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Dr. Susan Adams

Dr. Susan Adams, a retired FBI Agent, served as an investigator for criminal and counterintelligence cases. She also taught Investigative Interviewing and Statement Analysis at the FBI Academy. As a guest speaker, Dr. Adams has addressed regional conferences in over 20 states and international conferences in Vienna, Prague, Edinburgh, Ottawa and Toronto.

  • Her work has been published in over a dozen journals and she is co-author of the book “Analyzing 911 Calls in Homicide Cases.”
  • Dr. Adams is a professor of Criminal Justice at the Graduate School of the University of Maryland University College. She earned her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in the field of Human Development.
  • She received the University of Virginia’s Jefferson Award for excellence in research for her study, “Communication under Stress: Indicators of Veracity and Deception.”
  • Her current research involves the analysis of 911 homicide calls for indicators of innocence and guilt.
Thomas F. O’Connor
Retired FBI Special Agent

Special Agent (SA) Thomas O’Connor entered on duty with the FBI in 1997. SA O’Connor was assigned to work in the Washington Field Office on the Joint Terrorism Task Force. During this time SA O’Connor worked both International and Domestic Terrorism cases. Prior to entering on duty with the FBI, SA O’Connor was a Police Officer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. SA O’Connor worked for 15 years as a Municipal Officer leaving for the FBI at the rank of Detective Sergeant. As a Police Officer, SA O’Connor specialized in narcotics and violent gang investigations.

SA O’Connor was the program coordinator for investigations involving criminal activity/violence conducted by right-wing extremists in the Washington Field office area of responsibility. These investigations include neo-Nazis and other hate-based groups and lone actors. SA O’Connor was Case Agent for both the Pentagon lone offender shooting and the Family Research Council lone offender shooting.

 SA O’Connor was a Team Leader on the Washington Field Office, Evidence Response Team (WFO ERT).  In this capacity, SA O’Connor has led forensic teams to multiple terrorist attacks around the globe. These deployments include the 1998 Nairobi Embassy bombing,  two deployments to Kosovo in 1999 for war crimes investigations,  2000 USS Cole attack in Aden Yemen,  SA O’Connor was a coordinator for evidence collection at the 9-11 attack on the US Pentagon,  2002 N17 bombing in Athens Greece, 2006 attack on the US Consulate in Karachi Pakistan, 6 deployments to Iraq and three deployments to Afghanistan. SA O’Connor worked at the crime scenes of both the 2018 Tree of life Synagogue shooting and the 2019 Virginia Beach government building shootings. SA O’Connor specialized in Post Blast Investigation and shooting reconstruction evidence recovery.

In 2005 SA O’Connor was assigned to investigate hostage takings in the Iraq Theater of Operations. During this deployment, SA O’Connor was involved in the rescue of US Citizen Roy Hallums who had been held by extremists for 311 days.

SA O’Connor has provided instruction on both Domestic and International Terrorism issues across the United States and overseas. In 2004, SA O’Connor was awarded the Department of Justice “Instructor of the Year” award and was named an FBI “Master Police Instructor” in 2010.  SA O’Connor was certified as an Adjunct Faculty member for the FBI Academy.

SA O’Connor is a 2011 graduate of the George C.  Marshall, European Center for Security Studies, Program on Terrorism and Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany where he continues to instruct as an adjunct professor.

SA O’Connor served as a member of the FBI Agents Association's (FBIAA) National Executive Board for three years, as the Vice President for seven years, and as President for three years, retiring from the FBI on September 11, 2019. This date was chosen to honor the FBI Agents who had passed due to the 9-11 attack and the illnesses related to that terrorist attack.

SA O’Connor is currently the Principle Consultant at FedSquared Consulting, providing instruction and consultation on a variety of Counterterrorism topics to both Government and private sector clients.

Peter Lapp
Retired FBI Special Agent

As a retired special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pete is highly experienced in the areas of counterintelligence, criminal investigations, espionage, economic espionage, and law enforcement.

Over the course of his 22-year career at the FBI, Pete had notable success in the areas of espionage and economic espionage as an investigator, program manager, and later chief of the economic espionage and PRC espionage units at the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. Notably, Pete was the FBI’s co-case agent of the espionage investigation of Ana Belen Montes, who was arrested ten days after 9/11 for committing espionage on behalf of the Cuban Intelligence Service. Montes was sentenced in 2002 in a plea agreement  to 25 years for spying while she worked at the Defense Intelligence Agency.

While assigned to the FBI’s Wilmington, Delaware Resident Agency, Pete was the case agent on the theft of trade secrets criminal investigation of MIN Yonggang, who as a former DuPont employee was convicted of misappropriating over $1 billion of the company’s trade secrets.

Prior to serving in the FBI, Pete was a local police officer in Southeastern Pennsylvania serving in both the City of Coatesville and West Whiteland Township police departments over the course of five years as both a patrol officer and community police officer. While in Coatesville, Pete served on the Chester County Drug Task Force as a collateral assignment to his patrol duties.

Pete has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice from West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, as well as a Master’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Pete’s book on the FBI’s investigation of Ana Montes titled The Queen of Cuba: The Inside Story on How the Perfect Spy Evaded Detection for 17 Years, will be released in early 2023.

Gary Noesner
Retired FBI Negotiator


Gary Noesner retired from the FBI in 2003 following a 30-year career as an investigator, instructor, and negotiator.  A significant focus of his career was directed toward investigating Middle East hijackings in which American citizens were victimized.  In addition, he was an FBI hostage negotiator for 23 years of his career, retiring as the Chief of the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Unit, Critical Incident Response Group, the first person to hold that position. In that capacity, he was heavily involved in numerous crisis incidents covering prison riots, right-wing militia standoffs, religious zealot sieges, terrorist embassy takeovers, airplane hijackings, and over 120 overseas kidnapping cases involving American citizens.

Following his retirement from the FBI, he became a Senior Vice President with Control Risks, an international risk consultancy, assisting clients in managing overseas kidnap incidents.  He continues to Consult independently and speaks at law enforcement conferences and corporate gatherings around the world.

He has appeared in numerous television documentaries about hostage negotiation, terrorism, and kidnapping produced by the History Channel, Nat Geo, WE, Discovery, TLC, A&E, CNN, CBS, BBC, American Heroes Network, and others. He has been interviewed in Time, Forbes, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Roll Call, the Washingtonian Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, and other publications. He has given speeches at major universities, done interviews on numerous radio and television programs, and was the subject of an hour-long interview on NPR’s Fresh Air in 2010.

He has written a book about his FBI negotiation career, which was published by Penguin Random House in 2010, entitled: Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator. 

The 2018 Paramount TV Event "Waco" is based, in part, on his book. He was portrayed in the six-part TV series by two-time Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon.

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Gerald 'Jerry' C. Clark
FBI - Retired

Gerald 'Jerry' C. Clark is a retired FBI agent, most famous for his role in the "Pizza Bomber" case.

While that is what got Clark nationwide attention, it is hardly his most significant accomplishment. Clark holds a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. in Forensic Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Public Safety with a specialization in Criminal Justice.

All told, Clark spent 27 years in law enforcement, which, in addition to the FBI, included time with the DEA and NCIS.

Clark has extensive experience in public-safety leadership, complex investigations, special weapons and tactics, threat and risk evaluation, law enforcement intelligence, and interviewing techniques.

As noted above, Clark played an integral role in capturing the targets of FBI Major Case #203, which has become known as the "Pizza Bomber" case.

One of the subjects of that investigation was Brian Douglas Wells, a pizza delivery man murdered by what was described as a collar bomb. Wells was reportedly part of the plot, having allegedly been told the collar bomb was fake, not knowing his alleged co-conspirators planned to kill him all along.

At the time of the crime, it was described by CNN as "one of the most complicated and bizarre crimes in the annals of the FBI."

Clark has co-authored four books on various cases involving the FBI: "Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery," "A History of Heists: Bank Robbery in America," "Mania and Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong: Inside the Mind of a Female Serial Killer," and "On the Lam: A History of Hunting Fugitives in America."

Clark is also featured in the Netflix documentary title, "Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist."

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