Paula Ashwaldt was a U.S. Marshal. Sniper Jacob Broadsky saved her life April 3rd, 2005 in combat while serving the army in the same combat team in Afghanistan. Ashwaldt still got injured and was honorably discharged from service after the incident.

Career and EducationEdit

Ashwaldt graduated from Lexington High School in 1998 and thereafter went to Kentucky University, from where she graduated in 2002. She was in the U.S. Army as a U.S. Ranger in the 181st Airborne from 2002-2005, serving in Afghanistan in the 4th Brigade Combat Team. She was honorably discharged due to physical conditions from being injured in combat on April 3rd, 2005. After this she joined the Federal Marshals and worked in the Roanoke office from 2005 to at least 2011 for the Witness Security Division. In 2008, she was promoted to Supervisory Deputy.


After having worked with sniper Jacob Broadsky in his crimes, Booth questions Ashwaldt about her relation to Broadsky. She seems cooperative at first, until Booth learns she later killed herself in her office. Ashwaldt had left Broadsky with access to her computer, containing classified information on the whereabouts of Heather Taffet and Walter Coolidge, in the knowledge that the information would be used to kill Taffet, a serial killer known as The Gravedigger. It appears that Ashwaldt killed herself out of guilt over the deaths of Broadsky's other victims, Tracy Leveque and Walter Coolidge. ("The Killer in the Crosshairs") Broadsky was willing to risk being spotted in order to place flowers on her grave. ("The Hole in the Heart")

Notes Edit

  • The knowledge of what years she attended which schools and workplaces are collected from the FBI Database (The Killer in the Crosshairs) but they might not be accurate since Ashwaldt would have been 24 at the time of her high school graduation if she graduated in 1998 and was born in 1974. The most likely explanation is that she decided to drop out of high school at some point and returned at a later date to graduate and go to college.
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