CrimeCon is partnering with Bonnier Books UK to launch its first true crime weekend in London next summer, featuring authors Lynda La Plante, Christopher Berry-Dee, Wensley Clarkson and Carl Chinn.
The event, also partnered with true crime TV channel Crime + Investigation, and produced by Exhibit A Events, will run from 12th to 13th June.
London's CrimeCon will see criminologists, pathologists, leading law enforcement representatives, documentary makers, investigative journalists and crime podcasters creating over 50 hours of content through live shows, panels, and immersive experiences. Participants will join criminologists to "get inside the minds" of serial killers and assist forensics experts to help examine evidence. Pathologists will help attendees discover what it’s like to be a crime scene investigator (CSI), and learn interrogation techniques, test their detective skills, meet police K9 counterparts, question reformed criminals, deep-dive into unsolved cases and meet survivors and victims' families.
La Plante and her former colleague, detective and CSI Cass Sutherland, have teamed up with Bonnier Books on a new crime podcast, "Listening to the Dead", which explores forensics and will feature at the event.
Confirmed speakers include Deanna Thompson, who appeared in the Netflix documentary "Don't Fuck With Cats", investigative reporter Mark Williams-Thomas, credited for exposing the Jimmy Savile case and forensic psychiatrist Dr Soham Das. Chinn, Berry-Dee and Clarkson will also appear in talks.
In response to the latest government Covid-19 announcements and commenting on the logistics of the event, Michael Dynan, co-founder of Exhibit A Events, said: “It’s going to be a very challenging winter ahead but extensive focus group feedback demonstrates a real desire to look ahead to next year and plan experiences. We may be going against the grain to launch now, but as event organisers we work on much longer cycles and we simply can’t sit back and wait.
"We are preparing positively for June 2021 and putting in place all the necessary measures to react swiftly to any future changes due to Covid-19. We’ve had an incredible amount of support from the true crime community, five major international partners are confirmed and actively working on the event, and we’re already selling Covid-proof tickets including to international visitors.”
As part of the event, Bonnier Books is discounting Chill's investigation Peaky Blinders: The Legacy online at W H Smith, with the code WHSPEAKY, until 1st November.
Another crime and thriller festival, Capital Crime, was launched in London in 2019. It was founded by Goldsboro Books m.d. David Headley and novelist and screenwriter Adam Hamdy. The second iteration of the festival will be held online this year, from 1st to 3rd October, with over 1,600 fans expected to tune in.