Crime Scene Forensics 101

Crime Scene ForensicsForensics is the study of the past as it relates to the present.  Criminal forensic is applying  science  to the law. In short it’s the study of known science and relating it to a crime scene for the determination and prosecution of a crime.  Many men and women are specially trained to collect evidence and in some cases even apply the science to this collected evidence and provide answers to investigators.

On this episode of Coroner Talk™  I talk with Crime Scene Technician and college professor – Stefanie Elliott of the St. Johns, FL Sheriff’s office.   Our discussion centers around what crime scene technicians  do for investigators, how science is applied to criminal cases, unique circumstances where forensics saved a case, and much more.

Listen to the audio of this conversation to learn more

You can contact Stefanie


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 Death Investigator Magazine 

Why Death Investigator Magazine 

Many magazines are printed each month directed at law enforcement in general. Lacking in the industry are publications focusing on the jobs and lives of those professionals working in the death investigation field; and of those that do exist, are tied to membership in an association. This leaves out those professionals  who either wish not to be a member of a particular  association, or do not qualify for membership.

Death investigators make up a wide range of professions; coroners, medical examiners, police, pathologist, pathology assistance, forensic nurses, private investigators, and many, many more.

I have dedicated the last 30 years working in the field of law enforcement and death investigation, as well as teaching in this area of forensic science. We surveyed hundreds of professionals working in various disciplines of the death investigation community. We asked a simple question, “what is your biggest obstacle in obtaining quality training in death investigation?”

The answers were overwhelmingly the same, “not enough training options, limited specialized training in death investigation v. general criminal investigations, cost of training is too expensive, and limited training in my region or state.”

To answer this call for investigators I created a podcast 18 months ago called Coroner Talk™, a  weekly training show dedicated to bringing quality training to investigators of all death related disciplines.

Listen to an episode of Coroner Talk™

Whereas this does fill a role, a gap still exists. The Death Investigator Magazine will fill this gap by providing in-depth articles and print material that will not only support the investigators job duties, but will enrich their lives by dealing with such topics as work/family balance, PTSD, finance, substance abuse, and much more.

This online publication will offer, embedded videos, live links to further resources, and  collaboration links to support training; all a click away right from the page or article.

A magazine focused on the death investigation community. Dedicated to improving skills and enriching lives of the investigators and their families.

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About the Author
Darren is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement and criminal investigations. He currently serves as an investigator for the Crawford County Missouri coroner’s office. He holds credentials as an instructor for the Missouri Sheriff’s Training Academy, has served as president of the Missouri Medical Examiners and Coroners Association, and is certified and credentialed in numerous fields of investigation. He holds the position of lead instructor and facilitator for the Coroner Talk™ community as he speaks and writes in the area of death investigation and scene management.

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