Episode 013: Jerry Clark – Collar Bomb, Pizza Bank Robbery


Retired agent Jerry Clark served 21 years in federal law enforcement.  He was an NCIS agent, DEA agent and finished his career as a FBI agent. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Jerry is interviewed about one of the most bizarre bank robbery schemes in the history of the FBI. Known officially as COLLARBOMB, the case involves a pizza deliveryman who robbed a bank with a time bomb locked around his neck.  It took Jerry and his partners from AFT and the Erie Police Department several years to unravel the complicated plot. At the end of the case there were a total of three dead bodies.

Jerry has a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and is currently an Assistant Professor Criminal Justice at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He and his co-author Ed Palattella have written two true crime books, Pizza Bomber – The Untold Story of America’s Most Shocking Bank Robbery and A History of Heists – Bank Robbery in America.

Special Agent

Gerald C. Clark, Jr.

01/1990 (NCIS, DEA, FBI)

Retired – 06/30/2011









Jerry worked violent crime and bank robbery cases for most of his federal law enforcement service. The Pizza Bomber case was the most challenging and long-term investigation of his career

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Sept. 1, 2003 ABC News report regarding the bank robbery and pizza deliveryman’s bomb. Click on image to watch video.












SA Jerry Clark, ATF SA Jason Wick, and Collarbomb bank robbery co-conspirator defendant Ken Barnes.







Jerry’s true crime book on the bank robbery can be purchased here.











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Jerry Clark (center), FBI Assistant Director Steven Morris (at the time SSRA Dayton) on left, and Dayton Police Department Lt. Charles Gift after large drug and money seizure in Dayton, Ohio.












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In A History of Heists, Jerry Clark and his co-author Ed Palattella explore how bank robbery have influenced American culture as much as they have reflected 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 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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