Episode 132: Dan Craft – Jeffrey Dahmer, Interrogating Serial Killers

Retired agent Dan Craft served in the FBI for 31 years. During his Bureau career, he was primarily assigned to violent crime investigations and was trained as a criminal profiler and polygraph examiner. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Dan Craft reviews his investigation of Jeffrey Dahmer who he interviewed on four separate occasions, each time developing a comprehensive behavioral profile of the serial killer. Dan Craft also provides tips for interrogating violent criminals. He has been designated by the FBI as a “Master Police Instructor” and created and taught an advanced interview/interrogation course at the FBI training academy in Quantico. He has trained law enforcement personnel on investigating Street Gangs, Terrorism, Police Related Critical Incidents, Reading a Crime Scene – Crime Scene Analysis, Sex-Related Crimes, Stress Management, and a variety of Interview and Interrogation – Hostage Negotiation courses. He has taught at Marquette University in Milwaukee, at Metropolitan State University, and at Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Special Agent (Retired)

Dan Craft

7/10/1972 – 1/4/2003








“I interviewed Jeffrey four times. Who better to learn from than the killer himself, to get inside the criminal mind.”

The following links are to articles on the FBI.gov website about the investigation and profiling of serial killers and articles about Jeffrey Dahmer:

FBI Website – Part 1: The FBI’s Role Takes Shape

FBI Website – Part 7: The FBI and Jeffrey Dahmer

FBI Website – Part 8: New Research Aims to Help Investigators Solve Cases

New York Times – 8/4/1991:  17 killed, and a life is searched for clues

CNN – 4/30/2015:  Jeffrey Dahmer’s killer explains why he did it











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 250 episodes available for free on all popular podcast apps.


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