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While death is forever, our Death Becomes Us – A True Crime Festival is only two days. However we thought it would be cool to give you a little true crime festival warm up. Or three.

(I know! we can’t stand the anticipation either!)

We already shared with you info on the two very amazing October events we’re doing in partnership with our friends at Smithsonian Associates: Morbid Curiosity – Presidential Last Moments Preserved on October 22nd, as well as The Beefeater And The Birds: Meet The Tower of London’s Ravenmaster on October 24th, but now we are about to reveal the BIG ONES:

  1. STARTING NEXT WEEK: On October 11th, we are excited to be collaborating with Drink Company the next in the series of their blockbuster pop-ups on 7th street NW, with Death Becomes Us PUB, the new true crime-inspired bar will feature three chilling vignettes devoted to some of the most heinous — and most famous — cases in history.

In addition to delivering scares just in time for Halloween, the Death Becomes Us PUB will serve as a precursor to BYT’s DBU True Crime Festival happening November 3 and 4 at Lisner Auditorium.

From the unsolved to the unspeakable, Death Becomes Us PUB is an homage to all manner of murders and misdeeds, with decor and cocktails inspired by these three infamous flash points from the past:

  • Black Dahlia (1947): The brutal murder of Elizabeth Short in 1947 is regarded as one of the first cases to garner nationwide media attention. Incredibly, the case remains unsolved.
  • Salem Witch Trials (1690s): This infamous series of trials resulted in the deaths of 20 people — both men and women — for alleged witchcraft in Salem, Mass.
  • Elizabeth Bathory (16th century): Cited by some as the most prolific female serial killer, this Hungarian noblewoman’s claim to fame is torture and mayhem, including allegedly bathing in the blood of virgins to retain her youth.

The drinks are going to be delicious too from ‘Pearfect Crime’ cocktail, a riff on the Brandy Crusta that includes fresh Bartlett pear juice, to ‘Covered in Honey’ — inspired by one of Lady Bathory’s more sadistic acts — is a combination of gin, fino sherry, fig honey grenadine, bitters and Perrier. Washingtonian has the scoop.

Death Becomes Us Cocktails at PUB 09/26/18. Photo Credit: Karlin Villondo Photography www.karlinvillondo.com

  1. THE DAY BEFORE THE FESTIVAL: On Friday, November 2nd, 3-5pm (a day before the festival happens!) we are excited to be co-hosting True Crime at Library of Congress in advance of Death Becomes Us Festival – Get your rare true crime books fix at this Library of Congress’ temporary exhibition, featuring some of the earliest crime literature from such writers as Truman Capote, Wilkie Collins, Edgar Allan Poe, as well as Bill Robles’ collection of courtroom illustrations, including Charles Manson on the Witness Stand. The exhibition is free and open to the public. RSVP recommended.




a reminder to do some WHY TRUE CRIME? reading feat. our amazing festival talent:

 Joe Kenda – Investigation Discovery /// Marcus Parks from Last Podcast on the Left  /// Harold Schechter true crime author ///  Wine & Crime  /// Small Town Dicks