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Crimecon '17

June 9 - 11
INDIANAPOLIS, IN

 
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A WEEKEND OF motives, murder & mystery.

 

A celebration of all things true crime, CrimeCon brings the cases you love to life through immersive experiences, incredible guests, and a ton of mystery and intrigue. It was created for those of us who binged on Making a Murderer or who spend more hours watching ID and Dateline than we'd like to admit.

CrimeCon transports fans from the couch to the crime scene and into courtroom. If your idea of the perfect night involves alibis, motives, and a bottle of wine, then this is the event you've been waiting for. Grab a few true crime-obsessed friends and join us in Indy for a weekend you won't forget. 

 
 
 

GUESTS

We are pleased to announce that the following guests are scheduled to appear at CC17. Many more guests, experts, and podcasters will be announced throughout the months prior to CrimeCon.

NANCY GRACE

An outspoken, tireless advocate for victims’ rights and one of television's most respected legal analysts, Nancy Grace is known as the powerful force behind CNN Headline News’ (HLN) top-rated Nancy Grace.

A former prosecutor with an unparalleled record of success, Nancy has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, 20/20,  Dr. Phil and Larry King Live, among others, dispensing her firebrand take on the modern justice system.

Grace’s first book, Objection!, became an instant New York Times bestseller and was quickly followed on the list by her two subsequent novels, The Eleventh Victim and Death on the D-List. Her latest novel is Murder in the Courthouse.

Grace’s life changed forever when her fiancé, Keith Griffin, was shot and killed. In the aftermath of that crime, she abandoned plans to become an English professor and turned her focus to criminal justice. She served for more than a decade as a special prosecutor of felony cases involving murder, rape, child molestation and arson at the Atlanta Fulton County District Attorney's Office.

Known for her authentic sensibility and for never holding back her opinion on high-profile cases, Nancy was tapped to co-host Court TV’s Cochran and Grace and, later, the live daily trial coverage program, Closing Arguments. She also presided over the daytime hit Swift Justice with Nancy Grace, for which she received an Emmy® Award nomination.

Nancy, her husband, her twins, and their rescue pets reside in Atlanta.

CARL MARINO

After attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, Carl Marino served 17 years on the police force as a Deputy Sheriff in New York.  He “fell” into the acting world after later moving to California, making his television debut on the NBC primetime show Trauma.

In 2010, Carl was cast for the lead/title character in the Investigation Discovery show Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda.  Carl portrays Lt. Joe Kenda in all episodes. Homicide Hunter is currently filming it's sixth season and is the highest rated show on Investigation Discovery. 

Carl is also an avid runner and raises money for charities by running marathons all over the world. In the past three years, he and his wife have run 60 half and full marathons, including the last three Boston Marathons, raising over $100,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project and Massachusetts General Hospital.  Carl currently resides in San Francisco.


APHRODITE JONES

Aphrodite Jones is a national television host and bestselling true crime author whose expertise in the courtroom, as a public speaker, and in the media, is world-renowned. 

Jones has hosted and produced shows for Investigation Discovery (True Crime with Aphrodite Jones) and USA (The Justice Hunters) and was a crime reporter for FOX News, covering the trials of Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson, and Dennis Rader (aka the “BTK Killer”) for The O'Reilly Factor and Geraldo At Large.

Jones has written eight bestselling true crime books (including The FBI Killer, which was made into a movie, as well as All She Wanted, which was later transformed into the Oscar-winning film Boys Don’t Cry, starring Hilary Swank). She has appeared as a crime expert on The Today Show, NBC Dateline, CBS Early Morning, Dr. Oz, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, The O'Reilly Factor, Geraldo at Large, The FOX Report, Nancy Grace, The Forensic Files, E! and more.

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L. KIRK NURMI

Kirk is most commonly known as the attorney who represented the infamous Jodi Arias, but this is not where his legal career began.  Prior to the Arias trial Kirk had worked as a criminal attorney for over a decade defending the constitutional rights of those accused of major felony offenses, including capital defendants.

After saving the life of his infamous client, cancer forced him to fight to save his own. Since becoming a cancer survivor, Kirk decided that he no longer wished to practice law and considers himself a recovering attorney who is “happily disbarred.”  He now puts what he learned during his legal career into his various professional endeavors, which primarily include speaking and writing. To date, Kirk has published two books on weight loss as well as Trapped with Ms. Arias, a controversial book about the case.

JON RONSON

Fascinated by madness, strange behavior and the human mind, Jon Ronson has spent his life exploring mysterious events and meeting extraordinary people. In his bestselling book The Psychopath Test he explores the concept of psychopathy and how we define sanity, insanity and eccentricity in our society and in ourselves. 

GUESTS & EXPERTS

JAMES RENNER

James Renner is the author of several true crime books, including The Serial Killer's Apprentice and the thriller, True Crime Addict, about his search for missing UMass student, Maura Murray. He has also written two novels: The Man from Primrose Lane and The Great Forgetting

MIDWEST SEARCH DOGS Dedicated to training highly qualified K9s for Search and Rescue of lost or missing persons. Midwest Search Dogs provides several search disciplines, free of charge, to assist Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, EMA, and Government Agencies in their community. 

MIDWEST SEARCH DOGS

Dedicated to training highly qualified K9s for Search and Rescue of lost or missing persons. Midwest Search Dogs provides several search disciplines, free of charge, to assist Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, EMA, and Government Agencies in their community. 

 

DR. LAURA PETTLER

Forensic Criminologist and author Dr. Laura Pettler is one of the world's foremost experts in crime scene staging and intimate partner homicide. Host of new WebTV Series Notorious: True Crime Stories with Laura Pettler, she is also Vice President of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases. Laura invented the world-renowned Kaleidoscope Crime Scene Reconstruction System that is carried by 11 distinguished forensic product distributors and sold in more than 30 countries worldwide. 

MICHAEL STREED Sergeant (Ret.) Michael W. Streed is an internationally-recognized police sketch artist based in Southern California. He has successfully developed police sketches for many high-profile cases such as: the Samantha Runnion murder, the Anthony Martinez murder, the Baton Rouge serial killer, and Orange County’s Fortune Teller murder. He created SketchCop FACETTE Face Design System and Frontalis Facial Composite System, innovative software programs that helps law enforcement create high-quality digital composite images.

MICHAEL STREED

Sergeant (Ret.) Michael W. Streed is an internationally-recognized police sketch artist based in Southern California. He has successfully developed police sketches for many high-profile cases such as: the Samantha Runnion murder, the Anthony Martinez murder, the Baton Rouge serial killer, and Orange County’s Fortune Teller murder. He created SketchCop FACETTE Face Design System and Frontalis Facial Composite System, innovative software programs that helps law enforcement create high-quality digital composite images.

 

ALICE de STURLER

Alice is a Dutch non-practicing lawyer/human rights defender who works on unsolved homicides and wrongful convictions. Her professional blog, Defrosting Cold Cases, won in the American Bar Association’s Top 100 “Blawgs” in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

BETHANY JONES Bethany has produced hours of true crime TV for networks like Oxygen, A&E, LMN, CNN and Discovery. She has interviewed leading government officials, federal agents, US Attorneys and law enforcement officers across the country, and has established relationships with the Department of Homeland Security, ICE, FBI, as well as local, state and international law enforcement. She was selected by the FBI director in Los Angeles to be one of the few to take part in the FBI Citizens Academy.

BETHANY JONES

Bethany has produced hours of true crime TV for networks like Oxygen, A&E, LMN, CNN and Discovery. She has interviewed leading government officials, federal agents, US Attorneys and law enforcement officers across the country, and has established relationships with the Department of Homeland Security, ICE, FBI, as well as local, state and international law enforcement. She was selected by the FBI director in Los Angeles to be one of the few to take part in the FBI Citizens Academy.

SHERYL MCCOLLUM

Sheryl is a CSI for a metro Atlanta Police Department as well as the Director of the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute, a collaboration between universities and colleges that brings researchers, practitioners, students and the criminal justice community together to advance techniques in solving cold cases. Some of the high-profile crimes Sheryl and her students have worked on include: Tu Pac Shakur, Chandra Levy, Natalee Holloway and The Boston Strangler.

 

PODCASTS

We are excited to provide a home for some of the biggest and best true crime podcasters in the world. You'll meet your favorite hosts and probably discover a whole bunch of new titles to binge on. In addition, many podcasters will be participating in experiences and panels, including "Making of" sessions about how their broadcasts come together.

UP AND VANISHED An ongoing audio podcast series that documents Payne Lindsey’s investigation of the unsolved disappearance of Tara Grinstead.

UP AND VANISHED

An ongoing audio podcast series that documents Payne Lindsey’s investigation of the unsolved disappearance of Tara Grinstead.

IN SIGHT Ali and Charlie take a new look at true crime, mysteries, and forgotten history.

IN SIGHT

Ali and Charlie take a new look at true crime, mysteries, and forgotten history.

GENERATION WHY Two friends, Aaron and Justin, discuss theories and share their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, conspiracies, & true crime.

GENERATION WHY

Two friends, Aaron and Justin, discuss theories and share their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, conspiracies, & true crime.

MISSING MAURA MURRAY Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna discuss the mysterious disappearance of Maura Murray.

MISSING MAURA MURRAY

Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna discuss the mysterious disappearance of Maura Murray.

ALREADY GONE Sharing stories of the missing, the lost, the mysterious, and the murdered.   

ALREADY GONE

Sharing stories of the missing, the lost, the mysterious, and the murdered. 

 

THINKING SIDEWAYS Devin, Joe and Steve sit down every week to discuss unsolved mysteries of all kinds.

THINKING SIDEWAYS

Devin, Joe and Steve sit down every week to discuss unsolved mysteries of all kinds.

THE VANISHED Marissa Jones explores the stories of those who have gone missing, often interviewing the loved ones who are still searching for answers. 

THE VANISHED

Marissa Jones explores the stories of those who have gone missing, often interviewing the loved ones who are still searching for answers. 

AMERICA'S MISSING Melissa Bridges details and examines America's most compelling disappearances.

AMERICA'S MISSING

Melissa Bridges details and examines America's most compelling disappearances.

ONCE UPON A CRIME THE podcast for the true crime addict. Stories are told chapter by chapter--kidnappings, murders, mysterious disappearances, serial killers, celebrity crime, and more.

ONCE UPON A CRIME

THE podcast for the true crime addict. Stories are told chapter by chapter--kidnappings, murders, mysterious disappearances, serial killers, celebrity crime, and more.

UNSOLVED Featuring stories of unsolved crimes from around the US and hosted by a crime analyst and former police officer, this show offers an informed perspective on each case.

UNSOLVED

Featuring stories of unsolved crimes from around the US and hosted by a crime analyst and former police officer, this show offers an informed perspective on each case.

MOST NOTORIOUS Host Erik Rivenes interviews authors, documentarians and historians about crimes, criminals and tragedies throughout history. 

MOST NOTORIOUS

Host Erik Rivenes interviews authors, documentarians and historians about crimes, criminals and tragedies throughout history. 

WHITE WINE TRUE CRIME Female comedians from LA who sit around and drink white wine while commenting on true crime shows and going on tangents. Let yourself be wined and crimed! 

WHITE WINE TRUE CRIME

Female comedians from LA who sit around and drink white wine while commenting on true crime shows and going on tangents. Let yourself be wined and crimed! 

BEYOND THE BLOOD Exploring  the motives behind the darkest crimes in history. From little known murderers to bizarre disappearances.

BEYOND THE BLOOD

Exploring  the motives behind the darkest crimes in history. From little known murderers to bizarre disappearances.

TRUE CRIME HISTORIAN Stories of America's scandals, scoundrels, and scourges--from historic newspapers in the golden era of yellow journalism.  

TRUE CRIME HISTORIAN

Stories of America's scandals, scoundrels, and scourges--from historic newspapers in the golden era of yellow journalism.
 

ACTUAL INNOCENCE Telling the stories of people who served time for crimes they did not commit. Each episode introduces an exonerated person and the story of how the criminal justice system failed them. 

ACTUAL INNOCENCE

Telling the stories of people who served time for crimes they did not commit. Each episode introduces an exonerated person and the story of how the criminal justice system failed them. 

TWISTED PHILLY Stories about true crime, haunted history, cool and creepy places to visit, and Philly legends.

TWISTED PHILLY

Stories about true crime, haunted history, cool and creepy places to visit, and Philly legends.

 
CURIOSITY KILLS Lindsay and Haley discuss, in their signature dry and sarcastic style, various true crime topics. Research will be done, topics will be covered, and insensitive jokes will be made.

CURIOSITY KILLS

Lindsay and Haley discuss, in their signature dry and sarcastic style, various true crime topics. Research will be done, topics will be covered, and insensitive jokes will be made.

Note: Guests, sessions, and experiences are subject to change.

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The Program

Sample CrimeCon sessions and experiences. Actual sessions to be announced. CrimeCon begins at 1p on Friday, June 9th and runs through 12p on Sunday, June 11th.

EYEWITNESS
A violent crime happens right in front of you and the cops need your help to find the suspect. Can you accurately describe what you saw? Can you explain it to a sketch artist? Can you identify the perp in a lineup? It may not be as easy as you think...

LEAD INVESTIGATOR
You're the first cop to arrive at the scene of a grisly murder. The body is warm, the dog is barking, the smell of gunpowder still lingers in the air. Can you piece together the clues and figure out who did it without contaminating the evidence?

44 MINUTES
You are being held captive in a basement by a deranged killer. He'll be back in 44 minutes. Can you piece together the clues and escape before he returns?

MURDER MUSEUM
Take a guided tour through the history of true crime in our pop-up museum. Each item has a story to tell--and most of them don't have a happy ending.

COLD CASE CLUES
Investigators lay out the evidence in cases that have them stymied, can you help?

THE ACCUSED
You're accused of killing your spouse and your alibi is shaky. Can you withstand an interrogation from a seasoned investigator? Can you pass a polygraph? 

THE JURY
You're on the jury of a high-profile murder case. Can you navigate through the pitfalls and reach a verdict?  If so, will it match the verdict from the real jury that heard the case? 

CELL PHONE TRACKING 101
The case of Adnan Syed from 'Serial' turned on cell phone tracking testimony. Just how accurate is the data? What do telecom companies really know about our locations, who we're with, and what we're doing?

THE ALIBI GAME
One of these three suspects is lying about where they were on the night of the murder. Can you use the lessons and techniques from our investigator to name the killer?

CRIME SCENE
We've created an exact replica of a crime scene. Watch as a CSI team processes the scene step by step, explaining what they're doing and why.

PSYCHOLOGY OF A SERIAL KILLER
From Bundy to Dahmer to BTK, a look at what turns someone inhuman.

JURY SELECTION 101
One key member of a jury can change everything. In this breakout we'll uncover the tricks used by attorneys to try and tilt the odds in their favor.

The why of murder always fascinates me so much more than the how.
— Ann Rule
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PRICING & REGISTration

Ready to join us? There are two registration options available: Standard and VIP

  • STANDARD includes full-access to all sessions and experiences on all three days.
  • VIP includes everything in STANDARD, plus additional perks that are described on our VIP PACKAGE page.

WE OFFER DISCOUNTS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT/MILITARY/STUDENTS AND GROUPS OF 5+ PEOPLE. VIEW OUR DISCOUNTS PAGE TO LEARN MORE. 

CRIMECON IS BETTER WITH FRIENDS

PLEASE CONTACT US FOR SPECIAL PACKAGES AND PRICING FOR GROUPS OF 5+

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Indianapolis: Half a day's drive from half the U.S. population.

We chose the JW Marriott in Indy to host CrimeCon because it's the perfect hotel in a city with an incredible history of true-crime characters and cases.

Those who stay with us at the JW will experience everything that CrimeCon weekend has to offer. Be sure to use the link below to receive the special group rate of $165/night plus tax (king or double), or call 1-866-704-6162 to reserve by phone.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT HOTELS:

The CrimeCon experience includes a weekend-long true crime mystery game. Only those who stay at the JW Indy (or who live within 50 miles of the event) will be eligible to participate in the game as it involves clues distributed via your hotel room at the JW. Please support CrimeCon by staying at our official hotel.

The JW Indy is one of the nicest hotels I have stayed at...period.”
— TripAdvisor reviewer
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