CrimeCon Dos and Don'ts

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CrimeCon is a unique opportunity to meet your favorite true crime personalities and go inside high-profile investigations. It’s an action-packed weekend, and like any other event, there are some things we encourage and some things we don’t. Whether you’re a CrimeCon newbie or a seasoned attendee (i.e., you attended last year), here are a few dos and don’ts to get the most out of your CrimeCon experience.

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Learn something new.

CrimeCon is the perfect place to learn about a new case to obsess over, find new podcasts to listen to, or fine-tune your citizen detective skills. Immersive sessions are a particularly good place to expand your true crime horizons. Learn what happens in a real investigation with Sheila Wysocki’s PI Experience and put yourself in a victim’s shoes with Kimberlie Massnick’s Sensory Experience.

Be respectful of different theories and opinions.

The best thing about CrimeCon 2017 was the respectful discourse and positivity that you all brought to the table. Too many times in the true crime community we see combative bickering and arguing that doesn’t benefit the victims or the case at the center of discussion. I’m excited to see that wonderful dynamic continue at CrimeCon 2018.

Stop by our sponsor’s booth.

CrimeCon is thrilled to have the support of Oxygen. Following their flawlessly-executed rebranding into the new network for crime, they’ve given us some of the most thoroughly-researched and well-produced true crime programming available. Stop by their booth, get hooked on a new series, and say thanks for helping to make CrimeCon happen!

Make others jealous.

Use #CrimeCon on all social platforms to share your photos and insights. I’ll be feverishly pounding away at my phone during the entire event to answer questions and share insider info via Twitter, so make sure you’re following us there throughout the weekend!

Bring a sweater.

The average high in Nashville for the month of May is 79 degrees. The average temperature inside most convention spaces is, based on my experience, about 3 degrees. Bring a sweater or light jacket in case you end up sitting beneath the air vents. If you forget, don’t worry! You can purchase one of these awesome hoodies to keep you cozy.

Clear your June 2019 schedule.

I hear that HQ will be announcing the city choice for 2019 just before we get to Nashville and that tickets will go on sale for 2018 attendees first. Podcast listeners already know that the ‘19 event will be held June 7-9th, so clear those dates and you’ll be able to secure the best possible pricing for next year’s badges.

Don’t come dressed as your favorite serial killer/TV personality/investigator.

As much as I enjoy rocking my Agent Scully look, CrimeCon is not a cosplay event. We strive to create a respectful and welcoming environment with education at its core. Many survivors and families of victims will be in attendance, and we want to be respectful of their experience. Besides, homicidal maniacs look just like everyone else, so just come as you are. Problem solved.

Don’t steal stuff from mock crime scenes.

While the respectful discourse was the best part of CrimeCon 2017, the worst part was when someone STOLE A PIECE OF EVIDENCE FROM THE MURDER MYSTERY CRIME SCENE HOW DARE YOU WHAT KIND OF MONSTER ARE YOU?!

Okay, I feel better. But really, just don’t steal stuff from demonstrations, displays, or mock crime scenes. Stealing is, after all, a CRIME. Fortunately, one dedicated guest was still able to solve the weekend murder mystery in Indianapolis, so your evil plan didn’t work, Stickyfingers McGrabbyhands.

Don’t plan to spend evenings in your room.

CrimeCon is a workout. Sessions typically begin at 8:30 am and some days won’t wrap up until after 11:00 pm. VIPs especially won’t want to miss the CrimeCon VIP takeover of Nashville’s famous Wildhorse Saloon! (Don’t worry, there are coffee shops on site at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel to help you power through that afternoon slump.)

Don’t be afraid to fly solo.

I have exactly one friend who shares my enthusiasm for true crime, so I know it can be a lonely indulgence. If you can’t rally your squad to accompany you to CrimeCon 2018, you can confidently show up solo and walk away on Sunday with a dozen new friends. At CrimeCon 2017, I met a surprising number of solo attendees and I’m excited to reunite with my “partners in CrimeCon” in Nashville.

Don’t take photos if a speaker so requests.

It’s tempting to break out the phone to snap a few pics of your favorite speakers in action at CrimeCon. However, photography is allowed at the discretion of the speaker. If a speaker prefers that the audience does not take photos, they will make an announcement at the beginning of the session. Please be mindful and respectful of their wishes.

 

The "Deadly Skills" You'll Learn at CrimeCon 2018

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Like many of you, my rigid television schedule is dominated by true crime shows: Oxygen specials, Dateline reruns, whatever Netflix recommends because I watched The Keepers. I haven’t spent all that time immersed in murder and mysteries without learning a little about how to avoid becoming the victim of a crime.

But on January 3, 2018, it completely failed me.

Arriving home after a particularly difficult day, I opened my car door, reached for my bags, and turned to find a gun in my face. In a blur, three men had taken my purse, my brand-new laptop, and my car, leaving me standing alone in the middle of a dark, empty street. The encounter took less than fifteen seconds.

Luckily, they weren’t very smart criminals (if they had been, they would’ve stolen a nicer car) and I was able to help authorities track them down using the locator on my cell phone (#basicallyadetective). I’m pleased to report that they’re currently awaiting trial in the local county lockup.

What haunted me about this experience was not coming face-to-face with a loaded gun. It wasn’t the feeling of powerlessness. It was that I knew better. I opened my car door before I was ready to exit. I didn’t survey my surroundings. I didn’t have a plan.

At CrimeCon 2018, criminal attorney and journalist Darren Kavinoky and former law enforcement agent Mike Dowd will help you avoid the same fate at CrimeCon 2018. Together, they’ll present a session previewing a new show produced by Kavinoky entitled Deadly Skills: Tips, Tricks, and Tactics to Stay Alive.

“We’ll be looking at many real-life scenarios that have, sadly, dominated the headlines recently,” says Darren. “Mass shootings, school shooting scenarios, even driving your car into a body of water or road rage incidents. We’ll give people real-life takeaways to help them survive and keep their families alive in these worst-case experiences.”

Attendees will get to watch some of these situations play out live on stage, Darren says.

“When applicable, I’ll be playing the part of the attacker. Mike, with his years of experience in law enforcement and intelligence -- and owing to the fact that he’s the more buff, rugged, and handsome of the two of us -- will demonstrate how to defend yourself or prevent the situation altogether.”

And Mike has plenty of experience in these situations. His resume is peppered with acronyms: DoD, CIA, NSA, DIA, DOJ and US Army Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Throughout his years of service, 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.

“Recently, I was waiting for a flight and the airport was suddenly shut down because someone had discovered a suspicious package,” Mike recalls. “Nobody was sure what to do. It’s a massive airport, there’s no evacuation plan, and we were essentially sitting there waiting for a bomb to explode.”

Mike’s decades of training kicked in immediately. “I identified an empty jetway leading outside, so I advised my group to head that way if something did happen. It’s a matter of being aware of your surroundings. Where are the emergency escapes and egress points that get people outside, on the ground, and as far away from the building as possible? Who’s leading your family or your group out? You’ve gotta have a plan.”

Darren has a similar experience: “I was in a hotel. It was 7:00 in the morning when the fire alarm went off. I high-tailed it to the nearest emergency exit, but I was awestruck that nobody else evacuated. Nobody moved. Fire, tornado, and disaster alarms are now so commonplace that they’ve become like car alarms. Nobody thinks “Oh no, someone’s stealing that car outside.” They think “Who’s the jerk with the annoying car alarm?”

It’s easy to believe that these situations are rare and that we’ll never need to be prepared to fight for our lives or safety. But the truth is, these worst-case scenarios happen to many people every single day.

During their session, you may have a chance to practice some survival tactics for yourself. Darren and Mike will encourage plenty of audience participation. Attendees may relate their own close calls and harrowing experiences to understand what they should have done to prevent becoming a victim. Darren and Mike will also pull volunteers from the crowd to demonstrate some of the concepts and maneuvers they cover.

I thought I was an impossible victim. It took less than fifteen seconds to prove me wrong. Make some room in your schedule for this potentially life-saving session to arm yourself with the Deadly Skills you need to avoid the same fate.

 

5 Questions with True Crime auth-- I mean Podcaster James Renner

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After finishing his book True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray, James Renner planned to leave true crime behind for a while.

It doesn’t seem to be going well.

Renner’s new true crime podcast The Philosophy of Crime debuts on May 1 -- and just days later, he’ll appear on Podcast Row at CrimeCon 2018. Additionally, he’ll join Tim Pilleri, Lance Reenstierna, and Maggie Freleng for a panel discussion and Q&A session about the Maura Murray case.

But, true to form, Renner is also pumping out new novels and short stories, as well as continuing work on his documentary about Byron Preiss’s book The Secret: A Treasure Hunt. Somehow, he found time to answer a few questions just for CrimeCon readers.


CCI: What can we expect from you at CrimeCon?

JR: I'm willing to talk theories about the Maura Murray case and the Amy Mihaljevic murder if anyone wants to compare notes. I've got books for sale for anyone who wants a signed copy of True Crime Addict. I hope to grab a brew with The Captain and Tennille from True Crime Garage. And I might prank order some pizzas for Nancy Grace's room. Mostly, I'll be hanging out on Podcast Row and judging people with quiet derision.

CCI: What’s the lowdown on your new podcast?

JR: The Philosophy of Crime delves into the big questions behind our obsession: are killers born or made? Does everyone have the capacity for murder? How should the news cover crime? You're going to learn some stuff, you're going to get scared, and you're going to laugh at inappropriate things because we live in a world that makes no sense. I'm having a lot of fun. The entire first season will be released the week of CrimeCon.

CCI: How do you come up with like six new book ideas a week? What’s your process?

JR: I've got a dry-erase board in my writing room with ideas on it that I've had going back to fifth grade, probably. Once I'm done writing one, I cross it out and move on to the next. I'm think I'm very lucky to have met a couple agents who believe in me and continue to get my stuff published. I'm a very slow writer, though. I average about three pages a day but I write every day, 365 days a year.

CCI: What’s been your weirdest (or best) fan encounter?

JR: Hmm. I'd have to say my favorite encounter is with the wonderful woman from a book club in Mentor (Ohio) who made me a pillowcase with my name embroidered on it as a present. I take it with me on road trips so hotels feel like home.

CCI: When we spoke last year, you were searching for the hidden treasures of Byron Preiss. Why haven’t you found any of the keys yet? Are you even trying?

JR: Because Byron Preiss was a crazy genius who worked on a level we only aspire to reach. My documentary about my search for the twelve keys he buried around the country - The Secret of Byron Preiss - comes out later this year. If you're interested in treasure hunting you should track down a copy of his book, The Secret. Inside are paintings and poems that contain clues that lead to the places he buried the keys. If you find one you can turn it in for a real gem worth about $1,000. There are still ten out there somewhere.

I think I know where the Boston one is and hope to dig it up soon. But I'm nervous walking around Boston parks with a backpack and a shovel these days.

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James will join Tim, Lance, and Maggie for a panel discussion following the debut of Tim & Lance's new documentary about the disappearance of Maura Murray. Be among the FIRST to see the long-awaited film and ask your questions at CrimeCon 2018.

Don't Call it Cold: The Delphi Murders

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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. After school on February 13, 2017, the two friends were dropped off to hike the Delphi Historic Trails in Carroll County, Indiana.

Twenty-four hours later, their bodies were discovered not far from the Monon High Bridge, where Libby’s had uploaded the last picture taken of her friend to Snapchat. Despite trail cam footage, eyewitness descriptions, and the relentless efforts of dozens of investigators from multiple jurisdictions, their killer remains at large.

It’s a story that’s all too familiar to true crime enthusiasts: a small, closely-knit town shaken to its core; innocent lives ripped away too soon; a dedicated but thin-spread local police force chasing thousands of leads. With no luck.

In the past year, investigators have released a trail cam photo and composite sketch of the primary suspect, as well as a related voice recording (which Libby heroically captured on her cell phone), and have investigated various possible suspects with no arrests. We also know that multiple DNA samples have been recovered from the scene. With no suspect yet in custody despite the seemingly large volume of evidence, it’s tempting to say the case has gone cold.

But Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter disagrees.

“I’ve said all along, as long as I’m in this role and breathing, we’re not leaving the City of Delphi in Carroll County, Indiana, we’re just not,” Carter told The Indy Channel in a recent interview.

As we see in many cases, it’s also easy to assume that the investigators are small-town, shoe-leather police officers, inexperienced and ill-equipped to deal with the magnitude of such a heinous crime. These things don’t happen here, they always say.

But this investigation is a joint effort between Delphi Police, Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, and the FBI, along with thousands of websleuths, volunteers, and experts. And, despite the compelling evidence that has been released, if you ask me, it’s the information we don’t know that’s a testament to the top-notch police work that’s going on behind the scenes.

We don’t know how the girls were killed or what kind of weapon, if any, was used. We don’t know if the girls were sexually assaulted. We don’t know the killer’s motive or whether the attack was premeditated. We do, however, know the police have additional audio evidence that they have not released.

When law enforcement officers withhold important information such as this, there’s a reason, and that reason is often to weed out the attention-seekers -- the crazies who come forward to “confess” in a desperate attempt to garner a few minutes of infamy. Often, it’s also because those details are crucial to creating an accurate profile of the killer to zero in on persons of interest.

Although investigators are playing this, by necessity, close to the chest, their clear dedication to and fervor for finding Abby and Libby’s killer gives me confidence that the status of the investigation has not changed.

But something else hasn’t changed, either: the sheer grief, horror, and pain of Abby and Libby’s families. And yet, Abby’s grandparents, Diane and Eric, recently left a tear-jerking note at police headquarters expressing their gratitude and support for the investigators and their efforts.

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.

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*As this is an active investigation, panel and participants are subject to change or cancellation based on case developments or breaking news.

Billy Jensen on Michelle McNamara: "We Were Partners in Crime Solving"

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Billy Jensen is nothing if not persistent.

His own website gives us a glimpse of this: I will keep going. Punch me. Spear me. Cut my face open. I will keep going.

He is equating his investigative philosophy with the way he plays hockey. And it rings true.

So when he and Michelle McNamara finished presenting their SXSW panel entitled “Solving Murders with Social Media” in 2014, he immediately began planning new projects to tackle with his friend. In the past, they’d also joined forces to host a TV show/podcast called Shadowpulp Radio Hour and various other projects.

“We were partners in crime solving,” he says of McNamara, a true crime enthusiast, author, and blogger. “After the SXSW panel, I kept hounding her to finish her book, because I had a list of new projects I wanted to start working on with her. Every month or so, we’d have lunch and I’d ask her how close she was to shipping it.”

“The book” was a re-investigation of the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker murderer who terrorized the West coast in the seventies and eighties. In order to give him a more recognizable identity, McNamara renamed him “The Golden State Killer. ”

The new moniker stuck.

Michelle never finished the book. Her sudden and unexpected death in 2016 shook the true crime community to its core and shattered her family and friends, including her husband, comedian Patton Oswalt and their daughter Alice. After her death, Jensen called Oswalt and vowed to help finish the book. Oswalt, Jensen, and Michelle’s researcher Paul Haynes, worked for a year and her book, I’ll be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer debuted at number one on the bestseller list in February 2018.

“She had worked so hard on it. I couldn’t let it go undone,” Jensen says. “It’s a testament to what a terrific and thorough writer she was that we were able to pick up where she left off; the book was pretty damn perfect.”

Still, it wasn’t easy.

“Michelle didn’t write it in a linear fashion. She wrote chapter by chapter. We all got together, came up with a structure, then inserted some literary ligaments to pull the chapters together. Then we began covering some of the things she hadn’t covered, using her notes and emails to fill in the gaps.”

It evokes imagery of the classic investigative writer: walls covered in photos, maps, newspaper clippings. Connections represented by thin, red twine. It seems the reality wasn’t far off.

“Michelle had given us the strings she had been weaving to tie all this together,” Jensen continues. “All these strings that could lead us out of the maze of this case and potentially help solve these crimes.”

The crimes were horrific. The Golden State Killer raped fifty women in Northern California in the mid-late seventies and went on to murder twelve people across Southern California in a killing spree that lasted until 1986. Despite volumes of evidence, including DNA and compelling eyewitness testimony, the killer remains unidentified.

Jensen and Haynes will lead a discussion panel about Michelle’s investigation and the case at CrimeCon 2018. Joining him are GSK survivor Jane Carson-Sandler, Debbi Domingo, whose mother was murdered by the GSK in 1981, and Michelle Cruz, whose sister was murdered by the unknown assailant in 1986. The three survivors presented an emotional session about their experiences at CrimeCon 2017 in Indianapolis.

Will this year’s panel be just as gripping? It sounds like it.

“We’ll talk about Michelle and her process,” Jensen promises, “how she conducted her investigation and how we were able to put the pieces together. Then we’ll talk about the current investigation and you’ll see how close it is to being solved.”

And there’s even a chance that you, Citizen Detectives, can help bring the brutal killer to justice.

Jensen and Haynes will also host an intensive session taking a deep dive into the evidence and facts surrounding the case.

“We’ll look at what we feel are the strongest [leads], weeding out the probable red herrings,” Jensen explains with a palpable excitement in his voice. “We’ll talk DNA, geographic profiling, and stick to the facts. This session is for people who want to roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty, and catch this guy.”

Certainly, the publication of McNamara’s book must feel like a milestone. It’s an impressive feat, to pick up another author’s work and carry it across the finish line. Does it mean his work on the case is finished?

“Definitely not,” Jensen affirms with a conviction his fans will recognize. “We’re not stopping. We’ll keep going until he’s identified.”

I believe him, because Billy Jensen is nothing if not persistent.


 

5 (and a Half) Questions with Jim Clemente

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We're proud to call Jim Clemente a friend of CrimeCon. His enthusiasm, humor, and fierce devotion to victims and families have made him a force of nature in the criminal justice system. If last year was any indication, we're in for a treat as Jim and his team return to host CrimeCon 2018 in Nashville. Jim - nicest guy in the world - took some time to give me a glimpse into what we can look forward to this year, what's wrong in the justice system, and to follow up on an intriguing story we heard in Indianapolis.

CCI: What can we expect from you at CrimeCon?

JC: I’m excited to be back at the show again with my production company X-G Productions. Like last year, we’ll have a number of different speakers in the main keynotes and breakout sessions. We’ll be on Podcast Row and hosting a number of meet-and-greets again. It is great to get a chance in the meet-and-greets to talk to the fans face-to-face. We’ll also be doing a very special VIP event that’s still under wraps and conducting another large-scale immersive experience like last year’s Interrogation Experience.

CCI: I’ve heard you speak a couple of times about the flaws of the jury process and other “kinks” in the justice system. What do you think is the biggest failure in the justice system right now?

JC: Individual failures. It takes every single person along the line in the justice system to be moral, stand-up people, to do their jobs and do them right, and to make sure they don’t put blinders on and pre-judge a victim or determine the outcome without looking at the evidence. The biggest failure in the justice system is that it’s run by humans and we’re not always right. The worst consequence of that is when we wrongfully convict people. There are hundreds of people on death row that have been wrongfully convicted because of errors in human judgement or process, and that’s a travesty.

CCI: Happier topics now: How’d you get so funny?

JC: There’s a lot of need for humor when you’re focusing on a job where you’re dealing with the worst things that people do to each other.

CCI: What’s your weirdest/best fan encounter?

JC: I have one of each, and both were at CrimeCon 2017 in Indianapolis.

Weirdest: one of my colleagues overheard three women saying that their major goal was to sleep with me at CrimeCon.

CCI: Wow. That’s a pretty lofty goal.

JC: Yeah, not the reason I come to CrimeCon, but it was certainly interesting.

My best fan encounter was a young woman who said I inspired her to apply to the FBI and she had just started an internship at the FBI when I met her. It’s a good feeling to know we’re inspiring the next generation of leaders in justice.

CCI: What do you consider your biggest success?

JC: During my time with the FBI, my team and I saved a six-year-old boy who had been abducted. All odds were stacked against us, but he’s alive today because of the work my team did, and that’s a great feeling.

CCI: BONUS QUESTION. Something I’ve wondered since we heard about this at CrimeCon 2017: why did you kill a fox?

JC: He started it.

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Don't miss Jim's contagious energy and jaw-dropping storytelling in Nashville! Register now for CrimeCon 2018. Hurry - tickets are going fast! 






 

Laura Richards: "Be an advocate for the victims"

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I wanted to begin this article with a sentence summarizing Laura Richards’s degrees, titles, and accomplishments, but quickly discovered I couldn’t do that without crafting the longest run-on sentence in history. So let’s just say this: Laura Richards has been busy.

“A friend told me I need more puppies and unicorns in my life,” she says in a lovely British accent that many of you will recognize from Real Crime Profile podcast. “That there’s too much sadness and violence and horror.”  

Indeed, she has seen some of the worst that humanity has to offer in her work as a criminal behavio(u)ral analyst and advocate for domestic violence and stalking victims. One case, in particular, haunts her and influenced the direction of her work over the years.

In 2005, a beauty consultant named Clare Bernal was gunned down by her stalker inside a London Harvey Nichols department store. Due to his obsessive and harassing behavior, her killer had been twice arrested and dismissed from his job, where he met and worked with Bernal.

Clare had reported him to the police before her death but law enforcement officials didn’t understand the danger she faced. It’s one of the most maddening aspects of her case - and many, many others.

“I’ve been in rooms full of law enforcement officers and have asked “Why wouldn’t you take a report of domestic violence or stalking seriously?” Inevitably, it’s because domestic abuse and stalking are not seen as serious crime. Yet two women are murdered a week in the UK by an ex partner and three women a day in the US are murdered by stalkers.”

Victims must be taken seriously and believed, Richards says. It’s a trend she hopes is beginning to change in the wake of the #MeToo movement and the recent outcry against sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood. But it’s not a Hollywood problem, she says. “We need both non-abusive men and women coming forward to put a stop to this behavior.”

Because it affects all of us, not just men. We speak briefly about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The shooter had been reported to the police dozens of times for domestic abuse. Had these reports been taken seriously, seventeen children would still be alive. For Richards, it’s an eerie reminder of another miscarriage of justice.

“I had to look at Clare Bernal’s mother in the whites of the eyes and tell her, “We should have done more to protect your daughter,” Richards says.

The heaviness in her voice nearly drags the phone out of my hand. It must be cold comfort, but that event inspired massive legislation reform and the UK’s first national stalking advocacy service, Paladin, which has assisted more than 2,000 stalking victims so far. Richards spearheaded the domestic violence law reform campaign in the UK which led to the offense of coercive control - a first in the world - and she hopes the US will follow suit. She is also leading a nationwide charge to create a registry for serial domestic abusers and stalkers similar to the national sex offender registry. It’s critical, she says, to preventing deaths like Clare Bernal’s in the future. The focus must be on the perpetrators, she says - they are the ones who must be tracked and monitored.

Again, she’s been busy.

Given that she’s not that much older than I am, I begin to question what I’ve been doing with my life while she’s been out changing the world. I’m just a confidential informant lurking around dark corners and listening for gossip around CCHQ. But Richards reminds me that there’s a way for me - and other true crime enthusiasts - can make a difference, too.

“Get involved,” she urges. “You’re already an enthusiast. Be an advocate, too. Volunteer at a local domestic violence shelter or another victim advocacy organization.”

But perhaps the best thing we can do as enthusiasts and advocates is to educate ourselves, she says. And focus on the victims.

“Educate yourselves on the warning signs of domestic violence or abuse, take stalking behavior seriously, don’t judge or blame the victims - these are the most dangerous of cases - and you might be the vital lifeline as a mother, father, sister, best friend or son.”

And, it turns out, one way we can educate ourselves is to attend her session(s) at CrimeCon 2018.

“At CrimeCon, I’ll be talking about how to prevent murders in slow motion (as I call them) and how to spot the warning signs, as well as introducing a new show and a new case that Jim Clemente and I have been re-examining” she says. “I’m looking forward to meeting CrimeCon guests and speaking with fans and viewers to help raise awareness and ensure the victim’s voice does not get lost.”

Spoken like a true victim advocate and champion.

Also, her new puppy arrives March 9.

CrimeCon 2018 Guest Roundup - Happy New Year Edition

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It's time to say goodbye to 2017. For many, this year can't end quickly enough. But I like to look at the positives: 2017 brought us the first convention for true crime enthusiasts; brought resolution to the murders of Tara GrinsteadSuzanne Nauman, and James Byron Haakenson; and saw significant progress in the disappearances of Maura Murray and Natalee Holloway.

Unfortunately, there's no shortage of work to be done to bring justice and closure to the victims and families of crime. Fortunately for you, some of the most renowned and dedicated people doing that work have agreed to join us at CrimeCon 2018 in Nashville! Let's take a quick look at our initial guest lineup.

(Psst! I've been overhearing a LOT of stuff around HQ, and I can confirm that we'll have plenty of guest announcements in the coming weeks. Some really exciting stuff happening; looks like 2018 is gonna be a great year!)

(Psst again! Registration prices increase as soon as the ball drops on December 31! Register now for the lowest rate.)

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