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"How to Catch a Serial Killer" - Special Presentation by Dr. Katherine Ramsland

Katherine Ramsland is a professor of forensic psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, where she also teaches criminal justice and serves as the assistant provost. She holds a master's in forensic psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a master's in clinical psychology from Duquesne University, a master's in criminal justice from DeSales University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers. She has been a therapist and a consultant. Dr. Ramsland has published over 1,000 articles and 66 books.

Dr. Ramsland's background in forensics positioned her to assist former FBI profiler John Douglas on his book, The Cases that Haunt Us, to co-write a book with former FBI profiler, Gregg McCrary, The Unknown Darkness, to collaborate on A Voice for the Dead with attorney James E. Starrs on his exhumation projects, and to co-write a forensic textbook with renowned criminalist Henry C. Lee, The Real World of a Forensic Scientist.

For seven years, she contributed regularly to Court TV's Crime Library, and now writes a column on investigative forensics for The Forensic Examiner and a column on character psychology for Sisters in Crime; offers trainings for law enforcement and attorneys; and speaks internationally about forensic psychology, forensic science, and serial murder.

David Alford

David Alford

FBI Evidence Response Team Founding Member and Special Agent, retired

David Alford is a retired FBI Special Agent with 21 years of experience investigating violent crimes, terrorism and other cases.

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angela cruise

Angela Cruise

Angela Cruise is a forensic entomologist with expertise in chemical ecology, insect ecology, and insect behavior.

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Jim Gocke

Jim Gocke

Sirchie Vice President/General Counsel and Director of Education and Training, retired

Jim Gocke is a graduate of West Virginia University and West Virginia College of Law. In addition, he completed a Fellowship in Forensic Medicine at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and earned a Master of Science in Forensic Sciences from The George Washington University.

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heather hanna

Heather Hanna

Forensic Geologist

Heather Hanna is a forensic geologist specializing in the analysis of rock fragments and mineral grains in soils as trace evidence.

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jeff locklear

Jeff Locklear

Homicide Police Specialist and Training Officer

Detective Sergeant Jeff Locklear, a 21-year veteran law enforcement officer, currently works with the Fayetteville North Carolina Police Department as a homicide police specialist and training officer. 

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Andy Parker

Andy Parker

Latent Print Examiner

Andy Parker is a certified Latent Print Examiner with the IAI. Andy is also a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy.

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David Pauly

David Pauly

Director, Applied Forensic Science Program, Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC

David Pauly retired from The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command as a Special Agent-in-Charge/Commander and Forensic Science Officer.

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stephen pearson

Stephen Pearson

Founder of High Tech Crime Institute

Stephen Pearson combines more than 29 years of law-enforcement experience with in-depth expertise in today’s most pervasive Internet, computer, and digital device technologies.

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Sergeant James Yowell

James Yowell

Sergeant, Instructor Fayetteville, NC PD

Sergeant James Yowell is a twenty year veteran of the Fayetteville, North Carolina, Police Department.

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