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CrimeCon @ Home To Bring A Free 'True Crime Party' To Your Living Room, Promising Updates On High Profile Cases

A highlight of the event will be serial killer discussion panel “Mark of a Killer,” which features forensic psychology professor Dr. Katherine Ramsland, former FBI criminal profiler Mark Sefarik and forensic psychologist Dr. Joni Johnston.

By Gina Tron

Take a break from your Zoom yoga classes and true crime podcasts this weekend to tune into a fresh true crime event which promises to give updates on some pretty high profile cases.

CrimeCon @ Home claims it will be “throwing the true crime party of the season” on Saturday with a two-hour free streaming event “featuring all of the emotion and educational value you love about CrimeCon from the comfort and safety of your home.”

CrimeCon @ Home is presented by Oxygen.

The streaming event comes as a treat after CrimeCon opted to postpone CrimeCon 2020 ⁠— which was originally scheduled to be held in Orlando in May ⁠— until late October due to coronavirus concerns.

“CrimeCon 2020 in Orlando was supposed to be held last weekend and so the whole community is really missing out on the interactions and energy and getting reacquainted with old friends,” CrimeCon Founder and Executive Producer Kevin Balfe told Oxygen.com. “We know we can’t replace that right now but we also know that we are in a unique position to be able to pull people together for a couple of hours to help distract them from everything else going on.”

He added that he hopes the event will remind everyone how “tight-knit” the true crime community is.  

While the event is free, Balfe said a CrimeCon’s objective is to raise money for the First Responder’s Children Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund.

“We felt that the best way to do that would be to make the event available to as many people as possible,” Balfe told Oxygen.com.  “We work hard to ensure we honor and celebrate first responders as part of all of our events, but now more than ever they need our help.”

He noted that while much attention has rightfully been given to medical workers during the pandemic, he said that police officers, 911 dispatchers, firefighters, and others are putting their lives and health on the line to keep everyone safe. He hopes the event can help keep them safe.

The event promises to give viewers updates on several big true crime cases. Among them, defense attorney David Rudolf will give an update on the Michael Peterson case depicted in “The Staircase” and Deanna Thompson of “Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer” fame will give an update on the Luka Magnotta case.

Balfe noted that a “highlight of the event” will be “Mark of a Killer,” a panel in which Oxygen correspondent Stephanie Gomulka will talk to forensic psychology professor Dr. Katherine Ramsland, former FBI criminal profiler Mark Sefarik and forensic psychologist Dr. Joni Johnston about serial killer behavior traits. 

“Every time we ask fans what they want to see at CrimeCon they point us toward panels and experts related to criminal psychology, “ Balfe told Oxygen.com. “The ‘Mark of a Killer’ panel is going to make a lot of fans happy because it features three incredible experts.”

Big true crime names Kelly Siegler, Billy Jensen and Nancy Grace will be a part of CrimeCon @ Home as well as true crime podcasts “Martinis & Murder,” “Last Podcast on the Left” and new podcast “Shattered Souls.” 

More exciting news: the streaming event will also reveal a teaser for the new season of Oxygen’s “Accident, Suicide or Murder” which premieres the same day. Each episode of the show takes a deep dive into suspicious deaths that were initially suspected as accidents, suicides or murders in a quest to uncover the truth. 

The two hour event will be mainly focused on “education and advocacy sprinkled with a little entertainment and a few laughs,’ according to Balfe who said his team has been working hard to pre-tape events all week in preparation for Saturday. 

CrimeCon @ Home will stream Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. EST at Crimecon.com, Oxygen.com, on Facebook @CrimeCon and on YouTube at @Oxygentv.