Retired FBI agent to address Allison-Antrim meeting

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Allison-Antrim Museum, Greencastle, Pennsylvania will hold a mid-summer meeting Thursday, July 8 in the downstairs social room of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 130 N. Washington St, Greencastle, beginning at 7 p.m. The facility is wheelchair accessible.  

July’s guest speaker is Athena Varounis, F.B.I. Supervisory Special Agent (retired), who joined the FBI in 1980.  The topic of her presentation will be “Women in the FBI.”  During her 24-year career, Varounis was a member of the FBI SWAT team, rescued a kidnap victim in front of the White House, and oversaw one of the FBI's first overseas terrorism investigations. She also was the first FBI liaison to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  The character of Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs was based on Varounis and her experiences in the FBI.  Prior to her retirement in December 2004, she was in charge of classified technical security equipment and policies, technical threat assessments, and the technical and physical security of all FBI personnel and facilities.  Since retiring five and a half years ago, Varounis has spoken to many groups and colleges on various FBI topics and has become a Private Detective, licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

In 2007, Varounis, a graduate of Wilson College, Chambersburg, began to delve into paranormal happenings in Franklin County by using the skills she learned during her long career as an FBI agent.   Varounis teamed up with Deborah Heinecker, a physic consultant, and together their collaboration resulted in the book Franklin County Ghosts, which was published in 2007.  Varounis is also owner of Vesuvius Investigative Consultants.

The program is open to the public.  There is no fee to attend, but donations will be accepted toward Allison-Antrim Museum's annual speaker series.  For more information, call 717-597-9010 or visit the website at