Robert Buechler’s Summary [Linkedin]

Private Investigator.
Managing Owner of Buechler & Associates Investigative Services
San Francisco Bay Area

I have worked as an investigator on hundreds of criminal cases in state and federal courts, including over twenty-five capital cases, some at trial and some in post-conviction. I have been retained by the California Supreme Court and county Superior Courts as a mitigation expert.

My civil casework has included investigations concerning matters of federal security violations, civil rights, various forms of discrimination, police brutality and corruption, prison conditions, prisoners’ rights, due diligence, environment, labor and employment, privacy and security, land use, real estate, white collar crime, banking and finance, intellectual property, product liability, art theft recovery, estates, medical malpractice and personal injury.

I also worked as a freelance investigative journalist and Associate Producer for the CBS National News [primarily for 60 Minutes and the CBS Evening News]. I was the primary consultant for the CBS National News and 60 Minutes on the Unabomber story. In 1992, I received an Emmy Award for my work as an Associate producer on a 60 Minutes story. I am currently a freelance member of the CBS Evening News Investigative Unit.
I have also been retained by numerous other media entities including PBS/Frontline, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Mother Jones. I have been retained by Harpo Productions [Oprah Winfrey] to conduct research in preparation for programming of a civil rights story.

In addition to my casework, I have been retained by the De Young Museum, San Francisco, California, to conduct an investigation into the provenance of works of art. I have also taught, as an adjunct professor, at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism.

My work has taken me throughout the world. I have developed contacts with experts in many fields, particularly mental health, medicine and the social sciences.


Crime After Crime will be the only documentary film on the case of Deborah Peagler, a battered woman imprisoned for over 26 years for her connection to the murder of the man who abused her, forced her into prostitution as a teenager, and molested her daughter. Despite the injustices she has endured, Debbie remains an inspirational figure, leading the prison’s gospel choir, earning college degrees behind bars, and teaching other inmates to read and write. Still, she longs for her freedom, a goal she can only achieve by opening up to two volunteer attorneys who dedicate themselves to her cause.