Former FBI agent speaks about Pan Am Flight 103
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Next month marks 22 years since the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Thirty-five Syracuse University students died in the terrorist attack, along with more than 200 other people.
On Thursday night, the former FBI agent in charge of the three year investigation brought his story to the SU hill. Richard Marquise spoke about the evidence discovered in the Lockerbie investigation and what led authorities to suspect Libyan terrorists.
Marquise has retired from the FBI, and now teaches police officers about terrorism prevention.
He said leading the investigation in the Pan Am tragedy changed his life and career forever.
Marquise said, "I led a team of other agents, we worked this case full time for three years, and you can't help but make that almost part of your life to the point where, most other cases I had, I couldn't tell you what happened to the person that was convicted. I couldn't tell you what happened with the case after five years. But this one, I stayed with it still to this day, eight years after my retirement."
Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was convicted in the Pan Am bombing but released from a Scottish prison last year on compassionate grounds after doctors determined he had just months to live.
Marquise said he was disappointed by the decision, and said he would have fought harder to keep al-Megrahi behind bars.