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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

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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Portland, OR

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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

Language:

English


Episodes

Shattered Souls BONUS: Tips for the Surfer

9/10/2020
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.

Duration:00:11:39

Shattered Souls BONUS: "Play along with me."

8/13/2020
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.

Duration:00:14:02

Shattered Souls BONUS with Nancy Grace: Broken Glass

7/30/2020
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.

Duration:00:23:45

Shattered Souls: Kim Dorsey

7/25/2020
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.

Duration:00:41:18

Shattered Souls: Breakdown

7/18/2020
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.

Duration:00:48:01

Shattered Souls: Jessie Bracelett

7/11/2020
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.

Duration:00:38:30

Shattered Souls: Pain

7/4/2020
Twenty two-year-old Jessie Bracelett was stabbed and left for dead in a dark parking lot in 2012. His friend, Maurice Johnson, also suffered a stab wound and called 911. . . and so did several eyewitnesses. Detectives would rely on the forensic reconstruction to detangle this twisted case. Detective Kim Long discusses the case with Karen.

Duration:00:27:43

Shattered Souls: Trina Joseph

6/27/2020
Aubrey Joseph turned himself in after murdering his wife — but he told a much different story than the one told by evidence he left behind. It’s up to the detectives to make sense of the details, follow the evidence to find the lies, and give Trina Joseph a chance at justice.

Duration:00:24:47

Shattered Souls BONUS: The Prosecution Speaks

6/24/2020
Karen speaks with prosecutor Janeen Kirch who details her experiences in the State Attorney's Office and her most heartbreaking moment while working the Alexandria Williams case.

Duration:00:22:02

Shattered Souls: Anger

6/20/2020
Trina Joseph’s tragic murder revealed a history of domestic abuse at the hands of her husband Aubrey. It’s not a whodunit, but the evidence from the crime scene would show the calculated, deliberate way that Aubrey killed her—especially one crucial piece of evidence that multiple officers, detectives, and forensic investigators nearly missed. Music: The New Real by Sam Johnson at www.samjohnsonlive.com

Duration:00:28:53

Shattered Souls BONUS: Det. Eileen Simpson

6/16/2020
Karen speaks with one of her mentors, Detective Eileen Simpson, about her method for dealing with the emotional aftermath, along with more background information on the Roy Andrews and Moussa Maida cases.

Duration:00:49:17

Shattered Souls: Moussa Maida

6/13/2020
After teenager Moussa Maida was gunned down in the cashier’s booth of his family’s store, his mother’s cries haunted Karen. The case languished for two years before investigators received the break they needed — but the cut-and-dried case threatens to crumble in the courtroom when the defense makes an argument that could let a killer walk free.

Duration:00:19:07

Shattered Souls: Scratches

6/6/2020
Who killed 19 year-old Moussa Maida in his family’s small shop? The killer left behind ample physical evidence. The entire crime was captured on video. It should have been an open-and-shut case, but Karen and the team hit wall after wall in bringing Moussa’s killer to justice. Karen shares the most anguishing moment of her career. Music by Sam Johnson

Duration:00:27:37

Shattered Souls: Roy Andrews

5/30/2020
Roy Andrews spent his law enforcement career helping others but after his murder he needed the help of an adrenaline-fueled team of detectives to find the killer. From a callous confession caught on wiretap, to thoughts from homicide detective Eileen Simpson, who was listening as it happened, this episode takes listeners directly inside the investigation as a killer is brought to justice.

Duration:00:29:27

Shattered Souls (BONUS): Interview with retired JSO detective Kim Long

5/26/2020
Shattered Souls is about understanding the emotional toll that investigative work takes on those in the trenches. Karen chats with her "work wife," retired JSO detective Kim Long, about their case files and experiences together. Kim details her most heartbreaking cases and explains how she has handled the emotional fallout.

Duration:00:30:46

Shattered Souls: Pressure

5/23/2020
Motive is the name of the game after the brutal and baffling murder of a long-serving police officer. Karen relives the crime scene, sifts through the evidence, and takes listeners on a roller coaster ride as she and her team meet several dead ends before locking a suspect firmly in their sights.

Duration:00:33:44

Shattered Souls (BONUS): On the record with Susan Addison

5/19/2020
Karen speaks with Stacy Replogle’s mother to learn more about her daughter and what life has been like since her brutal murder.

Duration:00:15:42

Shattered Souls: Stacy Replogle

5/16/2020
After Stacy Replogle's nearly decapitated body was found at a remote construction site in Jacksonville, Florida, Karen and her team set out to identify the killer. Exhausted and frustrated, they found a clear link between the victim and the perpetrator in the most unlikely of places. With irrefutable evidence in hand, the race was on to find the suspect. Forensics told a clear story, but what would the alleged killer have to say when the case finally got to court?

Duration:00:21:40

Shattered Souls: Nightmare

5/9/2020
On a cold and rainy morning in February of 2005, Jacksonville, Florida forensic detective Karen Smith responded to a troubling report of a body discovered in a wooded area. The unidentified young woman was in a puddle of mud at the bottom of an embankment, adjacent to a well-traveled road. Karen and her team faced tough terrain, poor weather, and other daunting challenges before they could even hope to identify the victim. Then Karen discovered the key to this case in the strangest of...

Duration:00:25:25

A Note From Thinking Sideways: Introducing "Shattered Souls"

5/2/2020
Devin from Thinking Sideways explains why they've partnered with CrimeCon to launch Shattered Souls: A Forensic Detective's Diary from retired detective Karen Smith. An exclusive sneak-peek trailer of the emotional first season follows.

Duration:00:03:47