Cops and Writers Podcast

Cops and Writers Podcast

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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July 17, 2024 76 mins

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Today's bonus episode is a rebroadcast of my interview with Special Agent Mark Brandenburg of the United States Secret Service. Due to the recent assassination attempt on President Trump, I thought this interview would shed some light on the job of secret service agent. 

Today we are in the Line of Fire with Special Agent Mark Brandenburg of the United States Secret Service. 

Mark started his ca...

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First things first. I have to thank Sgt. Steve Gould from the Things Police See Podcast for introducing me to today’s special guest. 

Today I have a special treat for you, my wonderful listeners. Welcome, and thank you for joining me for part one of my two-part interview with Bestselling Author, Television Personality, and retired Homicide Detective Lieutenant Joe Kenda.  

Joseph Patrick Kenda is a re...

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Today’s show is for you writers out there! No matter if you are a bestselling author with a huge backlist or you are just kicking around the idea of writing a book, todays show will have huge value to you! I highly suggest you take notes for this episode. 

My guest on the show today is Bestselling Author and Expert Ghostwriter/Ghostpublisher, Joshua Lisec. 

Joshua Lisec is a #1 international and Wall Street Jou...

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Today on the show we are going to be talking with former Death Investigator Emily Speed about the little known occupation of death investigator. They are the ones who work either in a medical examiner's or coroner’s office that comes out to the scene of a dead body. Their responsibility is to determine the cause and manner of death of a decedent. 

Emily Speed is a former career death investigator with ove...

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Please enjoy my guest spot on the "This Week In Waukesha" radio show with host Don Brown! We chatted about my career with the Milwaukee Police Department and what I have been up to post-retirement, including this podcast and author career.

Note, I come on the show about 20 minutes into the show.

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Welcome everyone to today’s show where I will be chatting with bestselling author and publicist, Deborah Levison.  Her bestselling first book, THE CRATE, won seven literary awards. Reviewers described it as "heart-wrenching," "harrowing," "lyrical," and "a brilliant story." Jerusalem Post said: "Exquisite. Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the JACK...

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Welcome back everybody to the conclusion of my interview with with non-other than the host of the wildly popular podcast, Things Police See, Sergeant Steve Gould! If you love police stories, you are going to want to listen to my interviews with Steve!

Steve Gould has 17 years in law enforcement. Four years as a natural resource officer and thirteen as a police officer. Currently a sergeant in a small town in w...

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Welcome everybody to part one of this special two-part episode with none other than the host of the wildly popular podcast, Things Police See, Sergeant Steve Gould! If you love police stories, you are going to want to listen to my interviews with Steve!

Steve Gould has 17 years in law enforcement. Four years as a natural resource officer and thirteen as a police officer. Currently, a sergeant in a small town i...

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Today on the show we are going to blend true crime and fiction with Ken Humphrey who was the jury foreman for the longest trial in Wisconsin history (lucky him) who eventually turned his experience into a novel, The Breakfast Jury, that blends fact and fiction during this extraordinary event. 

Ken Humphrey is the author of nine novels, consisting of a middle grade trilogy, a pair of teen books, a thriller tril...

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Welcome back to the conclusion of my interview with Eric Reynolds. 

Eric Reynolds, a former Boynton Beach Florida Police Officer turned health advocate, shares a story of transformation and resilience. He is the son of June Hawkins, a retired Miami-Dade Homicide Sgt. and step-son of Sgt Al Singleton who were both featured in the Netflix series Griselda. Eric's journey took an unexpected turn when he disco...

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Today, we are speaking with Patrick O’Donnell. Patrick O’Donnell is a retired police sergeant with 25 years experience with the city of Milwaukee Police Department. During his police career he worked exclusively on the street in patrol, and he participated and supervised different special units (anti-gang unit, licensed premise unit, violent crime task force, and armed robbery unit). He is now the author of n...

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Today on the show we are going on the road. Well, actually, we’re interviewing someone who is living on the road with his wife and children, Eric Reynolds. 

Eric Reynolds, a former Boynton Beach Florida Police Officer turned health advocate, shares a story of transformation and resilience. He is the son of June Hawkins, a retired Miami-Dade Homicide Sgt. and step-son of Sgt Al Singleton who were both featured ...

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If you’re like me, you are a sucker for 80’s T.V. and pop culture. One of the biggest and most influential shows back then was Miami Vice. Not the God-awful movie, the T.V. show. Well, on the show today I have the real Miami Vice with a detective who was an undercover detective in the hay day of cocaine trafficking and violence in the Miami area, Michael Hearns! 

Michael Hearns is a Miami native and a former 2...

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Today’s show is for you crime writers, or those who are curious about how a good crime novel is crafted. On today’s show I will be chatting with the acclaimed crime-writing trio of Deborah Levison, T. M. Dunn, and Wendy Whitman, whose topics range from serial killers to domestic violence. 

Deborah Levison is an author and publicist. Her first book, an acclaimed nonfiction called THE CRATE, is a true crime with...

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Welcome back everyone to the conclusion of my interview with former Sheriff Deputy, now Attorney, Bridget Truxillo. 

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. Bridget’s story did that for me. This is a story of a person being treated unfairly an...

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Thanks for joining me for this bonus episode of the Cops and Writers Podcast. I wanted to talk about something that has been bothering me for some time. I feel that we have lost our way in policing in America today and the victims of crime are paying the price. When was the last time you heard someone in pop culture talking about “Victim Rights?” You certainly hear them talking about police corruption or defu...

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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 Tr...

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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 nonf...

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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 ...

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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...

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