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True Crime podcast featuring a retired Chicago Police Homicide Detective.  Discussions of murders, missing persons and cases of interest.

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Detective Story Episode #9-DS Interview with Mike Marotta, Executive Director, Warriors Heart
Jun 5 2024
Detective Story Episode #9-DS Interview with Mike Marotta, Executive Director, Warriors Heart
Send us a Text Message.In honor of the brave soldiers, police officers and all first responders who have fought the battles to keep us free, safe and healthy,  Detective Story takes great honor in inviting  you to join Detective Hammond for the interview of Mike Marotta, Executive Director of Warrior's Heart.  Warrior's Heart, founded by Josh and Lisa Lannon and Tom and Laurie Spooner, is an organization that dedicates itself to not only ending the heartbreaking number of suicides among our military veterans and first responders but to go beyond and provide treatment, hope and guidance toward fulfilled,  joyous lives for those who have dedicated themselves to service and their families.  ************ If you or a warrior need help with addiction, PTS or co-occurring issues, please contact Warriors Heart’s 24-hour hotline (866-955-4035) answered by warriors and/or visit https://warriorsheart.com/connect.  ******************************************About Mike:Michael Marotta is the Warriors Heart Virginia Executive Director. He is no stranger to hard work and family. Married at 19 to the love of his life Dawn, Marotta is a father of 2 sons, United States Air Force Veteran, and former Law Enforcement Officer for almost 2 decades. As a veteran law enforcement officer and USAF combat veteran, Marotta has struggled with PTSD and has unique insights into the difficulties and trauma our protectors often face. His 68th Airlift Squadron supported Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. And while serving in the San Antonio Police Department, Marotta was a patrol officer, downtown bike patrol officer, crisis negotiator, mental health officer and wellness program coordinator to name a few. Leaving his career in law enforcement was what he would describe as the hardest decision he has ever made. Marotta emphasizes, “We as a healing community have moral responsibility to bring our heroes HOME. We at Warriors Heart will show up every day with kind, caring, compassionate hearts.”  Mike's Warrior Heart Blog:https://www.warriorsheart.com/my-why-michael-marotta/Photo's of Mike and the Warrior Heart Center:**Provided by Warrior's Heart https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/drive.google.com/drive/folders/1LT1xLAWo_zyRgSLv77pSOadwB3miTBDE?usp=sharing__;!!PxibshUo2Yr_Ta5B!xzDpyp-XGfSYYrtu0q3fu9dVzhXyOc_QhGs7f8-3O51VJ8EYTS3sFaSupport the Show.The Engine that Makes Detective Story Run:Video and Audio Editor-Kira Fleming Special Editor-Andy MilesOriginal Musical Score-Jared MayProduction and Marketing Director-Zoe HammondOriginal Studio Artwork: Drew DeMariaResearch and Development-Kari HutsonWriter and Content Creator-Mike HammondOriginal Show Artwork and Logo's:Eric Rovegnohttps://www.thenorthcreative.com/Los Angeles, California(Do yourself a favor and check out his work on his website) Security and Investigative assistance provided by:Blue Knight Security SolutionsContact information:blueknightsecuritysolutions.com773-706-4920Find us on the SocialsFacebook, Instagram and TikTok:@detectivestorymikehammondX (Twitter)@hammer640email Detective Hammond at:mike@detectivestory.netSpecial thank you to Neal Edelstein
Detective Story Episode #8-DS Interview with LaDonna Humphrey, Writer and Documentarian
May 29 2024
Detective Story Episode #8-DS Interview with LaDonna Humphrey, Writer and Documentarian
Send us a Text Message.Detective Story invites you to join Detective Hammond for the interview of LaDonna Humphrey. LaDonna's impressive resume includes being the mother of seven, a multi time published author, Executive Director of the Oasis of Northwest Arkansas Women's and Family Recovery and Treatment Center,  Host of Multiple Podcasts and Writer and Director or the award winning documentary Uneven Ground: The Melissa Witt Story.Detective Hammond and Mrs. Humphrey dive into the Melissa Witt case and discuss the investigation and circumstances.   A case that demands answers. Answers that are out there and can be found.  #WhoKilledMelissaWitt#JusticeForMelissaWittLaDonna's Websites:https://www.ladonnahumphrey.com/https://www.allthelostgirls.org/LaDonna's Book Links:/www.amazon.com/stores/LaDonna-Humphrey/author/B09XJNMN1M?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1716942329&sr=8-1&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=trueLaDonna's Documentary:Uneven Ground:The Melissa Witt Story:https://www.imdb.com/title/tt27990073/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tthttps://www.amazon.com/Uneven-Ground-Melissa-Witt-Story/dp/B0C8XM3VMX/ref=sr_1_2?crid=31TLMW4AD8N04&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.R4gV033i0ncsXZEETyEcUDUX2vO6y1AGINUglO6YXAE.XNEd4qdIRJlrIZukar0y91nP55oby4yHWt7v78gyRr8&dib_tag=se&keywords=uneven+ground+the+melissa+witt+story&qid=1716943343&s=instant-video&sprefix=uneven+ground+%2Cinstant-video%2C76&sr=1-2LaDonna's Podcasts:Deep Dark SecretsExtinguished The Roommate A special thank you the the men and women at Core Fueling and Manticore Fuels in Midland and Odessa, Texas for their generous equipment donation to the Detective Story Podcast.  Your support is greatly appreciated.Visit Core Fueling and Manticore Fuels at:https://corefueling.comhttps://manticorefuels.comSupport the Show.The Engine that Makes Detective Story Run:Video and Audio Editor-Kira Fleming Special Editor-Andy MilesOriginal Musical Score-Jared MayProduction and Marketing Director-Zoe HammondOriginal Studio Artwork: Drew DeMariaResearch and Development-Kari HutsonWriter and Content Creator-Mike HammondOriginal Show Artwork and Logo's:Eric Rovegnohttps://www.thenorthcreative.com/Los Angeles, California(Do yourself a favor and check out his work on his website) Security and Investigative assistance provided by:Blue Knight Security SolutionsContact information:blueknightsecuritysolutions.com773-706-4920Find us on the SocialsFacebook, Instagram and TikTok:@detectivestorymikehammondX (Twitter)@hammer640email Detective Hammond at:mike@detectivestory.netSpecial thank you to Neal Edelstein
Detective Story Episode #7-DS Interview with Allicia Johnson Niles, Author, Trauma Survivor, Keynote Speaker and Mental Health Advocate
May 19 2024
Detective Story Episode #7-DS Interview with Allicia Johnson Niles, Author, Trauma Survivor, Keynote Speaker and Mental Health Advocate
Send us a Text Message.In honor of Memorial Day, Detective Story invites you to join Detective Hammond for the interview of Allicia Johnson Niles. On March 27th, 1976 Allicia's father, Lieutenant Junior Grade Burr N. Johnson, was shot and killed aboard his assigned ship, the USS Richard S. Edwards which was docked in Pearl Harbor.   Then a young child, Allicia was told of her father's murder.  For her, the loss caused years of years of pain, trauma and shear terror of the unnamed and unknown evil that had taken her father.  Allicia discusses her journey to recovery and ultimately the decision to pursue answers to her father's murder from the United State's Navy. Allicia's Website:https://www.angelinarlington.comT.A.P.S. Contact Informationhttps://www.taps.org24/7 Phone Line- 800-959-TAPS (8277)Allicia's co-author and works:M. Bridgett Cook-The Witness Wore Redhttps://www.amazon.com/The-Witness-Wore-RedShattered Silencehttps://www.amazon.com/Shattered-Silence-Untold-Killers-DaughterA special thank you the the men and women at Core Fueling and Manticore Fuels in Midland and Odessa, Texas for their generous equipment donation to the Detective Story Podcast.  Your support is greatly appreciated.Visit Core Fueling and Manticore Fuels at:https://corefueling.comhttps://manticorefuels.comSupport the Show.The Engine that Makes Detective Story Run:Video and Audio Editor-Kira Fleming Special Editor-Andy MilesOriginal Musical Score-Jared MayProduction and Marketing Director-Zoe HammondOriginal Studio Artwork: Drew DeMariaResearch and Development-Kari HutsonWriter and Content Creator-Mike HammondOriginal Show Artwork and Logo's:Eric Rovegnohttps://www.thenorthcreative.com/Los Angeles, California(Do yourself a favor and check out his work on his website) Security and Investigative assistance provided by:Blue Knight Security SolutionsContact information:blueknightsecuritysolutions.com773-706-4920Find us on the SocialsFacebook, Instagram and TikTok:@detectivestorymikehammondX (Twitter)@hammer640email Detective Hammond at:mike@detectivestory.netSpecial thank you to Neal Edelstein
Detective Story Episode #6-DS Interview with Susan Snow-Author and Speaker
May 1 2024
Detective Story Episode #6-DS Interview with Susan Snow-Author and Speaker
Send us a Text Message.Susan Snow is the daughter of slain Los Angeles Police Department Detective Thomas C. Williams, who was ambushed and killed on October 31, 1985 when Susan was 17 years old.  She is a published author, speaker, and coach. Her book, The Other Side of the Gun-My Journey from Trauma to Resiliency, was born out of Susan’s journey through the trauma she experienced with the death of her father. She wrote it on her pathing to healing and to help others heal through her words and experiences.  She is a powerful public speaker and healing coach whose message has value for everyone.  In this episode of Detective Story, Mrs. Snow joins Detective Hammond for a conversation about her life, her relationship with her heroic father, her family, her book and the journey that she is on to heal herself, others and to continue to honor her father's legacy.“I sat with my anger long enough until she told me her real name was grief.”― C.S. LewisSusan's Links:Website:  https://susansnowspeaks.com/Book on Amazon:  https://a.co/d/42wlX1N Detective Thomas C. Williams Memorial Page:https://www.odmp.org/officer/14281-detective-thomas-charles-williams-jrPersonal note from Mike Hammond          I hope you enjoy this episode and the interview with the Susan Snow. It was a privilege and an honor to have the opportunity to talk with her.  The power and importance of her journey and work was again on display here again in Chicago and in city Charlotte, North Carolina in the last few days.  As I am preparing to release this episode the Chicago Police Department family and the good citizens of the City of Chicago have been devastated by murder of a Chicago Police Officer.  Patrolman Luis Huesca was shot and killed as he returned home from his shift, still in full uniform.  Killed just two days before his 31st birthday the impact Officer Huesca had in Chicago is clear and evident in the outpouring of grief, emotion and respect in his community. In Charlotte, four law enforcement officers were shot and killed in a single incident and four others were wounded. It is hard to imagine the loss that is being felt in that community.   A very painful reminder that our law enforcement officers quite literally put everything the have on the line for our safety. We humbly dedicate this episode to Chicago Police Officer Luis Huesca, Agents Samuel  Poloche and William Elliott of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections, Charlotte Police Officer Joshua Eyer,  Deputy United States Marshal Thomas Weeks and Los Angeles Police Department Detective Thomas C. Williams and their families.  Support the Show.The Engine that Makes Detective Story Run:Video and Audio Editor-Kira Fleming Special Editor-Andy MilesOriginal Musical Score-Jared MayProduction and Marketing Director-Zoe HammondOriginal Studio Artwork: Drew DeMariaResearch and Development-Kari HutsonWriter and Content Creator-Mike HammondOriginal Show Artwork and Logo's:Eric Rovegnohttps://www.thenorthcreative.com/Los Angeles, California(Do yourself a favor and check out his work on his website) Security and Investigative assistance provided by:Blue Knight Security SolutionsContact information:blueknightsecuritysolutions.com773-706-4920Find us on the SocialsFacebook, Instagram and TikTok:@detectivestorymikehammondX (Twitter)@hammer640email Detective Hammond at:mike@detectivestory.netSpecial thank you to Neal Edelstein
Detective Story Episode #5 Sergeant Walter Kevin Artz and the summer of 1987
Apr 18 2024
Detective Story Episode #5 Sergeant Walter Kevin Artz and the summer of 1987
Send us a Text Message.Detective Hammond returns with the very personal story the murder of Vigo County Sheriff Sergeant W. Kevin Artz.   Detective Hammond talks of his relationship with his first mentor in law enforcement Deputy Michael McKissick, the closing of the innocence of his youth with his college internship and the beginning of his journey into the real world of violence.  A story that he has kept inside of his close circle of friends and family until now. He recounts the story from his memories of it and in tribute to Sergeant Artz and his surviving daughters.  As always to keep the name Sergeant Walter Kevin Artz alive and remembered.  https://www.odmp.org/officer/1316-sergeant-walter-kevin-artz****** A personal note from Mike HammondI recorded this episode unscripted with few notes and in doing so I could not recall the name of a Terre Haute Police Department Detective killed in the line of duty on July 7th, 2021.   His name is Detective Greg Ferency. Forgive me Detective Ferency. Thank you for your service, I hope that you have found peace and your family will find comfort with the pride of knowing that you put their safety and the safety of your community above yourself. You honor, courage and sacrifice is a measure for us all. https://www.odmp.org/officer/25357-detective-gregory-joseph-ferencySome debts can never be repaid so you do your best to honor those who have shown you the way and pay it forward.  There have been many who have helped and supported me along the way.  It is my hope that I have lived up to the standard that Kevin Artz and Mike McKissick set for me. I am proud and lucky to have had the time with them both.  To my father,  Hank Hammond, my brothers Joe and Andrew and my lasting friend Bryan Leturgez. Thank you for supporting me in this journey since July 1st, 1987 and always standing by me no matter how nuts you thought I may be.  Love and gratitude aren't big enough words.  Of course, to my mother and Maw. The knowledge that I have your blood flowing through me has always made feel braver than I probably really was. Thank you all for your support and time.  You can reach Detective Mike Hammond anytime at mike@detectivestory.net Support the Show.The Engine that Makes Detective Story Run:Video and Audio Editor-Kira Fleming Special Editor-Andy MilesOriginal Musical Score-Jared MayProduction and Marketing Director-Zoe HammondOriginal Studio Artwork: Drew DeMariaResearch and Development-Kari HutsonWriter and Content Creator-Mike HammondOriginal Show Artwork and Logo's:Eric Rovegnohttps://www.thenorthcreative.com/Los Angeles, California(Do yourself a favor and check out his work on his website) Security and Investigative assistance provided by:Blue Knight Security SolutionsContact information:blueknightsecuritysolutions.com773-706-4920Find us on the SocialsFacebook, Instagram and TikTok:@detectivestorymikehammondX (Twitter)@hammer640email Detective Hammond at:mike@detectivestory.netSpecial thank you to Neal Edelstein
Detective Story Episode #4-Who killed Becky Breedlove? A Cold Case from 1974.
Feb 17 2024
Detective Story Episode #4-Who killed Becky Breedlove? A Cold Case from 1974.
Send us a Text Message.On a warm summer Chicago night, June 1974 someone brutally stabbed and murdered 25-year-old Becky Breedlove in her apartment. Bubbly, cute and fun loving she was a transplant to Chicago from Mississippi in the prime of her life.  She had a young son who was staying with her parents back in Mississippi at the time she was murdered. She worked hard and loved to socialize in her neighborhood. But Chicago can be a rough place for those not familiar with it. Becky, whether she knew it or not, may have put herself in harm's way. Two of her romantic partners were married men and some of the friends she socialized with were known members of Chicago's Organized Crime.  In Episode 4 Detective Mike Hammond will walk you through the case and tell you the facts as they are known.  Maybe you can discover the key to solving this crime and finally bring closure for Becky's family after 50 years. Support the Show.The Engine that Makes Detective Story Run:Video and Audio Editor-Kira Fleming Special Editor-Andy MilesOriginal Musical Score-Jared MayProduction and Marketing Director-Zoe HammondOriginal Studio Artwork: Drew DeMariaResearch and Development-Kari HutsonWriter and Content Creator-Mike HammondOriginal Show Artwork and Logo's:Eric Rovegnohttps://www.thenorthcreative.com/Los Angeles, California(Do yourself a favor and check out his work on his website) Security and Investigative assistance provided by:Blue Knight Security SolutionsContact information:blueknightsecuritysolutions.com773-706-4920Find us on the SocialsFacebook, Instagram and TikTok:@detectivestorymikehammondX (Twitter)@hammer640email Detective Hammond at:mike@detectivestory.netSpecial thank you to Neal Edelstein
Detective Story Episode #3-Special Edition
Jan 27 2024
Detective Story Episode #3-Special Edition
Send us a Text Message.In a special edition of the Detective Story Podcast, Retired Chicago Police Homicide Detective Mike Hammond discusses recent events in the Chicago area during which 12 people were murdered by two separate offenders. He talks about the police procedure, both from the perspective of a homicide detective and administrative responsibilities, during these mass casualty and public threat situations.  He also gives his perspective on how you can get yourself through these events safely both physically and mentally. Below are some links to help with mental health crisis assistance and the FEMA Active Shooter Webpage which includes detailed descriptions of the Run, Hide, Fight concept of dealing with active threats.  For those of you who want to take a bigger step into personal safety and preparedness there is not many more comprehensive programs than Mike Glover's Fieldcraft Survival training and education programs in Detective Hammond's opinion.   https://fop.net/officer-wellness/crisis-hotlines/https://community.fema.gov/ProtectiveActions/s/article/Active-Shooterhttps://988lifeline.org/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=oneboxFieldcraft Survival | Survival Gear & TrainingSupport the Show.The Engine that Makes Detective Story Run:Video and Audio Editor-Kira Fleming Special Editor-Andy MilesOriginal Musical Score-Jared MayProduction and Marketing Director-Zoe HammondOriginal Studio Artwork: Drew DeMariaResearch and Development-Kari HutsonWriter and Content Creator-Mike HammondOriginal Show Artwork and Logo's:Eric Rovegnohttps://www.thenorthcreative.com/Los Angeles, California(Do yourself a favor and check out his work on his website) Security and Investigative assistance provided by:Blue Knight Security SolutionsContact information:blueknightsecuritysolutions.com773-706-4920Find us on the SocialsFacebook, Instagram and TikTok:@detectivestorymikehammondX (Twitter)@hammer640email Detective Hammond at:mike@detectivestory.netSpecial thank you to Neal Edelstein
Detective Story Episode #2-Nickole Kitchen
Jan 21 2024
Detective Story Episode #2-Nickole Kitchen
Send us a Text Message.Detective Story with Mike Hammond returns with the story of Nickole Kitchen. Nickole's amazing rise out poverty to become a successful young businesswoman and inspiration to her community was violently cut short by a man she had hoped was her life partner.  Retired Chicago Police Homicide Detective Hammond walks you through her rise, popularity and the love and respect she had in her family and community.  Then he tells you how a violent, con man Lothario masquerading as a man of the cloth won her heart and then took her life and the investigation that tracked him down and brought him to justice.  Join us on this journey and learn what a loss for us all Nickole's murder was but how her light continues to shine through her family and the people in her community and church whom she left such a lasting impression. Support the Show.The Engine that Makes Detective Story Run:Video and Audio Editor-Kira Fleming Special Editor-Andy MilesOriginal Musical Score-Jared MayProduction and Marketing Director-Zoe HammondOriginal Studio Artwork: Drew DeMariaResearch and Development-Kari HutsonWriter and Content Creator-Mike HammondOriginal Show Artwork and Logo's:Eric Rovegnohttps://www.thenorthcreative.com/Los Angeles, California(Do yourself a favor and check out his work on his website) Security and Investigative assistance provided by:Blue Knight Security SolutionsContact information:blueknightsecuritysolutions.com773-706-4920Find us on the SocialsFacebook, Instagram and TikTok:@detectivestorymikehammondX (Twitter)@hammer640email Detective Hammond at:mike@detectivestory.netSpecial thank you to Neal Edelstein