245: Charlie Price – Artful Interviews, Confessions and Signed Statements

Retired agent Charlie Price served in the FBI for 28 years. He was assigned to the New Haven, Los Angeles, and Washington Field Offices. Charlie also served a 2-year stint at FBIHQ (he jokes it was how he escaped from LA).

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Charlie reviews the artful interviews and techniques he used to obtain confessions and signed statements from white collar, counterintelligence, and enemy combatant subjects.

He developed an expertise and was asked by his fellow agents and Bureau management (both in the field and at FBIHQ) to conduct subject interviews on other agents’ cases (not an everyday occurrence). Charlie obtained confessions that led to the convictions of three sitting members of congress, white-collar criminals, corporate executives, lawyers, CPAs, child pornographers, bank robbers, drug dealers, enemy combatants/terrorists, and a spy.

Charlie deployed to both Iraq (2004) and Afghanistan (2010) and received the Director’s Award for Excellence in Human Intelligence (HUMINT) for interviews he conducted in Afghanistan.

He was a firearms instructor for over 20 years and served on both the LA and WFO SWAT Teams.

He taught interviewing skills to FBI agents, and to local, state, and national law enforcement and intelligence partners as an adjunct faculty member at the FBI Academy. After his retirement, Charlie continues to give lectures at on both interviewing and on how to be a good case agent.

Special Agent (Retired)

Charlie Price

August 1985 – December 2014







“You have to understand the specific unique human being on the other side of the table and what motivates that person, and then change that person’s perception.”—Retired Agent Charlie Price

The following are articles about artful interviews and FBI Retired Case File Review episodes about interview skills and techniques:

FBI Website: Current State of Interview and Interrogation

John E. Reid and Associates, Inc: Clarifying Misrepresentations About Law Enforcement Interrogation Techniques

Charlie Price: Artful Interviews – An Alternative To Mining Datas

Episode 215: James Kyle – Interviewing Pedophiles, Conversation with Purpose

Charlie received the Director’s Award for Excellence in Human Intelligence (HUMINT) for artful interviews he conducted in Afghanistan.



















Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.


  1. Linda MullenApril 29, 2023

    Excellent, at first I thought he was full of himself but then realized he was just good at what he did. I actually hung on every word.

  2. MicheleNovember 2, 2022

    This was a fascinating interview and Charlie sounds like he was incredible at what he did! Bravo for this it was a riveting hour and 20 min that i wish had been much longer. Any chance for another interview with Charlie?

    1. Jerri WilliamsNovember 3, 2022

      I would love to have him on the show. I’ll send him an invitation.

  3. LyndaNovember 29, 2021

    One of my favorite episodes. Charlie Price is well spoken with a brilliant mind for interrogation. Thank you Jerri for the great interview.

  4. D.L.November 20, 2021

    Fascinating interview, Jerri!

    Retired Agent Price has ingenious Subject Interview skills; it was an honor hearing him share interviews with subjects from such varied backgrounds and crimes.

    His use of brain power in his interviews, rather than torture and/or brute force, is something I hope he continues to teach our intelligence agencies even though he’s retired, as his track record speaks for itself.

    Great episode!

    1. Jerri WilliamsNovember 21, 2021

      I learned a lot, too!

  5. TammieNovember 18, 2021

    Just listened to this episode and very much enjoyed it! Charlie was interesting to listen to and Jerri as always had the right questions and responses at the right time.


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