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This page is dedicated to providing COVID-19 resources to the medicolegal community.  In addition to resources, polices from multiple agencies are shared to assist during this challenging time.COVID-19 Information:Center...

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Professional Image – Maybe not what you think. ep250

If you want to be seen and respected as a professional, might I say you need to act like a professional first?  In this episode, I  talk about what...

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Role of Managers and Administrators in a Medical Examiner/Coroner Office

Paul R. Parker III, B.S., D-ABMDI There is no greater honor than writing the last chapter of someone’s life story. As medicolegal death investigators, that is what we do...

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7 Superpowers of Effective Leadership

In this episode, we listen in as Anita Brooks talks with a group of team leaders about how what they do and how they do it has a great...

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Bonus-CSI Memoirs That Haunt the Soul – Tamara Mickelson

Have you ever wondered what being a part of CSI is really like? If so, here’s your chance to experience it…WALK inside the crime scene tape with retired Sergeant...

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Infant Loss Resources

Infant Loss Resources serves as a source of information and support for healthcare professionals, childcare providers, parent educators, and police and other emergency workers who are the first to respond...

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Evidence in Infant Death Investigation ep245

Evidence in infant and child death cases is many times very different than in older children and adult deaths,  infants die differently than adults, in most cases; so the evidence...

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SUDI Standards with Kathleen Hargrave

All infant and child deaths need to be investigated in a systematic and standardized method.  The SUDI forms provided by the CDC is the national standard approach to investigating...

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Infant Death Investigation – Where to start.

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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After the Police Leave

In August 1997, sixteen-year-old William Jenkins was on his second day of work at a fast-food restaurant in suburban Richmond, Virginia when the restaurant was robbed at closing time....

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Humanizing Grief

In this episode, I have a conversation with Anita Brooks about the real human side of grief and death notification. As investigators, we can become hardened and not see...

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They told me my son died ep240

Her son died in a car accident. The highway patrol came to her house to notify her and her husband of the accident and the death of their child....

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Death Notification – Best Practices

In this episode, we will kick off the theme for the month of January of proper death notification procedures. This episode is a replay of an online course that...

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20/20 Vision-What we do Matters

In this episode, the last of 2019, I discuss changes that are taking place in the new year. The podcast will go to monthly themes so we can dive...

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Merry Christmas 2019

This Christmas and during this season I would like to wish every one of you a Blessed Christmas and Holiday Season. Regardless of your religious faith Christmas is a...

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The William Jenkins Story – What to do After the Police Leave

In August 1997, sixteen year-old William Jenkins was on his second day of work at a fast-food restaurant in suburban Richmond, Virginia when the restaurant was robbed at closing...

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Sammy Keyes – Student Success Story ep 235

In this episode, I talk with Samantha “Sammy” Keyes. Samantha is a Forensic researcher and has assisted in many cold cases and is currently working on several cases around...

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Basics of Asphyxial Deaths

An asphyxial death refers to a multi-etiologic set of conditions in which there is inadequate delivery, uptake and/or utilization of oxygen by the body’s tissues/cells, often accompanied by carbon...

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Training the Trainer

In this episode, I answer several listener questions and discuss some upcoming training that I will be a student in.  Plus, we look forward to the 2020 training schedule.

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Venessa Tanner Story – Student Success

In this episode, I speak with Venessa Tanner. Venessa shares her story of becoming a Death Investigator and getting a job with the local Sheriff’s office as a DI....

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Live – True Crime Conference

In this episode I play a recorded session I did at the True Crime Conference in St. Charles Missouri. I discuss the duties of a Coroner and introduce the...

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Nursing Home Interactions ep230

A prevalent concern, but under-recognized, a public health problem of distressing and harmful resident-to-resident interactions in dementia in long-term care homes (LTC) (such as nursing homes and assisted living...

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Bulletproof Spirit

The burden of dealing with tragedies associated with the day-to-day duties of police officers, coroners, and medicolegal death investigators, often remains unspoken and follows the officers into their off-duty...

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Respect is Earned

If you want to be seen as a professional, you must present a professional image and attitude that will command respect.   You WILL NOT get the respect you...

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Listener Q and A

In this episode, I answer several listeners and student questions.

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Psychology of Investigations

In order to determine the direction of an investigation and to prioritize leads, if necessary, death investigators must establish the manner of a death: natural, accident, homicide or suicide....

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A Medical Examiner’s View of the Coroner System ep225

In this episode, I talk with Forensic Pathologist Dr. Thomas Gilson of Cuyahoga County Ohio. We discuss the debate of Coroner v. Medical Examiner systems and what his thoughts...

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Plan B Forensics

I this episode I have a conversation with Dr. Suzan Entwistle, DO, C-MDI about how she has combined her education and experience as a trauma surgeon and death investigation...

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Cops and Writers Sgt. Patrick O’Donnel ep 223

Looking to add an authentic edge to your crime fiction? Ride along with a real-life sergeant to give your story the accuracy your readers crave. Looking to add an...

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Is your job causing burnout? ep222

The term “burnout” is a relatively new term, first coined in 1974 by Herbert Freudenberger, in his book, Burnout: The High Cost of High Achievement. He originally defined burnout as,...

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Tactical Reload -Leadership ep221

Mindset Shift for the Next Generation of Law Enforcement Leaders Tactical Reload offers a road map for police and MDI professionals eager to succeed as America transitions from unrest...

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Dream Job – a student success story ep220

Amanda Beasler was a hard-working emergency management professional employed by the state of Wisconsin. Her dream was to be a Medicolegal Death Investigator and like many others could not...

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10 Mistakes at Death Scenes ep219

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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Fingerprinting Mummified Remains ep218

Postmortem fingerprint collection is a routine part of many forensic death investigations. Although the production of postmortem prints is usually straight forward, several obstacles and scenarios can make the...

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Hell in the Heartland ep217

On December 29, 1999, high school friends Lauria Jaylene Bible and Ashley Renae Freeman spent the evening together celebrating Freeman’s sixteenth birthday. Bible received permission from her parents to spend the night at Freeman’s...

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Every Scene – Every Time ep216

The term every scene every time is certainly not new and is not unique to me. This term is credited to Steven C. Clark, Ph.D. of Occupational Research and...

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Linking Aspects of Investigations ep215

Every crime scene presents unique obstacles for the investigator, but in a death investigation, three elements will always exist to some degree. These three elements make up the investigative...

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How Bodies Burn ep.214

The human body burns predictably based it on its anatomical configuration of soft tissues and bones. Fire creates burn patterns to soft tissues: skin, fat, muscle, and then on...

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Dangers of a Hoarding Environment ep213

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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30-Years of EMS ep212

In this episode, I talk with Bill Patt. Bill has spent his career in EMS and for the last several years has been the supervisor of a large EMS...

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Sworn Statement – Dead Hiker ep211

Sworn Statement is a podcast exploring local cases and public safety issues here in Collier County. The first three episodes will focus on the case of the deceased hiker...

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Testing Oral Fluids – SteelFusion ep210

SteelFusion offer rapid forensic and clinical toxicology testing utilizing Oral Fluid and Urine for the detection and quantification of illicit and prescription drugs. SteelFusion are the post-mortem Oral Fluid...

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911 Behind the Mic with Brad England ep209

911 emergency dispatchers often are the first people contacted when emergency assistance is needed.  They’re responsible for determining the nature of the calls they receive, as well as the...

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Reclassification of 911 Operators ep208

911 Call Takers and Dispatchers are often the first investigators involved in death calls 911 emergency dispatchers often are the first people contacted when emergency assistance is needed.  They’re...

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Dr. Maggot ep 207

The Science of Forensic entomology is the study of insects for medico-legal purposes. There are many ways insects can be used to help solve a crime, but the primary purpose...

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Bloodhounds ep 206

Reprint Article by Linda Cole The Bloodhound is usually unfairly ranked as less intelligent than many dogs, but that doesn’t mean the breed isn’t smart. Finding people is where...

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Native American Burial Rituals ep205

Most Native American tribes believed that the souls of the dead passed into a spirit world and became part of the spiritual forces that influenced every aspect of their...

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National Coroner Week ep 204

Coroner Recognition Week  January 27th – February 2nd with the focus day being January 29th.  The first American Coroner was Thomas Baldridge of St. Mary’s, Maryland Colony appointed on...

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Evil Guardian – Dr Scott Bonn ep203

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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Beating Back Blue Monday ep 202

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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