It’s been a minute since I updated here, and it’s been a minute since the ending of CrimeCon, so let’s kill two birds with one stone and get both goals accomplished. By the way, I hate when bloggers apologize for neglecting to update, so that’s the last time you’ll hear me do such a thing.
Without further adieu, the top 5 things I learned at CrimeCon, the true crime fan convention (surprisingly, it appears to be the first of its kind, although Investigation Discovery also has their fan convention, but it’s much smaller in scale).
- People LOVE Nancy Grace. She was walking the show floor on the first day, and she was mobbed by fans. She is small in person (although with lots of hair, like a proper Southern belle) and was very nice, stopping to take selfies with everyone (including one with me! It’s the best selfie I’ve ever taken). She gave an inspirational speech the next day, where she would periodically dab the sweat under her armpits with a tissue, which I found sort of charming, in an extra sort of way.
- Josh Mankiewicz is a secret feminist. I don’t know if he calls himself this, but he gave a wonderful speech about domestic violence that shows that the Mank has feminist leanings, even if he doesn’t use that word. He made a great point about how women often find themselves in horrible situations and a part of the reason they stay is the immense pressure women feel to be in a relationship. He was also very nice during our meet and greet and complimented me on my dress.
- The panel I was looking forward to the most ended up being the most disappointing and unorganized. I won’t call it out here, but it was a bummer. Thankfully, it was overshadowed by the amazing panels I went to afterwards, including some I had just wandered into (I WILL call out the search and rescue dogs, the fabulous Jon Ronson and the hilarious Sheryl “Mac” McCollum of the Cold Case Institute).
- I thought I knew a lot about the true crime ecosystem, but there were so many people I didn’t know. For example, Carl Marino. I’d never heard of his show before and so many people at the conference were into him. I sat across from him at the bar and the women next to me (perhaps inspired by their Long Island Iced Teas) could not get over it. I’m not a huge fan of recreations, so I doubt I’ll watch it, but he was mighty easy on the eyes, so ya never know.
- People are still obsessed with Steven Avery. I attended a panel with Ken Kratz and Tom Fassbender about their side of the case that was totally packed. They didn’t reveal much about the case that any MAM fan didn’t already know, but it was still interesting to see the other side of the case presented. I personally think Avery is guilty, but that is neither here nor there.
A few other highlights: Jeremy Renner was very nice and stood outside the auditorium chatting with fans after his panel time had run out (this was in conjunction with Missing Maura Murray producers Lance Reenstierna, Tim Pilleri who I was very happy to hear were involved with the production of a new A&E show about the case!). Also, I think the next big case that needs to break is EAR/ONS. There were some great people there who are involved in the search for him, including one of the survivors. They have his DNA, so sometime, he must come up. I don’t think he’s alive anymore, however. That or he’s seriously incapacitated.
All in all, it was a great weekend in Indianapolis at the beautiful J.W. Marriott hotel. I met a few cool podcasters (shout out to Thinking Sideways!) and have a lot to think about in how I want to prepare for next year. Naturally, I slapped down my VISA and am already signed up for next year at the Gold VIP level. Because I’m not missing out on Wine & Crime again!
[Note: this is not a sponsored post. I went to CrimeCon on my own dime and I am not involved with CrimeCon in any way.]