I was recently interviewed by Jerri Williams for her podcast FBI Retired Case File Review. I first heard about Jerri’s show from a new agent (right out of the FBI Academy) in our office. He was a huge fan and found inspiration to join the FBI from hearing about the cases and careers of retired FBI agents featured on Jerri’s show. I listened and loved it as well. I think what I might have loved even more than all the retired agents’ stories, however, is Jerri’s own story – from an FBI agent investigating huge white collar crime cases, to media coordinator for the Philadelphia Division of the FBI, to crime fiction writer, to true crime podcaster. She’s innovative, hardworking, and entrepreneurial.
I wanted to go on Jerri’s show not only to tell my story about working on the Golden State Killer case, but also because I was thinking about doing a podcast with a few of my former colleagues. I figured it would not only be good practice, but also give me a chance to learn a little more about the process of podcasting. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do it, but after talking with Jerri, she encouraged me.
Since my interview with Jerri, we have recorded six episodes of The Consult. Our first few episodes are dedicated to an even more in-depth analysis of Joe DeAngelo, aka the Golden State Killer. You’ll also get to hear the perspective of my partner on the case, retired FBI agent Bob Drew. On future shows, we will be analyzing, from a behavioral perspective, a variety of cases including other serial offenses (sexual assaults and murders), single homicides, and even white-collar crime. If you asked me a year ago, I never would have believed I’d being doing this.
The FBI Agents Association announced Jerri Williams as its Distinguished Service Honoree for 2021. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award. Through her podcasts and books, Jerri supports the FBI, and their employees, at every phase. She inspires talented young people to join the FBI; she highlights the phenomenal work and careers of FBI employees, both past and present; and she’s an important guiding influence and source of unwavering support for retired FBI agents as they embark on their post-bureau endeavors.
Thank you and congratulations to Jerri Williams and FBI Retired Case File Review.
You can listen to my interview here: https://jerriwilliams.com/242-julia-cowley-golden-state-killer-bau-profiler/