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Sheryl McCollum

Cold Case Investigation Research Institute
Crime Analyst
Sheryl “Mac” McCollum is the Emmy Award winning co-host of CSI Atlanta, and famed CSI from a metro Atlanta Police Department. Mac started her career at age 18 at the Rape Crisis Center at Grady Memorial Hospital and went on to work for the Department of Corrections, the Secretary of State and an internship with the FBI during the Pan American Games in Indianapolis, IN. She attained the rank of Captain in the Special Ops Division of the Reserve Unit with the Fulton County, GA Sheriff’s Office, and was the Director of Police training in a metro Atlanta District Attorney’s Office under their Domestic Violence Project. Mac’s reputation is well respected on the national level stemming from her responded to the Olympic Park Bombing and 9-11 Terrorist attacks on the Pentagon were she lead a team from the NatCRT.  

Mac is also the Director of the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute, which is a collaboration between numerous colleges and universities. This collaboration brings together researchers, practitioners, students and the criminal justice community to develop new capabilities and work to advance research, training and techniques in solving cold cases.

Some of the high-profile crimes Sheryl and her students have worked on include: Tu Pac Shakur, Natalie Wood, Chandra Levy, Natalee Holloway, Honey Malone and The Boston Strangler.