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“Search Warrant” a Behind the Scenes Look at the Reality of Criminal Investigations

By Teresa Reile


“Nothing compares to fighting evil” – Anna Mydlarz

When veteran police detective Anna Mydlarz was approaching the thirty year mark of her career with the Buffalo Police Department she had to make a decision – Should she stay on as a detective or pursue a lifelong passion of educating the public on the behind the scenes stories of the truth about law enforcement and the media bias that has come to permeate the channels of communication of late.

She chose the latter and she found that if you follow your purpose, things just fall into place.

Shortly after her decision, John Snedden, a highly decorated NCIS special agent who was previously named the “NCIS Special Agent of the Year”  with expertise in wiretapping, electronic surveillance, investigating felony criminal offenses, counterintelligence and cracking cold cases, approached her about the idea of ‘Search Warrant”, and she simply could not say, “No.”

The result is a very hard hitting new Podcast show that shines a light on the inner-workings of the Criminal Justice System and high profile criminal cases – from seasoned law enforcement officers that have been there and done that.

The show boasts three seasoned hard-bitten law enforcement officials as hosts, each one with extensive experience in their respective jurisdictions, who collectively bring eye-opening facts to light which would otherwise remain in the shadow of darkness.

According to Snedden, “To me, this is a public service. Finally, the general public will learn what really happens behind the scenes of criminal investigations.” 

These three former detectives will bring you a never before seen look at what it’s really like to be a cop, an investigator, a detective.  They will explain how the criminal justice system works without the media bias.  You will learn why some cases get prosecuted and why some don’t. You will learn how it truly is when investigating a case.

“Hold on, this is going to be great.”

Tom Purcell, a Buffalo cop before becoming a captain for the Canadian Pacific railroad police force, and after 9/11, an intelligence officer and K-9 expert remarks, “All my life I have always tried to do the right thing.  Thirty years in Law Enforcement, I stayed the course.  But I started noticing cases such as Lynn DeJac* of Buffalo,and Jerry Sandusky of Penn State. I began wondering what has happened to our justice system?  How does this happen and who is responsible?  As a hobby, I observed the antics of District Attorneys, but what started out as a hobby soon became very concerning to me.  “Search Warrant” is just what the Doctor ordered” 

Thomas has worked with numerous agencies domestic and international during his career with the Railroad police as well as being a Dog Behaviorist and author of the “Art of the Dog”, published by Thane and Prose, NYC.

On the show, they will interview cops, lawyers, witnesses, crime victims and independent media professionals who will give you the unadulterated truth from their perspective. This is not for the squeamish or the faint of heart. These are people who have seen it all.  They have confronted evil straight on in the face and are willing to talk about it.

They will quiz reporters about media bias and how it leads to misinformation and fake news.  They will delve into what is behind the push to do away with the rule of law and law enforcement in general.

Anny Mydlarz, who was the first female detective to be assigned deep undercover status and remained so for five years investigating narcotics, burglary, gambling, vice, cyber crime with assisting homicide and SVU units had this to say,

Of all the things in the world, a person can choose to spend their life on, it is my belief that nothing compares to fighting evil.  When you are staring at evil right in the face and you have a chance to DO something about, not only is it the biggest rush in the world, but it is also the most gratifying thing in the world.  This podcast has given me a chance to continue to do just that.” 

Det Mydlarz was later assigned to the Communications Crime Unit and specialized in Cyber Crime Investigations, mapping and was responsible for City reported harassment cases. She has received numerous awards throughout her career including the Mayor’s award two times for her work undercover and assisting the homicide unit which resulted in locating a homicide suspect, and several awards and citations from Narcotics Section.  Anna is now Director of the High Tech Crime Consortium, a non profit Global organization that assists law enforcement all over the world.

Join John, Anna, and Tom as they investigate crime, corruption and media bias and along the way, suffer no fools and take no prisoners.

SEARCH WARRANT is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Anchor, Stitcher.

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*Lynn Dejac  spent 13 years in prison for the murder of her daughter before her conviction was vacated in 2007, making her the first woman to be exonerated of murder on the basis of DNA evidence. She successfully sued the state of New York for wrongful conviction.



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News and art, national and local. Began as alternative weekly in 1990 in Buffalo, NY. Publishing content online since 1996.

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