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James R. Fitzgerald and Natalie Schilling - Couple Who Solved "Unabomber" Case

sajju Published On Wed Sep 29 2021   Modified On Mon May 16 2022
James R. Fitzgerald and Natalie Schilling - Couple Who Solved "Unabomber" Case

James R. Fitzgerald and Natalie Schilling are the celebrity figures who helped crack and solve the Unabomber Case, which ran for 17 years from 1978 to 1995.

Furthermore, James is an American former FBI agent, criminal profiler, forensic linguist, and author. Likewise, Natalie is a linguist at Georgetown University in Washington who helped decode Kaczynski's writing. 

James R. Fitzgerail Early Life

James was born on 17 June 1953 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He holds an American nationality and belongs to white ethnicity. 

His loving parents raised Fitzgerald. The names of James' father and mother are unknown. Similalry, he hasn't revealed about his siblings.

Talking about James' educational details, he attended Penn State University, where he completed his degree in criminal justice. Furthermore, Fitzerald graduated from the FBI academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Fitzgerald and Schilling's Relationship

The former FBI agent, James R. Fitzgerald, found a new love of his life, Natalie Schilling, a Professor of Linguistics. The couple became engaged, and that's how she got media attention. 

She was also a part of Manhunt: Unabomber and helped decode Kaczynski's writing. Schilling is a linguist at Georgetown University in Washington.

James R. Fitzgerald's wife, Natalie Schilling. 

That might be their first meeting, which created a different love story between them. They rarely make public appearances together. The last time they were seen together was back in September 2014 during a Criminal Minds press event.

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Mr. Fitzgerald was already Married.

James R. Fitzgerald was previously married to Ellie Fitzgerald in 1976 and shared three sons. His sons' names are Sean, Dan, and Ryan. But he was on a mission to crack Unabomber Case, which ran for almost two decades from 1978 to 1995

His job as an FBI agent hindered his married life as he had to spend most of his time at work, and he couldn't give time and attention to his wife and children. 

James R. Fitzgerald's Ex-wife, Ellie Fitzgerald. 

He traveled to various places during the investigation and stayed away from home and family.

 As a result, the former couple separated ways and ended their marriage with a mutual understanding after the Unabomber Case ended and decided to look after their children jointly.

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How did he and his team solve the case and capture Kaczynski?

The criminal-minded leader of the Unabomber Case was Theodore John Kaczynski, aka Ted, who was a terrorist and a mathematics genius. Between 1978 and 1995, he planted bombs in different places, killing three people and injuring twenty-three people. 

Police arrested Theodore John Kaczynski. 

Ted used to leave useless clues intentionally to mislead the investigators, which he called his manifesto. Eventually, Theodore's sister helped the FBI reveal his identity, and he was arrested on 3rd April 1996. He serves eight life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole. 

 James R. Fitzgerald Professional Career

James R. Fitzgerald worked as a store detective in his early days. Similarly, he served his professional career in Law enforcement in 1976. 

James was hired from the municipality of Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania as a police officer. He has served as a police officer for 11 years.

Later on, James got a promotion to the rank of sergeant. James got enlisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Similarly, he has also worked as Executive Producer and Co-Host of A&E on the television network.

James Fitzgerald and the true story-based TV Series

James R. Fitzgerald was born on 24th June 1953 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States. He is an American criminal profiler, forensic linguist, and author. 

A former FBI agent was better known for contributing to and working in the UNABOM investigation. They arrested the most dangerous, masterminded mathematics genius Theodore John Kaczynski, Ted. 

The Manhunt Unabomber case TV Series.

The story of the Unabomber Case was so powerful that it inspired people to make a TV Series in 2017 based on it, where Sam Worthing played Fitzgerald and Lynn Collins played Natalie Schilling. 

Moreover, this case is regarded as the most expensive and long-lasting investigation.

Estimated Net Worth

James R. Fitzgerald must have accumulated his net worth by serving in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Similarly, he has also earned a good amount of wealth from his career. James has an estimated net worth of $1-$5 million, according to various online resources. 

Moreover, the average salary of an FBI agent is $63,500 as per Payscale. So, James is likely to earn more than the average salary. According to Forbes, James Fitzgerald's income, house, properties, cars and wealth details are unknown. James also received some of the money through a TV show.

On the other hand, James' wife, Natalie Schilling, hasn't mentioned her net worth. Natalie has kept his income and earning sources from the public. She is living a lavish lifestyle with her husband.

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