Episode 003: Jim Fitzgerald – Forensic Linguistics and the Unabomber

Jim 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.

He served as an integral member of the task force of federal agents that finally identified and arrested this serial bomber/serial killer who’s been at it for 17 years now. Jim has also worked 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 Unabomber 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, 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.

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