Karsten's Twitter Feed

  • #rhinofriday What do my toenail clippings & this rhino horn have in common? NEITHER will cure your hangover, cancer… https://t.co/CX9QRDkbFp 3 days ago
  • #motivationmonday Want to achieve something? you gotta work for it! https://t.co/S9SZnKlLkf 1 week ago
  •  @LinaVallee1  Sadly they aren’t killed for food but for their horns which do nothing to cure cancer, your hangover,… https://t.co/ew92v5p1ts 1 week ago
  • This is indeed reassuring! Yet the first ‘flag’ I thought about was Taiwan. No, not included & although their Arcti… https://t.co/yr0iIiRCNP 1 week ago
  • #rhinofriday There’s a tear running down this rhino’s face. Did you know that rhinos & elephants are the only other… https://t.co/N8eWTU4Wbd 1 week ago

Karsten von Hoesslin

Head Detective, Remote Operations Agency


Karsten von Hoesslin is the Head Detective of the Remote Operations Agency and stems from an intelligence background and specialises in HUMINT (Human Intelligence) infiltration and investigative methodologies, which are derived from his PhD studies. He also holds a Masters in Strategic Studies specialising in the South China Sea disputes and Law of the Sea as well as Bachelors in Political Science and History.

Karsten is also a Response Consultant and commanded the marine component for the hostage rescue of the highest ransom case in Somali pirate history (Smyrni case). He also has ample experience in field operations in South East Asia where he tracks and locates hijacked vessels and criminal syndicates. As a Detective with the Remote Operations Agency, Karsten investigates cold cases (unsolved mysteries) ranging from serial and mass-homicide to environmental crimes in order to ensure that suspects can be brought to justice. Most recently, Karsten solved the infamous ‘Murder at Sea’ case, which depicted a series of killings in a YouTube video that went viral and was featured in National Geographic’s Lawless Oceans.  The Remote Operations Agency specialises in both investigations as well as crisis response consultancy and contingency planning for public and private sectors.

Karsten is trained and experienced in hostage negotiation and crisis intervention including psychological first aid and post-traumatic stress reduction techniques and is also trained in forensic crime scene investigation behavioural profiling as well as interviewing and interrogation techniques. He is an instructor in remote medical major incident management conduct after capture as well as disaster preparedness emphasising medical psychological, and small team deployments.

Karsten is also trained in SWAT and tactical medicine and is a Paramedic candidate with currently an EMT-level certification. Karsten has also been part of special medical teams in Nigeria providing assistance to Boko Haram victims and has also provided support in post-disaster environments including Typhoon Yolanda. He has liaised with government agencies on forensics relating to organised crime in both Asia and East Africa and conducts extensive Medical Intelligence surveys in both ports and remote high-risk environments.

Karsten hosted National Geographic’s Lawless Oceans (2017) and prior to that, was featured in National Geographic’s Underworld, Inc. Series 2 Pirates episode (2016). Karsten was both a Producer and Creative Developer for Lawless Oceans as well as a Field Producer for the Underworld, Inc. Pirates episode with Wall to Wall Media.

Karsten intends for his future cases to be featured in factual documentary productions that both entertain and more importantly reveal the key issues of our maritime domain and raise awareness.

Karsten has also contributed considerably in publications ranging from journal articles to book chapters as well as featured in print and digital media such as Time Magazine, New York Times, Huffington Post, People Magazine, the Diplomat, Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera, The Straits Times and Playboy Magazine.