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Proper Scene Arrival

Midweek training episodes are short-focused training to help you become a better investigator and human.  These short tips are a production of the Coroner Talk podcast and the Death...

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Manner Classification – Not as simple as you might think.

Midweek training episodes are short-focused training to help you become a better investigator and human.  These short tips are a production of the Coroner Talk podcast and the Death...

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Why Use the SUIDI Form?

Midweek training episodes are short-focused training to help you become a better investigator and human.  These short tips are a production of the Coroner Talk podcast and the Death...

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Avoid These Scene Mistakes

Due to the very nature of sudden and/or violent deaths, many things can and do go wrong in the first few hours after discovery.  Death scenes have a way...

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There’s a right way to be a Coroner, and then there is the other.

There has always been a discussion on removing coroners and rebuilding it with a medical examiner system.  However, that is rarely done because it just does not work like...

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Dangers of Hoarding

Hoarding is a psychological condition that results in a person accumulating an enormous amount of trash and things of little-to-no value, or worse, more animals than can be properly...

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Police v. MDI Death Investigations

. Midweek training episodes are short, focused training to help you become a better investigator and human.  These short tips are a production of the Coroner Talk podcast and...

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Perception v. Reality – One matters more than the other.

Midweek training episodes are short, focused training to help you become a better investigator and human.  These short tips are a production of the Coroner Talk podcast and the...

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Technology and Paperless Offices

A paperless office is a workplace that has minimal paper-based processes and relies on digitized documents and storage instead. This includes on scene notes and document scanning from a mobile...

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Do you inspire or manipulate?

Midweek training episodes are short, focused training to help you become a better investigator and human.  These short tips are a production of the Coroner Talk podcast and the...

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Report Writing – (Listen Anyway)

Midweek training episodes are short, focused training to help you become a better investigator and human.  These short tips are a production of the Coroner Talk podcast and the...

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Get up – Don’t be Blue

A few years ago, the third Monday in January was labeled Blue Monday by many experts in the mental health field. But no matter what day of the week...

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External Body Exams – Yes or No?

. Midweek training episodes are short, focused training to help you become a better investigator and human.  These short tips are a production of the Coroner Talk podcast and...

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Having a Preparedness Mindset

Midweek training episodes are short, focused training to help you become a better investigator and human.  These short tips are a production of the Coroner Talk podcast and the...

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Spontaneous Suicide

In this episode Darren has a conversation with a student about spontaneous suicide. They discuss what it is and does it really exist. Referred to sometimes as Acute Suicide...

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What Now – Navigating the aftermath of homicide and suicide

After having to identify her husband by his severed head, Jan Canty started a life journey of discovering what being a survivor of violent crime is like.  In this...

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Understanding Blood Patterns with Jeff Gentry

In this episode I talk with Jeff Gentry about the importance of understanding blood stains. You don’t have to be an expert to recognize something is not adding up.  We...

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Introducing the all new MDI Investigator Course ep310

In this episode, I introduce the all-new and expanded Medicolegal Death Investigator classroom course.  The course has a new location, new training, and many additional perks and features.  You...

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Don’t F*up the Crime Scene

On this episode, I am a guest on the Don’t F*up the Crime Scene Podcast with Kevin Hearst.  You can find more of his show at – https://www.spreaker.com/show/dont-fuck-up-the-crime-scene I also...

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Introduction to Blood Pattern Analysis

Introduction to Blood Pattern Analysis In this episode, I share a small portion of a new online course, Introduction to Blood Pattern Analysis. You can find more about that...

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Analyzing Written Statements for Deception

In this episode, you will learn the importance of detecting deception in interactions with victims, witnesses, andsuspects and be introduced to techniques used to analyze verbal or written statements....

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Courtroom Preparation and Testimony

Testifying in court can be terrifying if you are not used to it. Even experienced investigators need good reminders now and then on how to perform better. When testifying...

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Evidence in Infant Deaths ep. 305

Online Course Click Here:            Investigating Infant and Child Death  Death Investigator Newsletter:   Click Here for Newsletter Info. When it comes to all death investigations, but...

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Infant Death – Scene Arrival First Contact

When it comes to all death investigations, but especially where an infant or child is involved, you should be led by the thinking that you only get one chance...

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Infant Death Investigation – Foundations

When it comes to all death investigations, but especially where an infant or child is involved, you should be led by the thinking that you only get one chance...

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Having a Preparedness Mindset

We all have talked about it, some people even think they have it. But having a preparedness mindset is critical as an investigator. We get used to the day-to-day...

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Survivor Support Programs

Support Services staff are trained professionals from various fields, including medicine, mental health, and law enforcement. The team is committed to providing sincere and compassionate support at a pace...

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Suicide Investigations – What can the Body Tell Us?

Suicide Investigations – What can the Body Tell Us? Check out the online course here: https://www.ditacademyonline.org/courses/Suicide-and-Self-Harm An initial exam while still on the scene is imperative for the overall...

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Suicide Victimology

Suicide Victimology Check out the online course here: https://www.ditacademyonline.org/courses/Suicide-and-Self-Harm Victimology is the collection and assessment of any significant information as it pertains to the victim and his or her...

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Suicide Statistics Degrees of Certainty

Suicide deaths account for nearly 46,00 deaths in the United States, about one death every five minutes.  The number per year has continued to grow for the past several...

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Genealogy DNA Case Study

Put simply, IGG describes the process of using information about genetic similarities and known family relationships to generate investigative leads. The basic information used in IGG falls into two...

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Challenges of locating NOK in a transient society

. In this episode, Darren and Wendy discuss the Evolution and challenges of locating and notifying NOK in a transient society. With the modern age we live in it...

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Challenges of social media in death investigations ep295

In this episode, Darren and Wendy discuss the good and bad of Social media as it relates to death investigations.   Social media can be a big help in certain...

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Avoiding Scene Mistakes

Due to the very nature of sudden and/or violent deaths, many things can and do go wrong in the first few hours after discovery.  Death scenes have a way...

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Death with Dignity –

In this episode, Wendy and Darren discuss the laws surrounding doctors prescribing suicide prescriptions and other forms of suicide assistance. Find all available training at.  ditacademy.org

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High Altitude Deaths

High altitude illness (HAI) is the current accepted clinical term for a group of disorders including acute mountain sickness (AMS), high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE), and high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE),...

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Summer Break 2021

I wish you all a very happy and fun summer 2021.  We are taking a break this year through the summer months and will return in September with an...

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Truth in Podcasting ep 290

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...

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Establishing Decedent Identification

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...

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Detecting Deception Part 2 – Classroom Training

In this episode, you get to listen in to a live classroom training where Mark Bailey is teaching on detecting deception by talking with witnesses or suspects. This is...

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Detecting Deception Part 1 – Classroom Training

In this episode, you get to listen in to a live classroom training where Mark Bailey is teaching on detecting deception with talking with witness or suspects. This is...

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Listener / Student QandA

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...

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Investigating Abusive Head Trauma ep285

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...

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Lisa Mayhew-Child Death Investigation

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...

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Listener-Student Questions Answered

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...

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Student Chat

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...

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Missouri Missing and Scarlett’s Law on Sudden Death

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...

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Why IACME – International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners ep280

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...

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Genealogical DNA – Solving Cases

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,...

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ILET Network – Its time to change the narrative about training

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...

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