CRIMECON GUESTS & PODCASTS
We are pleased to announce that the following guests are scheduled to appear at CC17!
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. She is currently the founder and publisher of CrimeOnline.com.
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.
F. LEE BAILEY
Legendary defense attorney F. Lee Bailey is one of the best-known and most controversial figures in the practice of law. He has been involved with many of the most high profile trials in America.
In 1971, when F. Lee Bailey represented Captain Ernest Medina in his court-martial for his involvement in the incident at My Lai, he was already a prominent figure in criminal defense. Bailey had achieved fame for his successful defense in the retrial of Dr. Samuel Sheppard (“The Fugitive”) and the trial of the "Boston Strangler."
After Bailey's successful defense of Captain Medina, he continued to add to his list of celebrated clients which also include SLA kidnapping victim Patty Hearst and O.J. Simpson.
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.
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.
Beth Karas is Editor-at-Large at LawNewz. During her 19 years at Court TV as a on-air correspondent, Karas covered many of the highest profile cases including Jodi Arias, Casey Anthony, Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky, and Illinois cop Drew Peterson. Karas has evolved into a multi-platform journalist. She has appeared as a legal expert on virtually every cable and network news programs, including Nightline, Dateline, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, CNN’s AC360, HLN, TMZ, Investigation Discovery and Inside Edition. In early 2017, Karas launched a podcast called Karas on Crime where she does long form interviews of players in, and issues about, the justice system.
Robert Kolker is the New York Times bestselling author of "Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery," the acclaimed narrative-nonfiction chronicle of the Long Island serial-killer case and the age of Internet prostitution that was named one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books and one of Publisher's Weekly’s Top Ten Books of the year. An award-winning investigative journalist, he currently is a Projects & Investigations reporter for Bloomberg News.
Derrick Levasseur is a police sergeant from Central Falls, Rhode Island. He recently starred in Investigation Discovery’s hit docu-series, Is OJ Innocent: The Missing Evidence, and has made appearances on Dr. Oz, offering his professional opinion on high-profile cases.
Derrick competed on CBS's hit series, "Big Brother", and was eventually crowned the winner of season sixteen. He is regarded as one of the greatest players to have ever played the game and he attributes a lot of his success to his experience in law enforcement.
Levasseur also has his first book, The Undercover Edge, which teaches readers how to incorporate investigative strategies into their personal and professional lives, coming out in January of 2018.
Jim Fitzgerald remains an active criminal profiler and forensic linguist even after retiring in 2007 with 20 years in the FBI as a Supervisory Special Agent, along with 11 years before that as a police officer/detective/sergeant on the Bensalem Twp. (PA) Police Dept. During his law enforcement career he successfully investigated numerous homicides, sexual assaults, and other violent crimes, as well as matters of international notoriety to include the Unabom, Jon Benet Ramsey, Anthrax, and DC Sniper cases as a profiler and/or a forensic linguist.
Jim is one of two technical advisors for CBS-TV’s Criminal Minds, is co-host and executive producer of A&E’s Killer Profile, and makes frequent appearances on CNN as well as radio programs, television shows, internet programs, and podcasts.
THOMAS J. FASSBENDER
Special Agent (Ret.) Tom Fassbender is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement in Wisconsin, 25 of which he spent as a Special Agent with the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). Tom was assigned to the Special Assignments Bureau about a decade ago and was primarily responsible for death investigations. Tom worked as co-lead investigator on several high profile homicide investigations, to include the Teresa Halbach homicide (Avery) and the Crandon shootings perpetrated by police officer Tyler Peterson.
After his retirement, Tom has worked in the private investigation field and is currently a senior investigator in Appleton. Tom also worked as an investigator for one year at a Las Vegas strip resort/casino, where he had an occasion to work on a death investigation with the Henderson Police.
Josh Mankiewicz is a Dateline NBC correspondent based in Los Angeles. He began reporting for Dateline in February 1995, and since then, he has contributed a mix of breaking news stories, news analysis, investigative reports and clever features to the broadcast.
Over the last year, Mankiewicz has reported on a variety of stories for the newsmagazine, including updates on both the O.J. Simpson case and Jon Benet Ramsey investigation. Mankiewicz has covered a wide range of stories including Hurricane Katrina, the 1996 and 2000 presidential campaigns, the terrorist takeover of Japan’s embassy in Lima, Peru, the mysterious mental disorder known as Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy, the story of John Walker Lindh, the American who joined the Taliban, and numerous aspects of airline and airport safety and security.
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.
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.
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.
Ellen Killoran is an editor and writer for Crime Online. A former entertainment and media business reporter, she dove into crime reporting with an investigation of the Long Island Serial Killer for Rolling Stone, and hasn't looked back. Previously the Senior Editor of Media & Culture at IBTimes, her work has appeared in Forbes, Maxim, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Indiewire, Belt Magazine, Bitch, Brooklyn Magazine, and more. She's also worked in documentary film, as co-producer of the HBO documentary Youth Knows No Pain.
In 1999 Bobby Chacon, an FBI Agent in New York City, was tasked by the FBI Laboratory in Quantico to establish the FBI’s Underwater Search and Evidence Response Team (USERT) Program. Bobby was already the first full time FBI diver in the Bureau’s history, but he then spent several years setting up four regional FBI underwater forensic teams. Along with forensic experts at the FBI Lab, Bobby set up the Programs' protocols and Standard Operating Procedures. He then hand-selected every member of each of the four teams and remained the Senior Team Leader of the FBI’s New York City USERT. He later became the Senior Team Leader for the FBI’s Los Angeles USERT.
Until his retirement in 2014, Bobby Chacon had trained every single forensic diver in the FBI and even trained members of the US Navy in underwater evidence collection, as well as police departments around the world.
Billy Jensen is a true crime journalist focused squarely on unsolved murders and missing persons. In 2016, he had gotten so sick and tired of writing stories with no endings that he decided to try and solve the murders himself. In the last 6 months he has solved or helped solve four murders and found one missing woman, merging the skills he has honed in his day job as a digital executive and strategist with his 17 years of experience reporting crime. He is currently working with law enforcement to integrate his strategies into investigations as part of a larger program to help solve colder cases using civilians.
A native of Long Island, Jensen has written crime feature stories for Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Magazine, Boston Magazine, and Miami New Times, was managing editor of the Long Island Press, editor of the Boston Phoenix and a stringer for the New York Times. His current day job is as supervising producer, digital for the Warner Bros. show Crime Watch Daily, where he also acts as an investigator, working cases including The Allenstown 4 and the wrongful conviction of Kimberly Long.
Joshua Zeman has been at the forefront of the true crime genre for the past decade. His critically-acclaimed horror documentary CROPSEY, a critic’s pick with The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Roger Ebert, was called “one of the year’s best documentaries” and “one of the scariest films of the year” upon its release.
Most recently Zeman co-executive produced and directed THE KILLING SEASON for A&E, an unscripted docu-series that follows Zeman and filmmaker Rachel Mills as they delve into the terrifying connections between the unsolved Long Island Serial Killer Case and four other unsolved serial murders, all involving sex workers.
Rachel co-created and co-executive produced The Killing Season (A&E) with her partner Joshua Zeman. The show follows them as they uncover terrifying connections between serial murder cases across the country. Season two of the series is currently in development.
Rachel also partnered with Zeman to produce and co-star in Killer Legends, a documentary investigating true crimes that have inspired our scariest urban legends.
Rachel continues to develop and produce docu-series and feature documentaries for television and the big screen.
EAST AREA RAPIST/GOLDEN STATE KILLER (EAR/GSK): SURVIVORS & FAMILY MEMBERS
He killed 12, raped 45, burglarized over 120 homes...and he's never been caught. Survivors and victim family members reunite to tell their stories and breathe new life into this case. Jane Carson-Sandler (survivor); Michelle Cruz (sister of 12th murder victim); and Debbie Domingo (daughter of 10th murder victim).
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.
Jim Clemente is a retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent/Profiler and former New York City Prosecutor. During his 22-year career with the FBI, he has investigated cases from Bank Robberies to Serial Killers. He is now a Writer/Co-Producer for Criminal Minds, as well as a Technical Advisor on Quantico, Blind Spot, Secrets & Lies, and Sleepy Hollow. He Exec. Produces and is On-Air Talent for several Documentary Television Series productions including: The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey on CBS, Killer Profile on LMN, Missing Dial, on NatGeo, and Finding Benjamin. Clemente authored his first novel, WITHOUT CONSENT based on his true story about tracking down and locking up the Coach/Camp Director who victimized him as a teen. Jim is also the host of the successful podcast: Real Crime Profile as well as the new podcasts: Locked Up Abroad and Best Case/Worst Case.
In his 25-year prosecution career, Attorney Ken Kratz handled many complex and high-profile cases, including homicides, sexual assaults, child abuse, and property crimes. Widely considered one of the state of Wisconsin’s best criminal trial attorneys, Kratz dedicated his career to advancing the rights of crime victims, serving as Chairman of Wisconsin’s Crime Victims’ Rights Board from its creation in 1997 until 2009.
For his work on the Teresa Halbach homicide case, Kratz has been asked to lecture throughout the country, and was named “Prosecutor of the Year” by the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators in 2008. Leaving the area of criminal litigation at the end of 2016, Kratz now enjoys his new career as true crime author, consultant, and speaker.
Harold Schechter is a professor of American literature and culture. Renowned for his true-crime writing, he is the author of the nonfiction books The Mad Sculptor, Man-Eater as well as Fatal, Fiend, Bestial, Deviant, Deranged, Depraved, and The Serial Killer Files. He lives in New York State.
Sheryl McCollum 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.
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DR. JULIE ARMSTRONG
Dr. Armstrong is a civil forensic psychologist who has appeared in many true crime shows, including Investigation Discovery’s Wicked Attraction and Lifetime's Kids Who Kill. She is a Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Nurse Specialist who has studied the deep unconscious and applies her unique knowledge to understanding some of humanity’s more gruesome behavior.
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.
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.
Sergeant (Ret.) Michael W. Streed is an internationally-recognized police sketch artist based in Southern California. He is the author of SketchCop: Drawing A Line Against Crime and Creating Digital Faces for Law Enforcement. During his career, 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.
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.
Kimberlie Massnick, PhD is a criminologist who specializes in sexual offenders and serial killers. She is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Indian River State College where she believes that learning needs to get out of the classroom. She stages crime scenes instead of giving traditional exams, takes her students out to assist law enforcement with searches and participates in countless opportunities with the homeless, addicted and juveniles in need. Dr. Massnick believes that to be a great professor one needs to be a lifelong learner.
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.
Note: All guests, sessions, and experiences are subject to change.