Unstructured Podcast – Episode 100 – James R Fitzgerald – Legendary FBI Profiler & Forensic Linguist behind capturing Unabomber
James R Fitzgerald aka Jim Fitzgerald went from starting as a store detective in an upscale downtown Philadelphia department store, to becoming a beat cop fourteen months later. He became a patrolman for the Bensalem Police Department (BPD), which serviced a mid-sized suburb just north of Philadelphia.
During his eleven years at the BPD, he worked as a patrolman, a detective, a detective sergeant and as a patrol sergeant. At this time he took stock of his life and decided to apply to the FBI, and he was later accepted there. After graduating from Quantico, Virginia, he was a brand new FBI agent that got assigned to New York City. While he worked there, he investigated bank robberies, kidnappings, extortions, and many other violent incidents.
He then returned to Quantico to work towards a promotion, more training, and a new assignment as a criminal profiler. His first official profiling assignment was on Theodore John Kaczynski case of the Unabomber. James also worked on cases like the DC Sniper, the 2001 Anthrax attacks, the Pizza Bomber case and even BTK. We discuss all that and more in this sprawling Unstructured podcast episode.
Fitzgerald still works as an author, forensic linguist and television advisor to this day. He has also had portions of his four-part memoirs adapted for the show Manhunt: Unabomber, which can now found on Netflix.