Publications and Books

Darren has published four books in total. Three of which are clear and concise investigation manuals giving the investigator  necessary information to investigate death without being full of statistics and fillers. These manuals are great for education and to carry in scene kits for easy reference.

Secondly, Darren co-authored the book CODE. The book addresses the reality of Secondary Traumatic Stress facing all who work in public service in a real, raw, and relevant way, telling stories inspired by true events and authentic cases. Powerful tips at the end of each chapter offer hope, encouragement, and healing methods — real help for the hurting people who give their all. 

CODE

Interview and Interrogations

Horrific accidents, savage beatings, murder, suicide, autoerotic deaths, overdoses, burned and mutilated bodies: these are nearly every day occurrences for the extraordinary women and men who work in emergency services fields. These selfless individuals are exposed to things the every day person rarely, if ever, sees. 

Yet, the men and women who sacrifice family and self are often taken for granted — or treated as if their work doesn’t matter. In worst cases, they are treated like the bad guys.  

Over time, an accumulation of these experiences allows the slippery tentacles of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder, a/k/a Compassion Fatigue, to grip the minds, bodies, and souls of those who serve. 911 Operators, police, fire, EMS, death investigators, coroners, and others need to know they are not alone.

C.O.D.E. addresses this reality in a real, raw, and relevant way, telling stories inspired by true events and authentic cases. Powerful tips at the end of each chapter offer hope, encouragement, and healing methods — real help for the hurting people who give their all. 

This book is specifically designed with police officers, investigators, and coroners in mind. Gathering information from potential witnesses, family, and medical staff is vital in police and coroner investigations. Most law enforcement officers get a small amount of this training in basic academy and then learn as they go from actual case work. This on-the-job approach does refine skills, but if the skills are flawed or underdeveloped to begin with, the flaws just get worse. Another vital area of communication is the suspect interrogation. A successful interrogation must be well planned, and investigator attitudes must be right from the start. Suspects will shut down and lawyer up fast when they are disrespected or frightened. This book will systematically walk the student through the process of gathering vital information from anyone who may have knowledge. Areas specifically covered are; the unique approach to take with family, interviewing children, conducting an area canvass, gaining vital medical information, and talking with victims of sexual assaults. The suspect interrogation portion will teach students how to get confessions. What approach to use and how to plan your interrogation. A portion of this course will focus directly on gaining confessions from sexual abuse and molestation offenders. The information and techniques taught in this book are not theories but actual steps successfully being used by hundreds of investigators across the country; and has been successfully used by the author for over 20 years.

Autoerotic Fatalities

Investigating Suicide Death

A book on autoerotic death can be full of tedious information, almost text book like, or completely lacking any real substance. This work is comprised of practical information investigators can use to interpret a scene of a suspected autoerotic death, full of information needed, yet purposefully lacking long descriptions of research and controlled studies. This book carefully describes what these deaths are and what they are not, and equips the investigator with the skills needed to properly investigate this type of death. Also included in this book are real case studies, diagrams, and tools investigators can use.

This book is designed to be used in conjunction with the Investigating Suicide and Self Harm Death course through the Death Investigation Training Academy. This publication can be used as a stand alone reference, however this is not an all inclusive work on this topic. This course is an advanced course in the investigation of suicide and self harm death. The course is specifically designed for patrol officers and investigators who have the duties of responding to and/ or investigating death. The course assumes the students basic understanding of a crime scene and basic evidence collection methods. It goes beyond the preliminary death scene and targets what suicide deaths are and what they are not. It also gives insight into the mental aspect of suicide and self harm behaviors. Participants will learn how to evaluate a scene, obtain evidence specific to making a determination of suicide, as well as how to properly document the scene and obtain vital victim history information and family statements. Specific causes of suicide deaths covered are self inflicted gun shot wounds, hanging and asphyxia deaths, drug overdose, Helium inhalation deaths, planned and assisted suicides, chemical suicides, and how to interpret and investigate and autoerotic fatality. Students will learn the best practices and standards of investigating suicides and self-harm deaths. This course is not intended to set department policy, but rather focuses in on generally approved methods of criminal investigations as it applies to a death scene involving the possibility of suicide and self-harm.