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Small Town Dicks is a podcast about the big-time crime that’s happening in Small Town, USA. Each episode features the detectives who broke the case in their small town, and includes assets like jailhouse phone calls, suspect interviews and 9-1-1 calls. The show is anchored by veteran, identical-twin detectives Dan and Dave, and hosted by actress, Yeardley Smith.
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6: The Fourth Man

6: The Fourth Man

2020-10-1638:055

A military general from a Southeast Asian country gets arrested in the United States, along with his bodyguard, for orchestrating a million-dollar heroin deal. However, not content to sit and wait for their trial to begin, the two men plan a jailbreak. They just need two other participants to pull it off, which is how one of our favorite guests, Sgt. David becomes the Fourth Man. Special Guest: Sgt. David Sgt. David is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement. As a detective, he has lead investigations into murder, child abuse, robbery, narcotics, auto theft, burglary, and sexual assault. He has worked patrol, is currently the SWAT team commander, and is in charge of his agency’s detective bureau.
5: Nullum Corpus

5: Nullum Corpus

2020-10-0958:057

Darrell, the donut maker, doesn’t show up for work one morning, which is highly unusual for him. When Investigator Tracey and her team are called in they find evidence of a violent, bloody confrontation at Darrell’s home, but still no sign of Darrell. This became a groundbreaking case for prosecutors in Tracey’s jurisdiction. Special Guest:  Investigator Tracey After reading her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 7 Inv. Tracey knew that she wanted to solve real-life mysteries.  She graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Criminal Justice/ Law Enforcement.  She attended the police academy in 1983 as one of only a few females in her class.  For the next 30 years, she was a Criminal Investigator for the Solicitor General and District Attorney's offices.  She is married to a retired Federal Special Agent, has two grown sons and a Jack Russell fur baby
Amanda

Amanda

2020-09-2516:484

A discussion about what happened to Amanda, the victim from episode 4, and how the police department can make changes that will better serve vulnerable victims. Special Guest:  Detective Jay  Detective Jay has been in law enforcement for 18 years. He began his route into police work at age 19, when he joined the Explorers, or Youth Volunteers, and started going on ride-a-longs with law enforcement in his hometown. In 2004 he became a sworn police officer and for the next 10 years served on Patrol. In 2014, he was promoted to Detective in the Person Crimes department where he now investigates homicides, assaults, and sex crimes in his small town.
4: A Dangerous Caller

4: A Dangerous Caller

2020-09-1854:4911

Amanda is a troubled pre-teen who lives with her grandmother. When Grandma discovers that Amanda has been sneaking out at night and that grown men have been sending her pornographic photos, Grandma calls the cops. Detectives Kyle and Jay start an investigation that uncovers a sophisticated overseas predator with multiple victims.  Special Guests:  Detective Jay and Detective Kyle Detective Jay has been in law enforcement for 18 years. He began his route into police work at age 19, when he joined the Explorers, or Youth Volunteers, and started going on ride-a-longs with law enforcement in his hometown. In 2004 he became a sworn police officer and for the next 10 years served on Patrol. In 2014, he was promoted to Detective in the Person Crimes department where he now investigates homicides, assaults, and sex crimes in his small town. Detective Kyle has been a law enforcement officer for 13 years.  He is currently a Narcotics Detective and a member of SWAT at his police agency.
3: The Man in the Van

3: The Man in the Van

2020-09-1145:347

A woman is out jogging on a country road when she sees a white van in the area that appears to be lost. As the woman goes up to the driver to offer directions, she notices he’s holding handcuffs and a roll of duct tape.  Special Guest: Captain Terri  Captain Terri has been in law enforcement for 23 years. Over the course of her career, she has been a dispatcher, a corrections officer, a patrol deputy, and a detective sergeant before being promoted Captain in 2014. One of her focuses as a law enforcement agent has been helping victims maneuver through the criminal justice system.  She has a master's degree in criminal justice.
(Part 2) The murder of Officer Chris Kilcullen, in broad daylight, devastated the community he served. Our own Detective Dan was the first to arrive on scene and tend to him, while the armed suspect fled, leading multiple law enforcement agencies in a treacherous, high-speed chase up a remote logging road. Where the road dead-ends, a tense standoff commences and our own Detective Dave steps in as the crisis negotiator. In this two-part episode, Detective Dan reflects on the worst day of his law enforcement career alongside Chris’ widow, Kristie, and Chris' former lieutenant, and partner, who remember the kind of man and police officer he was.    Special Guests:    Ret. Officer Risko   Risko is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and was born and raised in Chicago, Il. Prior to becoming a police officer, he served 3 years as a paratrooper in the US Army. After leaving the Army, Risko became a police officer and his career in law enforcement spanned nearly 30 years. During that time he worked on patrol, as a FTO, narcotics detective, and motorcycle officer. He was also a member of the SWAT team. He served an additional 8 years as a member of the National Guard while working as a full-time police officer. Risko is a member of the Peer Support Team which offers assistance to people in law enforcement after critical/traumatic incidents. Risko has a master scuba diver rating, has assisted in scuba instruction, and volunteered at a coastal aquarium, an activity he enjoyed with his best friend and work partner, Chris Kilcullen. He’s married and has 3 adult children.   Lt. Bills   Lt. Bills recently retired after serving her community for over 25 years. She has worked on patrol, bike patrol, Crowd Control-Bike Officer, background investigations, and as a crisis negotiator. Bills volunteered for her department's Honor Guard and served for 10 years. She was eventually promoted to Sergeant and then Lieutenant which saw her supervising Special Operations, Investigations, and serving as a Watch Commander. In addition to her supervisory roles, she served as the Crisis Negotiation Team Sergeant for 4 years. Bills graduated from the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management Institute of Policing. She is married to a wonderful woman and they have a son who became a police officer. Her hobbies include playing ice hockey, ski patrol, and all things two-wheeled (bicycles & motorcycles.   Lt. Bills feels most privileged to have been asked to be the family liaison to Kristie Kilcullen after Chris Kilcullen's murder. To read the transcript, go to: https://www.smalltowndicks.com/episode/kilcullen-248-end-of-watch-part-2/   For more information on the Chris Kilcullen Memorial Scholarship Fund, please go to www.oregonstudentaid.gov (http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/) .
(Part 1) The murder of Officer Chris Kilcullen, in broad daylight, devastated the community he served. Our own Detective Dan was the first to arrive on scene and tend to him, while the armed suspect fled, leading multiple law enforcement agencies in a treacherous, high-speed chase up a remote logging road. Where the road dead-ends, a tense standoff commences and our own Detective Dave steps in as the crisis negotiator. In this two-part episode, Detective Dan reflects on the worst day of his law enforcement career alongside Chris’ widow, Kristie, and Chris' former lieutenant, and partner, who remember the kind of man and police officer he was. Special Guests: Ret. Officer Risko Risko is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and was born and raised in Chicago, Il. Prior to becoming a police officer, he served 3 years as a paratrooper in the US Army. After leaving the Army, Risko became a police officer and his career in law enforcement spanned nearly 30 years. During that time he worked on patrol, as a FTO, narcotics detective, and motorcycle officer. He was also a member of the SWAT team. He served an additional 8 years as a member of the National Guard while working as a full time police officer. Risko is a member of the Peer Support Team which offers assistance to people in law enforcement after critical/traumatic incidents. Risko has a master scuba diver rating, has assisted in scuba instruction, and volunteered at a coastal aquarium, an activity he enjoyed with his best friend and work partner, Chris Kilcullen. He’s married and has 3 adult children. Lt. Bills Lt. Bills recently retired after serving her community for over 25 years. She has worked on patrol, bike patrol, Crowd Control-Bike Officer, background investigations, and as a crisis negotiator. Bills volunteered for her department's Honor Guard and served for 10 years. She was eventually promoted to Sergeant and then Lieutenant which saw her supervising Special Operations, Investigations, and serving as a Watch Commander. In addition to her supervisory roles, she served as the Crisis Negotiation Team Sergeant for 4 years. Bills graduated from the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management Institute of Policing. She is married to a wonderful woman and they have a son who became a police officer. Her hobbies include playing ice hockey, ski patrol, and all things two-wheeled (bicycles & motorcycles. Lt. Bills feels most privileged to have been asked to be the family liaison to Kristie Kilcullen after Chris Kilcullen's murder. To read the transcript, go to: https://www.smalltowndicks.com/episode/kilcullen-248-end-of-watch-part-1/ For more information on the Chris Kilcullen Memorial Scholarship Fund, please go to www.oregonstudentaid.gov (http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/) .
Season 7 Trailer

Season 7 Trailer

2020-08-2803:181

Coming September 4!
Even The Rich

Even The Rich

2020-08-1109:062

Wondery’s Even the Rich gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the stories of some of the greatest family dynasties in history. This season, three siblings — Gianni, Donatella, and Santo Versace — built one of the greatest fashion labels the world has ever seen. But when Gianni is murdered on the front steps of his Miami Beach mansion, the label loses its visionary. Can the House of Versace survive? On this four-episode series, we’ll dive into the origins of the Versace label and we’ll meet a few celebrities along the way, like Elton John, Princess Diana, and Madonna. Listen to the full episode: http://wondery.fm/ETR_STD
What makes a good cop? One key ingredient is good training. Detectives Dan and Dave talk about some of the early, unforgettable experiences they had with their field training officers when they were first-year cops. Behind the Badge is an occasional series of conversations with Small Town Dicks co-hosts Detective Dan and Detective Dave about the state of American policing.
With the backdrop of nationwide protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd, Detectives Dan and Dave discuss calls for reform in America's police departments, including the 'defund the police’ movement.  Behind the Badge is an occasional series of conversations with Small Town Dicks co-hosts, Detective Dan and Detective Dave, about the state of American policing.
Howdy, Small Town Fam! We have a couple bonus episodes coming your way Friday. Hit play for details.
It's February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was murdered in his home last night. The investigation will shine a light on some of Hollywood's most scandalous affairs, backroom deals, and underground drug dens. This real life Murder Mystery is one of the most iconic "whodunnit" cases of the 20th century that will leave you guessing and second guessing who killed William Desmond Taylor for weeks to come. Listen today at http://wondery.fm/smalltownMiH
12: The Devil You Know, Part 2

12: The Devil You Know, Part 2

2020-06-0601:14:5011

Christy was a young girl when her mom was murdered in what was said to have been a botched bank robbery. But it never sat right with her. Years later she had an epiphany, and she started to think her father was involved. She cajoled cops to start a new investigation, but it did not lead to a new arrest. A decade went by and Christy was able to convince a TV show to come in and take another look. With the help of local police they uncovered new evidence about the murder and the victimization of an underage girl, Jodi.   Special Guest: Captain Terri  Captain Terri has been in law enforcement for 23 years. Over the course of her career, she has been a dispatcher, a corrections officer, a patrol deputy, and a detective sergeant before being promoted Captain in 2014. One of her focuses as a law enforcement agent has been helping victims maneuver through the criminal justice system. She has a master's degree in criminal justice.
11: The Devil You Know, Part 1

11: The Devil You Know, Part 1

2020-06-0501:08:3516

Christy was a young girl when her mom was murdered in what was said to have been a botched bank robbery. But it never sat right with her. Years later she had an epiphany, and she started to think her father was involved. She cajoled cops to start a new investigation, but it did not lead to a new arrest. A decade went by and Christy was able to convince a TV show to come in and take another look. Special Guest: Captain Terri  Captain Terri has been in law enforcement for 23 years. Over the course of her career, she has been a dispatcher, a corrections officer, a patrol deputy, and a detective sergeant before being promoted Captain in 2014. One of her focuses as a law enforcement agent has been helping victims maneuver through the criminal justice system.  She has a master's degree in criminal justice.
As protests continue across the country over the killing of George Floyd, Detectives Dan and Dave offer their professional perspectives on the conduct of the officers now charged with his murder. Detective Dan is a former K9 handler and Violent Crimes detective at the same Small Town police department as his brother, Dave. Dan regards his years as a K9 handler to be the most rewarding of his career. He is now retired. Detective Dave began his career in law enforcement in 2007. Before his recent promotion to Sergeant, he spent six years as a detective primarily investigating Sex Crimes and Child Abuse for his police department in Small Town, USA. He still serves as a Crisis and Hostage Negotiator, and during his tenure as a detective, he served on the advisory boards of multiple children’s and victims’ advocacy groups. Despite Dave’s well-deserved promotion, the Small Town Dicks Team will continue to call him “Detective Dave” on the podcast because … well… we like to give him a hard time. And because “Detective Dave” is basically his stage name now so we’re sticking with it.
10: Snatched

10: Snatched

2020-05-2942:4315

A little girl is kidnapped from her home. A harrowing search gets underway in hopes of finding her before she’s killed. Police know time is of the essence. The story is about the little things that go right and the inspiration a victim can provide decades later, without ever knowing about it. Guests: Lieutenant Scott is a 31-year veteran of law enforcement. Scott has worked at a variety of assignments from patrol, SWAT, Detectives, and Special Operations, to gang enforcement, Internal Affairs, and Special Investigations. Lt. Scott is also a forensic artist. Lieutenant Nate served in the US Navy prior to beginning his 28 years of service with his local police department. During his career, Nate was a Field Training Officer (FTO), an Emergency Vehicle Operation Instructor, a SWAT team leader, and SWAT Sergeant. Nate promoted to lieutenant and was an acting captain prior to his retirement in 2018. He now works in Sporting Event Public Safety Planning in the private sector. If you want to support this podcast, go to patreon.com/smalltowndickspodcast
9: Engine 5

9: Engine 5

2020-05-2201:04:2920

The firefighters of Engine 5 get called to a house fire. As the trucks pull up, they realize they’re being shot at. As they retreat, cops get called in. Meantime, two more houses catch fire as officers try to find the shooter in the shadows. Det. Justin leads the investigation. Officers Andy and Robert look to save the day. Guests: Captain Craig began his career as a firefighter in 1991. He joined his current fire department 13 years ago and was eventually promoted to Captain.  His fire station/crew specializes in Water Rescue Operations.  He’s been married for 20 years and has 4 children. Firefighter Dave has been a firefighter & paramedic for the last 20 years.  He is part of a Water Rescue Crew and trains new firefighters who join his crew.  Dave has encountered guns and knives in his job several times but until the incident in “Engine 5,”  he had never been shot at. Dave was struck in the helmet by a shotgun blast. He’s been married for 10 years and has 3 children. Firefighter Bob began his career in fire when he was in high school as an Explorer Scout. He has served as a Firefighter/Paramedic for 41 years, and for the past 20 years, Bob has specialized in Water Rescue.  He and his wife have 4 children. Officer Robert’s career in law enforcement has spanned almost 22 years with 3 different local agencies. He began as a Deputy in the County Jail which led to him being hired by a local municipality.  He transferred to his current police agency two years ago. During his career, Robert has served as a K-9 Handler, a Field Training Officer, and a patrol officer.  He’s married and has 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Officer Andy began his law enforcement career in 1995 as a military policeman in the Army.  After his Honorable Discharge in 2003 he was hired by his hometown police department and is in his 16th year with the agency. During his career, Andy has been a financial crimes detective, a K-9 handler, and is currently on patrol. Andy has a wife and a daughter and they live with Andy’s retired K-9 and another family dog.
Cover Now

Cover Now

2020-05-1544:506

Retired Detective Jeff wanted to do a daily  push-up challenge to raise money for a national agency that provides services to law enforcement families in need. When he discovered there was no such organization, he started one called the Cover Now Fund. The Small Town Dicks team sits down with friend and actor Kevin Pollak, who is on the board of Cover Now and its founder, Det. Jeff, to discuss their work in providing outreach to first responders in need. Kevin Pollak is an award winning actor, writer, director, and comedian who has appeared in over 85  films.  He’s starred in blockbusters such as “A Few Good Men,” “The Usual Suspects,” and "Casino.”  He currently co-stars on the hit comedy, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and was voted among the Top 100 Comedians of all time by Comedy Central. Kevin has been involved with philanthropic causes for several years including “Big Slick” who work with and raise money for Children’s Mercy Hospital for children’s cancer treatment and research. Kevin loves, respects, and has compassion for our nation’s law enforcement and brings his knowledge of media, marketing, and influence to the board of directors of Cover Now.   Jeff Stine is the president and CEO of Cover Now (Law Enforcement Emergency Fund.) Jeff began his career in law enforcement in 1995 and worked in the patrol division for th El Cajon Police Department in San Diego County, California. His jurisdiction was economically and racially diverse and had a high crime rate which allowed Jeff to better understand the pressures law enforcement officers face. When Jeff medically retired he earned a degree in theology and founded to separate companies which became successful.  He then decided to start Cover Now. Jeff has a family, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and enjoys the mental and physical demands of ultra running. For more information, go to covernowfund.org
8: What About Bob?

8: What About Bob?

2020-05-0157:4210

Bob is an educated and successful married man who orders up an online escort.  When the escort shows up, Bob gets more than he bargained for.  The police are called and a multi-state investigation ensues. Special Guest: Detective Robert Detective Robert has been in law enforcement for over 18 years. He spent nine years on patrol, where he served as a field-training officer (FTO) and an FBI-trained hostage negotiator. He was subsequently promoted to corporal and later to detective. As a new detective, he worked in the crimes against children unit, which investigates sex crimes, serious physical abuse and child homicides. He was later re-assigned to the violent crimes unit, where he continues to serve. He is an active member of his county’s major crimes team, which investigates homicides and officer-involved shootings.
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Kimberly Ann

There is a wonderful organization in St Louis, MO called Backstoppers that supports families of first responders.

Oct 20th
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Luke Baylie

you guys were patrol officers in Eugene,Or ?! Or do you read the real officers statement as if it was you?

Oct 9th
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Devorah

The so called “victim blaming” is the reality check needed to encourage moms to leavevthe abuser for the sake of the children. LOL at the misunderstanding.

Sep 29th
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Hannah Moir Moir

Wow a district attorney shaming suicide victims. such a good look.

Sep 23rd
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Hayden Coonce

just listen to small town murder instead! these guys literally stole their idea which they have been doing for much longer and they do it much better. pretty disappointing that they can't come up with their own concepts and had to steal their ideas from hard working individuals.

Sep 20th
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Lite Brite

This story was told so beautifully. I cried. Well done!

Sep 13th
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michele abramson

the book by Gavin de Becker called The Gift of fear is wonderful for women it's all about how to listen to their feelings of danger I think it would be a wonderful episode if you interviewed Gavin de Becker about his book and how naive women can be

Sep 11th
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Jonas Grumbie

What a powerful pair of episodes.

Sep 9th
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Misti Cline

Thank you officer Kilcullen for your service and sacrifice.

Sep 8th
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Jack Lopez Sr.

Wow..... That was wonderful

Sep 6th
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Robin Hubert

Sobbing with you all. Thank you so much for telling how it really is for our law enforcement...thank you for your service❤

Sep 5th
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Stefanie

Sadly this is not the first case I've heard that the mother didn't believe her daughter. If a child ever comes to you with something like this put a camera in that room! Watch everything! So glad the father took action.

Sep 4th
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Curtis Massey

God bless you folks. I can't even imagine. Thank you to all the noble officers out there who come running when my wife and daughter hear a noise at night and think someone is trying to get inside our house. You all are truly white hats. On the worst day of my life, you risk your lives to protect us. Thank you.

Sep 4th
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Susanne McIlwain Hatton

Omg you guys! I cried throughout both episodes. Thank you for sharing your stories and especially this one that cracked y’all wide open. Thank you for all you do. Thank you for your service. Thank you for being so damn real and relatable. Just thank you. God bless Chris and his family and friends. Much love for the show and you all as well.

Sep 4th
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Gayle Rollins

You are amazing! This is exactly what we need. Thanks for letting us know the at least some departments get it!

Aug 29th
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Stefanie

This was a great 4 part series. I agree you could do a whole podcast on this story! Thank you to the officer and his humility to share at the end was the best!!

Aug 13th
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Stefanie

He didn't want to wake her up to talk since she had to get up early....instead he repeatedly bashes her head with a baseball bat? 😳

Aug 5th
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Cindy Core

I love our police in our city!

Aug 4th
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E J

God bless police officers 🙏🇺🇸

Aug 4th
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Rob Claypool

i don't know if you or your team respond...but i back the blue and i think we all could benefit from have officers like Dan and Dave in our neighborhoods...and yeardley i loved you in the legend of billie jean

Jul 31st
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