Episode 105: Joe Lewis – Eric Rudolph, Birmingham Abortion Clinic Bombing

Retired agent Joe Lewis served 27 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Lewis reviews “SandBomb” the investigation of Eric Rudolph and the bombing of a Birmingham, Alabama abortion clinic that resulted in the death of off-duty police officer Robert Sanderson and severely injured a nurse. The case also identified Rudolph as the person responsible for the Olympic Park Bombing, as well as the bombing of another abortion clinic, and a nightclub all in Atlanta, Georgia. More than five years after the incident, Eric Rudolph was captured and pled guilty to the Birmingham bombing and the bombings in Atlanta. Joe Lewis led this investigation as the Special Agent in Charge of the Birmingham Division. During this time period, he also oversaw an investigation that reopened the infamous 1963 church bombing in Birmingham and led to the conviction of one of the conspirators. Prior to this assignment, Joe Lewis served in several other management positions including as the supervisor of the Chicago Division’s Public Corruption Squad. He retired from the FBI as the Deputy Assistant Director, Organized Crime Branch, Criminal Investigative Division in Charge of all Organized Crime Investigations and Intelligence. In the private sector, Joe Lewis served as Senior Director of Corporate Investigations for Walmart’s Global Security Division. He is now also retired from corporate life.

Deputy Assistant Director (Retired)

Joseph Lewis

10/19/1977 – 7/2/2004










The following are links to newspaper articles about the Birmingham Abortion Clinic bombing and the captured and arrested of Eric Rudolph in Murphy, North Carolina by 21-year-old rookie police officer Jeff Postell:

New York Times – January 30, 1998:  Bomb Kills Guard at an Alabama Abortion Clinic

CNN – January 29, 1998: 1 dead, 1 critical in clinic bombing

Washington Post – July 19, 2005:  Clinic Bomber Gets 2 Life Sentences

CNN – Eric Robert Rudolph Fast Facts











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.


  1. Jim FurryMay 3, 2018

    Joe was a good SAC in Newark and he strongly supported me when I was working Crimes Against Children. I also bumped into him when he was at HQ when I was a Newark OC SSA. A good guy. Kind of got a raw deal in Newark. If you see him or can forward this to him, please convey I hope life is going well for him.

    1. Jerri WilliamsMay 3, 2018

      Will do, Jim.


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