W. Jerry Chisum
Mr. Chisum obtained in 1961, a BS degree from UC Berkeley in Chemistry. He started working at the San Bernardino Sheriff's Crime Lab the summer before he graduated. He then founded the Kern County Sheriff's Crime Lab in Bakersfield, CA where he again worked the evidence on all types of cases. In 1967 he joined the State of California Department of Justice Crime Lab. He held various positions there from bench worker, supervisor, and Manager. He set up the first training program for Criminalists as part of the Department of Justice (DOJ) program.
He was always very active on crime scenes and started teaching Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction in 1975. In 1976 he and a partner started teaching special courses on the subject to Law Enforcement. They taught as private contractors on their vacations for 25 years, their courses were held in CA, ID, OR, WA, IN, IL, NM, and WDC. Mr. Chisum has also lectured on Crime Scene Reconstruction (Crime Reconstruction--we're not reconstructing the scene but the crime) in several other states plus the FBI Academy, Taiwan, and England. He also taught CSI for the State Department in Tanzania in 2003 & 2005.
Since his retirement he has been hired as a consultant by District Attorneys, Defense Attorneys, and Civil Attorneys. He has stopped lawsuits against police officers in shooting cases for doing their job in Michigan and Nevada. He has worked or been consulted on about 2000 homicides and has testified over 1000 times in court as an expert witness. Mr. Chisum is the only person to hold the office of President of the California Association of Criminalists for 3 terms.
He is a Life Member of that organization, a Retired Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, is a founding member and was Vice-President of the Academy of Behavioral Profiling. He was also President of the American Society of Crime Lab Directors, he is now an emeritus member. He has written chapters in several texts and has co-authored: Chisum, WJ, Turvey, BB, Crime Reconstruction, 2nd Edition, Elsevier Press, 2011.
Jim is a former top FBI profiler with 22 years of Criminal Investigations experience. He is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of sex crimes investigations, sex offender behavior, child sexual victimization and child pornography. He has investigated and consulted on thousands of cases involving serial murder, serial rape, child abduction, sex crimes, homicide, threats, bombings and the sexual victimization of children.
He has also served as a consultant and technical advisor to multiple television programs, including Criminal Minds since 2005, the Profilers, Killer Profile, American Crime and The Closer. From 1998 until his retirement in October 2009, Clemente was a supervisory special agent in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, VA. Clemente has testified as an expert witness and lectured across the country and around the world. He has appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live, Wolf Blitzer, Headline News; ABC’s Primetime, Good Morning America and CBS’ The Early Show.
Clemente has undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Philosophy, as well as a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. He is a certified police instructor and an expert marksman.
Lt. Joe Kenda retired from the Colorado Springs Police Department as a Detective Lieutenant after nearly 20 years investigating violent crimes. When he retired, Kenda was the commander of the Major Crimes Unit and had investigated 387 homicides with a 92% clearance rate in solving those homicides. He currently can be seen on Investigative Discovery’s television show, “Homicide Hunter: Lt Joe Kenda”. In addition to his vast investigative experience, Lt Kenda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Robert Keppel is best known for the central role he played in the investigation of Ted Bundy's string of homicides in the Pacific Northwest. Keppel had been a homicide investigator in the King County Sheriff's Office in Washington State for just two weeks in 1974 when two girls disappeared on the same day from Lake Sammamish State Park. Thus began a frustrating series of investigations that went cold, until they were eventually linked to Bundy. Only years after Bundy's conviction for murders in Florida put him on death row did he open up about his West Coast activities. When he finally unloaded a stunning confession, Keppel was there to record it.
Currently an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of New Haven, Keppel has consulted on over 2,000 homicide cases, many of which were associated with one of the 50-plus serial killers his work has covered. He has written or co-written numerous articles, book chapters, and books about homicide investigation; created software and databases for investigators; and crystallized best practices for interviewing offenders. Among his books is the aptly titled The Psychology of Serial Killer Investigations: The Grisly Business Unit.
Dr. Henry Lee
Dr. Henry C. Lee is one of the world’s foremost forensic scientists. Dr. Lee’s work has made him a landmark in modern-day criminal investigations. He has been a prominent player in many of the most challenging cases of the last 50 years. Dr. Lee has worked with law enforcement agencies in helping to solve more than 8000 cases. Dr. Lee’s testimony figured prominently in the O. J. Simpson, Jason Williams, Peterson, and Kennedy Smith Trials; and in convictions of the “Wood chipper” murderer as well as thousands of other murder cases. Dr. Lee has assisted local and state police in their investigations of other famous crimes, such as the murder of Jon Benet Ramsey in Boulder, Colorado, the 1993 suicide of White House Counsel Vincent Foster, the death of Chandra Levy, the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, and the re-investigation of the Kennedy assassination. He was a consultant for more than 800 law enforcement agencies.
Dr. Lee is currently the director of Forensic Research and Training Center and Distinguished Professor in Forensic Science of the University of New Haven. He was the Chief Emeritus for the Connecticut State Police during 2000-2010 and was the Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Connecticut during 1998 to 2000 and has served as the state’s Chief Criminalist from 1978 to 2000. Dr. Lee was the driving force in establishing a modern state police communication system, Community based police services sex offender and DNA data bank, major crime investigation concepts and advanced forensic science services in Connecticut. In 1975, Dr. Lee joined the University of New Haven, where he created the school’s Forensic Sciences program.
He has also taught as a professor at more than a dozen universities, law schools, and medical schools. Dr. Lee has authored hundreds of articles in professional journals and has co-authored more than 40 books, covering the areas, such as; DNA, Fingerprints, Trace Evidence, Crime Scene Investigation and Crime Scene Reconstruction. He is the author of some best sellers, such as Famous Crimes Revisited, Cracking Cases: the science of solving crimes, Blood Evidence, and Cracking More Cases. In addition, his textbooks such as Forensic Science, Physical Evidence and Henry Lee’s Crime Scene Handbook have been widely adopted in medical legal and forensic professions. He has appeared in many TV shows and movies. His new television series, Trace Evidence – Dr. Henry Lee File has received high ratings and has been broadcast around the world.
Dr. Lee has been the recipient of numerous medals and awards, including the 1996 Medal of Justice from the Justice Foundation, and the 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Science and Engineer Association. He has also been the recipient of the Distinguished Criminalist Award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS); the J. Donero Award from the International Association of Identification and in 1992 was elected a distinguished Fellow of the AAFS. He has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFE) in 2000, Medal of Honor by the Ellis Island Foundation in 2004, Congressional Recognition for Outstanding services by the US Congress in 2004, Presidential Medal of Honor by the President of Croatia in 2005, Medal of Service from the Ministry of Interior,Taiwan, ROC in 2006, and Gusi Peace Award from the Philippines in 2008.
Dr. Lee was born in China and grew up in Taiwan. Dr. Lee first worked for the Taipei Police Department, attaining the rank of Captain. With his wife, Margaret, Dr. Lee came to the United States in 1965, and he earned his B.S. in Forensic Science from John Jay College in 1972. Dr. Lee continued his studies in biochemistry at NYU where he earned his Masters Degree in 1974 and his PhD in 1975. He has also received special training from the FBI Academy, ATF, RCMP, and other organizations. He is a recipient of 20 Honorary degrees: Doctorate Degrees of Science from the University of New Haven, University of Connecticut, Honorary Doctorate of Law from Roger Williams Law School, Mitchell College, American International University and Taiwan Scientific Technology University, Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters from the University of Bridgeport, St. Joseph College, Armstrong University, in recognition of his contributions to Law and Science.
Dr. John Liebert
John Liebert was the Forensic Psychiatry consultant on the Ted Bundy, Green River Killer, Bellevue Sniper and Atlanta Child Murder Cases. He set up the profiling of "Ted" with two Psychologists and wrote the profile published in the newspaper leading a Freeway Sniper's girlfriend to turning him in. He screened nearly one-hundred suspects for now-Congressman Dave Reichert in the Green River Murder Case.
He researched and wrote, with editorial support of William Birnes, JD, "Suicidal Mass Murderers: A Criminological Study of Why They Kill". He attended Amherst College and obtained a B.A. English and Premedical Science: 1955-1959. Liebert also attended the University of Wisconsin Nuclear Physics for Electrical Engineers in 1956. In addition, Liebert attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 1959-1963.
Mary Ellen O'Toole
Dr. O'Toole has spent her career studying the criminal mind. One of the most senior profilers for the FBI until her retirement in 2009, Dr. O’Toole has helped capture, interview and understand some of the world’s most infamous people including: Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer; Derrick Todd Lee and Sean Vincent Gillis, both serial killers in Baton Rouge; The Collar Bomb Case, a bank robbery and murder of a pizza delivery man; Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber; The Polly Klaas child abduction case; David Parker Ray, a serial sexual sadist; The Red Lake School Shooting; The Monster of Florence serial murder case; The Zodiac serial murder case; The bombing during the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT; and the mass murder in Florence, Montana in 2001. Dr. O’Toole also worked on the Elizabeth Smart and Natalee Holloway disappearances, the Columbine shootings and many other high profile cases. Her law enforcement career spanned 32 years, beginning in the San Francisco’s District Attorney’s Office when she was a Criminal Investigator. Dr. O’Toole worked as an FBI agent for 28 years, spending more than half of her Bureau career in the organization’s prestigious Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU)—the very unit that is the focus of the hit crime series “Criminal Minds.” During her time in the unit, Dr. O’Toole developed an expertise in Criminal Investigative Analysis (CIA) as well as offender behavior. She has provided assistance to law enforcement and prosecutors on a wide range of violent and criminal behavior including serial and single homicides, sexual assaults, kidnappings, product tampering, school shootings, arsons and bombings and extortions. Dr. O’Toole is also a trained FBI hostage negotiator and has a unique expertise in the areas of targeted school violence, workplace violence and threat assessment. Dr. O’Toole is recognized as the FBI’s leading expert in the area of “psychopathy.” Her work in psychopathy has put her on the forefront of mental health and law enforcement efforts to apply the concepts of this personality disorder to both violent and white collar offenders and their behavior and crime scenes. She lectures internationally on the application of the theory of psychopathy to real life situations. She continues to lecture at the FBI Academy on psychopathy and interviewing. She has served as adjunct faculty to the FBI’s Prestigious Leadership Development Institute (LDI) at the FBI Academy and frequently lectures at the Smithsonian Institution about everything from Sherlock Holmes to personal safety. She is a Fellow with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Suzanna Ryan is a forensic serology and DNA expert who has had the opportunity in her years as a forensic laboratory analyst and forensic DNA technical leader to be involved in a number of high profile cases around the country. Some of these high profile cases include: the Robert Yates serial murder case; the John and Linda Dollar child torture and neglect case; the abduction and homicide of Sarah Lundy case; and the William Deparvine double homicide case as featured on Forensic Files. Ms. Ryan was also part of a team of analysts dedicated to identifying the victims of the Alaska Airlines crash in 2000 and victims of the World Trade Center disaster on September 11, 2001. In addition, she was project manager in conjunction with the International Commission on Missing Persons to help identify the remains of over 200 victims found in a mass grave in Bosnia.
As part of her consulting work, Suzanna has been a key part of defense teams which have won acquittals for individuals accused of various serious crimes. She also provides advice and training to attorneys, investigators, and others in the legal profession. Ms. Ryan has also been a contributor to Law Officer Magazine, LawOfficer.com, and Forensic Magazine and she is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is certified as a Diplomate in Molecular Biology by the American Board of Criminalistics. Suzanna donates her time to operate the AISOCC DNA laboratory in California that provides free DNA analysis to law enforcement cold cases.
Criminal Profiler Mark Safarik was one of the most respected members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, during which time he established himself as an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and interpretation of violent criminal behavior. Mr. Safarik’s law enforcement career spans over 30 years, during which time he worked in all levels of police work, from working patrol as a beat cop to investigating murders as a detective to performing on-scene forensic services early in his FBI career. However, the defining moments in his professional career was during his 23 years of service with the FBI, where he spent over half that time as a criminal profiler. Mr. Safarik led the consultation efforts on many high profile national and international violent crime cases and lectured at numerous foreign police forces around the world, sharing his expertise in the analysis of homicide and complex crime scene behavior.
Mr. Safarik has a graduate degree from Boston University and is an adjunct faculty member at Boston College. He is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, a faculty member of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and an advisory board member at the Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law, Duquesne University. He regularly publishes in several international journals, including the Journal of Forensic Sciences, International Journal of Homicide Studies, and Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Mr. Safarik has authored chapters on violent crime in a number of professional textbooks.
In addition to specializing in the careful and detailed analysis of violent criminals and their criminal behavior through crime and crime scene analysis, Mr. Safarik has reviewed and consulted on thousands of national and international crimes of violence including all types of homicides; serial, mass, single and multiple murders, sexual assault, assault with injury, extortion, false allegation of sexual assault, offender motivation and deterability, and equivocal death analysis. The areas he has been asked to address range from issues related to crime dynamics to staging and undoing, as well as providing an understanding of what happened, and why.
He has appeared on Dateline, Court TV, Forensic Files, MSNBC and The Discovery Channel to discuss his cases and analyses. His television series, Killer Instinct, is currently airing on the Biography Channel. Since 2008 he has been a consultant for the popular television series CSI: Las Vegas and Bones. Mr. Safarik is a highly regarded lecturer who has taught over 20,000 law enforcement personnel worldwide.
Dr. Werner Spitz
Dr. Werner Spitz has practiced forensic pathology for over 50 years. He currently works as a Consultant, Forensic Pathology and Toxicology Professor of Pathology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Toxicology at University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Spitz previously worked as the Chief Medical Examiner Wayne County, Detroit, Michigan (1972 – 1988), Forensic Pathologist then Chief Medical Examiner for Macomb County, Michigan (1972 -2004), Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland, Associate Prof. University of Maryland School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University, Department of Legal Medicine at the University School of Medicine, West Berlin, Germany.
He is certified by The American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology, received medical training at the Geneva University Medical School in Switzerland and the Hebrew University Hadassa Medical School in Jerusalem, Israel. Dr. Spitz is an author of 96 scientific publications, author and editor of the textbook: Spitz and Fisher’s MEDICOLEGAL INVESTIGATION OF DEATH, first published in 1972, Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, Springfield, IL, currently in its 4th edition.
He has served on various committees investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, including the US House of Representatives Committee on Assassinations; served as an expert and testified in all level courts across the US and Canada, in numerous high visibility cases including, the Mary Jo Kopechne/Ted Kennedy, Chappaquiddick case; the Preppy Murder in New York; for the Goldman family in their wrongful death lawsuit against O.J. Simpson; the Jenny Jones trial; the Crown v Truscott case in Toronto; Owen Hart’s high wire fall during a WWF event, the Philip Spector case in California; and the Casey Anthony trial in Florida. He has consulted with the Boulder, CO police regarding the Jon Benet Ramsey case.
Dr. Spitz is the recipient of numerous awards including, the Dean's Award for service to the Medicolegal Community and Wayne State University School of Medicine, Award for Distinguished Service to Wayne State University School of Medicine and Awards from Wayne and Macomb County Board of Commissioners for Outstanding Service to the Community. He has also received numerous awards from various police departments and also the FBI. He has lectured and given expert testimony worldwide and has performed or supervised approximately 60,000 autopsies.
T. Paulette Sutton
Paulette Sutton retired from the Shelby County (Memphis) Medical Examiner’s Office and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis in 2006. At retirement, she was the Assistant Director of Forensic Services and the Director of Investigations for the Division of Forensic Pathology. She had been a practicing forensic scientist in the Serology Laboratory with UT Memphis since 1977 and specialized in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis.
Since retirement, she has continued to teach Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and to consult in the field. Academic appointments at the University of Tennessee Memphis include positions as Associate Professor of Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Instructor in the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing. She is also Adjunct faculty with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville National Forensic Academy and the University of Arkansas System Criminal Justice Institute.
In addition to teaching, Paulette has served as a consultant to pathologists, attorneys, and investigators from numerous states, as well as the federal government. As a result of these consultations, she has been qualified as an expert in the fields of forensic serology, bloodstain pattern analysis, and crime scene reconstruction in a number of states and federal courts. Cases have included civil and criminal trials; and expert testimony has been provided for both the prosecution and for the defense.
She served on the Scientific Working Group on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (SWGSTAIN), and is a member of the Forensic Science Editorial Review board for CRC Press, and the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts.
Honors include the Lecturer of Merit Award and Distinguished Faculty Award from the National College of District Attorney; Outstanding Service Award from the FBI; and Distinguished Member of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts.
Dr. Cyril Wecht
Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D., is a forensic pathologist, attorney and medical-legal consultant. Dr. Wecht received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his law degree from the University of Maryland. He is certified by the American Board of Pathology, in anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathology, and is also a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
Dr. Wecht is a Clinical Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Graduate School of Public Health, and holds positions as an Adjunct Professor at the Duquesne University School of Law, School of Pharmacy, and School of Health Sciences. He's the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law, at Duquesne University.
He has served as President of the American College of Legal Medicine, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Legal Medicine and the American College of Legal Medicine Foundation. For 19 years, he served as the elected Coroner of Allegheny County, and the building in which he worked is now named for him. He continues to testify in criminal and civil trials around the world, as both a prosecution and defense expert witness.
The author of more than 550 professional publications, Wecht is also an editorial board member of more than 20 national and international medical-legal and forensic scientific publications; editor of the five-volume set, Forensic Sciences (Matthew Bender); co-editor of the two and three-volume sets, Handling Soft Tissue Injury Cases and Preparing and Winning Medical Negligence Cases. Formerly the Chairman of the Department of Pathology at Saint Francis Central Hospital in Pittsburgh, Dr. Wecht is now the President of its medical staff and is actively involved as a medical-legal and forensic science consultant, author, and lecturer.
Dr. Wecht has organized and conducted Postgraduate Medical-Legal Seminars in more than fifty countries throughout the world in his capacity as Director of the Pittsburgh Institute of Legal Medicine. He has personally performed more than 18,000 autopsies and has supervised, reviewed or has been consulted on approximately 80,000 additional postmortem examinations.
Being an expert in Forensic Medicine, Wecht frequently appears on several national television and radio programs discussing various medicolegal and forensic scientific issues, including medical malpractice, drug abuse, the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and the Reverend Martin Luther King; the deaths of Elvis Presley and Tammy Wynette, the fatal stabbings of the family of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald; the O.J. Simpson double slayings; and the JonBenét Ramsey and Chandra Levy murders; plus others.
Wecht's expertise has also been utilized in high-profile cases involving Laci Peterson, Whitney Houston, Brittany Murphy, Phil Spector, Mary Jo Kopechne, Sunny von Bulow, Amador Diallo, Jean Harris, the Waco Branch Davidian fire, Vincent Foster, and many others. Wecht's professional involvement is highlighted in his books, Cause of Death, Grave Secrets, and Who Killed JonBenét Ramsey? His most recent books, coauthored with investigative journalist Dawna Kaufmann, include the death cases of Anna Nicole Smith and her son Daniel, Danielle van Dam, Michael Jackson, Casey Anthony, Drew Peterson, the Rolling Stones' Brian Jones, and Jessica Lunsford's, "involuntary euthanasia" of patients in a New Orleans hospital during Hurricane Katrina, among others.
Dr. Thomas W. Young
Dr. Young has more than twenty-five years of experience as a full-time forensic pathologist. He has performed nearly 5,400 autopsies, testified in civil and criminal court more than 420 times, and provided deposition testimony more than 110 times. Since January of 2007, Dr. Young has provided consultant services in forensic pathology as a self-employed person, consulting in cases throughout the United States and in other areas of the world.
Prior to his self-employment, Dr. Young was the Jackson County Medical Examiner for 11 1/2 years, serving as the chief death investigator for metropolitan Kansas City on the Missouri side of the state line. He modernized the death investigation system, obtaining for the office full accreditation by the National Association of Medical Examiners. The office remains the only nationally accredited death investigation agency in Missouri. Dr. Young's major professional interest is inference applied to forensic pathology. He applies principles of deductive and inductive logic to forensic casework, determining with reasonable medical certainty what happened and who (if anyone) is responsible for what happened.
Dr. Young is an experienced communicator and teacher. He is a teacher of pathologists and forensic pathologists and the former director of a nationally accredited forensic pathology training program. Dr. Young is also equally adept at communicating his knowledge to others outside of the medical field.