Speaker Information

Dr. Henry Lee

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Dr. Henry C. Lee is one of the world’s foremost forensic scientists. Dr. Lee’s work has made him a landmark in modern-day criminal investigations. He has been a prominent player in many of the most challenging cases of the last 50 years. Dr. Lee has worked with law enforcement agencies in helping to solve more than 8000 cases. In recent years, his travels have taken him to England, Bosnia, Canada, China, Brunei, Bermuda, Germany, Singapore, Thailand, Middle East, South America and other locations around the world. 

Dr. Lee’s testimony figured prominently in the O. J. Simpson, Jason Williams, Peterson, and Kennedy Smith Trials; and in convictions of the “Woodchipper” murderer as well as thousands of other murder cases. He assisted local and state police in their investigations of other famous crimes, such as the murder of JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colorado, the 1993 suicide of White House Counsel Vincent Foster, the death of Chandra Levy, the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, and the reinvestigation of the Kennedy assassination. He was a consultant for more than 800 law enforcement agencies. 

Dr. Lee is currently a Distinguished Chair Professor in Forensic Science, Vice President of Global Affair and the director of Forensic Research and Training Center of University of New Haven. He was the Chief Emeritus for the Connecticut State Police during 2000-2010 and was the Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Connecticut during 1998 to 2000 and has served as the state’s Chief Criminalist from 1978 to 2000. Dr. Lee was the driving force in establishing a modern state police communication system, Community based police services sex offender and DNA databank, major crime investigation concepts and advanced forensic science services in Connecticut. 

In 1975, Dr. Lee joined the University of New Haven, where he created the school’s Forensic Sciences program. He has also taught as a professor at more than a dozen universities, law schools, and medical schools. Though challenged with the demands on his time, Dr. Lee still lectures throughout the country and world to police, universities and civic organizations. He’s authored more than two hundred articles in professional journals and has co-authored more than 40 books, covering the areas, such as; DNA, Fingerprints, Trace Evidence, Crime Scene Investigation and Crime Scene Reconstruction. He is the author of some best sellers, such as Famous Crimes Revisited, Cracking Cases: the science of solving crimes, Blood Evidence, and Cracking More Cases. In addition, his textbooks such as Forensic Science, Physical Evidence and Henry Lee’s Crime Scene Handbook have been widely adopted in medical legal and forensic professions. He has appeared in many TV shows and movies. His new television series, Trace Evidence – Dr. Henry Lee File has received high ratings and has been broadcasted around the world. 

Dr. Lee has been the recipient of numerous medals and awards, including the 1996 Medal of Justice from the Justice Foundation, and the 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Science and Engineer Association. He has also been the recipient of the Distinguished Criminalist Award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS); the J. Donero Award from the International Association of Identification and in 1992, was elected a distinguished Fellow of the AAFS. He has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFE) in 2000, Medal of Honor by the Ellis Island Foundation in 2004, Congressional Recognition for Outstanding services by the US Congress in 2004, Presidential Medal of Honor by the President of Croatia in 2005, Medal of Service from the Ministry of Interior, Taiwan, ROC in 2006, and Gusi Peace Award from the Philippines in 2008. 

Dr. Lee was born in China and grew up in Taiwan. Dr. Lee first worked for the Taipei Police Department, attaining the rank of Captain. With his wife, Margaret, Dr. Lee came to the United States in 1965, and he earned his B.S. in Forensic Science from John Jay College in 1972. Dr. Lee continued his studies in biochemistry at NYU where he earned his Master’sDegree in 1974 and his Ph.D. in 1975. He has also received special training from the FBI Academy, ATF, RCMP, and other organizations. He is a recipient of 30 Honorary degrees: Doctorate Degrees of Science from the University of New Haven, University of Connecticut, Honorary Doctorate of Law from Roger Williams Law School, Mitchell College, American International University and Taiwan Scientific Technology University, Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters from the University of Bridgeport, St. Joseph College, Armstrong University in Hon Kong,Hwa Tong University  in Taiwan, University of Law and Political Science in China, University of  Spite in Croatia, International Burch University in Bosnia,  in recognition of his contributions to Law and Science.

Mark E. Safarik M.S., V.S.M. Supervisory Special Agent (FBI ret)

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Mark Safarik was a senior member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, during which time he established himself as an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and interpretation of violent criminal behavior. Mr. Safarik’s law enforcement career spans over 30 years, during which time he worked in all levels of police work, from working patrol as a beat cop to a detective working homicides. He spent 23 years with the FBI, where he served over half his career as a criminal profiler. Mr. Safarik led the consultation efforts on many high profile national and international violent crime cases and lectured at numerous foreign police forces around the world, sharing his expertise in the analysis of homicide and complex crime scene behavior.   


Mr. Safarik has a graduate degree from Boston University and is an adjunct faculty member at Boston College. He is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, a former faculty member of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and an advisory board member at the Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law. He has conducted internationally renowned research on the sexual assault and homicide of elder females and received the prestigious Jefferson Medal from the University of Virginia for this groundbreaking work. He was presented with the Silver Medal from the Spanish Society of Criminology and Forensic Science, the first non-European to receive this honor. He is a member of the highly respected Vidocq Society, a criminological group that donates its investigative resources to solving cold case homicides. He is well-published in international journals, including the Journal of Forensic Sciences, International Journal of Homicide Studies, and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. He has authored numerous book chapters on homicide including in the newest text on sexual homicide, the Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Homicide Studies. His new book, with co-author Katherine Ramsland, Spree Killers: Practical Classifications for Law Enforcement and Criminology has been hailed as the definitive textbook on this type of multicide. 

Mr. Safarik has reviewed and consulted on thousands of national and international crimes of violence including all types of homicide; serial, mass, single and multiple murders, sexual assault, offender motivation and deterrability, and equivocal death analysis. His expertise has been utilized by attorneys in both criminal and civil courts. Mr. Safarik has provided expert witness testimony throughout the United States on complex behavioral assessments in many high-profile cases including the Spokane Serial Killer, the Bakersfield Mass Murder, the Dating Game Killer Rodney Alcala, and three complex California police homicides. 


He has appeared on Dateline, Court TV, Forensic Files, New Detectives, A&E, Oxygen, Discovery ID and numerous news networks to discuss his cases and analyses. His television series, Killer Instinct premiered in 2011. He was a longtime consultant for the popular television series CSI: Las Vegas, Bones, and The Blacklist and has two seasons of Cold Case Homicide television shows in both Sweden and Denmark.

Dr. Gerald “Jerry” Clark (FBI, DEA & NCIS ret.)

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Join former NCIS, DEA and now retired FBI Special Agent Dr Gerald “Jerry” Clark who holds a B.A. in Psychology, a M.A. in Forensic Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Public Safety with a specialization in Criminal Justice. He served a total of 27 years in local and federal law enforcement. Moreover, he was the senior investigator on major crimes for the FBI’s Erie Resident Agency, part of the Bureau’s Pittsburgh Division. He was also the lead investigator on the “Collar Bomb,” FBI Major Case #203, also known as the “Pizza Bomber” case – one of only a select number of Major Cases in the FBI’s history. He is the co-author, with Erie Times-News investigative reporter Ed Palattella of three books:

Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America’s Most Shocking Bank Robbery,” which was published by Penguin Random House and has been optioned by producers and in development for a feature film.

"A History of Heists: Bank Robbery in America" published by Rowman & Littlefield.

"Mania and Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong: Inside the Mind of a Female Serial Killer" published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Dr. Katherine Ramsland

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She has played chess with serial killers, dug up dead bodies, consulted on complex cases, and worked with FBI profilers. For over two decades, Dr. Katherine Ramsland has used her training in forensic psychology to penetrate unique and dangerous arenas. She’s a professor of forensic psychology at DeSales University, an assistant provost, and a consultant on death investigations. She spent five years working with the BTK serial killer, Dennis Rader, to write his autobiography, and due to her extensive research on extreme offenders, she’s been featured in over 200 true crime documentaries for her expertise on the criminal mind and behavior. The author of 68 books, she’s been a forensic consultant for CSI, Bones,and The Alienist, and has appeared on 48 Hours, 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, Dr. Oz, Nightline, Nancy Grace and other prominent shows to discuss extreme criminal behavior. She was a recurring expert on Twisted and Born to Kill, about the criminal mind, and American Occult, which dealt with occult influences on murderers. Among her books are How to Catch a Killer, Confession of a Serial Killer, The Psychology of Death Investigations, Spree Killers, The Mind of a Murderer, The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds, Inside the Minds of Serial Killers, and The Criminal Mind. She blogs regularly for Psychology Today and once wrote extensively for Court TV’s Crime Library on forensic psychology, forensic science, and extreme offenders. Among her co-written books are case analyses with former FBI profilers John Douglas, Mark Safarik and Gregg McCrary, and forensic scientist Henry Lee. She trains law enforcement and speaks internationally as the go-to expert for the most extreme, deviant and bizarre forms of criminal behavior.

Degrees

• Ph.D. in philosophy, Rutgers University• Master of Arts in criminal justice, DeSalesUniversity• Master of Arts in forensic psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice• Master of Arts in clinical psychology, Duquesne University• In progress: Master of Fine Arts, DeSales University

Rachael Bell, MS, MS, LPC

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Rachael Bell is a serial killer expert and creator of Crimes Unlimited, a true crime podcast and the Savannah Crime Expo. She worked as a researcher, author and serial killer expert for 11 years, in the late 1990’s to 2010, at CourtTV’s Crime Library, an internet-based true crime data source. Bell’s mother, serial killer expert Marilyn J. Bardsley, was the founder and executive editor of CourtTV’s Crime Library. Bell is noted as one of the website’s earliest authors.

While working for Court TV’s Crime Library, Bell researched and wrote more than 70 extensive articles about crime and psychology, as well as numerous real-time news articles. Some of the articles written by Bell included the BTK killer Dennis Rader, the Green River Killer, O.J. Simpson, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Ed Gein and Wayne Williams. A co-authored article about the BTK Killer, written by forensic experts David Lohr, Rachael Bell and Marilyn Bardsley, was used by serial killer Dennis Rader to taunt the police before his capture. Another of Bell’s articles about the Wayne William’s serial killer (Atlanta Child Murders) case was used by The Green River Killer task force to aid in the investigation of the crimes, prior to serial killer Gary Ridgway’s capture.


Rachael Bell is also a clinical counselor who received her Bachelor of Psychology degree at George Mason University and 2 master’s degrees from the royal Leiden University in the Netherlands (Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology). She interned at a forensic institute in the Netherlands where she also conducted in-prison counseling with offenders. Moreover, she taught Psychology at Webster University in the Netherlands, including one of the first Criminal & Forensic Psychology courses in the country. She taught at Leiden University and currently is an adjunct professor of Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice at DeSales University.


Bell, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, returned to the United States in 2007, where she worked as a clinical counselor at a psychiatric facility. While there, she specialized in treating sex offenders, adolescent clients with criminal psychiatric problems and other mental health issues. She used her vast experience in criminal behavior to continue treating adult sex offenders, as well as other client populations, in her private clinical practice.


Bell authored the book “Sexual Obsessions Gone Wrong”, high-lighting severe paraphilic behaviors and related legal ramifications. She created the Crimes Unlimited true-crime podcast and the Savannah Crime Expo as a tribute to her mother, in the hopes of continuing her legacy. Furthermore, Bell is Vice President of Marketing at Crimescape Books. Bell has also been interviewed as a criminal expert for cable on the Oxygen Channel’s “Mark of a Killer”, ReelzTV’s “Hollywood Scandals”, CNN/Headline News’ “Jane Valez-Mitchell” show, E! Entertainment Television’s program “Going Postal: 15 Most Shocking Acts of Violence”, E! Entertainment Television’s “20 Most Shocking Unsolved Crimes”, Investigative Discovery Channel show “Hometown Homicide” and Lifetime Movie Network’s crime series “Killer Kids”, as well as other news and tv shows.

Kathy Kleiner-Rubin

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Kathy Kleiner-Rubin is an exceptional person and a survivor of not just lupus, cancer and a bank robbery but is also one of the few surviving victims of infamous serial killer Ted Bundy at FSU’s Chi Omega sorority house. She will share her harrowing story of survival at the Savannah Crime Expo!

Stephanie Scott-Snyder, MA, CCFC

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Stephanie Scott-Snyder is a forensic mental health clinician and clinically certified forensic counselor. She has extensive experience providing court-mandated treatment to adult sexual offenders, conducting specialized risk assessments and psycholegal evaluations, and providing crisis intervention to victims of violent crime. She is an adjunct faculty member at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she teaches Forensic Psychology and Adolescent Psychology, and where she developed and oversees the undergraduate forensic internship program. She also regularly trains law enforcement and social service personnel in matters related to mental health and criminal behavior. 

Scott-Snyder is the author of two books: Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Essentials for Law Enforcement and When Women Offend: Crime and the Female Perpetrator. For the latter, she traveled to various jails, prisons, and halfway houses, to interview women who had committed unusually violent crimes, in order to better understand their motives and criminal trajectories. 

Prior to her experience in forensic psychology, Scott-Snyder was a Writer/Producer at various television networks including CourtTV, where she was responsible for On Air material for shows including Forensic Files, Body of Evidence, and The Investigators. She is currently at work on her first novel.

Sheryl McCollum, MA

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Sheryl McCollum is a Crime Scene Investigator with a metro Atlanta Police Department, a regular on Crime Stories with Nancy Grace and a CrimeOnLine contributor. She is also a college professor and the founder and director of the non-profit Cold Case Investigative Research Institute in Atlanta, GA. She recently joined a CBS affiliate as a crime scene analyst and investigator for CSI Atlanta, investigating unsolved Georgia cases. 


McCollum’s background includes a position as the director of the Metro Atlanta Cold Case Crime Analysis Squad, as well as the coordinator for the Crisis Response Team during the 1996 Olympic Games. The team that she coordinated responded to the Centennial Olympic Park bombing. Moreover, she served as the Georgia state director of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. McCollum is a co-author of the book Cold Case: Pathways to Justice.

Lee and Anthony Redgrave

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Lee and Anthony Redgrave are forensic genetic genealogists who have worked cases of unknown identity of decedents who are Jane or John Does, as well as criminal cases that involve perpetrator DNA left at the scene of a violent crime. Since the advent of law enforcement use of genealogy in the beginning of 2018, they have helped resolve over a dozen cold cases. They are forensic genealogy team leads and case managers with the non-profit DNA Doe Project, co-founders of the Trans Doe Task Force, and they are the lead forensic genealogists with Othram, Inc., a private forensic DNA sequencing lab. Anthony is working towards an Ed.D in Transformative Leadership with a focus on forensic genealogy education and training for law enforcement. He is the training coordinator for the DNA Doe Project, and the instructional designer and online instructor for their Forensic Genealogy Training For Law Enforcement course, where he has trained law enforcement agencies around the world about working cold cases using forensic genealogy.