Academy Group, Inc.
Roger L. Depue, Ph.D.
Founder of The Academy Group, Inc. Retired FBI (21 years). Former Chief of the FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit. Became the first administrator of the FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. Managed all FBI behavioral science functions and personnel; training; research projects on the aberrant behavior of individuals and groups; and operational support during ongoing cases. Operational support work involved crime analysis, criminal personality profiling of violent offenders, community analysis and group profiling. Member of first FBI Swat Team "Spider One;" field police instructor; expert firearms instructor. Investigative experience includes organized crime, civil rights, fugitive, kidnapping, and extortion cases. Field office fugitive case coordinator. Internationally recognized as an author and speaker on behavioral science topics. Former Marine. Former Chief of Police in Clare, Michigan. Former Clare County Juvenile Officer. Participant and speaker at White House conferences. Testified as an expert witness before both Houses of Congress. Has held administrative positions in numerous professional organizations and professorships at major universities. At the request of Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, served on the Virginia Tech Review Panel which was formed to examine events leading up to the campus shootings on April 16, 2007 that lead to the deaths of 32 students and faculty.
James R. Fitzgerald, M.S.
Former FBI (20 years) Supervisory Special Agent, assigned to the Behavioral Analysis Unit. Program Manager of Threat Assessment/Forensic Linguistics Program. Only certified and qualified criminal profiler and forensic linguist in the history of the FBI and world-wide. Utilized text analysis methods resulting in the apprehension of Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber. During FBI career, participated in high-profile violent crime and counterterrorism- related investigations, utilizing forensic linguistics to further investigations and prosecutions when appropriate. Testified numerous times in both federal and state court as an expert in textual analysis and forensic linguistics. First person ever to provide expert testimony in US federal court in textual analysis. Reviewed and assessed thousands of communications from a threat assessment, statement analysis or authorial attribution perspective. 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. Primary instructor of "Threat Assessment and Text Analysis: Utilizing a Forensic Linguistic Methodology," both domestically and internationally. 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, he testified for the prosecution in the Wesley Earnest murder trial, which ended in a conviction.
Robert R. "Roy" Hazelwood, M.S.
Former FBI (22 years) Supervisory Agent with the Behavioral Science Unit, FBI Academy. Former Major, United States Military Police Corps. National authority on crimes of violence. Has personally interviewed incarcerated sexual offenders responsible for over 800 rapes. Conducted extensive research on violent crimes. Published more than 40 journal articles and co- authored five books. Consults on cases of homicide, equivocal death, autoerotic fatalities, rape, child abduction and molestation, other dangerous and aberrant behavior throughout North America, Europe, and Latin America. Testified as an expert witness in federal, state, county and municipal courts, before a Presidential committee, and before committees of both Houses of Congress.
An internationally recognized speaker and author, Mr. Hazelwood's latest book, in collaboration with Ann W. Burgess, Practical Aspects of Rape Investigation: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 4th edition, has just been published.
Michael R. Napier, B.S.E.
Former FBI (27 years) Supervisory Special Agent, field office program manager and violent crime assessor in the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. Investigated complex bribery, price-fixing, organized crime, violent crime, labor racketeering, Medicare and medical fraud, and white collar crime cases. Supervised undercover operations. FBI-qualified Polygraph Examiner, who has extensively studied interview and interrogation strategies and tactics and the methodology to deny successful challenges to confessions. Specialist in crime scene and communicated threat analysis. He specializes in applying behavioral analysis to violent crimes to assess the potential for preventing violence or deterring specific criminals in individual settings. Those techniques include determining foresee-ability of an individual committing a violent act. He is a nationally-recognized presenter on various topics concerning violent crime assessment, violent offender motivation, interview and interrogation strategies and crisis management subjects. He holds Adjunct Faculty positions at the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Wichita State University.
Peter A. Smerick, M.Ed.
Former FBI (24 years) Supervisory Special Agent. Former Special Agent for the United States Naval Investigative Service and United States Army Combat Photography Officer in Vietnam. FBI Laboratory Examiner of questioned documents and photographic evidence. FBI Academy Faculty Member and Instructor in forensic science, crime scene and surveillance photography, questioned document examination and crime scene management techniques. Criminal profiler and violent crime analyst assigned to the FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC). Developed profiles of violent offenders and analyzed violent crimes. Has consulted and lectured internationally regarding homicides, equivocal deaths, rapes, child abductions, kidnappings, extortions, stalking, and product tampering cases. Responsible for the NCAVC's Threat Assessment Program featuring the analysis of anonymous or threatening communications, identification and neutralization of stalkers, analysis of potential workplace violence situations and designing defusion strategies. Conducts questioned document examinations, including identification of the authors of computer-generated or typewritten documents. Testified before both Houses of Congress regarding the David Koresh Branch Davidians standoff in Waco, Texas.