Gerald C. Clark

  • Associate Professor
    Criminal Justice Program
  • Associate Professor
    Criminalistics
  • Chairperson
    Criminal Justice Program

My name is Jerry Clark. I hold a B.A. in Psychology, a M.A. in Forensic Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Public Safety with a specialization in Criminal Justice. My background includes 27 years of experience in local and federal law enforcement, including  the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). I have extensive experience in public-safety leadership, complex investigations, special weapons and tactics,  threat and risk evaluation, law enforcement intelligenceand interviewing techniques. Prior to my retirement from the FBI in June 2011, I was the senior investigator on major crimes for the FBI’s Erie Resident Agency, part of the Bureau’s Pittsburgh Division. In that capacity, I was the lead investigator on “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. I am 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.

On the personal side, I am a married father of two children and reside in Erie. I am an avid sports fan and enjoy running, biking, and golfing. I love to read, specifically about psychology and criminal behavior and have with my co-author begun writing our third book. I really enjoy teaching and attempt to incorporate academics with the "real life" practical knowledge and experience I have gained in my law enforcement career and provide that unique combination to students in the classroom setting.     

Accreditations

  • Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Certification. 
  • FBI Cincinnati Division S.W.A.T. Team from 1999 to 2001
  • Street Survival / Violent Crimes Task Force Certification. 
  • Graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Basic Training - FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia
  • Graduate of the Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Basic Training - FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia
  • Graduate of the Federal Criminal Investigator Training Program, - Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Brunswick GA
  • Licensed Private Investigator - Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - #MD154 of 2012
     

Awards/Recognition

Featured on a number of national television networks and media outlets to include:

Netflix - "Evil Genius"

Oxygyn Channel - "The Price of Duty"

Oxygyn Channel - "Snapped"

CNN - "CNN Presents"

Discovery - "FBI Criminal Pursuits"

History Channel - "Mysteries at the Museum"

NBC - "Dateline" (in development)

 

Courses Taught

  • CRJS 110 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJS 202 - Police Function
  • CRJS 212 - Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • CRJS 336 - Introduction to Terrorism
  • CRJS 310 - Investigative Concepts
  • CRJS 320 - Criminal Law and Procedure
  • CRJS 345 - Digital and Computer Evidence
  • CRJS 108 - Freshman Seminar for Criminal Justice 
  • CRJS 490 - Criminal Justice Internship Program

Educational History

  • Capella University - Minneapolis, MN. - Ph.D. - Public Service Leadership and Criminology
  • C.U.N.Y. John Jay College of Criminal Justice - New York, NY. - M.A. - Forensic Psychology
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania - Edinboro, PA. - B.A. - Psychology

 

Professional Experience

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation - Special Agent
  • Drug Enforcement Administration - Special Agent
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service - Special Agent
  • Principle at Clark and Wick Investigations, LLC.
  • McManis and Monsalve Associates - Director of Risk Analysis and Mitigation
  • Erie County Adult Parole and Probation - Parole Officer
  • New York Commodities Exchange Center - Compliance Investigator
  • Hamot Medical Center - Forensic Behavioral Health Therapist

 

Professional Societies

  • Member of the FBI Society of Fomer Special Agents
  • Member of the Alpha Phi Sigma The National Criminal Justice Honors Society
  • Member of the American Society of Criminology

Publications

  • "Mania and Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong: Inside the Mind of a Female Serial Killer" published by Rowman & Littlefield September 22, 2017.
  • "A History of Heists: Bank Robbery in America" published by Rowman & Littlefield, on July 16, 2015
  • "Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery" published by Penguin Random House on Nov. 6, 2012.
  • Competence to Stand Trial: An Analysis of Intellectual Functioning and Psychiatric Diagnosis”. Doctoral dissertation  published July 2012.

Scholarship/Research

Selected Presentations:

• Erie School District - "Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery" case presentation  - February 25, 2016, Erie, Pennsylvania

• Central Tech High School - "Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery" case presentation  - February 29, 2016, Erie, Pennsylvania

• Erie County Adult Probation and Parole Employee Seminar - "Stress and Wellness Training for Law Enforcement” - August  5, 2016, Erie, Pennsylvania

• Women Educators of Erie - "Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery" case presentation  - September 17, 2016, Erie, Pennsylvania

• March of Dimes - "Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery" case presentation  - December 27, 2016, Erie, Pennsylvania

• Mercyhurst University Criminal Justice Club – Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery" case presentation  - February 22, 2017, Erie, Pennsylvania

• Edinboro University Academic Festival – Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery" case presentation  - March 27, 2017, Edinboro, Pennsylvania

• FBI Citizens Academy – Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery" case presentation  - March 28, 2017, Erie, Pennsylvania

 

Scholarship:

•Director of the Criminal Investigators Summer Camp at GU – Week long CSI camp for students age 15-18 held in July of every year.

• Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – Facilitate a seven week course on Investigative Concepts utilizing the “Pizza Bomber” investigation as a     case study. The course attracts participants from all over the world and has run three times instructing over 2500 students.

• Media Subject Matter Expert – Have participated in numerous television and newspaper interviews providing insight and explanation on a wide variety topics related to the law enforcement field.
• Participated in the Public Safety Expo – Lights, Sirens & Safety.

• Go College – Provide instruction to high school students in the program looking to attend college in the future.

• Lectures and discussions at numerous high schools on a wide array of topics. 

• Have donated proceeds from presentations to the Erie Gains initiative.

• Routinely provide tours to different schools, clubs and organizations at the newly developed Gannon University Forensic Investigation Center.

• Assist students from other universities with direction and advice on internship possibilities and career options.

Gannon University Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge (I-HACK)

Gannon University announces the launch of the Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge (I-HACK).