The Writer's Detective Bureau is a podcast hosted by veteran Police Detective Adam Richardson. Adam answers questions about criminal investigation and police work posed by crime-fiction authors and screenwriters writing crime-related stories. To submit a question, visit https://www.writersdetective.com/podcast
Sketching a Crime Scene, Immigration in 1995, and Trespassing to get the Scoop
Adam talks about sketching a crime scene, how immigration status violations were handled in California circa 1995, and what would happen if a journalist went trespassing to get the scoop on a major crime.
Inside Dispatch, Moving a Morgue, and Getting Investigative Help from Ma Bell
Adam talks about how 9-1-1 calls get dispatched over the police radio, what would happen if the morgue becomes unusable, and how detectives worked with the phone company on investigations in the 1950s and 60s. writersdetective.com/122
Complaining About Paperwork, Fatal Hit & Run Investigations, and Suspect Extraditions
Adam complains about his least favorite bureaucratic paperwork and then talks about fatal hit & run investigations and suspect extraditions.
Investigating False Accusations, Alphabet Soup Body Snatchers, and Investigating Decades-Old Remains
Adam talks about investigating false allegations made against a detective, what would happen if Alphabet Soup feds barged in to take possession of a decedent, and the realities of investigating the remains of someone that died sixty or seventy years ago.
Personal Ties to a Homicide, Chalk Outlines, Jury Duty for Cops, and ChefsForUkraine
Adam talks about what happens if a homicide detective has personal ties to a homicide victim, if chalk outlines are really used, whether cops can serve on a jury, and how reviewing this podcast on Podchaser.com can raise money for ChefsForUkraine during the #Reviews4Good campaign.
Coroner Inquests, Small Town Sheriff or Police Chief, and different Investigative Divisions
Adam explains what a Coroner's Inquest is and why inquests aren't used much anymore, the difference between a small-town Sheriff and Police Chief, and he talks about the various investigative units and their divisions.
NEVER MISS A SEGMENT.
This podcast is filled with learning. Not just for writers. Besides helping fiction writers with authentic “cop stuff”, it gives a foundational understanding of the rule of law. I’ve listened since 2018. Very educational. Never miss a segment. If you are new to the podcast, start with segments #001 through #009. Heed the warning on #010, skip the last 5 minutes. Don’t miss #014 on Leadership, #027 on Human Trafficking, #061 on OODA Loops, #048 on Color Codes, #067 on Hate Crimes, and #060 on Bad Cops/Slippery Slope. There are many more good ones. Learn about using a VPN on #030 and #031. Look for the Bloodhound Story, #106. The Future of Policing, #59. Every 18 minute session is valuable. No blue light syndrome. Just searching for the truth.
Real, Fact-Based Information
Adam pulls no punches. He answers questions in an informed, detailed manner. And, he has tips for writers on how to use the information creating a story. This podcast is solid.
Bottom Line: phenomenal podcast. I listen to every episode and always learn something.
I discovered the Writer’s Detective Bureau when Joanna Penn interviewed Adam Richardson on her The Creative Penn podcast. I subscribed immediately and, within a couple episodes, signed up as a patron of the show.
If you are writing anything in which characters or events encounter or interact with law enforcement in the modern age, you owe it to yourself to follow this podcast. I have learned more listening to this podcast than I have in countless internet searches.
I have derived value from every episode, and I write primarily Science Fiction