Behind the Crime Scene - A True Crime Podcast
It's April 15, 2013. Families, friends and bystanders are crowded on the sidewalks as athletes are nearing the finish line at the 117th annual Boston Marathon. What they don't know is that Dzhokhar and Temerlan Tsamaev, two brothers originating from Chechnya, are standing at a distance waiting for their homemade pressure cooker bombs to go off and rip through the masses. At 2:49 pm, they did just that, killing three people and injuring hundreds. During an unprecedented manhunt, the brothers kill an MIT Police Officer, kidnap and carjack a man and get into an intense shootout with police where hundreds of rounds are fired.
Join us Behind The Crime Scene with retired FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kristen von Kleinsmid to hear about this amazing case.
Kristen von KleinSmid retired as a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in March 2017. Prior to her retirement, Ms. von KleinSmid supervised the Critical Incident Response Squad having oversight for the Evidence Response Teams, Rapid Deployment Team, Weapons of Mass Destruction Program, and Special Events Program for all seven counties of the Greater Los Angeles area.
In December 2015, Ms. von KleinSmid served as the On Scene Commander at the Inland Regional Center following the San Bernardino terrorist attacks. Previously, from May 2013 to November 2014, Ms. von KleinSmid held a Senior Executive position in the FBI as a Section Chief in the Security Division. In this position, Ms. von KleinSmid supervised the FBI Police Department, the Protective Details for the FBI Director and U.S. Attorney General, the Physical Security Unit, the Access Control Unit, the Acquisition Control Unit, and Critical Mission Assurance Unit, having oversight for all 56 FBI Field Offices in these security areas.
From May 2010 to May 2013, Ms. von KleinSmid served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Counterterrorism and Administrative Branches in the Boston Field Office of the FBI, where she oversaw many high-profile terrorism investigations, to include the Boston Marathon Bombing investigation. Immediately following the attacks on April 15, 2013, Ms. von KleinSmid served as the FBI’s Incident Commander and ran the FBI’s investigation into the bombers.
Prior to joining the FBI, Ms. von KleinSmid worked for the Boeing Corporation where she helped to build the C-17 cargo plane. Ms. von KleinSmid earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1987, and her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University in 2013. She currently spends her time boating, fostering Labrador Retrievers, serving on the Corporation Board for her Sorority, and working on a book about the Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation.