Meet FBI Profiler, Pete Klismet and Win a Book!

After graduating top in his class from the police academy, the FBI handpicked Peter Klismet to be one of the FIRST psychological profilers in the country. He received a bachelors and then a masters degree in criminal justice and then received second masters degree in public administration. He’s been interviewed by the top news agencies and has published several books based on his wild experiences. After meeting him at a writer’s conference, I hit him up for an interview on the Wild Side Podcast.

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Peter M. Klismet, Jr

Pete is giving away three copies of his international best selling book, FBI Diary: Profiles of Evil. Leave a comment and win a signed copy! 

Pete is the director at Criminal Profiling Associates. He’s also a national award-winning author of the international best seller, FBI Diary: Profiles of Evil (Published in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia)FBI Diary: Home Grown Terrorand FBI Animal House (currently out of print.) You can find his books here.

He’s been a Consultant and Commentator for FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, Canadian National TV (CTV), Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC), Beijing News, Chengdu (China) Economic Daily, Beijing Mirror Evening, Romanian National Police, China National TV, Romanian National TV, Denver TV 9 and 7, KKTV & KRDO (Colo. Springs).

He’s a member of  Public Safety Writers of America, Cold Case Investigators of America and Rotary International.

So what is profiling exactly? How do you become an FBI profiler and what does it take?

In the podcast, Pete takes us through profiling and what it was like to be handpicked to become an elite group of the very first profilers. He tells us about his toughest case and one of the worst injustices in the nation and explains why profiling is an accurate and dependable assessment of character critical in murder investigations.

He also shares some funny stories. One includes meeting a vampire!

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What would you ask Pete? Would you be interested in learning how to profile? 

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  1. The two of you can come to my dinner party – interesting conversations for sure! I thought about being a profiler at one point in my early college days. However, due to an undiagnosed medical condition (finally diagnosed in my early 30’s) I was not able to pass the physical for military or law enforcement. I have a little fascination with the way minds work, especially in regards to serial killers. I am a huge crime/mystery reader too. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂

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    1. Wow, Renee! That’s amazing. With your positive attitude, you would have killed it! No pun intended. LOL! BTW, I would love to come to your dinner party. 🙂 Thanks so much for listening!


  2. Hi Daya and thank you for the question. As you might imagine, I get that question frequently. All people have to do is find out what I did in my ‘other’ life and .… ‘Mr. Klismet …….. ‘ It’s quite easy to answer ‘No,’ but there needs to be some explanation involved.

    There are two answers to this question, one short and one not-so-short. The latter comes directly from Chapter 5 of my soon-to-be-released college text – “Profiling Violent Crime: A Behavioral and Forensic Analysis.” I’m hoping it will be available in bookstores as well – because a lot of people have asked me how to get a copy when it’s available in Jan of 2019. (Ok Pete….blah blah blah!!)

    Here are the two versions of the answer:

    Version 1. No.

    Version 2.

    “Criminal Minds” vs Real Criminal Profiling The depiction of profilers and the job they do in the television show, “Criminal Minds” is very
    entertaining to watch, and provides a small glimpse into the idea of generating a behavioral profile
    based upon crime scene evidence. However, the details of how that is actually done, is much more
    fantastical than what occurs in the real world. To begin with, by the time the FBI enters a case, the
    local law enforcement agency is assumed to have exhausted all leads in their investigation and
    don’t have anywhere else to go with the case. The agency then asks the FBI for assistance to
    generate more leads or ideas with where to head with the probe. Calling the FBI into an
    investigation right from the beginning (when the crime scene is still active) is essentially unheard
    of. Instead, when the Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) personnel have an opening in their schedule,
    they set a date for one or possibly two of the primary case investigators to come to the FBI
    Academy in Quantico, Virginia, to present their case. Or, the local police investigator(s) will gather
    up a summary of the evidence in the case to take with them, or otherwise send to the FBI
    electronically or via overnight mail. The detective(s) will then meet with the BSU agents for one
    or two days, and return to their agency. Within several weeks, the BSU will send the agency their
    profile, which will cover what they believe are the characteristics of the unknown suspect. Thus,
    there are some fairly drastic differences between what the hit show depicts and what occurs in the
    real world. Some of the biggest departures between the show and reality are:

    1. There is no executive jet on call for the profilers twenty-four hours a day and seven
    days per week. As mentioned above, it is much more common for local investigators
    to be flown to Quantico or for them just to forward the case materials.

    2. There is no single team of profilers who are able to respond to a crime scene in any
    state at a moment’s notice. There are many experts who make up the current BSU, and
    any number of them may be assigned to a given case, when time allows. If travel is
    required, a single agent may be dispatched.

    3. The agents in the unit do not sit around in a bay of desks waiting for a case to come in
    and they then go to work. In reality, each agent in the unit may be burdened with forty
    or fifty cases in individual file folders sitting on their desks or the floor nearby.

    4. There is not a whole team of FBI agents in the field on a case. While the agents from
    the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) may consult with the Case Agent, it would be
    unlikely to see more than two agents managing a case together. The chances for an
    entire team of six or seven agents being out in the field on one case is virtually nil.
    Rather, assistance would be requested from the FBI office in that area as well as local
    law enforcement.

    5. A team of agents does not march into the local police or sheriff’s department and simply
    take over. They would never succeed if they don’t work closely with the investigators
    who have worked on the case from day one. And, as mentioned above, it’s typically
    local law enforcement who prepare the case materials (and potentially give a
    presentation) – not the other way around.

    6. Real-life FBI profilers seldom, if ever, personally arrest the suspects they have
    identified as the offender in the crime or crimes. In fact, they may not be involved in
    the arresting or actual identifying at all! The profiler’s job is to create/cultivate new
    leads for local law enforcement via their profile, not to hunt down suspects. Therefore,
    they generally do not get into car chases, shoot outs, hostage negotiations, disarming
    explosives, confrontations with serial killers, hand to hand combat, martial arts, or life
    threatening situations of any kind. They prepare and deliver reports.

    7. They do not have a computer analyst/hacker who can inexplicable hack into virtually
    anything within five seconds and have answers ready in ten seconds. It is not possible
    to analyze the DNA of a Border Collie on a sheep ranch in Montana, hack into one of
    thousands of cameras in New York City, compare these, then triangulate with a Saguaro
    cactus in Arizona, and pinpoint a suspect. Plus, it would be a serious violation of federal
    law to continually hack into medical and psychiatric records, which they do on many
    of their “cases.”

    8. There is not always a fleet of black Chevy Suburbans to drive. Yes, it looks cool. But,
    in actuality, if an FBI agent is sent out into the field to consult in person, they pick up
    a rental car at the airport like anyone else.

    9. The person who has been killed or otherwise harmed in a violent crime or sexual assault
    is not referred to as “the vic.” This is generally considered a bit disrespectful in law
    enforcement circles. When possible, the victim of a violent crime should be referred to
    by their name. This is an especially important habit to get into, as law enforcement
    officers frequently come into contact with the victim’s family members and the media.

    What the Media Gets Wrong About Criminal Profiling
    What TV producers and news outlets sometime seem to misunderstand about criminal profiling is
    how long the process takes, and that, depending on a multitude of factors, a profile may be
    completely wrong. Profiling always works on a balance of probability, and as with everything,
    there are individuals that fall outside of this pattern of probable behavior. Profiling can be a useful
    tool and the more information you have on the crimes, the more accurate you can be. However, it
    is very unlikely that a profiler would say with certainty that an offender is a 24-year old, white
    male who plays the violin but is left handed, who also is allergic to beef and has an obsessive
    compulsive disorder surrounding the number 13, after a quick look around a murder scene.
    Very few of the major serial offenders who have been prosecuted in the last 50 years have
    been arrested as the result of criminal profilers. The majority were either caught in the act,
    confessed when they were arrested, questioned about something else, or were turned in by their
    associates or loved ones. Some were convicted because the advancement of DNA testing has
    caught up with them, even after forty of fifty years.

    TV shows about profilers are made to entertain an audience. As such, they portray profilers as
    having near superhuman levels of reasoning acumen that far exceeds what is possible in real life.
    In addition, these shows always depict the murders in their series as being the work of one (or
    several killers) making these shows far less representative of reality.

    Conclusion While the entertainment value of crime shows on television is unquestionable, their effect on the
    general population has had some unforeseen negative consequences. These shows give the public
    a false impression of reality and may impact the court process when investigators are unable to
    present similar evidence in the courtroom. In short, television may create false expectations in the
    trying of criminal cases – especially those where there is sparse physical evidence or a lack of
    funds to properly analyze the evidence available. The CSI effect and budget shortfalls continue to
    have an impact our ability to successfully try cases, and it should never be forgotten that even
    when forensic analysis is available, it isn’t infallible because the results are interpreted by humans.

    Hope that answers your question and doesn’t sound snarky or condescending! CSI is very popular as well, and is far more hokey (well….maybe not THAT far) than Criminal Minds. If you’d like more on that, I can do some more cut ‘n paste from the chapter in my review copy.

    Thanks again ……….. pete

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    1. Wow, Pete! This was so informative. I love your sense of humor. Thanks for the comment. I’m sure there are a lot of people who have been hoodwinked by TV shows. Thanks for going into examples and such detail!

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