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.
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 all-new line-up and shows.
Be a blessing and be safe!
Truth in Podcasting
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 of a podcast from my good friend Dave Jackson from the School of Podcasting Podcast about media bias and how podcasting can help correct mistruth.
The school of podcasting can be found at:
I also introduce a new survey being conducted by RTI International that addresses work-related stress in MDI jobs. This is a topic I have spent years discussing and I am so glad that it is starting to gain needed attention.
Link to MDI work-related stress survey:
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 the identification of the deceased. This episode will give you several methods of identification and will warn you of pitfalls and mistakes to avoid in wrongful identification.
If you would like to check out the full course you can follow the link below to learn more.
Detecting Deception Part 2
Detecting Deception Part 1
Student Questions March 2021
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 topics.
Questions with several topics such as Dry Drowning, Next-of-Kin Notification, Evidence, Purge Fluid, Scene cooperation, and many more topics.
Submit your Question
If you have a question that you would like answered and possibly shared on the show simply click on the contact link and send us your question. I will answer your question directly by email and it may be shared on a future show. I will be careful not to reveal your name if shared on air.
I am a new student with high interest in working with Darren’s academy. I stumbled upon this show a couple years ago and have learned endless amounts of information. This show is so informative and factually based from personal experience, unique perspectives, and outside conversations with other experts. Keep going and I will keep listening and referring others to your show! Stay safe!
Real life ,real stuff, real training!
I’m a Deputy Coroner going into my 6th yr of service. This podcast and training information is priceless! We deal with thing different than almost everyone. It is awesome that Darren and his team can teach and remind use we are human and the people we deal with are humans ! This podcast is awesome! Must listen!!!!
Can it get any better?!!
What a gem. Great information, fantastic resources, and Darren and the team are willing to go over and beyond to make sure those in the business are properly trained. I can’t believe it took me this long to discover this... BUT I’m sooooo glad I did!!!
Thank y’all for doing this. I think I can speak for most of the listeners when I say if you keep posting them, we’ll keep listening to them (and learning!)