WILLIAM J. BODZIAK Mr. Bodziak was born in Washington, D.C. where he received his early education. He has a Bachelor of Arts (AB) degree in Biology from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina (1968) and a Masters of Science in Forensic Science (M.S.F.S.) degree from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (1976).
In January of 1970, Mr. Bodziak was appointed as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Following Special Agent training at the FBI Academy, he served in an investigative capacity in the FBI offices in New Haven, Connecticut, Baltimore, Maryland and Hyattsville, Maryland. From August of 1973 until December of 1997, he was assigned to the FBI Laboratory in Washington, D.C. He retired from the FBI in Jacksonville, Florida, in December of 1998. During his time at the FBI Laboratory, he conducted thousands of forensic examinations of questioned documents, footwear and tire tread impressions, and contributed to numerous major investigations. He has testified as an expert in Federal, state and local courts throughout the United States and has also given expert testimony in courts in Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Israel and South Africa. He has lectured and provided instruction on topics related to examinations of footwear and tire impression evidence to examiners of the FBI Laboratory, at classes at the FBI Academy, and the FBI International Law Enforcement Academy and at numerous seminars and conferences throughout the United States and the world.
Mr. Bodziak authored the world known texts, FORENSIC FOOTWEAR EVIDENCE (CRC Press 2017), FOOTWEAR IMPRESSION EVIDENCE: Detection, Recovery and Examination, (2nd Ed -CRC Press 2000) and TIRE TREAD AND TIRE TRACK EVIDENCE (CRC Press 2008). He has also authored articles in professional journals in the areas of questioned documents, footwear impression and tire impression evidence. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences where he has served as both Secretary and Chairman of the Questioned Document Section; a former Member of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners; and is a current Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners. While at the FBI he was certified by the Director of the FBI in the examination of questioned documents, footwear and tire impression evidence. In addition, he is a Member of the International Association for Identification where he received certification in the area of footwear impression examination and has served as Chairman of the Footwear and Tire Track section. Now retired from the FBI, Mr. Bodziak continues to provide forensic examinations and training on a full time basis.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Examination of Footwear Impressions Certified: by the Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation Certified: by the International Association for Identification
Examination of Tire Tread Evidence Certified: by the Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, while at FBI
Examination of Questioned Documents Certified: by the Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation. while at FBI Certified: by the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners
American Academy of Forensic Sciences: Fellow, Questioned Document Section; prior Secretary and Chairman of the Questioned Document Section American Board of Forensic Document Examiners, Inc: Diplomate American Society of Questioned Document Examiners: Member 1997-2009 International Association for Identification: Member; Past Chairman of Footwear and Tire Track Subcommittee; Prior member of Certification Committee Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Recipient of the International Association for Identification's John A. Dondero Memorial Award in July, 2006
FBI Special Agent Training, FBI Academy (1/70-4/70) Questioned Document and Footwear and Tire Impression Training in the FBI Laboratory, Washington, D.C. (8/73-7/76) Forensic Photographic Techniques, FBI Academy (1/6-17/75) Collection and Preservation of Physical Evidence, FBI Academy (1981) Technical Conferences on Footwear and Tire Tread Impression Evidence, FBI Academy (4/83 & 4/84) General Police Instructors In-service class, FBI Academy (12/3/86) Typewriter Examination In-service training, FBI Academy (11/9-10/87) Medical-Legal Investigation Seminar, FBI Academy (12/16-1/91) International Symposium on Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence, FBI Academy (4/94) Symposium on Barefoot Impression Evidence, FBI Academy (2/98)
FORENSIC FOOTWEAR EVIDENCE, (CRC Press 2016)
FOOTWEAR IMPRESSION EVIDENCE, Elsevier Sciences Publishing Company (1st Edition, 1990)
TIRE TREAD AND TIRE TRACK EVIDENCE. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida (2008) FORENSIC EVIDENCE, California District Attorney's Association, Sacramento, California (1999) Authored Chapter 9 on Footwear and Tire Tread Evidence
FORENSIC SCIENCE: AN INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC AND INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida (2002). Authored Chapter 16 on Footwear Evidence and Chapter 17 on Tire Evidence.ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FORENSIC SCIENCES, Academic Press, Harcourt Publishers Ltd. Kent, England (2000). Authored encyclopedia units on Pattern Evidence: Footwear Marks, and Pattern Evidence: Vehicle Tire Marks and Tire Track Measurement.
Bodziak, W. J. "Shoe and tire impression evidence," FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin 53(7) 2-12, 1984.
Bodziak, W. J."Manufacturing processes for athletic shoe outsoles and their signficance in the examination of footwear impression evidence." Journal of Forensic Sciences 31(1):153-176, 1986. Music, D.,
Bodziak.W.J."A forensic evaluation of the air bubbles present in polyurethane shoe outsoles as applicable in footwear impression comparisons," Journal of Forensic Science 33(5)1185-1197,1988.
Bodziak,W.J."Back to Basics" Journal of Forensic Identification, vol.47, No.3, May-June, 1997.
Bodziak,W.J. "Some methods for taking two-dimensional standards of tires," Journal of Forensic Identification, 46(6)pp689-701,1996.
Bodziak,W.J."The manufacture, examination and identification of die cut corrugated boxes," Journal of Forensic Sciences, 41(6):990-997,1996.
Bodziak,W.J."Edge characteristics of commercially produced paper stock" Journal of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, vol.1,number 1, pp 57-66, June, 1998.
Bodziak, W. J., Hammer, L., “An Evaluation of Dental Stone, Traxtone, and Crime-Cast”, Journal of Forensic Identification, 56(5), p769; 2006
Bodziak, W. J., Hammer, L., Johnson, G. M., Schenck, R., “Determining the Significance of Outsole Wear Characteristics During the Forensic Examination of Footwear Impression Evidence” Journal of Forensic Identification 252 / 62 (3), 2012
Bodziak, W. J., “Traditional conclusions in footwear examinations versus the use of the Bayesian approach and likelihood ratio: a review of a recent UK appellate court decision,” Law, Probability and Risk (2012) 11, 279-287
Bodziak, W. J., “A Final Comment,” Law, Probability and Risk (2012) 11: 363-364