On Saturday, I had the pleasure of hearing Pete Klismet speak.

-Picture by Cynthia Kuhn

He’s one of the first trained FBI behavioral profilers, although he’s now mostly retired. He spoke for over an hour about some of the specific things he looks for in a crime with the most important ones being the “why” behind the crime and the risk involved. In addition he looks at behavioral clues from the crime scene like if the body was covered up, which is an example of remorse or if the death was overkill, like forty stab wounds to the body. Profiling became important because police used to solve 90% of crimes until the explosion of gang violence. Unfortunately, that number dropped to about 66%.

Pete regaled us with stories along with the information and if you ever get the chance to hear him speak, I highly recommend you should. He’s very entertaining. I also enjoyed getting to meet up with my fellow sisters in crime, especially my friend, Francelia.

-Picture by Cynthia Kuhn

There seemed to be over forty of us. I guess hearing someone talk about death and more specifically serial killers is quite appealing to us mystery/suspense/thriller writers. I’m sure it sounds morbid to none writers, but it was the best time I’ve had in a while.