This case took place before the days of CSI( Crime Scene Investigation) as seen on television and in related movies. Fifty million Americans and others around the world now religiously watch the original CSI and it’s Miami and New York City clones, with viewers living vicariously through the adventures of the young, attractive and well-dressed men and women of CSI who drive only new
By Clint Van Zandt On Wednesday, April 19, 1775, British Major John Pitcairn told a handful of American colonists: “Disperse, you villains! Lay down your arms!” When the citizens refused, the first battle of the Revolutionary War began with “the shot heard round the world.” On this same date silversmith Paul Revere rode to warn […]
By Clint Van Zandt No good news comes with a call in the middle of the night. As a father of college-age children, the late-night sound of the telephone ring was chilling. Our youngest son and about hundred or so of his closest friends from college had caught a spring break cruise ship ride from […]
By Clint Van Zandt Most remember the story of 32-year-old Lizzie Borden, who in 1892 used an axe to bludgeon to death her parents in their Fall River, MA home. This gruesome double murder was the basis for the rhyme: Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her mother forty whacks. And when she saw […]
When in Italy covering this story, we were given almost unprecedented access to the investigation
By Clint Van Zandt Man Overboard – Most will remember George Smith, the newlywed who disappeared over the side of his honeymoon cruise ship (Brilliance of the Seas) in 2005. In that case the new Mrs. Smith was found passed out on a floor far from their cabin and four young male passengers have long […]
Clint Van Zandt was with the FBI for 25 years where he served as a Supervisor with the FBI's internationally respected Behavioral Science or "Silence of the Lambs" Unit. He was also the FBI's Chief Hostage Negotiator and managed the FBI's Major Case/Crisis Management Program. Prior to this he was an Agent with U.S. Army Intelligence and is a Vietnam War veteran. He has been the primary hostage negotiator for numerous national and international kidnap and hostage situations and he has testified before the U.S. Senate.
He managed both the FBI's Crisis Management and Major Case Management Programs and has assisted companies across the U.S. and around the globe with their Crisis Management and Violence in the Workplace Programs and regularly consults on these and other matters with such companies.
As an FBI Profiler and Hostage Negotiator, he personally negotiated with Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh in Waco, Texas and he has conducted negotiations that have brought about the release of hostages held by prison rioters, and kidnap victims held by both South American guerrillas and terrorists in the Philippines. He correctly profiled Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh on the day of that fateful bombing and also led the analytical team that helped to identified the "Unabomber."
Clint Van Zandt's newest book, "Facing down Evil, Life on the Edge as an FBI Hostage Negotiator," is available nation wide and has been published in a number of foreign languages, as a book on tape, and as a Reader's Digest Condensed Book. His book "Dynamic Processes of Crisis Negotiation," was awarded the 1998 Best Book Award by The International Association for Conflict Management.