'Pizza Bomber' Lead Investigator Joins Gannon University Faculty

Posted: August 3, 2012

Gerald C. Clark, Jr., Ph.D., the lead investigator on the “Pizza Bomber” case that gained national and worldwide attention, has joined the Gannon University criminal justice department as an assistant professor.

Clark recently completed the successful defense of his dissertation, earning a doctoral degree in public service leadership and criminology from Capella University. His dissertation topic, based on his involvement with the “Pizza Bomber,” or “Collar Bomb” case, was titled, “Competence to Stand Trial: An Analysis of Intellectual Functioning and Psychiatric Diagnosis.”

The Erie Times-News recently reported that movie rights have been secured for an upcoming book on the case. Clark and Ed Palattella, an invesigative reporter with the newspaper, worked on the book together. Palatella extensively covered the case and the subsequent legal proceedings.

Clark will continue his affiliation with McManis & Monsalve Associates in Erie as director of the company’s Risk Analysis and Mitigation Team. An expert in security management, he has 27 years’ experience in local and federal law enforcement, including with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

Clark has extensive experience in public-safety leadership, complex investigations and interviewing techniques. Prior to his retirement from the FBI in June, 2011, Clark was the principal investigator on major crimes for the FBI’s Erie Resident Agency, which is part of the Bureau’s Pittsburgh Division. In that capacity, he was lead investigator on the “Pizza Bomber” case, FBI Major Case #203, which is one of the few Major Cases in the FBI’s history.

Clark is a skilled instructor in special weapons and tactics, travel and executive security, threat and risk evaluation and law enforcement intelligence. He graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and from C.U.N.Y. John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a master’s degree in forensic psychology.

Clark and Ed Palattella, an investigative reporter with the Erie Times-News, co-authored “Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America’s Most Shocking Bank Robbery.” The book will be published by Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin USA, on Nov. 6, 2012. Clark and Palattella have optioned the story for a movie based on the case investigation.

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