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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


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Death Becomes Us is a true crime pop culture festival curated by Brightest Young Things.
It takes place at Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC from Saturday, November 3rd through Sunday, November 4th, 2018, with warm-up events leading up to it including POP-UP BARS, presidential death masks and an amazing Library of Congress collaboration:
SOLD OUT! PAUL HOLES happy hour / meet and greet – but you can STILL BUY TICKETS TO HIS SHOW ON SUNDAY (and get ready for some special surprises during it)
 True Crime at Library of Congress, November 2nd  3-5pm– 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.
(Plus, make sure to check out this Crime Museum collaboration in the Lisner Lobby)


Kenda Confidential
Nov 3rd, 2018 / 12:00PM Doors / 12:45PM Show
Lisner Auditorium / 730 21st St NW
Tickets on sale NOW

Join everyone’s favorite retired homicide detective, Lt. Joe Kenda, as he jumps on the other side of the interrogation table to discuss in intimate detail his two decades on the force. During his tenure, Kenda and his team solved 356 of his 387 homicide cases, and in the hit Investigation Discovery series “Homicide Hunter,” Kenda reveals chilling memories of murders that still haunt him. With a painfully photographic memory and his signature storytelling style, get a front-row seat as Kenda vividly recounts his unforgettable cases and answers your questions.  In conversation with Sara Kozak, SVP of Production at Investigation Discovery. Presented in partnership with Investigation Discovery

Read our WHY TRUE CRIME? story with Joe Kenda HERE

BuzzFeed Unsolved
Nov 3rd, 2018 / 2:45PM Doors / 3:30PM Show
Lisner Auditorium / 730 21st St NW

Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej bring their wonderful and quirky, “Mulder & Scully for the internet age,” chemistry to DC for the first time this fall. Join us in November as conspiracy theory enthusiast Ryan dives into the mysteries clouding some of the most notorious unsolved crimes, working to convince his ever-skeptical friend Shane that sometimes the evidence isn’t as it seems. Audience Q&A to follow.

Wine & Crime
Nov 3rd, 2018 / 5:30PM Doors / 6:15PM Show
Lisner Auditorium / 730 21st St NW
Tickets on sale NOW

Wine & Crime is a new true crime / comedy podcast. Join three childhood friends as they chug wine, chat true crime, and unleash their worst Minnesota accents! New episodes released every Thursday!

Read our WHY TRUE CRIME? story with Wine and Crime gals HERE

How Did This Get Made?
Murder Mystery Edition: Perfect Stranger
Nov 3rd, 2018 / 8:15PM Doors / 9:00PM Show
Lisner Auditorium / 730 21st St NW

Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it’s amazing? Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas want to hear about it! We’ll watch it with our funniest friends, and report back to you with the results.


Mindhunter: John Douglas
Nov 4th, 2018 / 12:00PM Doors / 12:45PM Show
Lisner Auditorium / 730 21st St NW
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As an innovator at the FBI in the late 1970s, John Douglas developed new investigative techniques for hunting serial killers, sex offenders and other violent offenders. Advancing the use in investigations of the procedure known as criminal profiling,  Douglas became widely recognized as its top authority. A mix of psychology, pattern recognition, and inductive/deductive reasoning, criminal profiling allows investigators to make educated guesses about suspects–sometimes accurately predicting their age, background, personality, and other identifying characteristics from the barest of clues. While leading the FBI’s Investigate Support Unit, Douglas used profiling in numerous prominent cases. His book Mindhunter was made into a Netflix series directed by David Fincher and starring Jonathan Groff.

Nov 4th, 2018 / 2:45PM Doors / 3:30PM Show
Lisner Auditorium / 730 21st St NW
Tickets on sale NOW

Criminal is an award-winning podcast about crime. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. Host Phoebe Judge presents brand new stories, told live on stage, and scored and mixed live by co-creator Lauren Spohrer. Each story is accompanied by visuals—photographs of forensic evidence, historical court documents, and original animations by Julienne Alexander. Get to know the Criminal team, peek behind the curtain of how they find stories, and you might even find yourself being questioned by Phoebe Judge.

Read our WHY TRUE CRIME? story with Phoebe Judge HERE

The Last Podcast On The Left
with Special Guest Harold Schechter
Nov 4th, 2018 / 5:30PM Doors / 6:15PM Show
Lisner Auditorium / 730 21st St NW

Last Podcast on the Left barrels headlong into all things horror — as hosts Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski cover dark subjects spanning Jeffrey Dahmer, werewolves, Jonestown, iconic hauntings, the history of war crimes, and more. Whether it’s cults, killers, or cryptid encounters, Last Podcast on the Left laughs into the abyss that is the dark side of humanity.

Read our WHY TRUE CRIME? story with Marcus Parks HERE and with Harold Schechter HERE

Cold Case Files: Paul Holes
In conversation with Yeardley Smith & Zibby Allen of Small Town Dicks
Nov 4th, 2018 / 8:15pm Doors / 9:00pm Show
Lisner Auditorium / 730 21st St NW
Tickets on sale NOW

Join Cold Case experts Paul Holes (of Golden State Killer solving fame, most recently) he discusses cold case strategies and investigation techniques in relation to someof the most notable cases they’ve been involved in. Interviewing Paul will be Yeardley Smith and Zibby Allen of the podcast Small Town Dicks. Presented in collaboration with Smithsonian Associates.

Read our WHY TRUE CRIME? story with Paul Holes HERE and with Small Town Dicks HERE


Death Becomes Us Supporting Partner:What if a serial killer delivered a package to your doorstep each month? Hunt A Killer is an immersive experience that makes you the detective in your very own crime story. Crack codes, perform research, and connect the dots to solve the mystery.

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Our annual and very comprehensive BEST MURDER MYSTERIES TO STREAM Guide /// Baltimore & DC’s Most Mysterious Mysteries /// Our interview with Damien Echols /// Our American Crime Story Suggestion Box /// Baltimore Murder Mysteries that Could Be The Next Serial /// Making A Murderer Law Team Valentines /// and be on the look out for more

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