Episode 003: Jim Fitzgerald – Forensic Linguistics and the Unabomer

JERRI WILLIAMS iTUNESJim Fitzgerald, a former FBI profiler, served twenty years with the FBI. Jim is one of the most respected forensic analysts and linguistics experts in the country. In addition to his many “expert” court appearances, Jim is called upon for his expertise by the entertainment and news industries. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews his role in solving the Unabomber case and several other  high-profile investigations, as well as his work as a technical consultant on the TV shows Criminal Minds and Sleepy Hollow and regular appearances on CNN for expert commentary on current events. We also chat about his memoir – A Journey to the Center of the Mind: Book 1.

Supervisory Special Agent (Retired)

James R. Fitzgerald

11/7/1987 – 11/30/2007

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Working on the Unabomer case task force

You can connect with Jim Fitzgerald at his website – jamesrfitzgerald.com. He is currently a partner with the Academy Group, Inc. the world’s largest privately owned forensic behavioral science firm.

Links to articles about Jim’s work:

Should texts, e-mail, tweets and Facebook posts be the new fingerprints in court? Inside the debate over whether our language choices are as distinctive as our DNA.

Stockton professors minds behind ‘Criminal Minds.’ John White and James Fitzgerald technical advisers for TV shows


FBI profiler Jim Fitzgerald at Ted Kaszynski’s (The Unabomber) cabin



















FBI history video and review of the Unabomber case.

Picture of Natalie Schilling (Jim’s fiancé), Jeanne Tripplehorn (Criminal Minds actress), and Jim. Taken in Las Vegas at Criminal Minds’ 200th episode celebration – 12/13.












Jim, Mel Gibson, and cast of the A&E show “Killer Profile,” Jim Clemente, Laura Richards – 2014







Jim's Book 1
Cover for Jim’s memoir – A Journey to the Center of the Mind: Book 1













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.

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