Episode 040: Bob Cromwell – Hunting Fugitives, Wrongful Convictions


Retired agent Bob Cromwell served 22 years with the FBI. In the early part of his career, Bob was assigned cases under the Violent Crimes Program and investigated dangerous fugitive matters.  In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Bob is interviewed specifically about his investigation and capture of two fugitives wanted for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution (UFAP). One was a rapist and the other the murderer of a well-known New Orleans Catholic Priest.  Following his success as a field agent, Bob moved up the management ranks and retired as the Special Agent in Charge of the Jacksonville Division. He currently serves on and is board chairman of the Innocence Project of Florida, working to exonerate innocent people sent to prison for crimes they did not commit. In this episode, Bob is also interviewed about his fight to correct and prevent wrongful convictions. His new book—Fugitive Man: Hunting Violent Criminals for the FBI and Searching for Justice for the Innocent Convict—covers his FBI career and Innocence Project work. Bob can be contacted via his website fugitiveman.com.


Special Agent in Charge (Retired)

Robert K. Cromwell

1/22/1984 – 1/8/2006













The following are links to newspaper articles and reports covering Bob’s capture the murderer of a priest; James Bain, who was wrongly convicted for a crime he didn’t commit; wrongful convictions and the Innocence Project of Florida and a New York Times article on the decline in criminal jury trials:

Second man arrested in priest’s slaying

Innocent Man Freed After 35 Years Has An Incredible Outlook On Life 

Rate of false conviction of criminal defendants who are sentenced to death  

Post-Conviction DNA Testing and Wrongful Conviction 

 Trial by Jury, a Hallowed American Right, Is Vanishing


Bob (far left) from his early days on the Houston SWAT team.












CIA Director Porter Goss presenting Bob with a Commendation with the cryptic wording, “In Recognition and Appreciation for Your Dedication and Support to Our Shared Mission.”













Bob’s new book can also be purchased from his website  www.fugitiveman.com for a $6.00 discount.













Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast available for free subscription on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and other popular podcast apps. Her nonfiction book FBI Myths and Misconceptions: A Manual for Armchair Detectives and her FBI corruption squad police procedurals featuring Special Agent Kari Wheeler are available wherever books are sold.


  1. Bob CromwellOctober 26, 2016

    I certainly appreciate your comments, but honestly don’t know if I have another book in me. I believe you can count on Jerri Williams, the host of this website, to deliver another good story sometime in the future.

  2. Frankie ThomasOctober 22, 2016

    I’ve read this book & it’s an EASY & EXCITING read. I recommend purchasing this book to learn & dwell into the inner workings of our finest Law Enforcement Agency in the country. Mr Cromwell is a DECORATED & EXCELLENT AGENT. I’m sure his retirement left a LARGE hole in the department. I’m looking forward to his writing another book in the near future.


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