What comes to mind when you hear the word “forensics”? For many, the word evokes images of sterile labs and white coats. The reality, however, is quite different.
In Shattered Souls veteran forensic investigator Karen Smith opens her detailed and poignant journals from her 11 years as a forensic detective in Jacksonville, Florida. She speaks of trudging through muddy swamps, dangling over crime scenes from a firetruck ladder, and the tremendous emotional toll that the horror of these crimes wreaks on the investigators tasked with solving them.
Karen talks about the nightmares, the emotional and often physical pain, the scares, and the breath-holding, white-knuckle moments from the most haunting cases of her career. They’re victims you’ve probably never heard of, but they’re victims that she can never forget. Their stories - and the shattered souls of loved ones they left behind - are at the heart of every episode.
Shattered Souls: A Forensic Detective’s Diary is presented by CrimeCon.
Music by Sam Johnson
Shattered Souls BONUS: Tips for the Surfer
Karen shares two fun, strange, and lighthearted cases from Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, including an encounter with a "Jeff Spicoli in the flesh" surfer dude.
Shattered Souls BONUS: "Play along with me."
In this surprise lighthearted bonus episode, Karen recounts one of the more straightforward cases in which a perp discovers the hard way that she isn't as smart as Karen and her colleagues.
Shattered Souls BONUS with Nancy Grace: Broken Glass
Karen talks with longtime friend and former prosecutor Nancy Grace about the most emotional moments from her career.
Shattered Souls: Kim Dorsey
A crime scene reconstruction tells a much different story than the suspect does in the stunning conclusion to Kim Dorsey's story.
Shattered Souls: Breakdown
Karen relives the most challenging case of her career with colleagues Detective Kim Long, Prosecutor London Kite, Detective Larry Kuczkowski and Sergeant Karen Dukes.
Shattered Souls: Jessie Bracelett
An investigation relies on bloodstain evidence to indisputably reveal,who murdered Jessie Bracelett on a cold December morning.
Customer ReviewsSee All
My new obsession
Such a great podcast! Love hearing the first hand stories
Like the presentation
I like how Karen doesn't seem to be reading from a script like some other true crime podcasts. I really enjoyed hearing how they re-created gunshot paths using string. Very intriguing without boring us
Love this podcast
Really appreciate the perspective. Haven’t had new episodes in a while but holding out hope more will come.