf, but instead, had something to hide.
Donohue and his wife still live in Greenville County. They have several adult children who currently work in law enforcement.
I think they who knew did it. I think they knew damn well who set it up. Some of them did, and they didn’t want anybody coming in to look at the truth.Tom Donohue, FBI Resident Agent (Retired)