MUSIC CITY WILL BECOME TRUE CRIME CITY FOR
A WEEKEND OF motives, murder & mystery.
CrimeCon brings the genre we love to life through immersive experiences, incredible guests, and nerdy deep-dives into tactics and cases. Add the world's best true crime podcasters and sprinkle in some surprise mystery and intrigue--and you've got CrimeCon weekend.
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 Nashville for a an unforgettable weekend.
2018 GUESTS AND PODCASTS
We will be releasing new guests and podcasts leading up to the Con. Please note that all listings on this website are subject to change at any time. You can find the final list of our 2017 guests here: 2017 Guests & Podcaster.
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 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.
Nancy, her husband, her twins, and their rescue pets reside in Atlanta.
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 executive produces and is an 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 podcasts: Real Crime Profile, Locked Up Abroad, nd Best Case/Worst Case.
As a director and award-winning documentary filmmaker, Payne Lindsey has always had a passion for the true crime genre. Inspired by docu-series like Netflix's Making a Murderer and HBO's The Jinx, Lindsey set out to find an unsolved mystery that he could investigate and develop into a documentary project of his own.
A Metro-Atlanta native, he decided to choose a case close to home, a decade-old cold case from South Georgia, the disappearance of Tara Grinstead. Lindsey drew inspiration from another one of his favorites, the hit podcast Serial, and elected to tell the story of his real-time investigation, week by week in audio form, under the name Up and Vanished.
The events of the next 12 months turned Tara Grinstead's case into one of the hottest crime stories of the year. With over 150 million downloads, Up and Vanished propelled Grinstead's case into the mainstream media.
Lindsey’s upcoming podcast, Atlanta Monster, is a joint project with podcast powerhouse HowStuffWorks. It’s set to debut at the top of 2018 and explores one of his home city’s darkest secrets, The Atlanta Child Murders. Lindsey is not a journalist, a detective, or an attorney, and by his own account, he's not even a podcaster--but he has proven to be a successful storyteller and a catalyst for change.
Laura Richards is co-host of Real Crime Profile, the podcast from X-G Productions. She has a degree in forensic psychology and trained with New Scotland Yard and the FBI, Behavioral Analysis Units.
She is also the founder and director of Paladin, the world's first dedicated national advocacy service for stalking victims in the UK.
After attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, Carl Marino served 17 years as a Deputy Sheriff in upstate 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 in Los Angeles 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 was recently picked up for an eighth 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 65 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.
John X. Kim is the creator of critically-acclaimed The First 48, now in its 18th season on A&E, considered as the gold standard in nonfiction investigation programs. As one of the most prolific storytellers in true-crime television, John has created and produced over 600 hours of programs for various networks that cover virtually every aspect of crime, investigation and justice. His works include Steven Seagal Lawman, The Killer Speaks, Dallas SWAT, After the First 48, Runaway Squad and The Interrogators among others.
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.
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.
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.
Lisa Zambetti is co-host of the Real Crime Profile podcast. She is best known for her work as a casting director on Criminal Minds (2005), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and Battl (2013).
Tim Clemente is a counter-terrorism/tactical operations expert who has worked and trained with the most renowned military and law enforcement organizations in the world. He is also a writer, instructor, consultant, and technical adviser.
As an FBI Special Agent he conducted terrorism and counter-narcotics investigations all over the world. Previously. Tim was a Police Officer for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and a Counter Improvised Explosive Device Adviser/Investigator with the US Army in Iraq from 2007-2008.
The holder of Top Secret security clearance, Tim has been a security and counter-terrorism consultant for professional sports franchises, Las Vegas casinos, and foreign heads of state.
Joseph Giacalone is a retired NYPD Sergeant and former Commanding Officer of the Bronx Cold Case Squad. He is currently an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the author of The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators, 3rd Ed. Joe is a frequent media guest for all of the major networks and can be heard every Friday morning on the Crime Report on WRCN 103.9 FM, NY.
Sword and Scale is an internet radio show and website covering the dark underworld of crime and the criminal justice system’s response to it. The show and website were launched January 1st, 2014 and feature stories of murder, abduction, rape and even more bizarre forms of crime. It’s the purest form of true-crime where nothing is off the table. Everything from 911 calls to court testimony, interviews with victims and sometimes with perpetrators give listeners a 360 degree look at the entire story. Told from the narrator’s point of view, Sword and Scale goes beyond the news clips and the sensationalist headlines to give listeners the whole story and deeper insight into the cases it covers than any other medium.
Bob Ruff investigates potential wrongful conviction cold cases using a unique crowdsourcing approach. Bob invites listeners to participate in the investigations as he breaks down a new case in each season in real time. Truth & Justice is currently on Season 3, where Bob has re-opened an investigation into the brutal stabbing murder of Keow Gove.
In 2016, when Payne Lindsey took on the 11-year-old cold case disappearance of Tara Grinstead, the largest case file in Georgia history, he did not anticipate creating an investigative phenomenon spanning over 70 episodes and more than 150 million downloads. He also couldn't have imagined the role the podcast would play in cracking this decade-old cold case wide open, and bringing the town of Ocilla, GA one step closer to justice for Tara. Over the past 15 months, Up and Vanished Season 1 has gone beyond on-demand audio with a 17 city tour across the United States, and a TV deal with the Oxygen network. Lindsey now has his sights set on a new case for Up and Vanished Season 2.
Join real criminal profilers Jim Clemente (retired FBI profiler) and Laura Richards (former NSY criminal behavioral analyst & advocate) profiling real cases with Lisa Zambetti (Casting Director of Criminal Minds), with the victim's voice uniquely at the centre of the discussion.
The Vanished is a true crime podcast that explores the stories of those who have gone missing. Join host, Marissa Jones, as she investigates each case, often interviewing the loved ones who are still searching for answers.
Grab your wine and milkshakes and join us every Sunday for some chilling ghost stories and downright terrifying true crime stories. The world's a scary place. And that's why we drink!
Writer Robin Warder (of Cracked and Listverse) examines unsolved mysteries and cold cases, and offers his own analysis and theories about what really happened.
We all watch true crime, but few of us are ready to talk about it in the light of day! Not Kari Martin and Caitlin Cutt! These two LA-based comics are proud binge-watchers of this scandalous genre, ready to talk to their friends, families, and co-workers about wine, crime, relationships, and everything in between! Listen in, and let us be your partners in crime!
Through a series of interviews with our friends and colleagues, you will hear about the most notorious and infamous cases from the police and prosecutors who lived them. Best Case/Worst Case takes you behind police lines.
From the producers of Up and Vanished, Tenderfoot TV and How Stuff Works present, Atlanta Monster. This true crime podcast tell the story of one of the city’s darkest secrets, The Atlanta Child Murders. Nearly 40 years after these horrific crimes, many questions still remain. Host Payne Lindsey aims to find truth and closure, reexamining the disappearance and murder of over 25 African American children and young adults.
If you'd like to be a speaker or podcaster at CrimeCon 2018, or have a great idea for a session or experience, please fill out this form.
We are hard at work on the 2018 schedule. In the meantime, view our final 2017 schedule here to get a sense for all the fun we have in store for you. You can also view the complete CC17 Schedule as a PDF.
NOTE: We expect CrimeCon main programming to begin Friday around 1p CT and end Sunday around 2p CT. There will likely be separately ticketed events on Friday morning and Sunday afternoon for those still in town so please plan your travel accordingly.
PRICING & REGISTration
ALL-ACCESS WEEKEND BADGES
Depending on when you register, some badges can be paid for in two installments. Please visit our registration page and select the badge type you'd like to purchase. You will then be shown options for "Full Payment" or "Deposit Payment" (if available).
CrimeCon is better with (lots of) friends! Please contact us for custom pricing.
We offer a 10% discount (applicable to non-VIP badges only) to active and retired members of law enforcement and the military, as well as to teachers and students. Please contact us if you qualify.
SINGLE DAY PASSES
Single day tickets may be offered approximately 30 days prior to the Con if there is unsold capacity. Single day ticket holders are excluded from VIP/Gold VIP events, as well as any sessions marked as "Experiences."
UPGRADES & CANCELLATIONS
Any registrant can upgrade to another package at any time by paying the difference between the price of the new package (at the time of the upgrade) and the price they originally paid. No refunds are permitted, but registrants who can no longer attend have two options: a) A free badge transfer to another person; or b) Receive a voucher code for 100% of the amount paid, which can be used against any future CrimeCon event. Both options require that you notify us as least 24 hours before the start of the event. Please read the full Terms & Conditions on the registration page for all the details.
CRIMECON 2017: INDY
cc18 host hotel
The Gaylord Opryland: A venue like no other hostS a weekend like no other.
Those who stay with us at the Opryland will experience everything that CrimeCon has to offer, not to mention they'll get to play in our original weekend-long mystery game. Be sure to use the link below to receive the special group rate of $225/night plus tax, or call 615-889-1000 to reserve by phone (be sure to mention CrimeCon).
Rooms are extremely limited. Sunday night is sold out at our group rate. No deposit is required. Cancel 48 hours+ prior to your check-in to avoid a no-show charge.
SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS
SPONSORS: We offer a variety of prepackaged as well as custom sponsorship opportunities. From Podcast Row to the VIP Lounge, from gift bags to digital sweepstakes, we can find a great fit for you with our incredible audience. Please contact us to discuss options.
EXHIBITORS: CrimeCon 2018 will feature a limited number of terrific products, services, and content creators in our exhibition area. Please view our Exhibitor Application page to register.