Writer's Detective Bureau

By Det. Adam Richardson

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The Writer's Detective Bureau is a podcast hosted by veteran Police Detective Adam Richardson. Adam answers questions about criminal investigation and police work posed by crime-fiction authors and screenwriters writing crime-related stories. To submit a question, visit https://www.writersdetective.com/podcast

Episode Date
Interview with Matthew Gentile - Writer and Director of AMERICAN MURDERER
40:30

Adam interviews Matthew Gentile about writing and directing his new feature film, AMERICAN MURDERER.  This true-crime inspired movie stars Tom Pelphrey, Ryan Phillippe, Idina Menzel, and Jackie Weaver.  Watch it now on iTunes, Amazon Video, or any other on-demand rental service.

Oct 24, 2022
UK vs. US CSI, Lying about Immunity, Ring Doorbell Footage
14:58

The Writer's Detective Bureau is now also a video podcast on YouTube. In this episode, Adam talks about the differences between UK and US Crime Scene Investigation, the ramifications of a detective lying about immunity to a witness, and how police might obtain Ring doorbell footage.

Oct 20, 2022
Exonerations, Getting SWAT to a Victim, and Legalities of Eavesdropping
18:17
Adam talks about exonerations after perjury, getting to a downed victim during a SWAT call, and the legalities of eavesdropping with a room bug.
Jul 31, 2022
Cold-ish Case, Civilians in LE, and Arrests Made Outside of Jurisdiction
13:20

Register for Adam's upcoming writing workshop on Detective Character Mindset & Motivation. writersdetective.com/workshop

In this episode, Adam talks about a cold-ish case scenario, civilian jobs in law enforcement, and how arrests made outside of your local jurisdiction are handled...plus some advice on writing for streaming services.  

Jul 13, 2022
Sketching a Crime Scene, Immigration in 1995, and Trespassing to get the Scoop
13:02

Adam talks about sketching a crime scene, how immigration status violations were handled in California circa 1995, and what would happen if a journalist went trespassing to get the scoop on a major crime.

Jun 19, 2022
Inside Dispatch, Moving a Morgue, and Getting Investigative Help from Ma Bell
26:02

Adam talks about how 9-1-1 calls get dispatched over the police radio, what would happen if the morgue becomes unusable, and how detectives worked with the phone company on investigations in the 1950s and 60s. writersdetective.com/122

Jun 01, 2022
Complaining About Paperwork, Fatal Hit & Run Investigations, and Suspect Extraditions
19:18

Adam complains about his least favorite bureaucratic paperwork and then talks about fatal hit & run investigations and suspect extraditions.

Apr 23, 2022
Investigating False Accusations, Alphabet Soup Body Snatchers, and Investigating Decades-Old Remains
19:48

Adam talks about investigating false allegations made against a detective, what would happen if Alphabet Soup feds barged in to take possession of a decedent, and the realities of investigating the remains of someone that died sixty or seventy years ago.

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Apr 12, 2022
Personal Ties to a Homicide, Chalk Outlines, Jury Duty for Cops, and ChefsForUkraine
18:36

Adam talks about what happens if a homicide detective has personal ties to a homicide victim, if chalk outlines are really used, whether cops can serve on a jury, and how reviewing this podcast on Podchaser.com can raise money for ChefsForUkraine during the #Reviews4Good campaign.

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Apr 06, 2022
Coroner Inquests, Small Town Sheriff or Police Chief, and different Investigative Divisions
24:26

Adam explains what a Coroner's Inquest is and why inquests aren't used much anymore, the difference between a small-town Sheriff and Police Chief, and he talks about the various investigative units and their divisions.

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Mar 29, 2022
Fusion Centers, Brady List, and Teletypes
18:27

Adam explains what DHS Fusion Centers do, what a Brady List is and how to use them in your writing, and we go old school tech with Teletypes.

Feb 19, 2022
Home Invasion Robberies, Environmental Crimes, and Computer Forensics
24:25
Jan 19, 2022
New Years Day 2022, Finding Last Wills, Historical Policing Questions from 1912 and 1980s
17:45
Jan 02, 2022
Stake Outs, Closing Cases, Writer's Detective School, and 20BooksVegas Debrief
22:06
Nov 28, 2021
20BooksVegas, Missing Teenagers and Murder
14:45
Nov 07, 2021
Exigent v. Extenuating, Green Lasers, and Gang Association Warrants
21:22
Oct 24, 2021
Money Laundering & Gun Trafficking, Main Character Innocence, and As You Like It
23:16
Jul 21, 2021
Search Warrant Walk-Through, Pinging a Missing Person's Phone, and California Arson Investigations
27:57
Jun 16, 2021
Rainy Day Vehicle CSI, White-Collar Murder, and Writer Outreach to Law Enforcement
19:28
May 15, 2021
Interview with Marc Cameron - NYT Bestselling Author and Chief Deputy US Marshal
01:10:55
May 05, 2021
SWAT Snipers, White Collar Crimes, and Consent for Autopsies
14:08
Mar 25, 2021
Attaching Double Jeopardy, Forensic Artists, and that Bloodhound Story
34:29
Mar 03, 2021
Inmate Testimony, Drug Labs, and Drone Flights
19:08

Adam talks about transporting an inmate from federal custody to testify in state court, creating realistic clandestine drug lab scenes, and the realities of cops using drones for an aerial search.

Jan 31, 2021
Finding Addresses, Detective Caseloads, and Duty Assignments
18:13
Jan 12, 2021
Lost Person Behavior, a Rogue Investigation, and the Difference between Probation and Parole
26:55
Dec 21, 2020
Internal Affairs, Hold-Backs, and PSD Work
17:31
Nov 26, 2020
Fingerprints, Vigilantes, Fiction Writing, and Technical Advising
29:18
Nov 19, 2020
ONE HUNDRED
25:29
Nov 12, 2020
Partial License Plates, Manner of Death, and the Peter Principle
22:02
Oct 21, 2020
Missing In a Blizzard, Rapid DNA, and Sexual Assault Investigations
17:13
Oct 13, 2020
Old Crime Scenes, Cellphone Location Tracking, Investigating a Child Death, and Police Reform
23:33
Sep 23, 2020
Vehicle Tampering Clues, Trademarks, Notice of Warrant Service
20:51
Aug 23, 2020
Writer's Detective Bureau - Trailer
53
Aug 03, 2020
Areas of Responsibility, Nolle Prosequi, and GPS Tracking
16:57
Aug 01, 2020
Finding Digital Evidence, Elicitation of Detectives, and RP Statements
18:09
Jul 22, 2020
Minimum Staffing, Insider Trading, and TECS
15:45
Jul 05, 2020
SWAT Teams, FBI Offices, and Cocaine Production
15:06
Jun 27, 2020
Black Lives Matter
04:21
Jun 02, 2020
Investigating a Murder of One of Your Own, Filming Props, and Testimony Dialogue
19:23
May 23, 2020
Cellphone Photos, Real-Life Red Herrings, and Courthouse Waiting Rooms
19:04
May 10, 2020
Writer’s Detective's Fifth Birthday, Police Firearms, and Protecting a Victim
20:12
Apr 30, 2020
Sex Registrants, Trust Issues, and Re-Interviewing a Witness
18:26
Apr 15, 2020
The Newhall Incident, Undercover Reasoning, and 3rd Party Justifiable Homicide
17:27
Apr 07, 2020
MasksForDocs, Inmate Release After Acquittal, and CSI the TV Show
14:44
Mar 31, 2020
StayHomeWriMo, Public Health, DEA Cases, and more Counter-Surveillance
17:34
Mar 25, 2020
Medicolegal Death Investigators and Swatting
17:15
Mar 16, 2020
Interview Dialogue and a Cozy Missing Person turned Murder Mystery
22:51
Mar 09, 2020
Recorded in a wiretap, What gets kept as Evidence, and Counter-surveillance
16:51
Mar 02, 2020
Experience is the Greatest Teacher, Prosecuting a Serial Killer, and Federal Supervised Release
22:25
Feb 23, 2020
Privatizing the Police, Driving Philosophy of Law Enforcement, and Sucking Chest Wounds
21:00
Feb 15, 2020
Security Clearances, Task Forces, and FBI RAs
25:54
Feb 09, 2020
Quarantine, Narcotics Case Jurisdiction, and SAR
18:03
Feb 02, 2020
Sgt. Patrick O’Donnell of Cops and Writers
25:23
Jan 26, 2020
Sanctuary, Off-Sites, and the Day After
15:23
Jan 19, 2020
FlowersAndForensics, Seeing the Judge, and Knock & Notice
13:16

Adam gives you a tip on a great new forensic science resource and answers questions about getting a warrant signed by a judge and the realities of knock and notice. Transcript available at writersdetective.com/74

Jan 12, 2020
Items in Evidence, Assessing Urgency, and Police Radio Encryption
15:55

Adam talks about whether a search warrant is needed to seize evidence from another police agency’s evidence room, assessing urgency, and the realities of police radios being encrypted. Transcript and links to donate for Australia’s wildfires at writersdetective.com/73

Jan 05, 2020
One Free Phone Call from Jail, Video Evidence, and Inmate Release Notifications
15:40

Adam answers your questions about: your one free phone call from jail, obtaining video evidence, and notifying victims of an offender’s release from custody. Transcript available at writersdetective.com/72

Jan 03, 2020
Transgender Protagonists, Inside Man, and Romance Undercover
19:56

Adam answers your questions about: how human resources at a police department would handle confidentiality of a transgender

employee, poking plot holes through the movie Inside Man, and handling romance while undercover. Transcript available: writersdetective.com/71

Dec 16, 2019
Boot, Deconfliction, and Pending Further Leads
16:50

Adam talks about being on field training as a trainee police officer, how inter-agency deconfliction works for narcotics investigations, and what paperwork duties in the detective bureau might really look like. Transcript: writersdetective.com/70

Dec 01, 2019
Justified Shootings, FBI Arrests, and Calling for Back-Up
24:23

Adam answers your questions about: an investigation into a justified shooting, where FBI books their arrestees, and calling for back-up. A transcript is available at writersdetective.com/69

Nov 24, 2019
20BooksVegas, POIs and UNSUBs, and Wiretap Technicalities
20:46

Adam talks about the 20BooksVegas conference and answers questions about police acronyms and slang like POI and UNSUB, as well as the more technical side of setting up a wiretap investigation. Transcript available at writersdetective.com/68

Nov 17, 2019
Hate Crimes, Proactive Investigations, and Island Time of Death
17:14

Adam answers your questions about what constitutes a hate crime, how to use search warrants in a proactive investigation where a crime hasn’t occurred yet, and death investigations in paradise. Transcript and show-notes available here: writersdetective.com/67

Nov 10, 2019
SMEs, Red Dot Lasers, and Approaching Suspects
24:15

Adam answers your questions about the role subject matter experts play in an investigation, the real purpose behind those red dot lasers sights for firearms, and his thoughts behind approaching a suspect you want to interview. Transcript and shownotes are available at writersdetective.com/66

Nov 02, 2019
The Ripoff Episode
06:20

This short episode covers burglary investigations. Transcript available at writersdetective.com/65

Oct 26, 2019
Preptober, FBI Consultants, and SWAT Standoffs
18:02

This week I’m talking about preparation for NaNoWriMo, the State of the Bureau, creating an FBI Consultant as a character, and the role of a hostage negotiator in a swat standoff. Transcript available: writersdetective.com/64

Oct 19, 2019
Inside a Crime Scene, Search Warrant Limitations, and Criminal Appeals
26:03

Adam covers what it really feels like inside a crime scene, the limits of a search warrant, and some clarification on cold cases and criminal appeals. Transcript available: writersdetective.com/63

Oct 13, 2019
Ruses, Brought In For Questioning, and Recording Gaps
18:27

Adam answers writers' questions about when cops ARE allowed to lie, what it really means when you’re brought in for questioning, and what happens when there are gaps in the recording of an interrogation. Transcript: writersdetective.com/62

Oct 06, 2019
Firearms Qualifications, Exceptional Means, and OODA Loops
23:59

Adam talks about firearms qualifications for police officers, when your suspect is terminally ill, and what the heck OODA means. Transcript available: writersdective.com/61

Sep 28, 2019
Bad Cops, Romantic Complications, and Interview Rapport
23:03

Adam talks about how to write about bad cops, romantic complications between a detective and a victim, and some hack for building rapport during an interview. Transcript: writersdetective.com/60 

Sep 22, 2019
Career-Long Fitness, Amateur Sleuths, and the Future of Policing
25:05
Sep 14, 2019
Exigent Circumstances, Becoming a PI, and Confidential Informants
26:01
Sep 06, 2019
Victim Visas, One-Way Mirrors, and HIDTA
20:18
Sep 01, 2019
U.S. Marshals, the CIA, and Being Taken Downtown
24:24
Aug 24, 2019
Being Held Without Charges, Stalking, and Desk Pops?
18:56
Aug 18, 2019
Physical Agility, Foreign Nationals, and Missing Children - 054
18:26
Aug 10, 2019
One Year Anniversary, Undercover Part II, License Plate Records, and Drug Money - 053
24:50
Aug 03, 2019
Foreign Language Interviews, Long-term Undercover Investigations, and Witness Protection - 052
21:17
Jul 27, 2019
Occult Killings, Private Eyes, and Releasing a Crime Scene - 051
13:49
Jul 20, 2019
Therapy, Overdose, and a Veiled Threat - 050
19:34
Jul 13, 2019
Mass Shooting Aftermath, Partners, Inside a Detective Office - 049
22:25
Jul 06, 2019
Bio-Terrorism, State Level Investigations, and Having Your Back to the Door - 048
25:42
Jun 29, 2019
Character Arc, Detective Sergeant Demotion, and Sex Offenders - 047
29:23
Jun 22, 2019
Female Suspects, Writing Research, and Police Cars - 046
18:16
Jun 15, 2019
Interviewed by Joanna at The Creative Penn - 045
47:13
Jun 08, 2019
Vehicle Searches, Case Law, and Org Charts - 044
15:25
Jun 01, 2019
Dictating Reports, Domestic Violence , and The Third Degree - 043
21:46
May 24, 2019
Licensing, AKAs, and End Of Watch - 042
20:44
May 18, 2019
Writer’s Intro to Guns [Part 2], SWAT, and Missing Persons - 041
21:25
May 11, 2019
Robbery vs. Burglary, Writer’s Intro to Guns, Words of Wisdom - 040
31:08
May 04, 2019
Managing Crime Tips, Counterterrorism, and the FBI National Academy - 039
20:35
Apr 27, 2019
Interview Locations, Special Investigations, and Special Deputy US Marshals - 038
19:56
Apr 20, 2019
FOIA, Criminal Complaints, and Operation: Varsity Blues - 037
21:21
Apr 12, 2019
Late Nights, Cellphone Data, and High Tech Crime - 036
20:32
Apr 06, 2019
Death at Sea, Old Case Files, and Personnel Records - 035
31:48
Mar 30, 2019
Understanding Death, Good Samaritan CPR, and AARs - 034
22:52
Mar 23, 2019
Cop Dialogue, Overdoses, and Justifiable Homicide - 033
20:41
Mar 16, 2019
Quitting, Tourist Deaths, and Drug Possession for Sale - 032
23:15
Mar 09, 2019
Authors of Mass Destruction, Bad Guy Feds, and Uniforms - 031
16:33
Mar 01, 2019
VPNs, Adam’s Story, and the Police Academy - 030
39:58
Feb 23, 2019
Therapist Confidentiality, Gladys R. Questionnaires, and Police vs. Medical Examiners - 029
24:36
Feb 16, 2019
Diamond Jubilee, Grand Juries, and Cultural Diversity - 028
18:11
Feb 09, 2019
APB Email, Human Trafficking, and Children of the Night - 027
16:23
Feb 02, 2019
True Detective, Coffee with a Cop, and Testing Blood - 026
20:57
Jan 26, 2019
Water-Related Deaths, Bail for Murder, Here comes the Judge. and Researching the News - 025
14:06
Jan 19, 2019
Coffee Mugs, Double Jeopardy, the Hiring Process, and Arrest Warrants - 024
24:04
Jan 12, 2019
Line of Duty Death Notifications Escaping Your Identity and Bank Robberies - 023
18:50
Jan 05, 2019
Privileged Communications, Autopsies in the 1930s, and Law Enforcement Mutual Aid - 022
16:33
Dec 29, 2018
Drug Endangered Children, Arson Investigation, and Character Holidays - 021
12:33
Dec 22, 2018
Homicide Report Databases, Veteran Detective Advice, and Story Research - 020
20:50
Dec 16, 2018
Twin DNA, The First 48, and Discovering Characters - 019
11:14
Dec 09, 2018
Sending Characters to Therapy, Ex-cop at a Murder Scene, and Provoking a Suspect - 018
19:42
Dec 01, 2018
Covering Up Bodies, Follow Up to GSR, and Feds vs. Locals - 017
16:43
Nov 24, 2018
Body Wires, New York State Troopers, Testing your own DNA - 016
20:21
Nov 18, 2018
Forensic Psychology with Dr. Vanessa Holtgrave - 015
26:26
Nov 10, 2018
Leadership, Federal Court, and Forensic Odontology - 014
21:29
Nov 03, 2018
High School, Rental Cars, and Case Closed vs. Open Unsolved - 013
18:28
Oct 20, 2018
Most Valuable Evidence, Conducting Interviews, and Vehicle Pursuits - 012
22:08
Oct 13, 2018
Circumstantial Evidence, Using Deception in Interrogations, and Burnout - 011
18:41
Oct 06, 2018
The What-If Game, the CIA, and the Smell of Blood - 010
13:51
Sep 29, 2018
Criticism, Outside Agency Assists, a Twin as a Murder Suspect - 009
17:37
Sep 22, 2018
Law Enforcement Databases, Moonlighting, and Officer Misconduct - 008
25:31
Sep 15, 2018
K9 Searches, Kidnapping, and Arresting Foreign Nationals - 007
25:58
Sep 08, 2018
Searches from the Air, Warrants vs Subpoenas, Cops Working with Private Eyes - 006
25:25
Sep 01, 2018
Tackling Investigative Writer's Block, Modern Murder Books, Divulging Information to Witnesses - 005
18:27
Aug 24, 2018
PC for Writers, Wording for Warrants, Chain of Evidence for Murder Weapons - 004
28:09
Aug 17, 2018
Antifreeze as a Poison, When a Case Gets Personal, Networking with Cops - 003
19:05
Aug 07, 2018
Next of Kin Notifications, Noir Hard-Boiled Thrillers, Money Laundering - 002
20:36
Aug 07, 2018
Detective Character Career Path and Multi-jurisdictional Murder Investigations - 001
24:39

Welcome to the first episode of the Writer's Detective Bureau, a podcast by veteran Police Detective Adam Richardson. Adam answers questions about the career path of a detective protagonist and how multi-jurisdictional murder cases are investigated.

Transcript available at https://www.writersdetective.com/1

Jul 28, 2018