Millions know Ted Kaczynski as the Unabomber, a criminal mastermind who led the FBI on the infamous, and most expensive, 18-year manhunt for the person behind mail bombings, which killed three people and injured dozens of others.
But lesser known is former FBI agent James “Jim” Fitzgerald, of Sea Isle City, the man who helped crack the case and the subject of Discovery Channel’s new series, “Manhunt: Unabomber.”
Fitzgerald, nicknamed Fitz, is a Stockton University faculty member and was instrumental in the FBI capturing Kaczynski at his remote cabin in Lincoln, Montana 21 years ago. The television series takes people back to the bombings from 1978 to 1995, the inner workings of the FBI case and an introspective look at our interactions with technology today.
Fitzgerald, played on the small screen by Avatar’s Sam Worthington, worked for 11 years as a beat cop in Pennsylvania before becoming an FBI agent. He worked in New York City for seven years and then completed a 12-week training course on behavioral analysis and profiling, which was still in its early stages.
“There were a lot of people there with investigative gum-shoe backgrounds, which wasn’t a bad thing, that was me, too, but I also came out as a brand new profiler,” he told The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/2f0v3K2). “I had 18 years of investigative skills under my belt, 12 weeks of training as a profiler and the first case I get assigned to was the Unabomber.”
The series transports viewers back to when Fitzgerald joins the team in 1995 and quickly discovers that the profiles officials had been using, one of which…