Jeff Rinek: Cheltenham grad, retired FBI child predator specialist, authors book about career

Jeffrey Rinek, a 1970 Cheltenham High School graduate and retired FBI Special Agent, published a book titled “In the Name of the Children: An FBI Agent’s Relentless Pursuit of the Nation’s Worst Predators.”

Part memoir, part true crime, the book looks at Rinek’s lifelong quest to find missing children and bring sexual predators to justice. Rinek is known for a number of high-profile investigations, including the Unabomber, the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard, and for obtaining the confession of serial killer Cary Stayner who is on California’s death row for the infamous “Yosemite Murders.”  

During his 30-year career, he elicited confessions from criminals, bank robbers, serial killers, terrorists, and especially child predators. He worked hundreds of investigations involving crimes against children, from stranger abduction to serial homicide to ritualized sexual abuse.

“In the Name of the Children” offers a deeply personal account of what it’s like to work cases of victimized children. Rinek shares not only the horrific cases he helped solve, but also the ways it affected his own family life.

Each chapter in the book is dedicated to the victims of the cases he worked, including a chapter for his wife and sons. To purchase a copy, you can click here.

Rinek graduated from Albright College in 1974 with a degree in History. According to local historian Chuck Langerman, his brother Dave, a former Cheltenham Township police officer, graduated from Cheltenham High in 1973, and his sister Rebecca is a 1978 CHS grad.

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