October 13, 2013
As one of the original FBI profilers, Peter Klismet spent years examining crime scenes and working with local and state law enforcement to capture and prosecute violent offenders. According to Klismet, "99.9 percent of the people in our country don't know what the job of an FBI agent really is."
Klismet aims to tell them through his book, "FBI Diary: Profiles of Evil," which was released in January and is available on Amazon.
Klismet, of Colorado Springs, gives readers an inside look at the profession, as well as details on several cases he worked - and how those cases ultimately were solved.
It was an accident that Klismet ever followed the path of law enforcement.
After serving in the Navy and doing two tours in Vietnam, he attended Metropolitan State College in Denver.
"I ended up registering late for college classes and, frankly, there were not a lot of choices left," he said. "One professor had an opening in his class, which happened to be criminology, and I thought 'Why not?'"
After school, Klismet went to work as a police officer in California, where he spent about 10 years before being appointed as an FBI special agent in 1979.
Not long after joining the FBI, Klismet was selected to be part of a groundbreaking and controversial new division of FBI profilers.
"I was put through a sort-of profiling boot camp," said Klismet, "and we were sent back a couple times each year for more training."
After retiring from law enforcement in 1999, he went on to become a college professor, a job from which he recently retired.
Klismet's book recounts his selection as one of the FBI's first profilers and the pioneering training they received through the Behavioral Sciences Unit at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.
"I have so much experience to share and nobody had really ever written about what goes into being an FBI criminal profiler," he said.
Although this is Klismet's first published book, he already has finished another and is busy writing a third.
"Thirty years in law enforcement provided a lot of interesting moments and a lot of intriguing stories," he said.
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