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Murder is Our (True Crime of) Passion

Death Becomes Us festival is BACK this March 20-24, for a special New York City edition (PROUDLY supported by HLN) and you are in for some real treats. How can you attend? Well, while the All Access Festival Passes are sold out….

Tickets to the first round of individual shows are on sale NOW! (keep scrolling!)

More announcements coming shortly!

What can you expect at the festival?

Podcasts, experts, maybe some screenings, authors, smart stuff, weird stuff! There will be at least two shows per night and all shows are general admission. This page will be updated with more details as shows and more details are announced, but here’s what we’re working on so far:


AN EVENING OF WOMEN WHO KILL, in Partnership with Strand Bookstore 3/19

$15 (which include a $15 Strand Gift Card) Tickets on sale NOW

feat. Cara Robertson, author of the upcoming The Trial of Lizzie Borden, Harold Schechter, author of Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men moderated by Refinery 29’s Leah Carroll, author of Down City: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Memory, and Murder

In 1892 it was said that Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one. This was quite possibly the trial of the century.  Between the years of 1884 and 1908 in Illinois and Indiana Belle Gunness went on such a violent, murderous reign of terror she was dubbed The Butcher of Men. Belle Gunness was never caught. Who was she and how did she escape the fanfare Lizzie Borden received?
We invite you to find out.


Save the Date for our Opening night Party

Details coming soon

Damien Echols in Conversation with Dave Hill @ Gramercy Theatre 3/21

Doors 6pm

$36.50 Tickets on sale NOW

Damien Echols is a ceremonial magician. He spent over 18 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit, and is the subject of four documentaries, including the Paradise Lost Series. Since his release Damien has written several books, the most recent of which: High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row was released last year. Damien will be in conversation with his friend: comedian, writer, musician, actor and man-about-town Dave Hill.

Armchair Detective: Chasing Darkness w/ Billy Jensen @ Gramercy Theatre, 3/21

Doors 8pm

$21.50 Tickets on sale NOW

You may know Billy Jensen as the tireless writer who helped finish I’ll Be Gone in the Dark after his friend Michelle McNamara passed away. Jensen is also a true crime investigative journalist focused on unsolved crimes and citizen detectives. After 17 years of writing about unsolved murders, he became fed up—and came up with a system for solving murders himself. He has been referred to as the world’s first “digital consulting detective,” and it’s this expertise that led him to write Chase Darkness With Me: How One True Crime Writer Started Solving Murders, which will be released this April by Audible. If you’re interested in Jensen’s world of DIY detectives–and want to know how you too can solve crimes–then this is the show for you! Presented in collaboration with Audible.

HLN Night – with Golden State Killer Investigator Paul Holes @ Gramercy Theatre 3/22

Doors 6pm

$16.50 GA Tickets on sale NOW

$36.50 VIP Meet & Greet Limited Quantity Tickets on sale NOW

Join Cold Case expert Paul Holes (of Golden State Killer solving fame, most recently) and HLN’s Jax Miller & Sarah Cailean, as they discuss strategies and investigation techniques in relation to a new HLN Original Series that explores a harrowing and unique missing persons case that is currently evolving into a much larger story of unsolved murder, cover- up and corruption.  Presented in collaboration with HLN.

HLN Night – Forensic Files Uncorked  w/ Wine & Crime Gals @ Gramercy Theatre 3/22

Doors 8pm

$21.50 Tickets on sale NOW

Wine & Crime is a hit true crime / comedy podcast you know and enjoy. What you maybe didn’t know is that it started in part because Amanda, Kenyon, and Lucy bonded over their love of Forensic Files. Join them as they chug wine, screen and chat about their favorite FF episodes, and unleash their worst Minnesota accents! PLUS: fun, girly things to do before and after. Presented in collaboration with HLN, the exclusive TV home of FF.

Wrongfully Accused – Mindhunter’s John Douglas with Amanda Knox and Damien Echols, moderator TBA @ Town Hall 3/23

Doors 3pm

 $47 Tickets on sale NOW

Join John Douglas, author of Mindhunter, as he speaks with Amanda Knox and Damien Echols about the painful journey of being wrongfully accused. Damien spent 18 years in prison wrongfully convicted as a member of the West Memphis Three. He was released on an Alford plea. Amanda spent nearly four years in an Italian prison and eight years on trial before she was exonerated for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Discover how they both lived through it and came out the other end stronger.

Creating Serial: an evening w/ Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder @ Town Hall 3/23

Doors 8pm

$62 Tickets on sale NOW

Serial is the world’s most listened to podcast. Join creators Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder as they go behind the scenes to lay out the challenges, the surprises, and the personal ups and downs of creating a new form of modern storytelling.

Tinder Live – True Crime Edition! @ Gramercy Theatre 3/23

Doors 9pm

$21.50 tickets on sale NOW

The critically acclaimed show is an anything-can-happen interactive comedy showstopper (where the audience chooses who Lane Moore swipes right or left on!) with helpful and oftentimes ridiculous tips, tricks, and real-time swiping and messaging!  If you’ve ever been on an online dating site, you need to see this show. The true crime edition will feature true crime festival talent as guests!







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In the meantime enjoy this mysterious, creepy, at times true crime content:

Our annual and very comprehensive BEST MURDER MYSTERIES TO STREAM Guide /// Photo recap of last year’s true crime festival! /// Why True Crime? with last year’s festival talent! /// Our interview with Damien Echols /// Our American Crime Story Suggestion Box /// Making A Murderer Law Team Valentines /// and be on the lookout for more

Wondering how much fun 2018 was?

Check out our amazing recap video here:

Check out (amazing) photos HERE

Cold Case Files: Paul Holes & CeCe Moore for Death Becomes Us Festival at Lisner Auditorium 11/04/18. Photo Credit: Nicholas Karlin www.karlinvillondo.com