Rare Insider’s Look at the U.S. Secret Service and Assassination

Book Launch: Breaking Tecumseh’s Curse, The Real-Life Adventures of the U.S. Secret Service Agent Who Tried to Change Tomorrow, is now available at Amazon.com and other fine booksellers. Principal author Jan Marie Ritter is available for media interviews.

Online PR News – 02-July-2013 – Owings, MD – What has mystery, passion, humor, action, intrigue, adventure and over 999,000 characters? The answer is Breaking Tecumseh’s Curse, the inspiring and informative 450-page, 200,000-word memoir written by Jan Marie and Bob Ritter. Recently published by Calvert Press, the work is available at Amazon.com and other fine booksellers.

It relates the couple's early years together when Bob was a special agent with the United States Secret Service in Washington, D.C. “It’s the first Secret Service book told from a spouse’s perspective,” says principal author Jan Marie Ritter. Rich in emotion, Breaking Tecumseh’s Curse is the heartfelt love story of a young couple’s journey through some extraordinary times.

From 1840 to 1960, every United States president elected or reelected in a year ending in zero died in office. Of those seven presidents, four were assassinated. Breaking Tecumseh’s Curse unfolds the real-life adventures of the U.S. Secret Service agent who tried to change tomorrow. Through enhanced protective methods and procedures, Secret Service Agent Bob Ritter hoped to prevent a similar fate for the president elected in 1980, Ronald Reagan. Some never before published information regarding the Reagan assassination attempt is revealed. Bob firmly believes that the attempt could have been prevented. There’s also an exciting, historical look at assassination and the Secret Service including a provocative profile of accused JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

The work spotlights a dangerous period for the Secret Service—from 1972-1982. During that time, five assassination attempts took place against persons protected by the USSS, more than any other era. The work presents the historic events of the time and a rare insider's look at the Secret Service. The little-known field of protective intelligence is featured. With hope for preventing future tragedies, some successful strategies for predicting dangerousness in individuals are also explored. Bob's mantra of "desperate people are dangerous people" and assessment techniques developed by him jump off the page at a time when violence, terrorism, and mass murders are all too often in the news. "We can change our tomorrows," declare the Ritters.

About the Authors: Jan Marie and Bob Ritter live along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Southern Maryland. Jan Marie is retired from the teaching profession where she specialized in early childhood education and Reading Recovery. Bob is a retired federal criminal investigator (GS-1811) with a wealth of law enforcement and protective experience. He is a member of the Association of Former Agents of the U.S. Secret Service, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association and the Fraternal Order of Police. Breaking Tecumseh’s Curse is the remarkable story of their early years together.