Home in Nome.

Tracker Tom

With those Courageous Women of Galena

Discovery World Crime Scene

At Discovery World

He's been a featured speaker at numerous T.E.A.M. (Teachers of Experiential Adventure Methodology) conferences, at the International Association for Identification  convention in West Virginia, with "The Women of Courage" in Galena, IL, at "Murder and Mayhem in Muskego," and in Milwaukee's Mystery One Bookstore and Discovery World Museum. Numerous Milwaukee-area Public Library patrons have cheered his interactive "Sherlock Holmes: First CSI" and "Forensic Science for Mystery Buffs" presentations, both of which feature mock crime scenes. "Outline on the Sidewalk," a day-long intensive for mystery writers sponsored by Redbird Writer's Studio was yet another of Tom's humble triumphs. Last, but certainly not least, Tom has spoken at several Wisconsin Writers Association conferences at which a rollicking time was had by all.

In short, (and at six and a half feet tall that's usually not a description applied to him) he's an Irish storyteller with a scientific background and an insatiable curiosity.

He currently lives in Milwaukee with his wife, two daughters, and his ever-expanding family.

A part-time instructor at the Milwaukee Area Technical College, he teaches Major Crime Scene Investigation and several years ago wrote a crime scene manual for police officers.

In 2000, Medicine Hawk was acquired by Illinois-based Nature Education Programs, Ltd., a move that gave Tom additional time for writing, research, teaching, and speaking.

Two years later, heeding a call to Alaska, Tom and his wife spent a year in Nome where he refined his tracking and survival skills and accumulated critter -- including grizzly bear -- stories. After returning to Milwaukee, he resumed his teaching with Medicine Hawk and wrote "The Art and Science of Tracking Man and Beast."

After retiring from the Medical Examiner's Office, Tom, pursuing another life-long (since the age of eight) interest, this time in the natural world, attended Tom Brown, Jr.'s Tracker School in New Jersey. After completing many of Brown's classes, he started Medicine Hawk Wilderness Skills. Along with three co-founders, he taught the ancient skills of fire by friction and animal tracking, medicinal and edible plants, shelter building, water gathering, winter survival and more at numerous workshops throughout the Country.

Before he retired from the Medical Examiner's Office of Milwaukee County as a Forensic Investigator, Tom followed his passionate interest in Sherlock Holmes and his investigative interest in Jack the Ripper to London where he consulted with the curator of Scotland Yard's Black Museum. There he studied the Ripper's original notes to the police as well as the crime scene photographs. During his free time, Tom wandered the labyrinth of streets that made up Whitechapel, the area in which the Ripper did most of his surgeries. Absorbing its history led him to produce his first book, "Crime Scene Sketches," and, thirty years later, recreated a small portion of it in "The Singular Adventure."