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Cops and Writers is a podcast hosted by retired police sergeant and author, Patrick O'Donnell. The podcast provides valuable insights and humor for crime writers who want to create accurate and believable police stories. O'Donnell conducts in-depth interviews with members of law enforcement and civilian experts, discussing police procedures and culture. He also interviews crime fiction writers and writers from different genres, discussing what works in the ever-changing landscape of book sales and publishing. The podcast offers candid stories told with cop humor and technical details about the world of law enforcement. 

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Life isn’t fair. We have all heard this and it is so true. But sometimes you come across a story that really pulls at your heart and you learn a new level of empathy for someone who was in a certain situation. This episode did that for me. This is a story of a person being treated unfairly and her resilience and eventually overcoming in her own way. This is the story of Bridget Truxillo.  Bridget Truxillo was a Deputy Sheriff in Florida where she excelled in her job earning spots on the elite narcotics unit where she was primarily utilized in undercover operations and later joined the SWAT team as the only female to have worked in SWAT for her agency.Unfortunately, Bridget was the victim of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, forcing her to eventually resign from law enforcement. She then went to law school where she earned her Juris Doctorate. Bridget is now an attorney that has her own law firm that specializes in helping law enforcement officers and first responders fight back when facing the same issues. I believe this interview will surprise you in ways you never thought possible. Please enjoy this sometimes shocking and emotional interview with Bridget Truxillo. In today’s episode we discuss:·      Why and where Bridget got interested in law enforcement?·      What was the academy like? How many females were in her class? ·      1st day on the job and field training.·      Being assigned to narcotics and working undercover after only a year on the job. ·      The dangerous aspects of working as an undercover narcotics deputy.·      You went to the SWAT team. How much time did you have on? I’m guessing it was a part-time unit. Can you explain how that works?·      Getting on the SWAT team and the special physical requirements to earn a position on SWAT.·      Being the first female on the unit. How did that feel and what were some of the problems and challenges that came with that?·      Politics and SWAT, the ugly truth.·      The harassment, discrimination, and retaliation she faced during her time in law enforcement.Visit Bridget at her law firm, Lady Law Shield.Check out the new Cops and Writers YouTube channel!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website. Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
For today’s show, we are traveling to the West Coast and the home of Fisherman’s Warf, The Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and of course, Alcatraz. On today’s episode, we will be chatting with the City of San Francisco Police Sergeant and Bestselling Author, Adam Plantinga. Adam Plantinga’s first book, 400 Things Cops Know, was nominated for an Agatha Award and won the 2015 Silver Falchion award for best nonfiction crime reference. It was hailed as “truly excellent” by author Lee Child and deemed “the new Bible for crime writers” by The Wall Street Journal. Adam’s debut novel, Ascent, is burning up the charts and has been optioned for the silver screen by Universal Studios.Plantinga began his career in law enforcement in 2001 as a Milwaukee police officer. He is currently a sergeant with the San Francisco Police Department assigned to street patrol.   This interview was near and dear to my heart because Adam started his LE career as a Milwaukee copper, just like me. We never worked together, but we sure have known the same characters and chewed the same dirt.In today’s episode we discuss:·      Why and where Adam got interested in law enforcement?·      A special thank you to the “Cop Doc” Dr. Ellen Kirschman for introducing us.·      From the land of Dirty Harry and The Streets of San Francisco. Are there any memorabilia from the shows in the San Francisco PD?·      How long before Adam made the switch to SFPD from the Milwaukee PD?·      Why did he switch departments? ·      Biggest differences between MPD and SFPD, including rank.·      Is there still the iconic rank of Inspector in the SFPD today?·      His hot new novel, Ascent.·      The use of popular thriller tropes in this novel.·      How Ascent got picked up by Universal Television for a future television series.Check out Adam's website with links to all of his socials and books.Check out the new Cops and Writers YouTube channel!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website. Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Welcome back to the conclusion of my interview with a former member of the Gambino Crime Family, now International Bestselling Author, Television Producer and Director Louis Ferrante.Mr. Ferrante grew up in New York City and became entangled in the Gambino crime family. He was eventually arrested and served almost ten years in prison. While he was incarcerated, he taught himself to write, and he fell in love with books. He promised himself that he would someday become an international bestselling author, and he did!Lou also created, wrote, produced, and hosted Inside The Gangster Code series for Discovery Channel about maximum security prisons and gang culture around the world.  As a special treat to everyone, I’m bringing back my friend and colleague, Podcaster, Author, and Retired NYPD Detective Vic Ferrari. Vic spent most of his life in New York City and was assigned to the NYPD’s organized crime unit which specialized in stolen cars, the same area of criminal expertise that was Lou’s, just on the other side of the law.Please enjoy this powerful and inspirational conversation with Lou Ferrante and Vic Ferrari.In today’s episode we discuss:·      Life in a maximum-security prison.·      Lightbulb moment for you when you were in prison that it was time for a change. ·      Did you have to do something to declare that you were no longer a member of the mafia? I thought it was a lifetime commitment.·      Did you find God, or turn away from him when you were at your lowest in prison? “No atheists in foxholes.”·      First thing Lou you did when he was released from prison.·      Lou’s newest book, Borgata: Rise of Empire: A History of the American Mafia (Borgata Trilogy).·      Why write this book?·      Mob formed in Sicily. Sicily was an island in itself. Didn’t like rules or outsiders. ·      How big of an influence is the mafia in Sicily today?·      The mob and turning adversity into fortune?·      Prohibition (Kennedy’s and other family’s made millions), the stock market crash of 2029, and World War 2, the U.S. military asking the mob for help.·      What should we expect in book two? Check out Lou's newest book, Borgata: Rise of Empire: A History of the American Mafia (Borgata Trilogy)Visit Lou on his website.Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website. Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Welcome to part one of my interview with a former member of the Gambino Crime Family, now International Bestselling Author, Television Producer, and Director Louis Ferrante.Mr. Ferrante grew up in New York City and became entangled in the Gambino crime family. He was eventually arrested and served almost ten years in prison. While he was incarcerated, he taught himself to write, and he fell in love with books. He promised himself that he would someday become an international bestselling author, and he did!Lou also created, wrote, produced, and hosted, Inside The Gangster Code series for Discovery Channel about maximum security prisons and gang culture around the world.  As a special treat to everyone, I’m bringing back my friend and colleague, Podcaster, Author, and Retired NYPD Detective Vic Ferrari. Vic spent most of his life in New York City and was assigned to the NYPD’s organized crime unit and specialized in stolen cars, the same area of criminal expertise that was Lou’s, just on the other side of the law.In today’s episode we discuss:·      Why do you think we are fascinated with criminals, more specifically gangsters? Some examples are The Sopranos, Scarface, Sons of Anarchy, etc.…?·      How do you keep these stories of the mob “the old days” fresh for today’s audience?·      What parallels are there with the mob and the street gangs of today?·      What was life in a maximum-security prison really like? What keeps someone who will never leave alive in line?·      What is the attraction to being in a gang or mafia?·      Is there a mafia today? If yes, where do they operate?·      How did you go from stealing cars and joyriding to making money chopping a car and later being involved in armed highjackings?·      How did the mob get interested in you?·      Eventually you got arrested. What were the circumstances? By what agency? Did you get offered a deal to be a rat? What was the offer? ·      Is there a code of honor in the mafia and how that has changed over the years? Check out Lou's newest book, Borgata: Rise of Empire: A History of the American Mafia (Borgata Trilogy)Visit Lou on his website.Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website. Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Welcome back to the conclusion of my interview with Crime Scene Investigator and Author Rebekah Strong.Rebekah Strong has served as an active member of law enforcement for over twenty years in a major metropolitan police department. She started in patrol and is now serving as a Crime Scene Investigator in her department's forensics unit where she is responsible for processing crimes from murders, robberies, burglaries, sexual assaults, and fatal vehicle crashes, to name a few.Rebekah Strong, writing under the pen name of R.J. Strong is a popular author that weaves her real-life experiences into her fiction. In today’s episode we discuss:·      Some of the biggest myths and misconceptions regarding CSI work.·      What are some of the common error’s writers put into their stories regarding CSI work? When is it appropriate to distort reality to fit the story? ·      The “CSI effect” for jurors making it tough on prosecutors to prove their case.·      When did the writing bug bite you?·      Are you self-published or do you have an agent/publisher? Why?·      How much of your work experiences make it into your books? ·      Tell us about your latest book, “Perimortem (Elloree Holt Forensic Crime Thriller Book 1).” Please visit Becky's website to learn more about her and her books!Do you want to get your CSI facts straight? Check out Becky's Book, Write Like A CSI: A Forensic Reference for Crime WritersCheck out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website. Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Welcome everyone to part one of my interview with Crime Scene Investigator and Author Rebekah Strong.Rebekah Strong is serving as an active member of law enforcement for over twenty years in a major metropolitan police department. She started in patrol and is now serving as a Crime Scene Investigator in her department's forensics unit where she processes crimes from murders, robberies, burglaries, sexual assaults, and fatal vehicle crashes, to name a few.Rebekah Strong, writing under the pen name of R.J. Strong is a popular author that weaves her real-life experiences into her fiction. In today’s episode we discuss:·      How she got interested in law enforcement at the tender age of nine.·      Academy life as only one of four females in her academy class.·      Equipment that was issued to her when she got out of the academy.·      Her impressions of field training.·      Her almost life ending on duty injury and how that shaped her life and career long after the incident.·      PTSD and the effect it had on her professional and personal life. Please visit Becky's website to learn more about her and her books!Do you want to get your CSI facts straight? Check out Becky's Book, Write Like A CSI: A Forensic Reference for Crime WritersCheck out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website. Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Here is a special rebroadcast of my interview with my favorite Irish Cop, Marie O'Halloran!! Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here is a rebroadcast from a few years ago with my favorite Irish Garda!In this special St. Parick's Day bonus episode, Marie O'Hlloran shares her experiences as a 22 year veteran of the Irish Polic Force, An Garda Síochána.Marie and I chat about everything from her training at Garda College, experiences on the job, and a treasure trove of other information about the Irish Police Force.She also reveals her struggles with the aftermath of a near-fatal squad accident she was severely injured in, and how she uses writing as a coping mechanism.Not only is Marie a Gard, but she also consults on various novels for best-selling writers and appears in the acknowledgments as Casey King, which is her pen name. Marie is a poet, playwright, and crime novel author.Check out Marie on Twitter at @letstalkcrimeEnjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook group. Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Boy, do I have a treat for you guys! Along with my celebrity co-host Jodi Burnett,  my extra special guest on the show today is none other than Award-Winning, Bestselling Author, Entrepreneur, and Award-Winning Podcaster Joanna Penn!!!!Joanna Penn writes non-fiction for authors and is an award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller, dark fantasy, crime, and horror author as J.F. Penn. She’s also an award-winning podcaster as the host of the Creative Penn Podcast that, according to Listen Notes, is in the top 0.5% of three million of all global podcasts. She is also a creative entrepreneur and a highly sought after international professional speaker.In today’s episode we discuss:·      Trigger warnings and the implications of using them.·      Her newest book, “Writing The Shadow: Turn Your Inner Darkness into Words.”·      The moment in time Joanna Penn quit her day job and took the plunge into being a full-time author entrepreneur. ·      Lessons learned from Joanna’s business accomplishments and missteps. ·      Keeping up with and benefiting from artificial intelligence and other fast-paced technology. ·      Keeping her business as fresh and fun as when she first started.·      Giving away the farm. When is it appropriate and effective?·      The impact and value of podcasting. Setting realistic goals and expectations.·      Joanna’s favorite book she has written.Please visit Joanna Penn's website to learn more about her and her books!Please visit Jodi Burnett at her website to learn more about her and her books.Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website. Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Welcome to this bonus episode of the Cops and Writers Podcast. A little while ago, my good friend Kathleen Donnelley approached me asking if I would give a presentation to the Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers Association regarding Verbal Judo. How can I turn down a good friend and a chance to talk? One minor hitch. I'm not an instructor of Verbal Judo or some kind of Verbal Judo guru. After some self-reflection, I recalled the thousands of times myself or other cops on the street used Verbal Judo (or whatever they are calling it today) and I thought I could talk about that.  Here are some of the talking points.-Flashbacks to being in the academy in 1995 and receiving Verbal Judo training. -Props to Dr. George J. Thompson who literally wrote the book, Verbal Judo, Updated Edition: The Gentle Art of Persuasion. -Attending an eight-hour class given by Dr. Thompson.-Sometimes you can say things the right way and say the right things, and the incident can go sideways in the blink of an eye. -People would rather be asked than be told.-People prefer options over threats. -The history of law enforcement and de-escalation. -Some quick and easy ways to avoid fights or confrontations. Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website. Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Dr. Michael Caparrelli spent 100 hours,  34 Sessions With David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam.Welcome back everyone to the conclusion of my interview with Bestselling Author and Psychologist, Dr. Michael Caparrelli. Dr. Caparrelli holds a PhD in Behavioral Science with an emphasis on Addiction Psychology. Dr. Caparrelli spent 100 hours, over 34 sessions with one of the most feared murderers in America’s history, David Berkowitz aka The Son of Sam. Dr. Caparrelli wrote an amazing book titled, MONSTER MIRROR: 100 HOURS with DAVID BERKOWITZ, ONCE KNOW AS THE SON OF SAM that chronicles his time with David Berkowitz. Dr. Caparrelli shares valuable insights into his time with one of our nation’s most notorious serial killers in history that are relevant to the times we are living in today. As a special treat to everyone, I brought in my friend and colleague, Podcaster, Author, and Retired NYPD Detective Vic Ferrari. Vic spent most of his life in New York and shares his perspective of the case from the point of view of an NYPD Detective and resident of New York.In today’s episode we discuss:·      Criminal profiling and where David Berkowitz fits?·      David was also a serial arsonist. What, if anything, did this have to do with him being a mass murderer?·      Did any of his victims or relatives of victims ever attend David’s parole hearings?·      Similarities between David and more recent serial or mass-killers?·      Did Dr. Caparrelli meet with any of the victims or their families before or after this project? Why or why not?·      David claiming demonic possession as a defense during questioning.Please visit Dr. Caparrelli on his website!Check out Vic Ferrari's Amazon Author Page and PodcastCheck out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.  Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Dr. Michael Caparrelli spent 100 hours,  34 Sessions With David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam. Welcome everyone to part one of my interview with Bestselling Author and Psychologist, Dr. Michael Caparrelli. Dr. Caparrelli holds a PhD in Behavioral Science with an emphasis on Addiction Psychology. Dr. Caparrelli spent 100 hours, over 34 sessions with one of the most feared murderers in America’s history, David Berkowitz aka The Son of Sam. Dr. Caparrelli wrote an amazing book titled, MONSTER MIRROR: 100 HOURS with DAVID BERKOWITZ, ONCE KNOW AS the SON OF SAM that chronicles his time with David Berkowitz. Dr. Caparrelli shares valuable insights into his time with one of our nation’s most notorious serial killers in history that are relevant to the times we are living in today. As a special treat to everyone, I brought in my friend and colleague, Podcaster, Author, and Retired NYPD Detective Vic Ferrari. Vic spent most of his life in New York and shares his perspective of the case from the point of view of an NYPD Detective and resident of New York.In today’s episode we discuss:·      Overview of New York in the late 70’s. City was BK, crime was out of control, mob (blackout).·      Rumors of the NYPD asking the mob for help in catching the Son of Sam.·      Quick recap of the SOS murders and when they started.·      How would the NYPD coordinate such a huge task like capturing SOS?·      How a parking ticket broke the case wide open.·      How soon after David met his birth mom and sister did he start killing and what influence did that have on his homicidal rampage?·      Why Dr. Caparrelli wrote the book, Monster Mirror.Please visit Dr. Caparrelli on his website!Check out Vic Ferrari's Amazon Author Page and PodcastCheck out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.  Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Today’s show will be especially helpful for you writers out there. On the show today we have award-winning and bestselling author, Nick Petrie. His first novel, The Drifter, won the ITW Thriller and Barry Awards and was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Hammett Awards. He won the 2016 Literary Award from the Wisconsin Library Association and was named one of Apple’s 10 Writers to Read in 2017.  Light It Up was named the Best Thriller of 2018 by Apple Books. Both Light it Up and The Wild One were shortlisted for the Barry Award.Nick is the quintessential blue-collar author. He has an impeccable work ethic forged with years of working as a carpenter and other trades that have paved his way to becoming a full-time bestselling author. In today’s episode, we discuss:·      Luck finds people who show up to work every day. We make our own luck.·      Nick’s definition of success.·      Write a ‘bad book.’·      Writing a main character who is a former Marine with PTSD and keeping this authentic, even though he is not a veteran.·      His former professions in the trades and how that has helped him in his writing career.His advice to rookie thriller writers. Visit Nick's website to learn more about him and his books.Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.  Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Welcome back everybody to the conclusion of my interview with the “Cop Doc” Dr. Ellen Kirschman.  For over four decades, Dr. Ellen Kirschman's specialty has been treating first responders, cops, firefighters, and their families who are suffering with work-related traumatic stress.Dr. Kirschman is also an award-winning and best-selling author of fiction and non-fiction. She is best known for the gold standard book for cops and their families, “I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know” along with “Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know” and “I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know.”Dr. Kirschman is also the author of her very successful crime series, The Dot Meyerhoff Mystery Series, where she blends her real-life stories with cops into fiction. In today’s episode we discuss:·      Dr. Kirschman winning over a room full of cops. The book “I Love a Cop” and the solutions it offers to real life cop problems.·      Soul woundings.·      PTSD and can it be ‘cured?’·      How cops can smell a phony a mile away.·      Organizational stress and what can be done about it.·      Police suicide and what to look for in a cop on the edge to get them help.·      Retirement, it’s now ‘Safe to Fall Down.’Visit Dr. Kirschman's website to learn more about her and her books!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.  Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Welcome everybody, today’s show will be especially valuable for those of you who are first responders and maybe more important, for their families to listen to. Or, if you are curious about what goes on behind closed doors in a police family. There is so much good information here, I had to split this up into two episodes. My guest on today’s show is known as the ‘Cop Doc’, Dr. Ellen Kirschman. For over four decades, Dr. Ellen Kirschman's specialty has been treating first responders, cops, firefighters, and their families who are suffering from work-related traumatic stress. Today’s episode is going to lean more on the cop side of the house but can be easily translated to other first responders.Dr. Kirschman is also an award-winning and best-selling author of fiction and non-fiction. She is best known for the gold standard book for cops and their families, “I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know” along with “Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know” and “I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know.”Dr. Kirschman is also the author of her very successful crime series, The Dot Meyerhoff Mystery Series, where she blends her real-life stories with cops into fiction. In today’s episode we discuss:·      Has Dr. Kirschman ever loved a cop? Her work as a police psychologist with the Palo Alto Police Department.·      My own, and other cop’s recollections of her book, I Love a Cop.·      How Dr. Kirschman got into the business of helping cops through trauma.·      The divorce rate among cops, the numbers might surprise you.·      The different phases of a law enforcement career.·      When should a cop leave the job?·      When and how should a cop talk to their families about what they are going through at work?Visit Dr. Kirschman's website to learn more about her and her books!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website. Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Welcome back everybody to the conclusion of my interview with my special guest, Retired ATF Deputy Assistant Director, former NYPD homicide detective, and author of the bestselling book, The Deadly Path: How Operation Fast & Furious and Bad Lawyers Armed Mexican Cartels, Peter Forcelli. If you like heroes, homicide, government corruption at the highest levels, a government whistle blower, and good old fashioned police work, you’re going to love this episode. Peter was a "whistleblower," who came forward and testified in the congressional inquiry into the "Operation Fast & Furious" scandal, following the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.Over the span of his career, Peter Forcelli served in leadership positions within ATF in Phoenix, Arizona; Eastern Canada; Miami, Florida and in ATF Headquarters. While serving as the Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Division, he oversaw ATF’s response to several mass shootings, including those at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland Florida. He also oversaw ATF’s investigation into Omar Mateen and his acquisition of the firearms that were used in the Pulse Nightclub shooting.Peter Forcelli has also been involved in the exoneration of eight people who were wrongfully arrested and convicted in the Bronx, New York, for murders that they did not commit.Peter is a survivor of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks on the World Trade Center, and the lung cancer that he later developed because of his work in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. He is a recurring guest speaker at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.Like any cop, sometimes we need backup. So, my good friend, Retired DEA Special Agent Steve Murphy of the Game of Crimes podcast and DEA Narcos, joined me for this interview. Steve is no stranger to Cartels because he and his partner, Javier Pena’s work, bringing down Pablo Escobar and the Medellín Cartel.In today’s episode we discuss:·      More government coverups and corruption involving Operation Fast and Furious. The ongoing catastrophe at our southern border and what can be done about it.·      The personal and professional damage caused to Peter, and his family, by him being a whistleblower.·      Red flags that point to dysfunction in law enforcement agencies – resulting in larger issues for leadership – and how to resolve them?·      Mass shootings in the United States and what should have been done to prevent them, and how we can prevent more of them happening.·      How some federal prosecutors continue to not charge criminals for violating federal firearms laws – and other crimes – and what can be done to remedy the problem.·      Are ‘tough gun laws’ actually solving any problems?Visit Peter on his website!Check out DEA Narcos with Steve MurphyCheck out Field Training (Brew City Blues BOnly for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Welcome everybody to part one of this very special show with my guest, Retired ATF Deputy Assistant Director, former NYPD homicide detective, and author of the bestselling book, The Deadly Path: How Operation Fast & Furious and Bad Lawyers Armed Mexican Cartels, Peter Forcelli. If you like heroes, homicide, government corruption at the highest levels, a government whistle blower, and good old fashioned police work, you’re going to love this episode. Peter was a "whistleblower," who came forward and testified in the congressional inquiry into the "Operation Fast & Furious" scandal, following the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.Over the span of his career, Peter Forcelli served in leadership positions within ATF in Phoenix, Arizona; Eastern Canada; Miami, Florida and in ATF Headquarters. While serving as the Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Division, he oversaw ATF’s response to several mass shootings, including those at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland Florida. He also oversaw ATF’s investigation into Omar Mateen and his acquisition of the firearms that were used in the Pulse Nightclub shooting.Peter Forcelli has also been involved in the exoneration of eight people who were wrongfully arrested and convicted in the Bronx, New York, for murders that they did not commit.Peter is a survivor of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks on the World Trade Center, and the lung cancer that he later developed because of his work in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. He is a recurring guest speaker at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.Like any cop, sometimes we need backup. So, my good friend, Retired DEA Special Agent Steve Murphy of the Game of Crimes podcast and DEA Narcos, joined me for this interview. Steve is no stranger to Cartels because he and his partner, Javier Pena work, bringing down Pablo Escobar and the Medellín Cartel.In today’s episode we discuss:·      Peter’s early years in the NYPD and the Housing Police. What it was like testifying before Congress.·      His part in the investigations that led to the acquittal of 8 people who were wrongfully convicted of murder.·      Peter being at the Towers on 9/11 and his part in the rescue/recovery and the cancer he endured later that cost him a lung.·      The conspiracies surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attack.·      Why Peter joined the ATF after fifteen years with the NYPD?·      Operation Fast and Furious.·      The coverups and corruption involved with Operation Fast and Furious and Peter doing the right thing, and the fallout he faced due to him being a whistleblower.Visit Peter on his website!Check out DEA Narcos with Steve MurphyCheck out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Welcome back everybody to the conclusion of this very special show with my guest Matthew Cox. Dateline NBC called Matthew, "A gifted forger and silver-tongued liar." If you’re a true crime junkie, you’re going to love this show!Matthew’s captivating story has been featured in Playboy, Rolling Stone, Dateline NBC, and numerous other news publications.Matthew Cox, one of the most ingenious con men in history—bilked America’s biggest banks out of millions. Despite numerous encounters with bank security, state and federal authorities, Cox narrowly avoided capture for years. During his run Matt assumed over fifty identities and held twenty-six different valid driver's licenses. Eventually, the law caught up with Matt and he was convicted of multiple counts of Bank, mortgage, wire, and passport fraud and identity theft. Matt  was sentenced to 26 years in federal prison.Matt is now a successful author, consultant, and podcaster and were lucky he has agreed to tell us his story. Like any cop, sometimes we need backup. So, my good friend, Retired FBI Special Agent Jerri Williams of the FBI Case File Review podcast, joined me for this interview. Jerri specialized in high level cons, scams, and Ponzi schemes when she was with the FBI and offers her expertise with this interview and I’m lucky she agreed to be on the show.I also wanted to express my thanks to Vic Ferrari of the NYPD Thorough The Looking Glass podcast, for making the intros that made this episode possible.In today’s episode we discuss:·      The perception that Matthew Cox conned vulnerable women as accomplices and what Matt has to say about that.·      When Matthew was on the run, how many states did he live in and how many plastic surgeries did he get?·      How different federal agencies worked together to capture Matthew Cox.·      The personality traits of a successful con man.·      The first meal Matthew got when he got out of prison.·      What we can all do to protect ourselves from identity theft and scams.·      Matthew Coxs’ successful author and podcast career!Go visit Matt's website, Amazon Author Page, and podcast!Visit Jerri Williams on her website!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.  Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Welcome everybody to part one of this very special show with my guest Matthew Cox. Dateline NBC called Matthew, "A gifted forger and silver-tongued liar." If you’re a true crime junkie, you’re going to love this show!Matthew’s captivating story has been featured in Playboy, Rolling Stone, Dateline NBC, and numerous other news outlets.Matthew Cox, one of the most ingenious con men in history—bilked America’s biggest banks out of millions. Despite numerous encounters with bank security, state and federal authorities, Cox narrowly avoided capture for years. During his run, Matt assumed over fifty identities and held twenty-six different valid driver's licenses. Eventually, the law caught up with Matt and he was convicted of multiple counts of Bank, mortgage, wire, and passport fraud and identity theft. Matt was sentenced to 26 years in federal prison.Like any cop, sometimes we need back up. So, my good friend Retired FBI Special Agent Jerri Williams of the FBI Case File Review podcast, joined me for this interview. Jerri specialized in high level cons, scams, and Ponzi schemes when she was with the FBI and offers her expertise with this interview and I’m lucky she agreed to be on the show.I also wanted to express my thanks to Vic Ferrari of the NYPD Thorough The Looking Glass podcast, for making the intros that made this episode possible.In today’s episode we discuss:·      How many years Matt served in prison what prison life was actually like and common misconceptions regarding prison, including the common ‘Club Fed’ persona.·      Matt’s tough relationship with his alcoholic father, his learning disability, and how these things contributed to his criminality.·      How small cons or frauds led to multi-million-dollar fraud.·      What he was feeling when he was at the top of his game, committing multiple felonies and making millions of dollars.·      How Matt ran these cons and frauds.·      How cocky and proud was Matt when he was at the top of his game?·      Who, and how many, were the different co-conspirators that were in on Matt’s frauds?·      The Secret Service, FBI, and US Marshalls were hot on Matt’s trail for years. What were some of the near misses and close calls you had with the feds?Go visit Matt's website, Amazon Author Page, and podcast!Visit Jerri Williams on her website!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website. Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Happy New Year everybody! I wish you all a happy and healthy 2024. Today we're going to do something a little bit different. Back on November 22nd, I sat down virtually with Sarah Rosett and Jamie Albright on their fantastic podcast wish I’d known then. We talked about common errors writers make when it comes to crafting their police stories and how to improve their thrillers or mysteries. Check out the Wish I'd Known Then Podcast with Jamie Albright and Sara Rosett!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website. Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
Today on the show we are traveling to Romania speaking to USA Today Bestselling Author Melinda Colt. Melinda Colt is an award-winning and bestselling author of thrillers, suspense, and mystery novels. While she’s a Juris Doctor and professional target shooter, she worked as a journalist before she became a full-time author and owns a graphic design business.Melinda indulges her romantic side by writing romance novels under the pen name Melinda De Ross.   In today’s episode we discuss:·      Melinda’s wide variety of interests, including having a law degree, being a journalist, a professional target shooter, and owning her own graphic design studio. What it was like living in Romania under communism.·      Her interesting childhood and being immersed in many endeavors.·      What Melinda’s influences were growing up that molded her author career.·      Her beginnings as a journalist and how that helped her later as an author.·      Melinda being a former target shooting champion and how that has influenced her writing.·      Her writing in two different genres, crime fiction, and romance, and how she blends the two.·      How Melinda earned the title, “USA Today Bestselling Author.”·      How Melinda overcame personal tragedy and profound grief not writing for almost two years, to finishing her next novel.·      Her advice to anyone getting back to writing after a personal tragedy. Please visit the Melinda Colt website. Come on over to the Melinda De Ross website.Need a book cover? Melinda has you covered:-) Check out her graphic design website.Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website. Only for Cops and Writers Podcast listeners! Get 50% off the audiobook version of the F.B.I. K-9 thriller, Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett. Use code, https://jodi-burnett.com/copsandwriters/The Story ChaserThis is a journey along the way of writing my first book. I will be telling some...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifyAvenging Adam Audiobook by Jodi BurnettGet 50% off Avenging Adam audiobook with this link! Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show
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