William J. Warner, “Bill,” retired from the FBI in 2012 with over 22 years of service as a Special Agent. He spent 16 of those years conducting polygraph examinations, 10 of which were spent supervising the work of other field examiners. Prior to his service in the FBI’s polygraph program, he worked as a street agent doing primarily reactive work on a violent crimes squad.
Developing skills through interview and interrogation (I & I), became his passion early in his career. As a former internal investigator for MARTA Police in Atlanta, he watched as a colleague collected confession after confession while he collected none. “I knew then what my mission was.” Shortly into his polygraph career he began honing his skills. “You have to truly care in all sincerity and be able to convey that emotion to the subject you’re interrogating to get them to tell you everything. Tough to do when you’re talking to a killer, child molester, terrorist or thief. I call it the ‘polygrapher’s paradox.’”
Bill has had a lifelong interest in writing. He owes his writing skill to a female graduate assistant from India at the University of Cincinnati who spent extra time out of class teaching him composition and creative writing. ‘If I could only remember her name I would acknowledge her in every book I intend to write.’ Bill’s second book, Holdup Number Six, An FBI Novel Based On Actual Events, was released early in 2015. Information concerning this roller-coaster cops-and-robbers epic can be found at williamjwarner.com. Bill has also written for the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, April, 2005 issue, Polygraph Testing: A Utilitarian Tool. Bill is an active member of The Florida Writer’s Association as well as the Georgia Writer’s Association.
The author is a veteran having served three years with the 82nd Airborne Division with a son who spent seven years with the same division. His daughter is a registered nurse having once played volleyball for the West Point Military Academy. He resides in Canton, Georgia with his lovely wife of 36 years. He has additional passions for history, hiking, and baseball card collecting. When not writing, he can be found on a trail in the north Georgia mountains, the Smoky mountains, or somewhere along the Appalachian Trail.
Federal Bureau of Investigation 1990 – 2012
Supervisory Special Agent/Security Division
Provided the quality control review of FBI polygraph examiners throughout a region known as the southeast capitol region. Reviewed over 15,000 individual polygraph exams in addition to conducting about 100 per year. Was responsible for overseeing the collection of information, insuring completeness, accuracy, and relevancy. Keenly familiar with criminal, applicant, source, counterintelligence, terrorism, and personnel security testing.
Provided classroom instruction to new Agents at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia regarding polygraph on a periodic basis. Exposed students to the advantages and disadvantages of polygraph testing in detecting deception. Also served as an Adjunct Instructor with the National Center for Credibility Assessment (formerly Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment), Ft. Jackson, S.C. Mentored new students in the art of interview and interrogation.
Special Agent/Polygraph Examiner
Conducted or monitored polygraph examinations throughout the United States from Eagle River, Wisconsin to Miami, Florida and Los Angeles, California to Washington, D.C. Overseas taskings included Bogota, Columbia; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Nairobi, Kenya; Kampala, Uganda in an effort to vet out terrorist threats often with the use of interpreters.
Specialized in eliciting admissions and confessions from criminal subjects through effective interview and interrogation. Provided courtroom testimony in State and Federal proceedings. Managed a caseload of criminal matters resulting in numerous arrests, and convictions to include the use of America’s Most Wanted in successful fashion. Gained extensive knowledge handling evidence while spending four years on an Evidence Response Team.
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Police Services 1987 – 1990
Responsible for a caseload of criminal and internal investigations within MARTA Police Services and the MARTA transit system, Atlanta, Georgia. Served the Director of MARTA Police Services as an acting legal advisor while attending law school in the evenings. Brought about the successful conclusion of a multiple-year investigation into prolonged thievery within the MARTA fare system.
John Marshall Law School, Atlanta, Georgia 1985 – 1989
Argosy University/Department of Defense Polygraph Institute, Washington, D.C.
Master of Arts, Forensic Psychology/Psychophysiology 2003 – 2004
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio 1979 – 1982
Bachelor of Business Administration
University of Virginia 2000
Graduate-Advanced Studies Institute for Polygraphers
Holdup Number Six (An FBI Novel Based On Actual Events) Peppertree Press, LLC Jan/2015
Going Knee To Knee (Confessions, Tales & Tribulations From Inside The FBI’s Polygraph Program)
Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC Feb/2014
Inside FBI Polygraph (2d edition of Going Knee To Knee) Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC March/2016
Appalachian Impasse (A Novel) Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC May, 2016
Ohio Boys (Unruly Short Stories Inspired By Actual Events) Peppertree Press LLC, April/2017
Polygraph Testing: A Utilitarian Tool
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Apr/2005
FBI Personnel Security Polygraph Program
(Informational Brochure) 2001