CRIMECON COMES CORRECT TO CHICAGO
Chicago got its first taste of CrimeCon and liked it. CrimeCon on the Run premiered at Thalia Hall for an audience of, let’s face it, mostly women. And they were READY. Wine was spilled. Blood was spilled. T was spilled. Okurrr?
All I want to do right now is pour forth every fact I learned at this event, but you don’t have three full hours to read this review. Let me say this though, CrimeCon comes correct. Our host for the evening the fabulous Jillian Jalali, of Court Junkie fame, lead us through an evening of three speakers voted most popular from last year’s CrimeCon. All of whom imparted REAL INFORMATION on us. Can you believe it? Armchair sleuths are so often dismissed as nosy busybodies. (Is that because they’re so often women? Definitely.) CCOTR actually encouraged us to help solve cold cases. THAT IS THE DREAM!!
Our first speaker was Steven David Lampley, who is an expert in lie detection. He broke down indicators, that when grouped together reveal deception. Many of these you’d recognize on your own, like touching their face or fussing with their hair. Some were more surprising like a suspect not using contractions and overly formal language. “I positively did not kill my girlfriend.” Sure, bruh. Repeating of the question, not immediately denying, and bringing religion into the conversation were a few more. And reminded me of the times I yelled at the TV during an interrogation when the perp said, “Did I kill my wife? Why would I do that? It is against my religion.” OF COURSE YOU DID. Fun fact: men with beards are more likely to lie. I didn’t know that, but I did know that made them much more likely to be dreamboats. Lying hottie dreamboats. I learned so much. Steven said not to try out these techniques on friends and family, but like what else WOULD you do with these skills. I am watching allllll of you now.
Next Karen Smith discussed crime scene reconstruction. Using photos of an actual homicide, Karen respectfully and scientifically took us through all parts of the crime scene and chain of events. She went through ballistics, blood spatter, transfer patterns and more, basically all the stuff that makes you watch a hundred hours of Forensic Files in a row. And throughout the gruesome details, Karen never once diminished the humanity of the victim. If you’re going to CrimeCon and Karen is on the lineup, do not miss it. Her thoughtful and scientific approach was engaging from beginning to end. I cannot stress this enough. SHE WAS AMAZING. She broke it down into simple terms and explained it all like we too could do what she did. Which we definitely could not.
Our final speaker, Joe Giacalone, retired Commanding Officer of the Bronx Cold Case Unit, was everything you’d hope for in a cop from Long Island. He had a great accent and sense of humor to match. He even makes Bon Jovi references just like you dreamed he would. What I loved most about his presentation, was that he basically told us all to go solve cold cases. What??? YES. I was afraid he was going to say that amateurs get in the way, but no! The police don’t have the capacity to open the cases and plenty of bureaucracy and mismanagement get in the way. Respect the family of the victims, be conscience in your research, but GO SOLVE A COLD CASE.
The big announcement at this event was something called CrowdSolve. Next February in Chicago, they are getting together amateurs and professionals for a full weekend to SOLVE A REAL COLD CASE. This shiz isn’t even on their website yet. Hopefully, we can all make it to CrimeCon 2019 and get our sleuth skills ready to solve this case, because we’re going.
The only fault I found with the event was that it was too long. There was an unnecessary intermission and a couple technical hiccups, that pushed the end time. Fellow Heaux Betsy Thompson and I both were tuckered out by the time the Q&A started, but we also had so much delicious Honky Tonk BBQ right before the show, so maybe that had something to do with it. Overall, the offerings that night were phenomenal and the speakers were every true crime nerd’s dream. I can only imagine what CrimeCon has to offer this year. Pardon me while I go daydream about ballistics.