The Bureau of Investigation, also known as the BOI, is a federal agency that features as a major antagonistic organization in Red Dead Redemption.


Since the federal government is responsible for governing the nation as a whole, it is a very powerful force in the world of Red Dead Redemption. The federal government (including the Bureau of Investigation) is the highest authority in the nation.


  • Before 1908 the U.S. Department of Justice had no organized institution or group of investigators to gather intelligence. The Department of Justice hired Secret Service agents and private investigators, possibly from the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. However, Congress began to complain of this approach of having a secret service department in every bureau. On July 26, 1908 Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte created the Bureau of Investigation (BOI), later renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1935.
  • In Red Dead Redemption 2 there are a few differences between the ingame Bureau of Investigation and the Real life version. The first is that it was founded in 1907 when it was actually formed two years later in 1909, the second is that Edgar Ross was the first director when in actuality it was Stanley Finch (although there are many similarities between Finch and Ross).
  • Despite being the BOI at the time, examining the Journal entry will say it was the FBI.
  • NPC's, most notably Drew MacFarlane, can sometimes be heard grumbling about the growing encroachment of bodies such as the Bureau of Investigation, and its actions towards the populace.

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