On June 16, I went for my daily exercise at Four Seasons, a local health club. I swam my daily laps, and was in the steam room where my eyes fell on The Pantagraph, Bloomington-Normal's local newspaper. I was flipping through the newspaper pages when I saw a title that brought me to a stop. The title read, “FBI Agent Remembered.”
I started to read the article out of sheer curiosity. But soon, I realized that the FBI agent who was being remembered in the article was the one who interrogated me on January 22, 2003. I had referred to him as Robert H., but his full name was Robert Hardesty.
According to the news report, Agent Hardesty fell during training on June 2, and passed away four days later. Officer down Office has a memorial page about him. His former employer, Porter County Sheriff’s Department has a web page about his career.
I was sad that agent had died. I felt sad for his children and his wife. His death disappointed me. I was even sadder when I realized that I could not offer him a free copy, and maybe get him to see life from the side of the interogee.