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.
Host is Phenomenal!
Karen Smith, the host of this show does a really great job with this pod. You’ll quickly be able to tell she’s not one of these “pop-up” morons that decided to talk about past murders from their kitchen tables. This woman brings the heat! Intelligence, passion, and the perfect amount of empathy. She’s just real, and if you’re like me you can feel that in a show from the 1st minute of listening. This one has it! When I find a quality pod like this I figure the LEAST I can do is do my part and rate and review…so here I am! I’ve been looking for a LONG time now for a new show that “checks all the boxes” for me (story/host/production/intelligence/great detail) and this is one that certainly meets all those expectations and more. I’m currently binging on it now where I just discovered it, I have about 18 or so episodes I think to bask in! The only bad part as you fellow crime junkies know, is that soon I’ll catch up to date and have to wait for new episodes. That always stinks. Lol. But this is a great podcast. One that I would even consider sponsoring on Patreon once I’m caught up. I don’t send my money in to many shows, maybe a select 2 or 3, but this is that good! Trust me guys.
I love the fact that the host of "shattered souls" bought a popular podcast feed for her generic true crime copaganda.... and then goes into the reviews to complain about it! if you don't like the confusion don't buy someone else's listeners? anyway if you liked TSP The Shocking Details with Joe is excellent!
I think shattered souls is one of the most intelligent analytical podcasts I’ve had the pleasure of listening to throughout the present crisis. I love your concept of examining different possible scenarios/theories for how events may have unfolded. I also appreciate the trouble you have taken to research many of these stories and have done a good job of sifting out spurious thoughts from more convincing ones . In doing so you have also alerted me to some ideas that had escaped my previous knowledge of those same mysteries I am familiar with. Even better I have rarely disagreed with your conclusions. It is a pity that you have retired for the moment, but fortunately your backlog is so extensive I have many hours of pleasurable listening left!