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Chasing bin Laden

A Hidden History

In the early morning of August 16, 2006, Osama bin Laden was arrested in Brooklyn by the New York FBI Terrorism Task Force. They were acting on a tip called in by Barbara Janik. Her memoir, Chasing bin Laden: My Hunt for the World’s Most Notorious Terrorist, takes readers along with her on an emotional journey through the hidden world of lay investigations, which is charged with high-stakes puzzle solving, Arabic message boards, and anxiety-provoking collaborations with the FBI.

Join Barbara Janik on an emotional journey through the hidden world of lay investigations.

Fueling My 42-Hour Marathon Hunt for Osama bin Laden

cans of Diet Mountain Dew
cups of Folgers original coffee with non-dairy creamer drank in my TARDIS coffee mug
cups of coffee drank cold after I forgot about them
Little Debbie honey buns
Snickers bars
large hand tossed double-pepperoni pizzas from Dominos
large (44oz) chocolate milkshakes from Whataburger

Anxiety-Provoking FBI Collaborations

Gain a powerful window into the inner workings of the FBI—including how its agents interact with lay investigators.

Emotional, High-Stakes Puzzle Solving

Test your detective skills alongside an author with a meticulously honed method for hunting top terrorists online.

Cryptic Arabic Message Boards

Join Barbara on her exploration of online message boards, riddled with both endless intrigue and critical clues.