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 investigators was limited by resources such as time away from department and expense. So, I developed Coroner Talk™.
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 (MSA), Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI). 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 Death Investigation Training Academy (DITA) and for the Coroner Talk™ community as he speaks and writes in the area of death investigation and scene management.
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, 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 therefore has thousands of relatives. Assuming that an average family has 2 to 3 kids, then a typical person would — statistically speaking — have nearly 200 third cousins, 950 fourth cousins and 4,700 fifth cousins.
If a genealogist can find a cousin of an unknown suspect who has left behind DNA at a crime scene, then they can use old school family trees — sometimes literally drawn on paper or whiteboards — to track down the perp.
That’s how the Golden State Killer and about 70 other suspects behind brutal cold cases — rapes, murders, and assaults — have been caught since April 2018
AdvanceDNA Services Learn more and contact AdvanceDNA at the link below:
AdvanceDNA Forensic Genealogy Research Providing information leading to the identification of DNA contributors from violent crime. This may include the identification of victim and/or assailant DNA contributors.
Decedent Identification Leverage our team of forensic genealogists to reunite an unknown decedent, such as a John or Jane Doe, with their identity. Our team accepts recommendations from the community, contact us to recommend a case.
Living Identification Our team supports the effort to end human trafficking. Our team applies AdvanceDNA techniques to support victim identification for both reunification and law enforcement adjudication purposes.
Projects AdvanceDNA supports small and large scale projects within the community that aligns with our values and mission. Contact us today with your ideas!
Education & Training With combined training experience in both law enforcement and genealogy, AdvanceDNA can provide training tailored to meet the needs of our clients.
Speaking & Events AdvanceDNA welcomes invitations to private or public events, contact us with your event details to learn more.
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 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 create a collaborative network of instructors, trainers, organizations, businesses, and agencies around the world.
Everything we do is to benefit our Men and Women of the Law Enforcement, Emergency Response, and Military Community.
It's time to change the narrative about training. It's time to cut out the red tape and get the most practical, actionable training and knowledge out to the people who need it.
Contact for ILET Network To contact the ILET Network or anyone on their team visit the web site at: https://www.ilet.network/
The Shoe Box 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 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 of the box and what they represent.
Marcie Keithley's shoebox contained a secret, one she kept for decades, one released when her shoebox was unexpectedly revealed in a moment of grief. A flood of memories and emotions were unleashed when the lid was knocked off. No longer able to deny what she had sequestered away in her closet and in her spirit, the revelation created challenges for Marcie, but it also did something positively unexpected. Releasing the truth began a cascade that resulted in a freedom Marcie did not know was possible.
The dramatic story of this long-kept secret, which has been reported globally on major networks and in newspapers across America, will intrigue and enthrall you. But Marcie Keithley doesn't just make her story all about her. Now known as The Shoebox Sherpa, she helps people unpack their own shoeboxes, and teaches us how to face our truths, heal our pasts, and find the freedom we deeply desire. Be prepared to consider Marcie's question to all of us, "What's in your shoebox?"
You can contact Marcie at her web site: https://marciejkeithley.com/
Top 5 books you should own and should C/ME's carry
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 five books click here
Effects of Mass Media Bias on Police
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 staff, there has been a steady and growing attack on law enforcement by mass media.
Truth is not necessary to the media companies when their goal is to destroy and divide a nation. The best place to start is race-baiting and making the very men and women who protect society the enemy. Combine the two along with a strong bend toward a socialist society and they have all the tools they need to start the fire.
Law enforcement and other related role are suffering attacks both physical and mental at a rate never seen before. This buildup of hate and threats as well as actual harm is causing many officers to quit or at least back off from the front lines knowing they are not supported in their job duties. It’s not long before this weighs heavy on the minds and health of a person.
In the episode Anita Brooks and Darren Dake at length about this issue and how the media is adding to if not orchestrating this attack on law enforcement. This show contains strong opinions back by facts.
My Disappearance and SUIDI Update
Customer ReviewsSee All
I first came across this podcast a month ago. To the best of my knowledge there aren't any others covering death investigation, and I've been impressed with the caliber of guests Darren has on the show. My only criticism is that the podcast seems slightly over-produced (Opening, segment intros are a bit much). I will be continuing to tune in, in the future.
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I used to find the information interesting but lately I’ve had huge disagreements with some of the guests he’s had on - especially on topics involving mental health. I finally unsubscribed because the guest confused like 3 mental disorders as being one and the same, not to mention that he was using very judgmental terms. This guy wrote a book but couldn’t research the official terms for mental diagnoses??
Good info, just skip the first 10 minutes
Great show, very personable individual and interesting topic/guests!
My only problem is the first 10 minutes is spent advertising for his courses/books, asking for reviews, and asking you to spread the word for him (you work, he gets paid). I understand business models in our modern world include ads, but is no one else getting tired of our non-stop ad culture? Make up your own mind on how to spend your paycheque. Don’t even give someone the opportunity to try and convince you to give them money unless you’re actively shopping for something. Just skip ahead 10 or so minutes and you will enjoy the content. Five stars of course because the actual show is great.