Top 25 Fictional DC Resident: #10 Clarice Starling

Name: Clarice Starling
Occupation: Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigations

Born and raised in West Virginia, Clarice was orphaned at a young age when her security guard father was shot and killed by robbers. No doubt this early experience helped push her towards law enforcement, though there are other indications she possesses a strong urge to help those that cannot help themselves. Aside from a brief stint with a foster family, she was raised in a Lutheran orphanage. She first came to our area as a student at University of Virginia and stayed on to go through the FBI academy at Quantico. Post-graduation she settled in Arlington.

Agent Starling would have her “fifteen minutes” before she’d even fully graduated from the academy, working as a provisional agent on the Buffalo Bill case. The most important aspects of that work happen in Baltimore, talking to Hannibal Lecter where he’s imprisoned in a mental institution. Of course the big achievement was catching Buffalo Bill and his lotion all by herself.

Supposedly Agent Starling did a bunch of other stuff seven or eight years father along in her career, however the description of it is so absurd I can’t relate it in good conscience.

First appearance: The Silence of the Lambs (book)
Also seen in The Silence of the Lambs (movie)
Some person with her name but completely inconsistent behavior also appear in Hannibal (book) and Hanibal (movie) but it’s clearly not her.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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