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Ex-FBI agent gives peek into how bombing investigation unfolds

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Vickie Woosley Vickie Woosley

After the bombings at the Boston Marathon, there may now be some people rethinking their decision to run in a race or even gather in a crowded space.

A former FBI agent, who investigated the Unabomber case and was a first responder on 9/11, said hesitation and fear is a natural reaction, especially after so many tragedies like the recent shootings in a Colorado movie theatre, Connecticut elementary school and now the Boston bombings.

Vickie Woosley spent 21 years with the FBI and knows plenty about risk and safety.

She is now a licensed clinical psychologist working with athletes at Vanderbilt University and recently cautioned female student athletes against walking across campus with their heads down while listening to music.

Woosley said likewise, when it comes to the Boston bombing investigation, caution and control of information right now is key.

"You know, with social media now, whatever is said is out there as soon as it's out of your mouth, so I think they've done a good job of maintaining a tight hold. They can't give information until they have it," she said.

Woosley said, at this point, the FBI and its law enforcement partners are probably approaching the mystery from all angles.

"There are people who are going to be out on the street, interviewing people. There are going to be other people combing through all the video that is sent in, surveillance cameras from the street," she said.

Even under the best conditions though, incorrect information gets out, such as early reports of other unexploded bombs in Boston or another alleged incident at the JFK Library that in the end was unrelated.

The physical evidence - bits and pieces of what exploded - will be the most telling part of the puzzle, Woosley said.

"It's sort of like a backwards-working domino effect," she said. "They determined what the package was, then perhaps what was in the package, based on the shrapnel that was recovered, what type of shrapnel."

Woosley said before she started with the FBI, the sound of a fire cracker made her jump. Later, of course, she'd carry a weapon as part of her job.

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