Each Tuesday evening session at the local field office covered a different topic, such as domestic terrorism, international terror or cybercrime. Shepherd said agent Humphries led one talk about Afghanistan.
Shepherd recalled Kelley as attentive and inquisitive, but otherwise low-key — especially given recent revelations.
“She wasn’t dropping names or alluding to those connections at all,” she said. “She seemed like one of the normal people in the class.”
The FBI did not immediately return a call requesting information on whether Kelley and the class.
Frodiman, the magazine publisher, said there’s a sense that Kelley’s many efforts to rise socially have been undercut by the scandal.
“I think she has now been tainted,” he said. “Just too much has come out, that even if it’s not true, people will remember. I would imagine that they will ultimately leave the community.”