Last month, Wilmington University’s Criminal Justice Institute launched its True Crime Lecture Series.
CJI directors Dr. Ray Carr and Scott Duffey lined up internationally recognized FBI profilers, undercover agents and investigators who handled some of the most notorious crimes in recent history.
The October and November presentations were packed with true-crime buffs, as well as others who wanted to peer inside the minds of violent offenders.
The series premiered on Oct. 15 with Jeffrey Rinek, special agent with the FBI and author of “In the Name of the Children.” Recognized worldwide for his superior interrogation skills, Rinek is most identified for obtaining a surprise confession from serial killer Cary Stayner, whose brutal slayings of four women and girls became known as the Yosemite Park Murders.
Angelo Lano, a case agent for the FBI, hit the stage on Nov. 12. He and fellow agents gathered evidence that led to the creation of articles that resulted in President Nixon’s impeachment and resignation.
One lecture remains for the fall season, featuring FBI forensic linguist Jim (Fitz) Fitzgerald, the author of “A Journey to the Center of the Mind.” He gained worldwide prominence for his work on high-profile cases that include the Unabomber, Jon Benet Ramsey, Anthrax and the D.C. Sniper.
Fitzgerald will appear on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 4727 Concord Pike, Wilmington, from 5:30-8 p.m. The lecture is free to the public; however, registration is required and can be completed at wilmu.edu/cji/index.aspx.
The Spring 2020 True Crime Lecture Series will premier in February, and will feature FBI heavyweights like profiler Charles Dorsey; Robert Wittman, author of the New York Times bestseller “Priceless”; and Jack Garcia, author of “Making Jack Falcone: An Undercover FBI Agent Takes Down a Mafia Family,” also a Times bestseller.