CrimeCon 2023 Live: Murdaugh’s Lawyers and BTK’s Daughter in Orlando

Alex Murdaugh's attorneys are demanding a new trial on jury tampering charges

Thousands of true crime buffs, top investigators, media personalities and survivors have gathered in Orlando, Florida, to take part in CrimeCon 2023 this weekend.

“From the latest cases to the latest scientific techniques to the latest TV shows and documentaries to the world's best podcasts,” the CrimeCon website boasts of the event.

“And from deep dives into topics you didn't even know existed to big dance sessions with celebrities you watch every week – CrimeCon is the platform that delivers it all.”

At the conference, attendees can hear from Alex Murdaugh's lawyers, Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin, the daughter of BTK killer Kerri Rawson, and renowned psychologist Katherine Ramsland – who co-authored a book with BTK Dennis Rader and taught Bryan Kohberger .

Kathy Kleiner Rubin will also share her story of surviving an attack by notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, while Gabby Petito's parents will raise awareness of domestic violence in memory of their daughter.

CrimeCon takes place September 22-24, with some sessions broadcast live on Fox Nation. The independent is on the ground at the convention.

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America's biggest true crime fanatics are gearing up for their Super Bowl. What is CrimeCon?

Thousands of true crime fans — along with some of the biggest names in the popular genre — will converge on Orlando this weekend for CrimeCon, a three-day convention focused on murder and mayhem and all things true crime.

It's a unique opportunity to rub elbows with top investigators, forensics and well-known true crime television and podcast personalities.

CrimeCon is an immersive, educational experience that gives attendees the opportunity to become citizen detectives by participating in crowd solving and learning how to properly dig a case without hindering the investigation.

It is also a place where the true crime community can join forces to fight alongside victims' families and crime survivors seeking justice.

The independent‘s Andrea Cavallier reports:

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What does CrimeCon offer?

The three-day conference offers various panels, immersive experiences and the chance to rub elbows with the best minds in the true crime genre.

Special guests will speak on a variety of topics including criminology, criminology, victimology, DNA and more. There are experts leading the sessions who are trained in their field and will provide the latest developments.

Researchers who have shed decades of colds reveal their process secrets. Families of crime victims and survivors will share their stories, many seeking justice and the support of the true crime community.

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What is CrimeCon?

CrimeCon is an immersive weekend-long event with a packed schedule of panels and sessions featuring guests from the real crime field, including victims' families, attorneys, journalists, advocates, podcasters and major players in the criminal justice system.

“From the latest cases to the latest scientific techniques to the latest TV shows and documentaries to the world's best podcasts. And from deep dives into topics you didn't even know existed to big ballroom sessions with celebrities you watch every week—CrimeCon is the platform that delivers it all,” their website boasts.

Sponsored annually by Oxygen, the event was launched in 2017 by Red Seat Ventures after the company noticed a “hole” in the true crime market, according to A&E. At the time, there was no convention that focused on the public's growing fascination with true crime.

The first conference was held in Indianapolis in 2017 with a crowd of just 800, but quickly grew to thousands.

CrimeCon 2022, which was held in Las Vegas, attracted approximately 5,000 attendees.

Rachel SharpSeptember 22, 2023 11:50

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Welcome to The Independent's liveblog

Follow live updates as The independent hits the ground running at CrimeCon 2023 true crime convention in Orlando, Florida this weekend

Rachel SharpSeptember 22, 2023 11:34