Silence of the Lambs, Fact or Fiction’ is topic of URI Forensic Seminar, Nov. 14

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Silence of the Lambs, Fact or Fiction’ is
topic of URI Forensic Seminar, Nov. 14
Program to feature FBI serial murder,
child abduction expert

KINGSTON, R.I. — November 12, 2002 — “Violent Crimes, Silence of the Lambs, Fact or Fiction,” will be the topic of the University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar Series on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Eugene Rugala, supervisory special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will speak in Room 124, Pastore Hall. His lecture is free and open to the public.
Rugala will also address profiling of rapists.

Assigned to the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime since February of 1995, he is working at the Child Abduction Serial Murder Investigative
Resource Center.

Rugala specializes in the detailed analysis of violent crimes including murder, sexual assault, extortion, kidnapping, stalking, arson and bombings, domestic and workplace violence. These analyses are provided to requesting law enforcement agencies in the form of offender profiles, crime scene analysis, investigative and interview strategies and threat assessments.

Rugala was formerly assigned to the FBI’s Washington Metropolitan Field Office, where he was the training coordinator in charge of all specialized training for approximately 1,300 agents and support personnel of the field division. Rugala was also a field coordinator for the National Center, and in this role assisted local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in their requests for offender profiles of serial murderers and rapists as well as other consultation services provided by the center.

When at the Washington Metro office, he participated in a number of independent counsel investigations regarding corruption of public officials.

The agent has provided training to various law enforcement and civilian groups on the many violent crime issues handled by the center.

Rugala has participated in ongoing research regarding stalking behavior, serial rape, domestic, workplace and school violence. He has contributed to a number of publications dealing with workplace violence, school violence and stalking behaviors.

He has been a special agent with the FBI for 27 years and has been previously assigned to FBI offices in Santa Fe, N.M. and Fayetteville, N.C. Before coming to the FBI, Rugala was employed with the New Mexico State Police.