True Crime Mini-Con

A virtual gathering of fans of the macabre

Detective board with photos of suspected criminals, crime scenes and evidence with red threads, selective focus, retro tonedThe Sacramento region has been home to a host of serial killers. Now, it’s home to a mini-conference where murderinos and other fans of the macabre can talk about true crime events. Do you spend your free time consuming true crime - books, podcasts, documentaries, TV shows, and whatever else you can find?

Join us on January 22, 2022 at 11 a.m PT for our second True Crime Mini-Con! This event will be entirely virtual, so stay in your comfy clothes and join us from anywhere.

Our 2022 event will feature: Joshua Zeman, documentary filmmaker ("Sons of Sam," "Cropsey," "The Killing Season," "Murder Mountain," and many others); Katherine Dykstra, writer (What Happened to Paula: On the Death of an American Girl); Janice Sellers, forensic genealogist; and a true crime pub trivia quiz by Sacramento quizmaster Kevin Ice!

All True Crime Mini-Con sessions will take place via Zoom in Pacific Time. Join in at any time with the link below. The event will be live-captioned. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact us at your earliest convenience. Material in some presentations may be too graphic for younger or more sensitive participants.



11 a.m.  Welcome
11:10 a.m.  Down the Rabbit Hole: The Making of Netflix's "Sons of Sam" | Joshua Zemen
12:15 p.m.  Break
12:30 p.m.  What Happened to Paula and the Ways Women are at Risk in the World | Katherine Dykstra
1:30 p.m.  Break
1:45 p.m  What Is Forensic Genealogy Really? | Janice Sellers
2:45 p.m.  Break
3 p.m.  True Crime Trivia 
4 p.m.  Wrap Up


Color photo of documentarian Joshua Zeman in dark blue sweaterJoshua Zeman is a leading voice in documentary storytelling. His critically acclaimed film "Cropsey" is considered one of the top true crime documentaries of the past decade. In 2017, Zeman executive produced and directed "The Killing Season" for A&E, an unscripted docuseries also executive produced by Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney ("Going Clear: Scientology"). The series delves into the unsolved Long Island Serial Killer Case and the marginalized victims who have yet to find justice. Zeman also directed "Murder Mountain," which examines vigilante justice set against the outlaw marijuana growers of Humboldt County. The series has been called “a must watch” by The Daily Beast and was one of the most watched series on Netflix in 2020. Zeman executive produced and directed "The Sons of Sam," a docuseries that profiles an obsessive journalist’s journey down the rabbit hole of the Son of Sam case. It was the #1 watched on Netflix worldwide upon its release. You can watch Joshua's film "Killer Legends" for free with your library card via the Hoopla app.

Photo of author Katherine Dykstra in black top.Katherine Dykstra is the author of What Happened to Paula: On the Death of an American Girl*. Published by W.W. Norton, WHTP was a New York Times Best Book of Summer and a People magazine Best Summer Read among others. Creative Capital named her an "artist to watch" for her work on the Paula Oberbroeckling story. Her essays have been published in the Washington Post, Real Simple, Crab Orchard Review, and The Common among other outlets. For many years, she served as senior nonfiction editor at Guernica and taught narrative nonfiction in NYU's continuing studies program. 

*This title is available for free immediate download on the Libby app from January 22 - February 5. You can also purchase autographed copies of What Happened to Paula at our partner bookshop, Capital Books.

Photo of genealogist Janice M. Sellers in red shirt.Janice M. Sellers is a professional genealogist specializing in Jewish, Black, forensic, and newspaper research. She edits two genealogy journals, coordinates the African American Special Interest Group at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, is the President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon, and serves on the boards of Genealogical Forum of Oregon and San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. She is also a member of Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. Before becoming a professional genealogist, she worked in publishing for many years as an editor, indexer, translator, and compositor. Visit her online at Ancestral Discoveries.

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