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 & Podcasts.
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.
Andrea Canning is a correspondent for Dateline NBC and contributes to all NBC News platforms. Canning reports on major crime stories, high profile trials and breaking news including the Boston Marathon Bombing, Hurricane Sandy, the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the terrorist attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Since arriving at Dateline, Canning has also reported hour-long documentaries on campus sexual assault and adoption fraud.
Canning graduated from the University of Western Ontario in London with a degree in psychology. Additionally, she studied radio and television arts at Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto. Canning is married to Major Tony Bancroft, a former F-18 fighter pilot with the U.S. Marine Corps. They have five young daughters.
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 also 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.
Mankiewicz graduated with honors from Haverford College with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology.
Ashleigh Banfield joined HLN as host of Crime & Justice with Ashleigh Banfield in October, 2016. The two hour, live, Monday-Thursday program covers the day's most pressing legal and social issues, trials and hot topic debates with the host's own passionate point of view.
Just prior to hosting this program on HLN, she anchored Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield on sister network CNN. Banfield joined CNN in 2011 as co-anchor of the morning news show Early Start. Over the course of her career, she has covered breaking news from across the country and around the globe.
Banfield has reported from the scenes of the bombing at the Boston Marathon in Massachusetts and the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Banfield also reported live from the trials of George Zimmerman, Jodi Arias and Casey Anthony, bringing to light the complicated courtroom proceedings of each case, including the death penalty.
Keith Morrison is an award-winning correspondent for Dateline NBC. He joined the program in 1995 after a varied career at both NBC and in Canadian television. He has covered stories worldwide, interviewing everyone from presidents and prime ministers, student protesters under fire in Tiananmen Square, to criminals, teachers, artists, actors and authors.
Morrison has covered a wide variety of stories on Dateline, including the Orlando shooting, a series of wrongful convictions, the Manson murders and the Oscar Pistorius trial. Morrison has also reported on 9/11, Columbine, the peace process in the Middle East , wars fought by child soldiers in Africa , the struggle to "Free Willy," and the battle waged over the fate of the little Cuban boy who once dominated headlines, Elian Gonzales. Recently, Morrison has made a true specialty of the mystery stories Dateline NBC is most famous for.
His work has garnered Emmy, Christopher, Sigma Delta Chi and Edward R. Murrow awards among others.
He is married to Suzanne Perry Morrison, a writer and artist. They have six children.
Dennis Murphy, winner of five national Emmy awards for excellence in news reporting, has been a Dateline correspondent since 1994. Murphy is seen most often covering true-crime stories for the Friday night editions of Dateline.
In recent years, Murphy has covered everything from the Casey Anthony case, the Italian murder trial of American exchange student Amanda Knox, and the Versace shooting in Miami Beach to name a few. Murphy's non-crime coverage has ranged from a Royal Wedding profile of Kate Middleton, to the death of Osama bin Laden, to the plight of the children of migrant workers. Murphy was awarded an Emmy for team coverage of the ditching of the US Airways flight in the Hudson River and a prestigious duPont Columbia award for his reporting on Hurricane Katrina.
In addition to his Emmy awards, Murphy has been honored for his journalism with Edward R. Murrow awards, a National Headliner award and a Clarion award, among others.
Murphy is a graduate of Williams College and lives in Florida with his wife, Marilyn.
Ryan Ferguson is an author, host, and producer. He is also an exoneree who spent a decade behind bars for a crime he had nothing to do with before finally proving his innocence. Currently his focus is on bringing awareness to wrongful convictions through speaking and through his work as a board member of the Midwest Innocence Project.
A CBS News journalist for three decades, Erin has been correspondent on 48 HOURS since 1990. In addition to reporting for 48 HOURS, Moriarty’s work is featured on all CBS News broadcasts and platforms.
At CBS News, Moriarty has covered some of the biggest crime and justice stories of our time, including the wrongful conviction of Ryan Ferguson, the death of JonBenet Ramsey and the ongoing story of millionaire Robert Durst.
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.
Kelly Siegler is a veteran prosecutor, known nationwide for her toughness, tenacity and skill in the courtroom. For over 21 years, Kelly fought for justice for Harris County, Texas residents and crime victims until she resigned from the District Attorney's office in May 2008. She has prosecuted some of the hardest cases with some of the toughest criminals Harris County has seen and has done so against the most formidable and respected criminal defense attorneys in the state. She has tried approximately 200 jury trials and is not only respected for her ability in the courtroom but also sought out as a speaker and expert in effective courtroom advocacy.
She has lectured all over the country on topics such as, "Final Arguments," "Jury Presentation," "Arguing Effectively for a Death Sentence" and "How to Pick a Jury." Kelly has tried over 65 murder cases and secured convictions in all of them. A fierce advocate on behalf of crime victims and their families, she also has the respect of members of law enforcement agencies, not just in Harris County but also nationwide.
Laura Richards is co-host of Real Crime Profile, the podcast from X-G Productions, and co-creator and producer of The Case of JonBenét Ramsey, host of Killer in the Family, Married, Single, Dead and co-host of Killer Profile.
Laura has a BSc in Psychology and Sociology and a Masters is in Forensic and Legal Psychology. She has trained with New Scotland Yard and the FBI, Behavioral Analysis Units.
Laura is the founder of Paladin, the world's first dedicated national advocacy service for stalking victims in the UK, and the architect of the stalking and domestic violence coercive control law in England and Wales.
Laura is the former Head of the Homicide Prevention Unit at New Scotland Yard and author of the books Policing Domestic Violence and the DASH Risk Identification, Assessment and Management Model.
Juan Martinez is a Maricopa County prosecutor and is counted amongst the top death-penalty prosecutors in Arizona. He gained prominence prosecuting Jodi Arias for the murder of Travis Alexander. A graduate of Arizona State University, Martinez was admitted to the bar in 1984 and joined the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in 1988. He is the author of the bestselling book Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars.
Callahan Walsh is a child advocate for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). He is the son of John and Revé Walsh, who co-founded NCMEC in 1984 after the kidnapping and murder of their first son Adam Walsh.
Prior to joining the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Callahan served as the Supervising Producer for America’s Most Wanted on FOX and was the co-creator of The Hunt with John Walsh on CNN/HLN. Following in his parent’s footsteps, Callahan has focused his energy on helping find missing children, reducing child sexual exploitation and preventing child victimization.
Callahan can regularly be seen on various media outlets such as Good Morning America, ABC, CNN, and HLN promoting NCMEC’s programs.
Maggie Freleng is a multimedia journalist in New York City with over a decade of reporting focusing on mental illness, social justice, and women’s issues. She is the Producer at-Large for NPR’s “Latino USA” and the host of The Disappearance of Maura Murray on Oxygen.
When Maggie was a kid, her mom would always find her watching crime shows on TV and would worry about the impact the violence and graphic nature would have on her young daughter. But despite growing up and developing a case of “mean world syndrome,” Maggie channeled what she saw into a determination to use her platform as a journalist to raise the voices of those who are often overlooked.
Maggie’s work has been featured on WNYC, NBC New York, WHYY Newsworks, WHYY’s The Pulse, Popular Science, Boston Globe, The Guardian’s “What Would a Feminist Do” and The Huffington Post.
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.
Gemma Hoskins is a retired teacher from the Baltimore area who dedicated her retirement to solving two area cold cases: the murders of Cathy Cesnik and Joyce Malecki. Hoskins was a senior at Keough Archbishop High School at the time of Cesnik’s disappearance. The amateur investigation she helped run was featured on the 2017 Netflix documentary The Keepers, which explored ties between Sister Cesnik's murder and alleged sexual abuse by Father Joseph Maskell, the high school's Chaplain at the time.
Jim Fitzgerald is a former FBI agent who helped crack the "Unabomber" case. He 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, including the Unabomber, Jon Benet Ramsey, Anthrax, and DC Sniper cases as a profiler and/or a forensic linguist. He was recently portrayed by actor Sam Worthington in the Investigation Discovery original series Manhunt: Unabomber.
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.
Dianne Lake is a special education teacher and mother of three who became a key member of the Manson Family after her parents gave her permission to join at the age of fourteen. She did not participate in the infamous Tate/Labianca murders. She eventually ended up testifying against the Manson murderers and being adopted by the police officer who arrested the perpetrators. She is the author of Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness That Ended the Sixties
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.
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.
Darren Kavinoky is the creator and host of the hit TV show Deadly Sins, which just aired its 6th season on Investigation Discovery. He’s also the co-host of ID’s Did He Do It?, and the featured “criminal interventionist” in their docudrama series Breaking Point. Darren’s worked as a field correspondent for Entertainment Tonightand its sister show, The Insider, and still appears regularly as a legal expert on The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, Dr. Phil, and countless shows on CNN, HLN, MSNBC, Fox News, and more.
He is also the founder of 1.800.NoCuffs, The Kavinoky Law Firm, and is an award-winning trial attorney. Darren has used the power of the media to grow a multi-million dollar law firm. He’s reverse-engineered his success in TV, branding, and business to create turnkey systems that can revolutionize any business.
Most importantly, Darren’s personal story is absolute proof that if he can do it, anyone can. After graduating high school with a solid C average, his less-than-stellar college career ended with the words “Academically Disqualified.” After talking his way into (and through) law school, he spent years skidding along the bottom until a pivotal moment changed everything. As a media, branding, and business expert, Darren is obsessed with helping people and organizations produce their own pivotal moments that are just as powerful.
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.
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.
After 17 years as the forensic artist for the largest agency in Silicon Valley, Gil Zamora became the spokesman for the Dove's "Real Beauty Sketches" campaign. His forensic interview technique makes it easy for him to interview real people about how they see themselves and how others see them more beautiful.
Gil is certified by the FBI in composite art and has taught detectives how to interview eyewitnesses. He is a trained forensic hypnotist and MBSR alum. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today Show, Good Morning America, Forensic Files and Deadline: Crime.
Alex Paxton-Beesley most recently starred in the second season of the CTV/Hulu hit series Cardinal. She plays the female lead in the hit series Pure, a gritty drama about a Mennonite pastor battling drug trafficking within his community. Alex first came to audiences’ attention for her role in the BBC America series Copper, which she followed with a recurring role on Guillermo del Toro’s FX series The Strain.
Alex’s other film and television credits include Guilty at 17 (Lifetime), The Good Witch (Hallmark), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Rookie Blue (ABC), Impulse (Youtube Red), Suits (NBC), Flashpoint (CBS), The Firm (NBC), Minority Report (Fox) and Christmas with Holly (Hallmark).
A Toronto native, Alex is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School and of the CFC Actors’ Conservatory. She has performed with the Theatre Aquarius, the Company Theatre and the Canadian Sate Company / Citadel Theatre in the Canadian premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Rock N’ Roll.
Toney C. Armstrong is the most famous homicide investigator in Memphis history.
He and his team were featured on A&E’s popular series The First 48 as they worked over 400 murders. They cracked some of the city’s most notorious murders, including the Lester Street case, where six people, including two children, were murdered in a house. With the case hanging on the balance, Armstrong himself extracted a confession from the stone-cold killer.
As one of the stars of The First 48, Armstrong swiftly rose through department’s ranks and at the age of 44 became the youngest Police Director in Memphis PD’s history. After 27 years of service, Armstrong retired in 2016 to become the Director of Security for the world-renowned St. Jude Children’s Hospital System in Memphis. When away from work, Toney spends time with his wife Michelle and builds lego sets with their seven-year-old daughter, Zoey.
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.
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).
Sheila Wysocki is a 14-year private investigator veteran who overcame her own challenges of dyslexia in order to help others. Known for cracking even the hardest of cold-cases, Sheila brought justice to the family of her college roommate, who was brutally murdered when they were sophomores. The case went cold for 26 years, but that didn't stop Sheila from investigating and finding the evidence the police needed to solve the murder. Sheila has continued to help many families across the country since then, solving numerous cases.
Private Investigator, former District Attorney's Investigator and Deputy Coroner, Co-Executive Producer and Host of International Academy of Web Television Awards Nominee "Notorious: True Crime Stories with Laura Pettler," The Dr. Oz Show's Forensic Criminologist on True Crime Tuesdays, Executive Producer and Host of podcasts 'The Murder Room' and 'Steve&Laura: Declassified', Laura is the CEO of North Carolina based company 'Laura Pettler & Associates Private Investigation & Forensic Consultation'.
Laura was the Director of North Carolina's former and only Crime Scene Reconstruction and Behavioral Analysis program in history based in Prosecutorial District 20A and was the Director of its former Cold Case Task Force. Laura is the author of the world's first book on crime scene staging and intimate partner homicides, where she often uses her own invention, The Kaleidoscope Crime Scene Reconstruction Laser System to rebuild bullet and bloodstain trajectories.
Michael Dowd has over 16 years of experience with the DoD, CIA, NSA, DIA, DOJ and US Army Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Throughout his years of service with government agencies and the military, Mike developed expertise in a broad range of disciplines, including regional expertise, man hunting, geolocation, cellular infrastructure and tracking, wireless engineering, human intelligence and elicitation, surveillance and surveillance detection.
In addition to his military and contracting experience, Michael has also launched a music career, as M.C. Intellect, has worked as an editorial clothing model in SOHO, NYC for Beau Brummel and ARI clothing Inc., and has appeared on Allison Weiner’s show, Media Mayhem. In addition, Michael was one of the writing and technical consultant for Season 2 of ABC’s hit show, Quantico.
Karen Smith is retired major case detective with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. During her career she conducted 500 death investigations and 20,000 other cases. She is currently the owner of Bare Bones Consulting, an independent company offering crime scene and cold case analysis, bloodstain pattern analysis and crime scene reconstruction services. She also serves as a lecturer at the University of Florida, Florida State University and Florida Gulf Coast University for various forensic courses. Karen has appeared on Dateline, 20/20, CNN's Inside Man with Morgan Spurlock, the PBS documentary How Sherlock Changed the World, and she currently appears regularly on Crime Stories with Nancy Grace on SiriusXM as a resident forensic expert.
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.
Tonya Rider has over 26 years of experience as a detective working for the Toledo Police Department (TPD), most recently in the Crimes against Persons/Homicide unit. During her career, she received a Meritorious Service Medal for her work on a high profile cold case homicide investigation. The case involved the murder of a Catholic nun by Father Gerald Robinson, who was convicted of killing her in 2006.
In addition to her work as a homicide detective, Tonya's passion to help others took her to TPD's Sexual Assault Unit where she successfully obtained hundreds of sexual assault convictions, including more than three Federal Internet Crimes Against Children’s (ICAC) convictions while working in conjunction with the United States Secret Service. Since 2009, she has served as a Consultant to the State of Ohio Attorney General on Sexual Assault Investigations. She retired from the Toledo Police Department in 2016, and is currently a full-time Instructor at Bowling Green State University in the Forensic Investigations Program.
An investigator with a national reputation for excellence, Steve Spingola has been on Kelly Siegler’s team for the last few seasons. Now retired, Steve served as a Lieutenant Detective of the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD), supervising all major categories of criminal investigations, including stints in the Homicide Unit, Vice Control Division, Sensitive Crimes Unit, and Violent Crimes Division. He further served as the lead investigator for the Critical Incident Unit, a group that probes police related shootings, use-of-force incidents, and other significant events.
As a detective, Steve spent several years conducting death investigations for a homicide unit with one of the highest clearance rates in the country. He was heavily involved in the high-profile case of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. He is also the author of Best of Spingola Files, Vol. 1, and Predators of the Parkway: a Former Homicide Detective Explores the Colonial Parkway Murders.
Johnny Bonds is a retired homicide detective from Houston, Texas, who has been working on “Cold Justice” since the beginning. He started his career in Law Enforcement in 1967, and became the youngest detective promoted to the Homicide Division at the age of 25. After eight years in Homicide, he worked in other distinguished divisions including Fugitive Detail, Internal Affairs and SWAT. His defining case was solving the gruesome triple homicide of the Wanstrath family in 1979, and he became coined "The Cop Who Wouldn’t Quit.”
Johnny attempted to take an early retirement, but quickly realized that the only thing he’s really good at is being a cop. He came back and began working for the District Attorney’s office as one of their Investigators where he met Kelly in 1989. He became her primary investigator and they worked closely together in the Special Crimes unit. In his 41 years in law enforcement, Johnny has spent the majority of his career working on homicide cases and has handled over 1,000 homicides and spoken to hundreds of killers. His specialty is interrogations and he has a keen sense of getting people to talk.
Francey Hakes was the country’s first National Coordinator for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction, a post appointed by the U.S. Attorney General. Prior to that appointment, Hakes was a prosecutor for more than 15 years, serving first as an Assistant District Attorney specializing in crimes against children and then as an Assistant U.S. Attorney specializing in technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation.
John H. White, Ph.D. is a former investigator sergeant in the Internal Affairs Division of the Dallas Police Department. He investigated numerous police officer shootings and was assigned to the Psychological Services Office and the Fugitive and Special Investigations Unit.
White is currently a Professor of Psychology at Stockton University in Pomona, New Jersey, where he developed the university’s forensic psychology tracks for both the criminal justice and psychology programs. He is a licensed psychologist and has a private forensic neuropsychology practice evaluating and treating sex offenders and other forensic clients. He continues to consult with law enforcement agencies on sex crimes and homicides.
White has developed a database of over 500 serial killers with 164 variables. He has used the database in his role as the technical advisor for the television documentary series Killer Profile on LMN and has advised and contributed material to the writers of the CBS show Criminal Minds. He has written a fiction novel inspired by his police experiences entitled, In Pursuit of a Serial Killer: The Archetype Case.
Beth Karas has offered insight, analysis, and on-the-spot reporting on legal stories from courthouses across the country, for two decades. Larry King called her “one of the best in the business,” and over the years, numerous attorneys and journalists have expressed the same sentiment.
Karas continues to distinguish herself from her colleagues because of her unique expertise—knowledge of the law and procedure drawn from her experience in the trenches as a trial attorney. It’s no surprise that Karas is a sought-after analyst, especially when on location at high-profile, competitive stories.
Billy Jensen is an investigative journalist focused squarely on unsolved murders and missing persons. After being sick and tired of writing stories with no endings, he developed a system to help solve murders himself, merging geotargeted social media campaigns with shoeleather reporting work. He is now called upon as a consulting detective by police departments when all other avenues have been exhausted. A friend of Michelle McNamara’s, Jensen helped finish her book on the Golden State Killer, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, along with McNamara’s researcher and husband. During the day, he is an investigator and senior producer at on the Warner Bros. show Crime Watch Daily.
Maureen O'Connell comes from a family of Chicago Police officers and Fire Department personnel, dating back almost 100 years. In her direct family alone, there is over 200 years of public service.
She was a Special Agent with the FBI for 25 years, specializing in forensics, gangs, and cartel-level narcotics. During her tenure, she worked Major Narcotics, Violent Street Gangs and as a Forensic Investigator/Team Leader with the FBI's Evidence Response Team (ERT).
Maureen was the FBI Case Agent on a team of seasoned Los Angeles County Gang Detectives, on the largest gang take down in U.S. history. This take down was responsible for the largest RICO indictment to date.
Steven David Lampley spent twenty-one years as a police officer and undercover sex crimes SVU detective. He was the arresting officer of The Clairemont Killer (Cleophus Prince Jr.), a case featured on America's Most Wanted.
Prior to Steven's career as a police officer, he was friends with Jeffrey Dahmer just as Dahmer was beginning his murderous and cannibalistic lifestyle.
Steven has written several books, including How to Catch a Liar and Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer. He has received multiple awards for Police Officer of the Year, as well as numerous departmental and civilian commendations. He now spends his time writing, acting, and speaking to schools, police academies, and others on topics ranging from forensics to deception to serial killers.
Natalie Schilling is a Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She is internationally recognized for her research on language variation and change. She regularly teaches Sociolinguistics (language and society) and Forensic Linguistics and has given more than 100 presentations at U.S. and international academic conferences, university academic departments, and forensic linguistics training workshops on the scientific analysis of language evidence. Her audiences have ranged from the FBI (NCAVC, BAU-1) to incarcerated persons in maximum security prison. She has served as a forensic linguistics expert in cases ranging form authorship attribution to speaker profiling.
Natalie has been played on TV twice--once in Criminal Minds (the character Alex Blake was partly based on Natalie) and once in the recent Manhunt: Unabomber series, where 'Natalie Rogers' was based on the real Natalie.
Sara Azari is a state and federal criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles who has earned a reputation as a tough and aggressive attorney by representing numerous clients in cases resulting in not guilty verdicts and favorable resolutions.
From 2009 to present, Sara has been consistently designated a Super Lawyer, a recognition that is received by a very small number of strictly vetted lawyers across the country. In 2013, Ms. Azari was also recognized as one of the top 50 Women Lawyers in California. In 2017, she was featured as a "Power Player" by Angelino Magazine.
She lectures and teaches trial advocacy workshops at law schools in Los Angeles, as well as appearing as a speaker and panelist before law groups and organizations on current issues in the criminal justice system.
Sara is a TV legal analyst and legal commentator and appears regularly on CNN, ABC World News, Good Morning America, and MSNBC.
William F. Thomas's sister Cathleen was the first victim of the "Colonial Parkway Killer." Cathleen, just 27 at the time of her death, was one of at least eight victims believed to have been murdered by a Virginia-area serial killer in the late 1980s. No arrests have ever been made in the case.
Bill is an advocate for families of the victims as well as an entertainment industry executive who has worked in leadership roles for artist advocacy organizations, including SAG-AFTRA, ASCAP. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Barbara spent over twenty years as a prosecuting attorney, including four years with a specialty in the investigation and trial presentation of homicide cases. Prior to that she was the lead prosecutor in several high-profile murder cases, as well as the co-prosecutor in the Mike Tyson rape trial. Barbara was also a technical advisor for the crime drama Close to Home, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, which was based in part on her early years as a prosecutor.
Shane Waters is host of Out of the Shadows, a podcast produced by him from co-owned ACC Productions. He combines his knowledge of Private Investigation and education in Forensic Psychology to tell stories of victims that are hard to hear but important to talk about.
He also blogs about his passion in True Crime Podcasting in his popular True Crime blog “My Journey into Darkness."
Blaine Pardoe is an award-winning New York Times Bestselling author of true crime, science fiction, business management and military history books. He has authored five true crime books, three of which he wrote his daughter – Victoria Hester. Their latest book, A Special Kind of Evil, deals with the Colonial Parkway Murders. He and his daughter tend to focus on cold cases from the 1960’s through the 1980’s.
He has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs discussing his work and has been a featured speaker at the US National Archives, the US Navy Museum, and many other venues.
Deborah Herman is the co-author of Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life inside his Cult and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties, with Dianne Lake (aka Snake, the youngest member of the Manson Family). Herman is a lawyer and journalist. This is her twelfth nonfiction book.
Debbi Domingo was a teenager when her mother, Cheri Domingo, was killed, along with her boyfriend, Gregory Sanchez, by "The Golden State Killer." Debbi uses social media to help publicize the case, hoping for an identification of the perpetrator.
Jane Carson-Sandler was the 5th victim of Sacramento's "East Area Rapist." She is the author of "Frozen In Fear- A True Story of Surviving the Shadows of Death." Jane shares her rape experience, and her 40+ year journey of faith, in an effort to help other women not just survive, but thrive!
Michelle Cruz is the surviving sister of Janelle Cruz, the last known victim to be raped and bludgeoned by California's "Golden State Killer." Michelle spends countless hours helping to raise case awareness and assisting with investigation efforts.
Margaret Wardlow, at age 13, was the youngest to be assaulted by Sacramento's "East Area Rapist," now known as "The Golden State Killer." Margaret is grateful for the opportunity to share her story in hopes of finally identifying this notorious predator.
Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna are the creators and hosts of two popular true crime podcasts, Missing Maura Murray (with 13 million downloads and counting in two years) and Crawlspace (exceeding 2 million downloads since Feb 2017). While Missing Maura Murray focuses on a single case, Crawlspace expands to several cases and subject matters. However, both podcasts feature their signature boots on ground approach of digging as deep as possible. In addition, the two recently were consulting producers and appeared on Oxygen Network's, The Disappearance of Maura Murray.
It’s been over a year since 13-year-old Abigail (Abby) Williams and 14-year-old Liberty (Libby) German were murdered while enjoying an unseasonably warm day in their small hometown of Delphi, Indiana.
Libby’s grandparents, Mike and Becky Patty, along with Abby’s mother Anna Williams, will join HLN host Ashleigh Banfield for an intensive session at CrimeCon 2018. It’s sure to be an emotional hour covering what we know so far and status of the case, but will keep Abby and Libby front-of-mind, never losing focus on their positive spirits and heroic efforts in their final moments.
Call the case “challenging.” Call it “emotional.” Call it “quiet.”
Just don’t call it cold.
Paul Haynes worked closely with Michelle McNamara as her researcher and investigative partner on I'll Be Gone in the Dark. The two connected in 2011 over their shared obsession with the Golden State Killer case, leading to Michelle's feature on the case for Los Angeles magazine followed closely by the sale of I'll Be Gone in the Dark to HarperCollins. Following her death, Paul convened with Michelle's husband, Patton Oswalt, and investigative journalist Billy Jensen, Michelle's friend, to finish the book.
Originally from South Florida, Paul studied film and television at Florida Atlantic University and was a film reviewer and video editor before entering the true crime sphere. In addition to I'll Be Gone in the Dark, he has worked on projects for Gaby Dunn and NBCUniversal, and has written for Los Angeles magazine and the Sun-Sentinel, among others. Christened "The Kid" in Michelle's LAMAg piece and in the book, he will continue searching for the Golden State Killer until the offender is identified.
Jessica Grimshaw is the Vice President of Development and Original Programming for Wilshire Studios, one of NBCUniversal’s non-scripted studios. She has developed and produced series for Netflix, FX, E!, Oxygen, Style, G4, Food Network, TLC, Lifetime, BBC America, and GSN. Grimshaw has also worked with executive producers including Charlize Theron, Joe Berlinger, Clay Tweel, Blumhouse, Buzzfeed and the Jim Henson Company.
Therese Apel is the breaking news and crime reporter for the Clarion Ledger, Mississippi's statewide newspaper and digital media organization and a part of the USA TODAY Network. Apel joined the Clarion Ledger in 2010 and focuses on crime and disaster coverage.
Apel has gained national publicity with multiple cases she has covered, including the Jessica Chambers case. Apel and the Clarion Ledger led the coverage of the teen’s burning death in December 2014, delving into many of the previously untold stories of the case.
Apel, a former volunteer firefighter and first responder, is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in broadcast journalism and criminal justice. She has won various other awards locally and through the Mississippi Press Association, the Associated Press, and the USA TODAY Network.
Marisa Carroll is the deputy editor of the BuzzFeed News national desk, where she assigns and edits in-depth reporting on race, gender, class, and crime. Carroll joined BuzzFeed in 2015 as an editor on its features desk. In Carroll's time at BuzzFeed, her teams' stories have included investigations into sexual misconduct allegations against actor Kevin Spacey and musician R. Kelly, as well as deep dives into the deaths of Jessica Chambers and Dee Dee Blanchard. She previously worked for Marie Claire magazine.
Jamie Tamashiro serves as the Supervising Producer of the true crime investigative series, “Cold Justice.” She has held various roles on the crew and has been with the show since the beginning. As part of the “Cold Justice” team, she has overseen 33 arrests and 17 convictions to date. With over 10 years of experience in production, working on “Cold Justice” is a true passion of hers and she wants to continue to serve social justice.
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.
Martinis & Murder is a weekly true crime podcast hosted by John Thrasher and Daryn Carp. From serial killers to mysterious disappearances to infamous murder cases, John and Daryn break down one murder over the course of one or two episodes, making heavy subject matter a little more palatable by not checking their senses of humor at the door. Freshly shaken martinis also help. Spending hours on research per case, John and Daryn not only tell the narrative of each murder but also delve into compelling and little- known facts about the lives of each killer and victim. What was the motivation? Was the killer a psychopath or a sane person who simply snapped? What was the impact on the victim’s family, friends and community?
Matt the Bartender
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.
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.
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.
Hosts Mike Ferguson and Mike Gibson guide you through the most interesting true crime stories. This is a true crime podcast that spares none of the details and delves into what makes these killers tick. Join us for a good mix of lesser known cases as well as our take on what we call the "Big Timers". We don't take ourselves too seriously but we take true crime very seriously.
Devin, Joe and Steve have always been curious. Though they don’t have any formal education to guide them, they sit down every week to discuss unsolved mysteries of all kinds: weird noises, strange website and horrific suicides that look a lot like murders. They take a skeptical approach, but never discount the truly odd nature of the world.
What does it feel like in the split second when you realize you're about to be locked up in a foreign country - possibly for life? In Locked Up Abroad, host Jim Clemente (Real Crime Profile) brings you first hand accounts from people who lived this nightmare. A riveting, immersive audio adaptation of the hit TV series by the National Geographic Channel.
Each week Mike Ferguson and Mike Gibson guide you through the most interesting unsolved true crime stories. This is a true crime podcast that spares none of the details. We tell the stories of the victims, the facts surrounding the cases, and look at all possible suspects. We don’t take ourselves too seriously but we take true crime very seriously.
An investigative discovery podcast, uncovering the series of events, circumstances, and state of mind which cause ordinary people to do unthinkable things.
Have you listened to Serial Season One more than once? Do you have notes in the margins of your copy of Zodiac? Could you have watched seven MORE episodes of The Jinx? Us Too! Each week hosts Patrick Hinds and Gillian Pensavalle break down one of these true crime classics in the funny, engaging, and interesting way that only two gorgeous theater nerds can.
The Fall Line Podcast is a true-crime audio serial focusing on marginalized communities in Georgia, and covering one case per season. The first season investigates the March 18, 1990 disappearance of Augusta, GA twins Dannette and Jeannette Millbrook. The twins, who were fifteen at the time, were treated without cause as runaways and their case was closed less than a week after their seventeenth birthday.
Season 2 preview drops May 7th, 2018.
CRiiiME is a show about lawbreakers from comedians Rich Slaton and Jon Shefsky. Each week Rich researches the life of a criminal, turns it into a short story and reads it to Shefsky and their guest. Or at least he tries to ... as his friends constantly interrupt with riffs, characters and other nonsense. With stories from throughout time and all over the world, CRiiiME covers thieves, con-men, arsonists, gunfighters, bank-robbers, counterfeiters, murderers, cannibals, inter-species pimps (yes that's a thing) and much more.
The Philosophy of Crime is a new podcast by journalist James Renner. Renner asks, what can classic philosophy teach us about crime? Can we look to Aristotle and Plato for answers to some of the deeper questions that arise in our obsessive research into unsolved mysteries? Are serial killers born or are they made? Do we all have the capacity to commit murder? Why is our culture so fascinated with true crime right now? What Renner finds is always unexpected.
Highly-acclaimed former homicide detective Christine Mannina opens up her most riveting and compelling cases that have haunted her for decades. They include homicide, aggravated assaults, robbery, suicides, and domestic violence. Over successive episodes, Mannina takes you on a minute-by-minute ride from the beginning of the dispatch call to the guilty verdict. In the middle, is the blow by blow story as she attempts to bring justice for the victims and closure for their families.
Erica Kelley is a native Tennessean exploring the dark underbelly of the deep south. In laymen's terms, she weaves history and crime with an original bluesy soundtrack to get to the heart of crimes you haven't seen splashed all over the headlines. Southern charm is attempted but southern sass is inevitable.
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PRICING & REGISTration
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CRIMECON 2017: INDY
Midwest Search & Rescue dog Garmin getting some love from the crowd after an incredible demonstration!
Nancy Grace took so many photos with fans at the VIP cocktail hour that we dubbed her the "Selfie Queen of CrimeCon."
Jon Ronson gives the audience The Psycopath Test and *spoiler alert* ...there were a few in the crowd.
"My name is Jane Carson-Sandler and I am the 5th victim." It's safe to say The Golden State Killer panel was one of the most emotional sessions of the weekend.
Midwest Search & Rescue dog Garmin getting some love from the crowd after an incredible demonstration!
Oxygen's 3D photo booth transporting an attendee right to the scene of the crime for fun social sharing.
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).
April 5th Hotel Update: Rooms are extremely limited and are intermittently showing as sold out for Thurs/Fri/Sat. We suggest making reservations at nearby properties and continuing to check the link below. As other registrants cancel rooms availability may once again begin to show. Sunday night is completely sold out at our group rate.
Other AREA Hotel Options
Hyatt Place Opryland: $189/night plus tax (valid through 4/23)
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.