Speakers and Instructors

The brains and talent behind the Writers' Police Academy - MurderCon

Guest of Honor - Heather Graham

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Heather Graham, majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write. Her first book was with Dell, and since then, she has written over two hundred novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, sci-fi, young adult, and Christmas family fare.

She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty-five languages. She has 60 million books in print. Heather has been honored with awards from booksellers and writers’ organizations for excellence in her work, and she is proud to be a recipient of the Silver Bullet from Thriller Writers and was awarded the prestigious Thriller Master Award in 2016. She is also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from RWA. See Heather's Full Bio.

Special Guest Speaker - Graham Hetrick

Graham S. Hetrick, MS, L.F.D. - Dauphin County Coroner, Board Certified Forensic Examiner, Board Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator

Graham Hetrick is a subject matter expert on drug abuse, child death and child abuse, organ tissue donation, violent crimes, medical legal death investigation, forensic methodology, and the grieving process. He has advanced training in blood pattern analysis, crime scene management, forensic sculpting, and shallow grave recovery.

Graham has served as the Dauphin County Pennsylvania Coroner since 1990. During his time there he has supervised investigations of over 600 homicide cases and supervised the certification of over 13,000 deaths. He has also supervised the Forensic Science Internship Program for over six colleges and universities.

Graham’s upcoming book explores improving the relationship between forensic evidence collection and organ tissue donation. He and his case studies are featured in the Investigation Discovery (ID) channel's popular television series THE CORONER: I SPEAK FOR THE DEAD. The show is now in its second season. See Graham's Full Bio.

David Alford

David Alford

FBI Evidence Response Team Founding Member and Special Agent, retired

David Alford is a retired FBI Special Agent with 21 years of experience investigating violent crimes, terrorism and other cases.

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Ken Andrews

Ken Andrews, CFI-IAAI, ATF retired

CFI-IAAI, ATF retired

Ken Andrews has over 30 years of fire investigation experience, including 28 years as an agent with the ATF and as a private consultant. He is an International Association of Arson Investigator’s (IAAI) Certified Fire Investigator and Certified Fire Investigation Instructor.

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Paul Bishop

Paul Bishop

Novelist, Screenwriter, and Television Personality

Novelist, screenwriter, and television personality, Paul Bishop is a nationally recognized behaviorist and expert in deception detection. Paul, a 35-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, is the author of fifteen novels, including the award-winning Lie Catchers and five books in his LAPD Homicide Detective Fey Croaker series.

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Marco Conelli

Marco Conelli

Writer, Retired NYPD Detective

Retired NYPD Detective Marco Conelli and his tactics for success earned him the youngest promotion to Detective in the history of the NYPD. His work as an undercover in the Organized Crime Control Bureau not only infiltrated major criminal organizations, it hung the murder rap on many of its members.

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Jim Gocke

Jim Gocke

Sirchie Vice President/General Counsel and Director of Education and Training, retired

Jim Gocke is a graduate of West Virginia University and West Virginia College of Law. In addition, he completed a Fellowship in Forensic Medicine at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and earned a Master of Science in Forensic Sciences from The George Washington University.

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Heather Hanna

Heather Hanna

Forensic Geologist

Heather Hanna is a forensic geologist specializing in the analysis of rock fragments and mineral grains in soils as trace evidence.

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Karmen Harris

Karmen Harris, RN, SANE-A

Sexual Assault & Outreach Coordinator

Karmen Harris is the Sexual Assault & Outreach Coordinator for Friend to Friend in Carthage, NC. She has worked for Friend to Friend since September of 2017.

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Dr Denene Lofland

Dr. Denene Lofland

Associate Professor of Medical and Molecular Sciences

Dr. Denene Lofland received a Ph.D. in Pathology, with an emphasis in microbiology, from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include medical microbiology, bioterrorism, and new drug discovery development.

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Rick McMahan

Rick McMahan

Instructor, Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training

Rick McMahan spent over a quarter of a century as a Special Agent for the ATF. During his career, Rick investigated a wide range of crimes from violent militant extremists to outlaw motorcycle gangs to murder for hire plots. Currently, he serves as Instructor for Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.

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Andy Parker

Andy Parker

Deputy Director of the City County Bureau of Identification Wake County, NC, IAI Certified Footwear and Latent Print Examiner

Andy Parker has a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminology / Criminal Justice from Florida State University. After seven years with FDLE, he worked crime scenes, analyzed latent prints and footwear evidence for the Tallahassee Police Department.

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David Pauly

David Pauly

Director, Applied Forensic Science Program, Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC

David Pauly retired from The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command as a Special Agent-in-Charge/Commander and Forensic Science Officer.

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james reynolds

James Reynolds

Training Coordinator

James Reynolds has served as Sirchie’s Training Coordinator for the past 12 years.

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