If you are a criminal looking for a community to rob then Prince William County VA has one for you to consider. But only if you want to spend the rest of your life behind bars.
Tucked away on Quantico MCB is the little hamlet of Hogan’s Alley. If you could drive down the street you would find a town that resembles any town US. Houses, post office and yes a bank line the street. Yet at any moment a robbery or shooting can take place.
Hogan’s Alley is part of the 10 acre training facility for new FBI agents located at the FBI Academy on the grounds of Quantico MCB in Triangle VA. Having a father who was an FBI agent for 35 years meant tales of the crime sprees in Hogan’s Alley were always good for a story at dinner.
Hogan’s Alley was designed with the help of Hollywood set designers. In case you think there wasn’t a little inside humor in the creation of Hogan’s Alley you would be wrong The theater in town is called the Biograph Theater after the theater made famous during the shooting of John Dillinger in 1934 led by Melvin Purvis of the Chicago FBI office.
So the next time you hear about a bank robbery in Hogan’s Alley in Prince William County don’t worry. It is just a new class of FBI recruits preparing to help keep the rest of the streets in the US crime free.
(Photo by Casimir from Flickr)
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