In my long list of accomplishments, the first and foremost role in my life is to be the best father I can possibly be to my son. He is a wonderful gift in my life and he has helped me to understand what it truly means to be a dad. He has been an inspiration and a motivating force in my life ever since his was born. There are very few things in my life of which I am completely certain of, and at the top of the list is my unwavering love for him.
I never set out to be a writer. I never attended a writing class, nor have I ever harbored any deep desire to write the next great American novel. For many years my writing was, in fact, standard, boring, law enforcement reports such as, “I exited my police vehicle and made visual and verbal contact with the driver of the 2005 Ford Explorer.” I know extremely riveting stuff. It wasn’t until I realized the need to help parents while I was in the police department’s Cybercrime Unit about ways to keep their kids safe on the Internet that I decided to write my first book on Internet child safety. It was only later, after prompting from friends, family, and people touched by terrible tragedies, did I decide to take a crack at writing my own true crime memoir. My four-year journey included writing, rewriting, editing, and working hard to create something worthy of myself, my family, and the many victims of crime. Ultimately I am proud of my book, “Finding Bethany“, and I hope readers will experience the story as being something less about solving murders and more about the journey of discovering the connections we have with our past, our present, with each other.
An experienced teacher, lecturer, and speaker, I have had the honor of giving talks to local, statewide and national audiences. I am experienced in such topics as overcoming adversity, Internet Safety, personal safety, and criminal investigations. I have I am also recognized as an expert in the field of Internet crime and computer forensics and I have worked tirelessly to protect children having been instrumental in passing laws designed to protect children.
In 2005, I created, DigitalSecurus, a network security consulting group which brings leading-edge information security practices and proven law enforcement techniques to companies around the world. Over the years I had many amazing adventures and solved some very elusive mysteries, but at the end of the day, being able to help organizations improve their ability to keep all of our information safe and secure was all worth it. In 2016 I sold my company and began Klinkhart, LLC, a family of businesses providing investigation, forensics, training, and media to companies all over the United States.
Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, I was a police detective for over seventeen years and I have worked hundreds of murder cases and thousands of cyber crime investigations. I am honored to be one of the most successful and decorated detectives in the state of Alaska and I have been lucky to have been featured on such television shows as ABC’s 20/20, CNN/TIME magazine and Dateline NBC.
Whether it is a new system for helping to save lives, piece of artwork, or an occasional arrangement of flowers, I enjoy the creative process itself just as much as I delight in seeing the finished product. I was blessed with the innate ability to creatively visualize an outcome and the resources required to bring my ideas to life. Not everything I touch is good, far from it, but it is the process itself which carries you along and into some amazing places. I encourage everyone to find their own creative outlets and to design one’s own life journey.
A certified computer geek, hacker, and CyberCop, I have been fixing, building, and breaking into computers and computer networks for over 30 years. I have witnessed and experienced the amazing technologies which have made our world so much better, brighter, and closer. I have also been witness to the many dark characters of the Internet, those who would use their intellectual skills for their own ill-gotten, selfish gains, and I have had the pleasure of putting many of them in jail.
Being a good friend often means being there for those special people in your life. I have been very lucky to have some amazing friends in my world, many of whom I have known since childhood. I have learned from each and every one of them and I hope I have been able to add to some quality of their lives as well. I believe being a good friend means being there for those who are there for you, but at the same time, being willing to speak to your friends fairly and objectively, even if it may not be what they want to hear at the time.