In part one of a special two part episode, retired FBI Special Agent Kyle Vowinkel returns to the show to give a behind-the-scenes account of another high-profile federal case, the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing.
Having just passed the 10-year anniversary of the domestic terrorism attack, he still vividly remembers the tense four-day manhunt and the tireless efforts of the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Unit—details that were largely ignored by a recent, popular documentary series. In this special two-part episode, hear how the Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU), and Vowinkel specifically, played a major role in resolving the standoff with the surviving attacker.
Kyle R. Vowinkel dedicated 33 years of service to his country as an FBI Special Agent, U.S. Army officer and West Point graduate. He has significant leadership experience serving at multiple FBI offices and retired as Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Bureau’s fourth-largest field office, Miami.
He also served on two unique U.S. national assets – the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) and the U.S. government’s negotiation arm, the Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU).
As a tactical operator on HRT, he successfully deployed on hundreds of high risk missions domestically as well as overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. At CNU he negotiated with kidnappers, pirates, and even the Boston Marathon bomber who Vowinkel persuaded to peacefully surrender.
Vowinkel has presented to thousands of federal, state, and local partners on leadership and negotiation philosophies. He has been a keynote speaker at West Point, the California Association of Tactical Officers, the Baltimore Hostage Negotiation Seminar, and several FBI National Academy events.