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James Fitzgerald of "Killer Profile"
James Fitzgerald Killer Profile
James Fitzgerald from "Killer Profile" is one of the criminal profilers featured in the LMN reality series.

James Fitzgerald is a former police detective and sergeant and FBI Supervisory Special Agent assigned to the Behavioral Analysis Unit. He was the Program Manager of Threat Assessment/Forensic Linguistics Program and the only certified and qualified criminal profiler and forensic linguist in the history of the FBI and worldwide. He utilized text analysis methods resulting in the apprehension of Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber. 

During his FBI career, Fitzgerald participated in high-profile violent crime and counter-terrorism-related investigations, utilizing forensic linguistics to further investigations and prosecutions when appropriate. He testified numerous times in both federal and state court as an expert in textual analysis and forensic linguistics. He was the first person ever to provide expert testimony in US federal court in textual analysis. He reviewed and assessed thousands of communications from a threat assessment, statement analysis or authorial attribution perspective. He created, designed and implemented the FBI's Communicated Threat Assessment Database (CTAD), a one-of-a-kind repository for all threatening and criminal communications. In CTAD, every word and lexical feature in every communication is fully searchable and comparable using both behavioral and linguistic parameters. He was also the primary instructor of "Threat Assessment and Text Analysis: Utilizing a Forensic Linguistic Methodology," both domestically and internationally. In addition, he created the FBI's week-long "Forensic Linguistic Workshop for Law Enforcement Practitioners," the only course of its kind in the US.
Fitzgerald lent his expertise to the prosecution in the 2009 murder trial of Stacey Castor. His advice and recommendations were key to her conviction. In 2010 and again in 2011, he testified for the prosecution in the Wesley Earnest murder trial, which ended in a conviction. Forensic linguistics was a key element in Wesley's prosecution for the murder of his wife, Jocelyn, in bucolic Bedford County in southern Virginia. Fitzgerald examined the "suicide" note purportedly penned by Jocelyn Earnest before she was killed in December 2007 in the lakeside vacation home she owned with her estranged husband. At the first Earnest trial in April 2010, Fitzgerald testified that there were not enough similarities between the suicide note and Jocelyn's known writings to conclude that the note was written by her. Wesley was convicted of first degree murder, but the case was eventually declared a mistrial because of jury misconduct. Fitzgerald was recalled to testify in Wesley's second trial in November, resulting in Wesley's second conviction for first degree murder. On January 25, 2011, Wesley was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife.  

Fitzgerald's forensic linguistic work in the 2012 case of U.S. vs. Heebe resulted in the confirmation that two Assistant United States Attorneys in the Eastern District of Louisiana U.S. Attorney's Office were responsible for hundreds of media blog postings, many prejudicial to the aforementioned case. Both Assistant United States Attorneys were forced to resign their positions and the charges against Heebe were dismissed.

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