Former FBI Agent, Profiler to Speak at WWU

Like the characters on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Roy Hazelwood has solved several sexual crime cases. But unlike the television actors, Hazelwood did not stop looking for clues when a director yelled “cut.”


Hazelwood, a former FBI agent and profiler for the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, will speak at William Woods University Nov. 28.


His speech, which is part of the President’s Concert and Lecture Series, will take place 7 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center. It is free and open to the public.


Hazelwood was one of the original profilers in the Behavioral Science Unit, and he transformed the investigation of sexual offenses into an integral part of FBI training. He has conducted and published research on autoerotic fatalities, serial rape, juvenile sexual offenders, sexual sadism and the wives and girlfriends of sexual sadists.


He was first influenced to learn more about serial killers when he studied a sexual predator of the 1950s who posed as a photographer and met women through ads. After studying this case, he decided if he had the chance to learn more about this type of offender, he would.


Hazelwood served 11 years in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Major. He spent 22 years in the FBI, serving 16 years in the Behavioral Science Unit at the FBI Academy. He holds a B.S. degree in sociology and an M.S. degree in counseling and guidance, and held a one-year fellowship in forensic medicine.

Hazelwood is a consultant on violent crimes in both criminal and civil cases. He was retained by the United Nations as a consultant on the Bosnian war crimes.


He has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and coauthored five books. He currently serves on the editorial review boards of four professional journals.


Hazelwood has received awards from more than 60 organizations representing the academic, mental health and law enforcement communities.


He has been interviewed frequently by the media and has appeared on numerous television programs including “New Detectives” (Discovery); “American Justice” (A&E) and NBC Dateline.