FBI Agent Candice DeLong visited Meredith College shared stories from her career an FBI special agent on Oct. 14, 2015. She spoke to students in Meredith’s criminology program, conducted a safety workshop, and delivered a public lecture.
DeLong talked about highlights of her career with the FBI. She started her career as a nurse, saying that “the life [she] had was not the life [she] had planned.”
While working as a nurse in a maximum security unit, she wanted to learn more about the inmates in her care.
“I wanted to know how they thought and how they behaved so I would be better prepared if I ever found myself in a dangerous situation,” DeLong said. “Little did I know I was preparing myself for a career in the FBI.”
DeLong was a key player in some of the FBI’s most gripping and memorable cases, including the Tylenol murders, which she noted “changed the way we live our daily lives” because it motivated pharmaceutical companies to begin using tamper-proof packaging.
During her talk at Meredith, DeLong discussed the Tylenol case and her experience as one of three agents to carry out the manhunt for the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski in Montana.
Students interested in working in law enforcement should develop their communication skills, according to DeLong.
“You need strong verbal skills – you have to be able to interview – and you need to strengthen your ability to listen and observe,” DeLong said. “Read everything you can related to your field, listen to [experienced officers] and learn from them.”
Until her retirement in 2000, DeLong was the head profiler in the San Francisco Division of the FBI. She served as liaison to the Bureau’s world famous Behavioral Science Unit at Quantico, and was a member of the California Child Abduction Task Force. DeLong’s best-selling memoir, Special Agent: My Life on the Front Lines as a Woman in the FBI, was the source of a Lifetime Original Movie, Killer Instinct: From the Files of Candice DeLong. She can be seen on the Investigation Discovery network's hit shows Deadly Women and Facing Evil with Candice DeLong.
DeLong’s lecture was sponsored by the Meredith College Convocation Committee. Her visit was the centerpiece of CSI Week, sponsored by Meredith’s Criminology Program. CSI Week is a showcase of criminal justice and law enforcement careers. Speakers included representatives from the U.S. Marshal Service, the Raleigh Police Department K-9 Unit, and other law and justice professionals.