Clint Van Zandt
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Clint Van Zandt

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FBI Profiler, Hostage Negotiator, Crisis Manager and Vietnam Veteran


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Washington, DC


Clint Van Zandt

Clint Van ZandtFBI Profiler, Hostage Negotiator, Crisis Manager and Vietnam Veteran

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 US 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 US Senate.

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.”

A well-known author and television and radio commentator concerning crime and human behavior, he has made more television appearances than any other FBI Agent in history, to include over 3,000 national and international TV shows (NBC, MSNBC, Fox, CNN, ABC, CBS, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and NPR, etc.) and has appeared many times on programs such as The Today Show, Larry King Live, Dr. Phil, Fox and Friends, Charlie Rose, Inside Edition, Anderson Cooper 360, The NBC Nightly News, The View, Meet the Press, The O’Rilley Factor, Imus in the Morning, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and he has contributed to many print media and radio shows, to include the BBC. He is currently NBC/MSNBC TVs Chief on-air Criminal Analyst. His life and career were profiled in “The New Yorker Magazine” and Court TV aired a biography on his life (The Negotiator).

Clint Van Zandt’s newest book, “Facing down Evil, Life on the Edge as an FBI Hostage Negotiator,” is available nationwide 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. In addition to his weekly and sometimes daily television appearances, he also writes a weekly Internet column for that is read by 1/2 million viewers each week. Clint is an extremely popular corporate, social, and cruise ship lecturer. He has spoken before many diverse groups such as the US Naval Academy, the American Psychological Association, and the American Society for Industrial Security, and at a number of major US and international institutes of higher education as well large fund raising, yearly corporate and other social events such as Chamber of Commerce and Crime Stoppers meetings.


The History and the Secrets of Psychological Profiling

What is the origin of criminal profiling and how is it used to solve crimes by the FBI? Hear the truth from a former top profiler in the FBI and see firsthand how these techniques are applied to solve crimes and mysteries.

Knowing the Difference between Mr. Right and Mr. Wrong

Former FBI Agent Clint Van Zandt has helped both men and women deal with cases of Internet and personal stalking and domestic violence. He has identified and provides audiences with the behavioral warning signs that will be present to indicate that any new or existing relationship may become violent. He shares these signs and indications in an interesting and educational forum that will allow adults and children alike to either avoid entering into a relationship with a potentially abusive individual or to deal with such a relationship if you are already there. Information is presented in an honest, forthright manner through the review of case studies and information developed over years of study. This topic can saves lives. 

The New Age of Terrorism

What is the current threat posed by terrorists worldwide and might they strike again in America? Former FBI Agent Clint Van Zandt discusses the history of both international and domestic terrorism from a review of history and recent case studies and a look inside the minds of notorious national and international terrorists.  He provides his audiences with ways to identify suicide terrorists and how to protect yourself and your family when you travel, and a look into the future of terrorism and the threat that it holds for all of us.

Kidnap, Ransom and Extortion Management

The FBI’s former Chief Hostage Negotiator discusses how businesses and families alike need to protect their employees and loved ones from becoming a victim of a kidnapping and how corporations should deal with any type of extortion. As someone who still deals with such matters on a frequent basis, Clint provides actual case studies for review and a response plan to be used for businesses and families alike should they become a victim of a kidnapping or extortion. Hear it first hand from someone who has been there and done that.

Psychological Profiling: Solving Famous Unsolved Cases

Former FBI Profiler Clint Van Zandt discusses the infamous Zodiac Case, the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, Jack the Ripper, the Anthrax Murders and other infamous crimes. Consider the evidence as you learn firsthand the true facts of such cases and decide for yourself who was really responsible for these crimes, this from someone whose has been there personally.

The Real CSI: Crime Scene Investigations

What do the clues and other physical evidence left at a crime scene tell you about the crime and the person committing the crime? Former FBI Profiler Clint Van Zandt reviews the history of Crime Scene Investigations (the real CSI) and through case studies you apply these techniques to solve crimes. This lecture is interesting, educational and comes from someone who has seen the application of such techniques bring about solutions to crimes long believed to be unsolvable.

Modern Day Pirates, Ancient Day Crime

Attacks by pirates have plagued seafarers for centuries. In 1795, the fledgling US Govt. paid a ransom of $1M to obtain the release of 115 kidnapped American sailors. Today private boats and yachts both big and small, commercial vessels such as huge oil and gas tankers, and any cruise ship can be the target for these current day “Blackbeards.” Join former FBI Profiler Clint Van Zandt as he explores this modern day crime, the criminals and terrorists who commit these crimes, and the new 21st century weapons that are available when the call comes to “prepare to repel boarders!”

Amelia Earhart – the Rest of the Story

Join FBI Profiler Clint Van Zandt as he tells the unknown story of what really happened to aviatrix Amelia Earhart, whose plane is believed to have went down on July 2, 1937. Did she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, simply crash into the ocean or were they part of an elaborate spy flight directed from the Oval Office by the President himself?  Learn the rest of this exciting story that has haunted the world for over 60 years.

The Assessment of Communicated Threats

When a threat is communicated via voice, in writing or via some other medium, there are many indicators that if correctly identified can help to profile the author of an anonymous communication, and that can assist in assessing the level of threat posed by the known or unknown individual. While some responses may be the equivalent of waving the proverbial “red flag in front of a bull,” other intervention techniques can help to insure the incident does not evolve into a full blown violent situation.  Learn these and other techniques from one of the FBI’s original behavioral profilers and threat assessors as Clint Van Zandt utilizes actual case studies to equip the seminar attendee to make such critical assessments.

International Terrorism and Maritime Security

While pirates were once the scourge of the seven seas, today international terrorists threaten all forms of seaborne commerce from small fishing boats and yachts to cruise ships with thousands of passengers. Clint Van Zandt takes you inside the threat such individuals pose and tells you how to be safe as you travel the seaways of the world.

The World’s Most Famous Unsolved Criminal Cases

While many crimes go unsolved in the world, some are just so bizarre as to require review and analysis just to understand how someone could get away with such things. FBI Profiler Clint Van Zandt takes you through infamous jewelry thefts, the DB Cooper airline hijacking case, the Harry Winston diamond theft, a modern day Baghdad bank robbery totaling $282 million and other crimes that defy imagination.  The criminals and their loot are still out there, awaiting identification and capture.


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