While this year’s Death Becomes Us festival was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers aren't leaving fans out in the cold. They've put together a virtual, holiday-themed true crime variety show to offer up some festive cheer and fear.
The show — officially titled "Devil’s Den Presents Death Becomes Us: Holidazed
Edition" — is on Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and tickets are available for purchase online for $8 per person. The event will feature Sarah Cailean, co-host of HLN's "Hell in the Heartland," as well as Amanda Knox and “Last Podcast on the Left” personality Henry Zebrowski as “Ghosts of Death Becomes Us Past.” Both Knox and Zebrowski made appearances during the 2019 festival.
Jennifer Tisdale, creator and director of Death Becomes Us, told Oxygen.com that Cailean “will be delivering some tried and true crime adventures with a holiday twist" and Cailean, Knox and Zebrowski will have free rein to discuss anything holiday-related on the show.
“I'm fairly certain Henry is going to teach us about Saturnalia, an ancient Roman pagan festival that celebrates the God Saturn who was a mischievous little scamp,” Tisdale teased.
Meanwhile, Cailean told Oxygen.com that she will delve into some historical holiday true crime, including “the world's creepiest black and white photograph that may hold clues to a man killing his whole family on Christmas Day.”
She will also discuss the case of a ballerina who she says may have been killed by Jack the Ripper.
While the event is digital due to the global pandemic, Tisdale believes that it will offer the public a nice — and safe — holiday treat.
“I wish I was standing on a stage in front of a thousand people welcoming them to the Thunderdome that is Death Becomes Us but I'm glad there is an alternative in the form of virtual events,” Tisdale told Oxygen.com. “One thing I can take advantage of is easily involving people from anywhere in the world. I think this show will satisfy any true crime fan who wants to walk on the lighter side of the genre. Let's roast some bad guys, not chestnuts, on an open fire.”
Money raised from the virtual variety show will benefit employees of Philadelphia bar Devil’s Den as they remain temporarily closed, as well as the fest’s nonprofit partner Eastern PA Trans Equity Project (EPTEP), a transgender-led organization which serves the trans and gender-diverse population of eastern Pennsylvania.
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