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We are a community of professionals in the field of death investigation. Whether you’re a coroner, a member of local police or county law enforcement, an EMS professional, or medical examiner – or frankly, anyone in between, Coroner Talk™ is the right community for you. We provide training and resources to coroners and death investigators by and from professionals around the world, a peer to peer training environment. I recognized that the training available for coroners and small department ...
 
Cops and Writers is an informative, and sometimes humorous podcast primarily for crime writers that are serious about creating accurate and believable police stories. Your host Sergeant Patrick O'Donnell worked the street as a cop and sergeant in one of the biggest police departments in America for over 25 years. Now retired, he is an author, consultant, public speaker, and podcaster here to help you write your best crime-related story.O'Donnell will conduct in-depth interviews with members ...
 
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My guest today, Nick Russell, has one of the most interesting life stories I have ever heard. I think when you are done listening to this episode, you will agree. Nick comes from a cop family, his dad was a deputy sheriff, then became a Border Patrolman (his dad rode a horse to work every day), and when he retired from that he became a city cop in …
 
Our guest for today’s show is probably one of the nicest and most generous people in the writing industry, Jamie Davis. Jamie Davis is also a nurse, retired paramedic, author, podcaster, and nationally recognized medical educator who began teaching new emergency responders as a training officer for his local EMS program. If you want to write accura…
 
In this episode, I give my opinion on the Derek Chauvin Trial and I talk about truth in journalism and podcasting in particular. With permission, I play a portion of a podcast from my good friend Dave Jackson from the School of Podcasting Podcast about media bias and how podcasting can help correct mistruth. The school of podcasting can be found at…
 
Our guest for today’s show is Dave Chesson. Since many of you are writers, you know Dave from his excellent company, Kindlepreneur, which helps out authors with many free videos and services, and his Publisher Rocket software. There is much more to Dave than meets the eye. He owns multiple companies and is truly a serial entrepreneur. Dave is also …
 
Our guest today is Retired Chief Deputy Marc Cameron of the U.S. Marshals. He holds a second-degree black belt in Jujitsu and is a certified scuba diver and man-tracking instructor. As well as serving over 30 years in law enforcement both as a city police officer and the bulk of his career with the U.S. Marshals, he is also a best-selling author of…
 
Several methods exist to properly identify a deceased person. It is critical that positive and accurate identification is made. This podcast is a portion of an online course about the identification of the deceased. This episode will give you several methods of identification and will warn you of pitfalls and mistakes to avoid in wrongful identific…
 
Retired F.B.I Special Agent Jerri Williams joins us for today's show! Jerri Williams served 26 years as a Special Agent with the FBI. Jerri takes us on her journey from being a juvenile probation agent to becoming a special agent in the FBI. Jerri also reveals the selection and testing process she went through to become a special agent in the FBI. …
 
You have the right to get your facts straight to know what happens after you have been arrested and need a lawyer. Our guest today, Jennifer Severino has spent ten years as a Criminal Defense Attorney and will give us her perspective of the criminal justice system. Jennifer shares stories from the courtroom and reveals what kind of relationships de…
 
Today's special guest is none other than Craig Martelle! Craig explains his journey from being an intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps for twenty years, becoming an attorney, working as a business consultant, and eventually becoming a full-time author. Craig dispels myths and misconceptions regarding military characters, especiall…
 
Today our special guest is Coroner Darren Dake. We discuss his 30-year career in law enforcement including 20 years being a death investigator, and most recently his election to the position of coroner. Darren takes us into death investigations in detail. We discuss cases involving infants to senior citizens. Because of this, some may find this epi…
 
In this special St. Parick's Day bonus episode, Marie O'Hlloran shares her experiences as a 22 year veteran of the Irish Polic Force, An Garda Síochána. Marie and I chat about everything from her training at Garda College, experiences on the job, and a treasure trove of other information about the Irish Police Force. She also reveals her struggles …
 
In this episode, I read and give my answers to several questions that students in the MDI Academy or listeners have submitted relating to death investigation and scene management topics. Questions with several topics such as Dry Drowning, Next-of-Kin Notification, Evidence, Purge Fluid, Scene cooperation, and many more topics. Submit your Question …
 
In today's episode, Scott Moon shares with us how he balances his job as a police lieutenant with a successful author career. Scott shares his journey as a young man traveling to Los Angeles to be in a metal band playing guitar. How years later he wound up being a police officer and now attained the rank of lieutenant, and his continuing success ru…
 
In today's show, Josh Hayes of Keystroke Medium takes us on his Journey from police officer to full-time author. Josh takes us down his path from growing up as a military brat, joining the United States Air Force, becoming a police officer where he worked as a patrol officer, bicycle officer, community policing officer, and being a member of the bo…
 
Abusive head trauma (AHT), which includes shaken baby syndrome, is a preventable and severe form of physical child abuse that results in an injury to the brain of a child. AHT often happens when a parent or caregiver becomes angry or frustrated because of a child’s crying. It is caused by violent shaking and/or with blunt impact. The resulting inju…
 
Today we are going to take you into the courtroom with our special guest former Assistant District Attorney Sharon Riek of the Racine County District Attorney’s Office. Have you ever wondered what happens next after a person is arrested and processed by the police? Who ultimately decides on what criminal charge a person will face and will try this …
 
Today we are going to the crime lab with our special guest Forensic DNA Analyst Melissa Kreikemeier. If you write stories that involve forensic science and want to get your facts straight regarding this often-misunderstood field of police science, this episode is for you. Melissa will also take us on her journey into how she got into this fascinati…
 
Understanding the Problem About 4,300 US infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year. We often refer to these deaths as sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID). Although the causes of death in many of these children can’t be explained, most occur while the infant is sleeping in an unsafe sleeping environment. Researchers can’t be sure how often …
 
Do you write stories involving the Royal Canadian Mounted Police? Or are you just curious about this historic police organization or police work in Canada? If you answered yes, this is the episode for you! In today's episode, we're going north to Canada to learn about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police force. (Retired) Sergeant Patrick O'Donnell int…
 
In this episode, I read and give my answers to several questions that students in the MDI Academy or listeners have submitted relating to death investigation and scene management topics. Questions with several topics such as Dry Drowning, Next-of-Kin Notification, Evidence, Purge Fluid, Scene cooperation, and many more topics. Submit your Question …
 
In today's episode, Patrick O'Donnell interviews veteran Police Detective Adam Richardson of the "Writers Detective Bureau" Facebook group and podcast. (Retired) Sergeant Patrick O'Donnell and Det. Richardson discusses how a police officer becomes a detective and what special training and testing are required to become a detective. Richardson also …
 
Episode one of the Cops and Writers podcast. Your host Patrick O'Donnell welcomes all of you who want to write more compelling and accurate crime stories. In this short introductory episode, O'Donnell explains that most of his shows will be interviews with members of state, federal, and local law enforcement. He will ask the questions that you want…
 
In this episode, I highlight a conversation I had with a student of the MDI Academy where we discuss the training, finding internship programs, and general topics about the Medicolegal Field. This recording was made during a live office hours session where students can log in and ask questions or discuss topics they need help with. This recording i…
 
In this episode, I talk about the new MDI course as well as rant about some bad reviews. However, the meat of the show is about interviewing witnesses and how to get the information you want. To learn more about the new MDI course go to ditacademy.org/mldi Please consider leaving a rating and review for the show.…
 
Is your loved one missing? Turn to Missouri Missing to help you navigate this path. Each path is different in the unknown but they have walked in your shoes. They can help you navigate the system. They can create a flyer for you and reach out to the media to bring awareness to your case. They are here to answer your questions. Theyare here to walk …
 
The International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners (IACME) has over 85 years of experience in the presentation of educational seminars for the purpose of assisting Coroners and Medical Examiners and other forensic specialists in the performance of their duties. This commitment is enshrined in the Association’s mission statement, “Dedicat…
 
Genetic or forensic genealogy combines direct-to-consumer DNA tests — like those purchased through 23andMe or Ancestry.com — with the age-old hobby of tracing a family tree with public records, such as birth certificates and land deeds. The technique relies on the simple principle that, if you go back far enough in history, everyone is related, and…
 
In this episode, I talk with Adam Kinakin of the ILET Network. Adam and I discuss the current state of law enforcement and public service professionals training, and what the future of training looks like. We go in-depth as to what we should all be expected when it comes to training going forward in the post CoVid world. ILET Mission Our goal is to…
 
Many of us have one--a place where we store mementos that remind us of an earlier period in our lives--either happy or sad. Those ties to our past are commonly found in a similar place, hidden in a shoebox buried at the back of a closet shelf. It's called The Shoebox Effect--where you "forget", intentionally or unintentionally, about the contents o…
 
In this episode, I discuss my current top five books I recommend every investigator should own or have access to. That list can be found below. I also talk at length about whether C/ME investigators should carry firearms. I make the case for why they should and address some known objections to the contrary. Top Five Recommended Books to Own Top fiv…
 
In this growing attack on law enforcement by the far left and the mass media is it any wonder that police officers are suffering more mental health issues than ever before. Since the Michael Brown incident of 2014 in Ferguson Missouri, and the systematic destruction and division of the public trust toward police by then-President Obama and his staf…
 
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