Ex-FBI agent says he kidnapped fugitives to Bahamas

By Jay Weaver

McClatchy Newspapers

Published: Wednesday, March 30 2011 10:00 p.m. MDT

Improbably, during recorded conversations in Miami, New York, the Bahamas and London, Forrester spoke openly not only about his personal dislike for Nygard but also about his exploits as a 30-year FBI agent.

Last September, Forrester detailed how he had arrested a Bahamian man in Miami's Overtown neighborhood in the 1990s and identified him as Bradley Taylor. Forrester said he was wanted on murder charges related to bank robberies.

"Oh, I kidnapped him," Forrester was recorded saying, without providing an exact date. (The arrest happened in early1998, according to public records.)

"I did it all the time. ... All the time for 20 or 30 years," he said.

Morrison then said: "Well, you can't just pack somebody up and put them on a plane."

"We did it all the time," Forrester said, going into greater detail about the arrest of the Bahamian man in Overtown.

He said that he and a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., police officer, Dave Dittman, who worked on a federal fugitive task force, nabbed Taylor at 10:15 p.m. one night, but a plane was leaving 45 minutes later from Miami International Airport for the Bahamas. So, Forrester said, he and Dittman put the murder suspect in the Fort Lauderdale police jail, then returned to MIA at 5 a.m. the next morning to catch a flight to the Bahamas.

He said Dittman accompanied Taylor to Nassau and also took a picture of him with the plane behind him. Dittman could not be reached for comment at the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

Forrester said Taylor was turned over to Bahamian police officers, including Pratt.

A few days later, Forrester said, he went to the Bahamas on a regular visit and learned that Taylor had been killed in the custody of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. Taylor, 29, died in January 1998, public records show. Taylor's family held a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy, claiming Bahamian police officers beat him to death. The Bahamian government conducted a coroner's inquest.

The matter also made its way to Reno, the U.S. attorney general, who had previously served as the state attorney in Miami-Dade.

All of the Bahamian officers were cleared in the Bahamian inquest, records show.

But Forrester told the former Scotland Yard detective: "Nobody knows we did anything wrong. Bradley Taylor's dead. It's never come back to haunt me. And our buddy Bradley (Pratt) did it."

But Pratt said he was not involved in any way in Taylor's death, nor did he ever collaborate with Forrester in transporting Taylor or any other Bahamian fugitives from South Florida to his country.

Asked about the alleged kidnappings in Morrison's affidavit, Pratt said: "I can categorically tell you that's a lie. The Bahamian government would not engage in such activity, nor tolerate such activity."

Pratt said that Forrester has a tendency to "run off at the mouth."

In an interview, Forrester said his recorded statements were the result of former "cops talking to cops."

He said the former Scotland Yard detective's affidavit was "all baloney."

He said he never forcibly removed any Bahamian fugitives from Miami. "That was embellishment," he said of his recorded statements. "Everybody who was transported agreed to go."

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