More than four years after the fatal shooting of Seattle federal prosecutor Thomas Wales, the FBI has received an anonymous letter from someone who claims he was hired to kill Wales, the Seattle Times reports. Wales, 49, was killed in his home on Oct. 11, 2001. If he was killed because of his work, Wales would be the first federal prosecutor in U.S. history to be slain in the line of duty. The letter writer purports to be a hit man hired by a woman and possibly others to carry out the killing. No motive was given.
FBI officials doubt the author’s claims, noting the one-page, typewritten letter was written in the style of a detective novel, contains unrealistic information, and provides no details known only to the killer and investigators. Still, FBI behavioral experts have concluded the writer likely is connected to Wales’ killing. One possibility is that Wales’ true killer might have concocted the hit-man story to create a diversion. Anyone with information about the letter or the author’s identity is asked to contact the FBI toll-free at 866-322-7009 or write to: FBI, 1110 Third Ave., Seattle, WA 98101. The FBI has offered a $1 million reward for information that helps solve the case.