James Fitzgerald

James Fitzgerald – FBI profiler and linguist

This week on The Malliard Report Jim may step outside the realm of paranormal, but stays within the fascinating and creepy. On this episode Jim welcomes James Fitzgerald to the show. James is a former FBI profiler and linguist with an extensive resume that includes work with the FBI on very high profile cases such as the Unabomber, and The DC Sniper, a consultant for several popular television series such as Criminal Minds, and an established author with multiple publications to his name. So join us as James shares his experiences on raiding Ted Kaczynski’s cabin, finding break throughs on the sniper case, and his work with Hollywood.
Between the years of 1978 and 1995 headlines were constantly peppered with stories of bombings occurring at various universities and places of large development. Authorities found themselves completely stumped due to lack of traceable evidence at the crime scenes and countless intentionally misleading clues left to throw police off the proverbial “scent.” The FBI eventually turned to the Behavioral Sciences Unit who put together a profile originally declaring that the individual was of above average intelligence, had an academic pedigree in hard sciences, and had ties to academia. However, this profile was later scrapped for one that favored the idea that a blue collar airplane mechanic was the culprit based on evidence found at the crime scenes. Finally in 1996 FBI agents raided a tiny cabin where they discovered a cache of bomb components, tens of thousands of hand written journal pages, various write ups from bomb making experiments, a live bomb ready to mail, and one Theodore Kaczynski.
Theodore Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber is “…is an American mathematician, anarchist and domestic terrorist. A mathematical prodigy, he abandoned a promising academic career in 1969, then between 1978 and 1995 killed 3 people, and injured 23 others, in a nationwide bombing campaign that targeted people involved with modern technology. In conjunction, he issued a wide-ranging social critique opposing industrialization and advancing a nature-centered form of anarchism. A child prodigy he entered Harvard College at the age of 16. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard in 1962, then his master’s and doctorate in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1964 and 1967, respectively. After receiving his doctorate at age 25, he became an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley, but resigned abruptly two years later. As an undergraduate at Harvard, Kaczynski was a research subject in an ethically questionable experiment conducted by psychology professor Henry Murray, which some analysts have claimed influenced Kaczynski’s later actions. After resigning from Berkeley, Kaczynski moved to his parents’ home in Lombard, Illinois, then two years later to a remote cabin he had built outside Lincoln, Montana. Here he lived a simple life on very little money, without electricity or running water, working odd jobs and receiving some financial support from his family
His original goal had been to become self-sufficient so that he could live autonomously. He taught himself survival skills such as tracking game, edible plant identification, organic farming, bow drilling and other primitive technologies. He used an old bicycle to get to town; a volunteer at the local library said he visited frequently and read classic works in their original languages. Other Lincoln residents said later that such a lifestyle was not unusual in the area. By 1975, Kaczynski decided it was impossible to live peacefully in nature because of the destruction of the wildland around his cabin by real estate development and industrial projects. In response, he began performing acts of sabotage against nearby developments, and dedicated himself to reading about sociology and political philosophy, such as the works of Jacques Ellul. In a 1999 interview he described his loss of faith in the potential for reform; the “human tendency … to take the path of least resistance”, he decided, meant that violent collapse was the only way to bring down the industrial-technological system:”
This is a great episode and James certainly has quite the story to tell; from his ability to pick up on very subtle clues that lead to the narrowing of the profile for the DC sniper, to his experience standing inside Kaczynski’s cabin. You can find all of James’ books on Amazon and connect with him via Twitter @JFitzJourney . To keep up to date with all things Malliard head over to www.malliard.com or Twitter @Malliard. http://www.jamesrfitzgerald.com