Candice DeLong has been called a real-life Clarice Starling and a female Donnie Brasco. She was on the front lines of some of the F.B.I.’s most gripping and memorable cases, including being chosen as one of three agents to carry out the manhunt for the Unabomer in Lincoln, Montana. She tailed terrorists, went undercover as a gangster’s moll, and posed as the madam for a call-girl ring. Now for the first time, she reveals the dangers and rewards of being a woman on the front lines of the world’s most powerful law enforcement agency.
In her book, Special Agent: My Life on the Front Lines as a Woman in the F.B.I., DeLong takes readers step by step through the profiling process and shows how she helped to solve a number of difficult, high profile cases. The story of her role as a lead investigator on the notorious Tylenol Murder case is particularly compelling. She also gives the true, insider’s story behind the investigation that led to the arrest of the Unabomber-including information that the media can’t or won’t reveal.
DeLong’s new reality series What Should You Do? is now airing on the Lifetime channel. Since the best way to protect yourself in an emercency is to be prepared, the show chronicles real women who survived harrowing situations and provides insider tips on dealing with dangerous dilemmas. DeLong is also the subject of a riveting new Lifetime Original Movie, Killer Instinct: From the Files of Candice DeLong, with actress Jean Smart playing the lead as Candice DeLong.
At the podium, DeLong offers a “day-in-the-life” glimpse of her work as a field profiler, one of the most fascinating and challenging branches of the F.B.I. She traces the unusual career path that led her to crime fighting, and recounts the incredible obstacles she faced as a woman and as a fledgling agent. A remarkable portrait of courage and grace under fire, DeLong’s talks offer a missing chapter in the annals of law enforcement and a dramatic and often funny picture of an extraordinary woman who has dedicated her heart and soul to the crusade against crime.
DeLong was, until her retirement in July 2000, the head field profiler in San Francisco for the F.B.I. She has served as the liaison to the Bureau’s world famous Behavioral Science Unit at Quantico and, as a member of the Child Abduction Task Force, lectured widely on such issues as protecting women and children and preventing sexual abuse.