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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

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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

    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.


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    Shattered Souls BONUS: "Play along with me."

    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.


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    • 15 min
    Shattered Souls BONUS with Nancy Grace: Broken Glass

    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. Nancy is now the host of the podcast Crime Stories with Nancy Grace and the founder of CrimeOnline.com.
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    Shattered Souls: Kim Dorsey

    Shattered Souls: Kim Dorsey

    Who killed Kim Dorsey? As Karen and her co-workers forensically reconstructed the crime scene, the homicide detectives ran down lead after lead until they found the suspect and arrested him. Who was he and how did the crime really happen? What was the suspect’s story when he took the stand at the trial? Interviews with Detective Kim Long, Prosecutor London Kite, Detective Larry Kuczkowski and Sergeant Karen Dukes.


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    • 42 min
    Shattered Souls: Breakdown

    Shattered Souls: Breakdown

    Kim Dorsey was found bludgeoned, stabbed and sexually assaulted in her own bedroom. The crime scene had been assigned to two new crime scene investigators the day before Karen and her co-worker, Kim Long, were summoned to help sort out the details of what happened to Kim early in the morning of October 28, 2012. It would prove to be the most challenging case of Karen’s career. Interviews with Detective Kim Long, Prosecutor London Kite, Detective Larry Kuczkowski and Sergeant Karen Dukes.


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    • 50 min
    Shattered Souls: Jessie Bracelett

    Shattered Souls: Jessie Bracelett

    Jessie Bracelett was brutally murdered in the pre-dawn hours of December 17, 2012. As Karen and other detectives investigated the crime scene and related items they discovered bloodstain evidence that would reveal, indisputably, who murdered Jessie on that cold December morning.


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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
4.1K Ratings

4.1K Ratings

dontbesosensitivehun ,

Real life expert sharing fascinating real life experiences

I find the details and the real facts straight from the source so educational and fascinating. This podcast is amazing! Five stars for Shattered Souls and Karen Smith and her colleagues. Thank you for a podcast that makes you think not being told case facts by someone who did a Google search and decided to arm chair it lol I enjoy those podcasts of lay people analyzing too but real first hand facts and wild cases is way more interesting. 🏆👏🏻

Calibeachsolana ,

So good!

Smart. Good storytelling. Cannot wait for Season 2.

Mom in Mass. ,

A real Forensic Investigator hosts!

Karen Smith knows her stuff. Listen, learn, enjoy.

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