Gary Magnesen

Gary Magnesen


Gary Magnesen served as a medic in an Air Force aero-medical evacuation unit, and entered on duty as an FBI agent in November of 1970. He was stationed in the Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Las Vegas field Divisions and retired in 1996 after 26 years of service. He was the Primary Organized Crime Squad Relief Supervisor and the Organized Crime Program Coordinator in Las Vegas and was responsible for the convictions of numerous mobsters, and was the recipient of many commendations and awards for his investigative efforts.

He has a degree in psychology and taught “Understanding the Criminal Mind” at the college level, and was a consultant for the National Museum for Organized Crime and Law Enforcement located in Las Vegas. He is the author of four books, and resides with his wife in the southwest United States. His curiosity piqued by an offhand comment by a relative, Magnesen launched a private investigation into the controversial meeting between Howard Hughes and Melvin Dummar, and the validity of the handwritten Howard Hughes Will which named Dummar as an heir.


Past Shows:

  • Howard Hughes Estate Controversy

    Melvin Dummar says a grand conspiracy has denied him his portion of billionaire Howard Hughes' vast estate. Many consider Dummar to be a fraud but an in-depth investigation by Gary Magnesen has apparently shown Dummar to be a good samaritan who saved Hughes from certain death....More »
  • Replay: Howard Hughes' Will

    Due to technical difficulties, our live program with George Knapp and guests David Grann and Ron Wheelock was not broadcast. In its place, a replay from 8/24/08 was featured in which Knapp welcomed Melvin Dummar, who claimed Howard Hughes left him over $150 million. He was...More »
  • Howard Hughes' Will

    George Knapp welcomed Melvin Dummar, who has famously claimed that Howard Hughes left him over $150 million. He was joined by former FBI agent and author Gary Magnesen, along with attorneys Stuart Stein and Ron Greening to discuss new evidence in the most contested will in...More »