Terry D. Turchie is a former Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI. His leadership was the driving force behind the capture of the two most elusive and solitary domestic terrorists in U.S. history. 

Between 1994 and 1998, Terry directed the UNABOM Federal Task Force (UTF) that finally caught and convicted Theodore Kaczynski for an 18-year long string of terrorist bombings. Robert Graysmith, an author who wrote about the case in a 1997 book UNABOMBER—A Desire to Kill, called Turchie “the heart and spirit of the investigation.”

After Theodore Kaczynski pled guilty to the UNABOM crimes in 1998, Turchie was promoted to Inspector, and was immediately tapped by FBI Director Louis Freeh to direct the Southeast Bomb Task Force in the North Carolina’s hunt for Olympic Park bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. His interagency coworkers admiringly described him as the “FBI’s Ace.”



In 1999, Terry was called to Washington, D.C. as Deputy Assistant Director in the new Counterterrorism Division of the FBI. Between 1999 and 2001, he testified before Congress and traveled extensively overseas with former FBI Director Louis Freeh to facilitate joint investigations of international terrorism in the Middle East, Asia and the former Soviet Union.


Turchie is a recipient of the FBI Director’s Award as well as the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service. From 2001 to 2007 he was the Director for Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism for the University of California at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. 

Terry and Kathleen co-authored two books in 2007 and 2008 (see OUR BOOKS); in 2013 he co-authored  BREAKING IRAQ with retired Army Colonel Ted Spain; and he also has a forthcoming book which details how the response of the UNABOM Task Force to the unique demands of the UNABOM investigation changed FBI management of major cases forever (in press).

In his capacity as an author and a principal of TK Associates, LLC, Turchie is a frequent consultant to corporate and law enforcement organizations based on his unique knowledge of how to solve complex terrorism cases.  He has co-produced award-winning documentaries for the National Geographic Channel (see MEDIA); is a frequent law enforcement consultant for FOX News and other news organizations; and is an accomplished and engaging public speaker on issues of security, law enforcement and dealing with both domestic and international crime and terrorism.

     Terry D. Turchie