Episode 012: Gerry Downes – Identifying a Serial Killer in Ghana


Gerry Downes served 25 years with the FBI. Gerry worked in the Child Abduction and Serial Killer Unit (now known as the BAU)  for 11 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he talks about travelling with several team members to Accra, Ghana in May 2001 to assist in the identification of a serial killer responsible for the horrific murders of more than 30 woman. During the two weeks that Gerry and the FBI team were in Ghana, a suspect was arrested.  The suspect confessed to committing several of the murders. While in the country, the FBI team also trained Ghanaian police investigators in evidence collection and interrogations techniques. Gerry also mentions that when he returned to Ghana several years later he was impressed with the advances made.  Later in his career, Gerry left the BAU for a three-year  assignment at the Legal Attaché (Legat) Ottawa sub-office in Vancouver, Canada.

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Gerard F. Downes

06/18/1984 – 07/31/2009

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Gerry worked in the Child Abduction and Serial Killer Unit, now known as the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). In 2001, he and several members of the unit travelled to Accra, Ghana to assist in the identification of a serial killer. Two articles about the case, FBI assistance and the arrest of the subject are linked below:

Fear grips Ghana as ritual killer claims 34th victim

Serial Killer Arrested

Gerry at his desk in the Child Abduction and Serial Killer Unit (now the BAU) in Quantico, VA – April 2005.











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Ghana serial killer Charles Quansah – 2001.













Gerry and team members fingerprinting serial killer Charles Quansah – May 2001.










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Gerry with FBI team members in Accra, Ghana – May 2001.










FBI team members in Accra, Ghana.








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Gerry with team members in Accra, Ghana.








Gerry and team member with the Ghana Police Department captain in charge of the serial killer investigatio











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Gerry with the president of Ghana








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Gerry with Royal Canadian Mounted Police after locating a parental kidnapping victim. The tip that the child was in Dawson Creek, British Columbia was called in to the TV show America’s Most Wanted.










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Gerry with former FBI Director Louie Freeh. Gerry currently works for Freeh Group International Solutions handling high-profiled investigations around the world.














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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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