An outspoken, tireless advocate for victims’ rights and one of television's most respected legal analysts, Nancy Grace is known as the powerful force behind CNN Headline News’ (HLN) top-rated Nancy Grace. She is currently the founder and publisher of CrimeOnline.com.
A former prosecutor with an unparalleled record of success, Nancy has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, 20/20, Dr. Phil and Larry King Live, among others, dispensing her firebrand take on the modern justice system.
Grace’s life changed forever when her fiancé, Keith Griffin, was shot and killed. In the aftermath of that crime, she abandoned plans to become an English professor and turned her focus to criminal justice. She served for more than a decade as a special prosecutor of felony cases involving murder, rape, child molestation and arson at the Atlanta Fulton County District Attorney's Office.
Nancy, her husband, her twins, and their rescue pets reside in Atlanta.
Jim Clemente is a retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent/Profiler and former New York City Prosecutor. During his 22-year career with the FBI, he has investigated cases from Bank Robberies to Serial Killers. He is now a Writer/Co-Producer for Criminal Minds, as well as a Technical Advisor on Quantico, Blind Spot,Secrets & Lies, and Sleepy Hollow.
He executive produces and is an on-air talent for several Documentary Television Series productions including: The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey on CBS, Killer Profile on LMN, Missing Dial, on NatGeo, and Finding Benjamin.
Clemente authored his first novel, Without Consent, based on his true story about tracking down and locking up the Coach/Camp Director who victimized him as a teen. Jim is also the host of the successful podcasts: Real Crime Profile, Locked Up Abroad, nd Best Case/Worst Case.
A CBS News journalist for three decades, Erin has been correspondent on 48 HOURS since 1990. In addition to reporting for 48 HOURS, Moriarty’s work is featured on all CBS News broadcasts and platforms.
At CBS News, Moriarty has covered some of the biggest crime and justice stories of our time, including the wrongful conviction of Ryan Ferguson, the death of JonBenet Ramsey and the ongoing story of millionaire Robert Durst.
Ryan Ferguson is an author, host, and producer. He is also an exoneree who spent a decade behind bars for a crime he had nothing to do with before finally proving his innocence. Currently his focus is on bringing awareness to wrongful convictions through speaking and through his work as a board member of the Midwest Innocence Project.
Ashleigh Banfield joined HLN as host of Crime & Justice with Ashleigh Banfield in October, 2016. The two hour, live, Monday-Thursday program covers the day's most pressing legal and social issues, trials and hot topic debates with the host's own passionate point of view.
Just prior to hosting this program on HLN, she anchored Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield on sister network CNN. Banfield joined CNN in 2011 as co-anchor of the morning news show Early Start. Over the course of her career, she has covered breaking news from across the country and around the globe.
Banfield has reported from the scenes of the bombing at the Boston Marathon in Massachusetts and the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Banfield also reported live from the trials of George Zimmerman, Jodi Arias and Casey Anthony, bringing to light the complicated courtroom proceedings of each case, including the death penalty.
As a director and award-winning documentary filmmaker, Payne Lindsey has always had a passion for the true crime genre. Inspired by docu-series like Netflix's Making a Murderer and HBO's The Jinx, Lindsey set out to find an unsolved mystery that he could investigate and develop into a documentary project of his own.
A Metro-Atlanta native, he decided to choose a case close to home, a decade-old cold case from South Georgia, the disappearance of Tara Grinstead. Lindsey drew inspiration from another one of his favorites, the hit podcast Serial, and elected to tell the story of his real-time investigation, week by week in audio form, under the name Up and Vanished.
The events of the next 12 months turned Tara Grinstead's case into one of the hottest crime stories of the year. With over 150 million downloads, Up and Vanished propelled Grinstead's case into the mainstream media.
Lindsey’s upcoming podcast, Atlanta Monster, is a joint project with podcast powerhouse HowStuffWorks. It’s set to debut at the top of 2018 and explores one of his home city’s darkest secrets, The Atlanta Child Murders. Lindsey is not a journalist, a detective, or an attorney, and by his own account, he's not even a podcaster--but he has proven to be a successful storyteller and a catalyst for change.
Callahan Walsh is a child advocate for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). He is the son of John and Revé Walsh, who co-founded NCMEC in 1984 after the kidnapping and murder of their first son Adam Walsh.
Prior to joining the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Callahan served as the Supervising Producer for America’s Most Wanted on FOX and was the co-creator of The Hunt with John Walsh on CNN/HLN. Following in his parent’s footsteps, Callahan has focused his energy on helping find missing children, reducing child sexual exploitation and preventing child victimization.
Callahan can regularly be seen on various media outlets such as Good Morning America, ABC, CNN, and HLN promoting NCMEC’s programs.
After attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, Carl Marino served 17 years as a Deputy Sheriff in upstate New York. He “fell” into the acting world after later moving to California, making his television debut on the NBC primetime show Trauma.
In 2010, Carl was cast in Los Angeles for the lead/title character in the Investigation Discovery show Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda. Carl portrays Lt. Joe Kenda in all episodes. Homicide Hunter was recently picked up for an eighth season and is the highest rated show on Investigation Discovery.
Carl is also an avid runner and raises money for charities by running marathons all over the world. In the past three years, he and his wife have run 65 half and full marathons, including the last three Boston Marathons, raising over $100,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project and Massachusetts General Hospital. Carl currently resides in San Francisco.
Gemma Hoskins is a retired teacher from the Baltimore area who dedicated her retirement to solving two area cold cases: the murders of Cathy Cesnik and Joyce Malecki. Hoskins was a senior at Keough Archbishop High School at the time of Cesnik’s disappearance. The amateur investigation she helped run was featured on the 2017 Netflix documentary The Keepers, which explored ties between Sister Cesnik's murder and alleged sexual abuse by Father Joseph Maskell, the high school's Chaplain at the time.
Jim Fitzgerald is a former FBI agent who helped crack the "Unabomber" case. He remains an active criminal profiler and forensic linguist even after retiring in 2007 with 20 years in the FBI as a Supervisory Special Agent, along with 11 years before that as a police officer/detective/sergeant on the Bensalem Twp. (PA) Police Dept.
During his law enforcement career he successfully investigated numerous homicides, sexual assaults, and other violent crimes, as well as matters of international notoriety, including the Unabomber, Jon Benet Ramsey, Anthrax, and DC Sniper cases as a profiler and/or a forensic linguist. He was recently portrayed by actor Sam Worthington in the Investigation Discovery original series Manhunt: Unabomber.
Jim is one of two technical advisors for CBS-TV’s Criminal Minds, is co-host and executive producer of A&E’s Killer Profile, and makes frequent appearances on CNN as well as radio programs, television shows, internet programs, and podcasts.
John X. Kim is the creator of critically-acclaimed The First 48, now in its 18th season on A&E, considered as the gold standard in nonfiction investigation programs. As one of the most prolific storytellers in true-crime television, John has created and produced over 600 hours of programs for various networks that cover virtually every aspect of crime, investigation and justice. His works include Steven Seagal Lawman, The Killer Speaks, Dallas SWAT, After the First 48, Runaway Squad and The Interrogators among others.
Kimberlie Massnick, PhD is a criminologist who specializes in sexual offenders and serial killers. She is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Indian River State College where she believes that learning needs to get out of the classroom. She stages crime scenes instead of giving traditional exams, takes her students out to assist law enforcement with searches and participates in countless opportunities with the homeless, addicted and juveniles in need. Dr. Massnick believes that to be a great professor one needs to be a lifelong learner.
In 1999 Bobby Chacon, an FBI Agent in New York City, was tasked by the FBI Laboratory in Quantico to establish the FBI’s Underwater Search and Evidence Response Team (USERT) Program. Bobby was already the first full time FBI diver in the Bureau’s history, but he then spent several years setting up four regional FBI underwater forensic teams. Along with forensic experts at the FBI Lab, Bobby set up the Programs' protocols and Standard Operating Procedures. He then hand-selected every member of each of the four teams and remained the Senior Team Leader of the FBI’s New York City USERT. He later became the Senior Team Leader for the FBI’s Los Angeles USERT.
Until his retirement in 2014, Bobby Chacon had trained every single forensic diver in the FBI and even trained members of the US Navy in underwater evidence collection, as well as police departments around the world.
Sheryl McCollum is a CSI for a metro Atlanta Police Department as well as the Director of the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute, a collaboration between universities and colleges that brings researchers, practitioners, students and the criminal justice community together to advance techniques in solving cold cases. Some of the high-profile crimes Sheryl and her students have worked on include: Tu Pac Shakur, Chandra Levy, Natalee Holloway and The Boston Strangler.
Tim Clemente is a counter-terrorism/tactical operations expert who has worked and trained with the most renowned military and law enforcement organizations in the world. He is also a writer, instructor, consultant, and technical adviser.
As an FBI Special Agent he conducted terrorism and counter-narcotics investigations all over the world. Previously. Tim was a Police Officer for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and a Counter Improvised Explosive Device Adviser/Investigator with the US Army in Iraq from 2007-2008.
The holder of Top Secret security clearance, Tim has been a security and counter-terrorism consultant for professional sports franchises, Las Vegas casinos, and foreign heads of state.
Lisa Zambetti is co-host of the Real Crime Profile podcast. She is best known for her work as a casting director on Criminal Minds (2005), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and Battl (2013).
Sheila Wysocki is a 14-year private investigator veteran who overcame her own challenges of dyslexia in order to help others. Known for cracking even the hardest of cold-cases, Sheila brought justice to the family of her college roommate, who was brutally murdered when they were sophomores. The case went cold for 26 years, but that didn't stop Sheila from investigating and finding the evidence the police needed to solve the murder. Sheila has continued to help many families across the country since then, solving numerous cases.
Karen Smith is retired major case detective with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. During her career she conducted 500 death investigations and 20,000 other cases. She is currently the owner of Bare Bones Consulting, an independent company offering crime scene and cold case analysis, bloodstain pattern analysis and crime scene reconstruction services. She also serves as a lecturer at the University of Florida, Florida State University and Florida Gulf Coast University for various forensic courses. Karen has appeared on Dateline, 20/20, CNN's Inside Man with Morgan Spurlock, the PBS documentary How Sherlock Changed the World, and she currently appears regularly on Crime Stories with Nancy Grace on SiriusXM as a resident forensic expert.
Joseph Giacalone is a retired NYPD Sergeant and former Commanding Officer of the Bronx Cold Case Squad. He is currently an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the author of The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators, 3rd Ed. Joe is a frequent media guest for all of the major networks and can be heard every Friday morning on the Crime Report on WRCN 103.9 FM, NY.
Francey Hakes was the country’s first National Coordinator for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction, a post appointed by the U.S. Attorney General. Prior to that appointment, Hakes was a prosecutor for more than 15 years, serving first as an Assistant District Attorney specializing in crimes against children and then as an Assistant U.S. Attorney specializing in technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation.
John H. White, Ph.D. is a former investigator sergeant in the Internal Affairs Division of the Dallas Police Department. He investigated numerous police officer shootings and was assigned to the Psychological Services Office and the Fugitive and Special Investigations Unit.
White is currently a Professor of Psychology at Stockton University in Pomona, New Jersey, where he developed the university’s forensic psychology tracks for both the criminal justice and psychology programs. He is a licensed psychologist and has a private forensic neuropsychology practice evaluating and treating sex offenders and other forensic clients. He continues to consult with law enforcement agencies on sex crimes and homicides.
White has developed a database of over 500 serial killers with 164 variables. He has used the database in his role as the technical advisor for the television documentary series Killer Profile on LMN and has advised and contributed material to the writers of the CBS show Criminal Minds. He has written a fiction novel inspired by his police experiences entitled, In Pursuit of a Serial Killer: The Archetype Case.
Billy Jensen is an investigative journalist focused squarely on unsolved murders and missing persons. After being sick and tired of writing stories with no endings, he developed a system to help solve murders himself, merging geotargeted social media campaigns with shoeleather reporting work. He is now called upon as a consulting detective by police departments when all other avenues have been exhausted. A friend of Michelle McNamara’s, Jensen helped finish her book on the Golden State Killer, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, along with McNamara’s researcher and husband. During the day, he is an investigator and senior producer at on the Warner Bros. show Crime Watch Daily.
Maureen O'Connell comes from a family of Chicago Police officers and Fire Department personnel, dating back almost 100 years. In her direct family alone, there is over 200 years of public service.
She was a Special Agent with the FBI for 25 years, specializing in forensics, gangs, and cartel-level narcotics. During her tenure, she worked Major Narcotics, Violent Street Gangs and as a Forensic Investigator/Team Leader with the FBI's Evidence Response Team (ERT).
Maureen was the FBI Case Agent on a team of seasoned Los Angeles County Gang Detectives, on the largest gang take down in U.S. history. This take down was responsible for the largest RICO indictment to date.
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Steven David Lampley spent twenty-one years as a police officer and undercover sex crimes SVU detective. He was the arresting officer of The Clairemont Killer (Cleophus Prince Jr.), a case featured on America's Most Wanted.
Prior to Steven's career as a police officer, he was friends with Jeffrey Dahmer just as Dahmer was beginning his murderous and cannibalistic lifestyle.
Steven has written several books, including How to Catch a Liarand Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer. He has received multiple awards for Police Officer of the Year, as well as numerous departmental and civilian commendations. He now spends his time writing, acting, and speaking to schools, police academies, and others on topics ranging from forensics to deception to serial killers.
Natalie Schilling is a Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She is internationally recognized for her research on language variation and change. She regularly teaches Sociolinguistics (language and society) and Forensic Linguistics and has given more than 100 presentations at U.S. and international academic conferences, university academic departments, and forensic linguistics training workshops on the scientific analysis of language evidence. Her audiences have ranged from the FBI (NCAVC, BAU-1) to incarcerated persons in maximum security prison. She has served as a forensic linguistics expert in cases ranging form authorship attribution to speaker profiling.
Natalie has been played on TV twice--once in Criminal Minds (the character Alex Blake was partly based on Natalie) and once in the recent Manhunt: Unabomber series, where 'Natalie Rogers' was based on the real Natalie.
Sara Azari is a state and federal criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles who has earned a reputation as a tough and aggressive attorney by representing numerous clients in cases resulting in not guilty verdicts and favorable resolutions.
From 2009 to present, Sara has been consistently designated a Super Lawyer, a recognition that is received by a very small number of strictly vetted lawyers across the country. In 2013, Ms. Azari was also recognized as one of the top 50 Women Lawyers in California. In 2017, she was featured as a "Power Player" by Angelino Magazine.
She lectures and teaches trial advocacy workshops at law schools in Los Angeles, as well as appearing as a speaker and panelist before law groups and organizations on current issues in the criminal justice system.
Sara is a TV legal analyst and legal commentator and appears regularly on CNN, ABC World News, Good Morning America, and MSNBC.
William F. Thomas's sister Cathleen was the first victim of the "Colonial Parkway Killer." Cathleen, just 27 at the time of her death, was one of at least eight victims believed to have been murdered by a Virginia-area serial killer in the late 1980s. No arrests have ever been made in the case.
Bill is an advocate for families of the victims as well as an entertainment industry executive who has worked in leadership roles for artist advocacy organizations, including SAG-AFTRA, ASCAP. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Barbara spent over twenty years as a prosecuting attorney, including four years with a specialty in the investigation and trial presentation of homicide cases. Prior to that she was the lead prosecutor in several high-profile murder cases, as well as the co-prosecutor in the Mike Tyson rape trial. Barbara was also a technical advisor for the crime drama Close to Home, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, which was based in part on her early years as a prosecutor.
Shane Waters is host of Out of the Shadows, a podcast produced by him from co-owned ACC Productions. He combines his knowledge of Private Investigation and education in Forensic Psychology to tell stories of victims that are hard to hear but important to talk about.
Blaine Pardoe is an award-winning New York Times Bestselling author of true crime, science fiction, business management and military history books. He has authored five true crime books, three of which he wrote his daughter – Victoria Hester. Their latest book, A Special Kind of Evil, deals with the Colonial Parkway Murders. He and his daughter tend to focus on cold cases from the 1960’s through the 1980’s.
He has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs discussing his work and has been a featured speaker at the US National Archives, the US Navy Museum, and many other venues.