Cops and Writers Podcast

089 CSI: Philadelphia With Crime Scene Investigator Donna Jaconi

October 23, 2022 Patrick O'Donnell Episode 89
Cops and Writers Podcast
089 CSI: Philadelphia With Crime Scene Investigator Donna Jaconi
Show Notes

My guest on the show today is Author and Crime Scene Investigator, Donna Jaconi.  

Officer Jaconi had a distinguished career for 29 years with the City of Philadelphia Police Department. Starting as a fingerprint technician and then being accepted to the police academy. She worked patrol and got her experience on the streets of Philly. Officer Jaconi worked the majority of her career in the Crime Scene Unit. Officer Jaconi has worked the most notorious crime scenes, including processing over 1,000 homicide scenes.

Now retired, she has written the book, “Out of the Darkness: A story of a CSI officer's journey with murder, love, and compassion.”

In today’s episode we discuss:

·      How she got her start in the Philadelphia Police Department.

·      The special training required for crime scene investigators.

·      The job of CSI at crime scenes, specifically homicide, sexual assault, and robbery.

·      How she dealt with the horrors she saw on the street on a regular basis.

·      The biggest C.S.I. misconceptions on T.V. and Movies. 

·      Testing for gunshot residue and the use of Luminol. 

·      How C.S.I.’s package evidence in specific ways.

·      Her book, “Out of the Darkness: A story of a CSI officer’s journey with murder, love, and compassion.”

All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.

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