Farris Rookstool, III

Farris Rookstool, III

Farris Rookstool, IIIFarris Rookstool, III

Emmy® and Peabody Award-Winning Historian, Academy Award® Nominated Filmmaker, Speaker, Author, and Former FBI Analyst

Solving Historical Mysteries Around the World™

Honoring History

Farris Rookstool, III is trusted by heads of state, government leaders and institutions for his integrity, thoroughness, and expertise to accurately uncover historical mysteries. He balances his investigative discipline with historical expertise to deliver award-winning films and television programs, museum work, and speaking engagements around the world.

World's Leading Expert on the Most Complex Case in US History

During his distinguished career with the FBI, Rookstool served as their primary resource for the JFK Task Force and spent over nine years reading more than 500,000 pages of classified investigative reports concerning the assassination and prepared over 3,500 pages of follow-up investigative reports. This is considered the most complex criminal investigation in American history. 

Rookstool was the only FBI analyst granted access to the National archives Records Administration Southwest Region vault where Parkland Hospital Trauma Room One was stored. He personally transported all of the official FBI JFK assassination records from Dallas to Washington D.C. He briefed the attorney general, FBI director, and members of Congress on the Kennedy assassination records. To this day, he continues to be recognized as the world's leading expert on the assassination of United States President, John F. Kennedy. 

As an FBI Analyst, member of the Hostage Negotiation Team and Evidence Response Team, Rookstool has worked on numerous major cases and trials. This includes the Delta 191 Airline Crash, Waco Incident, Federal Response to Los Angeles Riots, Oklahoma City Bombing, Judge Robert Vance Assassination and several Top 10 Fugitives. 

Additionally, with the DNA Analysis Unit at the FBI Headquarters, he pioneered the first scientific method for lifting DNA off of stamps and envelopes. Not only did this result in the indictment and arrest of his prime suspect, the FBI DNA Analysis Unit went on to use Rookstool's DNA extraction technique in several FBI Major Cases to include the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing as well as the Unabomber case. 

Today, Rookstool brings his expertise and understanding of complex cases and forensic analysis techniques to identify, authenticate, and preserve historical treasures, speak to discerning audiences, and solve some of the greatest historical mysteries around the world.

  • Keynote & Speaking
    Chosen for speaking engagements nationally, as well as internationally for prestigious organizations and individuals to include: United States Secret Service (USSS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Royal Canadian Mounted Police, MI-5, INTERPOL, International Chiefs of Police, Col. Yigal Carmon, IDF Counterterrorism advisor to [Yitzhak Shamir & Yitzhak Rabin] and to H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco.

  • Emmy® & Peabody Award-Winning Professional Historian, Communicator, Documentary Filmmaker & News Analyst
    Rookstool has helped produce award-winning documentaries that have earned a George Foster Peabody® Award, an Emmy® Award and an Academy Award® nomination. He has also been the historical advisor and on-air interviewee for features on CNN, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Discovery Channel, PBS (Frontline), C-SPAN, and History Channel.  

Keynote Speaker | Film & TV | Museum Work | Tributes & Markers | Cases & Trials | Historical Authentication | Published Works