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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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The Shoebox Effect

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...

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Top 5 books you should own and should C/ME’s carry guns.

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...

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Effects of Mass Media on Police ep275

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...

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Medicolegal Death Investigations – With Dr. Mary Dudley

The role of the medicolegal death investigator is to investigate any death that falls under the jurisdiction of the medical examiner or coroner, including all suspicious, violent, unexplained and...

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Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries

Nearly 40,000 people are killed in car crashes each year. In each of these crashes, there is evidence on the body in the form of injuries.  It is important...

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Aurora Theater Shooting Radio Traffic – Rewind

On July 20, 2012, a mass shooting occurred inside of a Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises. A...

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Using Plantes to Solve Crime -Rewind

We have all heard about the science of Botany, but have you ever considered just how important it can be in solving your case? For instance;  how plant cells...

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Murdering Moms ep270

Filicide is the deliberate act of a parent killing their own child. The word filicide derives from the Latin words filius meaning “son” or filia meaning daughter, and the suffix -cide meaning to kill, murder, or cause death. “Filicide” may...

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Dangers of Hoarding for Investigators

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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Evidence v. Personal Property Collection

Evidence collection in and around a death scene is conducted in much the same manner as any crime scene. We are going to look at some scene search methods,...

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Crime Scene Investigation Standards – It’s up to you

Crime scene investigation is an indispensable part of our work, which will have a direct impact on the success of the criminal investigation.  With technological progress and changes in...

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Women Who Kill and Everyday Murder ep265

Females in the United States accounts for 12% – 15% of ALL murders. Interestingly, women account for roughly the same percentage of serial murders. Most kill for gain –...

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Killer Typologies

It is important for death investigators to have a working knowledge of all death scenarios. You should have a basic understanding of the characteristics and/or non-characteristic of what makes...

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Structuring for Cold Cases

Subsequent to the original murder case Cain vs. Abel, there has always been a small percentage of murders that were unsolved for a variety of case-specific reasons. There have also...

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STOP letting this happen at your scene!

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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Investigating Suicide – An Overview

Suicides account for over 40,000 deaths in the United States annually, ranked the 10th leading cause of deaths in America. This number has been on a steady increase since...

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Interpreting an Autoerotic Death Scene ep260

The scene of an autoerotic death can hold a wide variety of problems and issues for the investigator. Filled with deceiving information and abnormal behavior, these scenes offer challenges...

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Assisted Suicide – Investigating planned suicide pt.2

The assisted suicide movement is, if anything, indefatigable. Not only is it undeterred by its failures, but it is now more energized than any other time in recent years....

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Assisted Suicide – Investigating Planned Suicides Pt1

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collects data about mortality in the U.S., including deaths by suicide. In 2017 (the most recent year for which full data...

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The Evil Guardian – Dr. Scott Bonn PhD

Serial killers hold the fascination of the public, whether in true crime news accounts of individuals such as Ted Bundy or fictional depictions such as the television shows Dexter...

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A Homicide Love Story – Ron Franscell

Would you kill for love? True-crime master Ron Franscell tells the grisly story of a loving couple who killed at least four, and lived happily ever after–while cops desperately...

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Duct Tape Killer – Phil and Sandy Hamman ep255

“MY MOMMY IS GOING TO DIE,” SHAINA SOBBED INTO THE PHONE. When Piper Streyle failed to show up for work, a coworker called her home. Piper’s three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Shaina,...

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Dead Reckoning – Caitlin Rother

“Rother gives readers compelling insight to an unthink- able American nightmare. A gripping read . . . frank and frightening . . . it sizzles.” —Aphrodite Jones, host of True...

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Frozen Tears: The Fort Leonard Wood MP Murders

In 1977, four teenagers were kidnapped and attacked near and on Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Only one survived. This book is written by the first responder to the call, Missouri...

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Overcoming Conflict Drains-Live Presentation

Communication is not cliche and conflict does not just go away—on its own. Effective leaders are committed to improving communication and resolving conflict with courage, intentionality, and commitment. Yet, communication...

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