Before heading to the FBI to help solve a widely known case, James Fitzgerald patrolled the streets of Bensalem for more than 10 years.

Discovery’s Manhunt: UNABOMBER reception at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Colin Young-Wolff/AP Images for Discovery Communications)

Fitzgerald’s work on the Unabomber case re-entered the spotlight when the Discovery Channel released “Manhunt: Unabomber” in July 2017. Sam Worthington, (pictured to the right) is the actor who portrayed Fitzgerald in the about, “85 percent accurate,” series.

“I found out when you do a Hollywood show…and it’s based on you and even if it says based on true events at the very beginning they do take some liberties with it,” Fitzgerald said during a live interview on WBCB 1490 AM on Monday afternoon.

Fitzgerald, now a Jersey Shore resident, retired from the FBI in 2007. He recently finished the third book in a personal four-part series entitled A Journey To The Center Of The Mind Book III- The (First Ten) FBI Years. He also works as a technical advisor for multiple TV shows including Criminal Minds. 

The Philadelphia native became a supervisory special agent, criminal profiler, and forensic linguist, a vital reason which helped him crack the 18-year-old Unabomber case. Through his career, Fitzgerald has also worked on high profile cases like JonBenet Ramsey and the Washington, DC sniper.

Fitzgerald was barred from comments about the JonBenet case due to a lawsuit against the 2016 CBS mini-series in which he appeared as one of the seven experts on the show.

“One of the family members is suing CBS as well as the other people who were on air and as a result…I can not officially talk about the case,” Fitzgerald explained.

But before all of that, Fitzgerald was a police officer and detective sergeant in Bensalem Township.

Courtesy James Fitzgerald: April 1983, first “perp walk” with an arrested person

His second novel of the series, A Journey To The Center Of The Mind Book II – The Police Officer Years (Mid-1970s to Mid-1980s), focuses on Bensalem. The times he refers to as, “the most interesting, invigorating, and fun times of my 31-year professional career.”

“I just wanted to make our town, our society a better place to live,” he said. “And that’s all I wanted to do or tried to do that is before the politics crept in.”

The election of 1985 is the height of the political creep in Fitzgerald’s Bensalem book. He refers to WBCB as the station in which he learned the results, a place to this day Bucks County can go to for live, local election coverage.

Fitzgerald will take the stage Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Congregation Tifereth Israel located at 2909 Bristol Road in Bensalem. He will host a breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon along with Frank Goldstein, the event chairperson.

Fitzgerald will be signing books, answering questions, and talking to the public about his career.

Below you can listen to the full live interview on WBCB 1490 AM with James Fitzgerald on Dec. 4: