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From Murders and Psychic Frauds to 'Dirty John': Exploring Old and New True Crime Stories

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A panel moderated by Melanie Hicken with Christopher Goffard, Barbara Schroeder, & Clark Fogg

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Melanie Hicken is an award-winning investigative reporter for CNN. Her work has exposed everything from widespread sexual abuse in nursing homes to one of the longest-running scams in history. A Deal with the Devil is the fascinating, thrilling search for the truth about the mysterious French psychic at the center of this international con targeting the elderly and emotionally vulnerable. Hicken and CNN colleague Blake Ellis take readers across the U.S. to England and France on an edge-of-your-seat journey in search of the truth. Their book is long-form investigative journalism at its best.

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Christopher Goffard’s “Dirty John” podcast—about a conman who terrorizes a Southern California family—has been downloaded more than 20 million times. It premiered in 2018 as a drama on Bravo and also ran as a print series in the Los Angeles Times. Over two decades at newspapers from Florida to California, Goffard has reported on the shadowy, unseen corners of society. He is considered one of America’s most acclaimed literary journalists. His book Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders presents his very best work.

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In Beverly Hills Confidential, investigative reporter Barbara Schroeder and Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) CSI inspector Clark Fogg re-examine sensational crime stories of the past century and show how greed, jealousy, passion, corruption, and simple bad luck turned the once-idyllic movie star sanctuary into a haven for headlines. Schroeder is an Emmy Award winning journalist who anchored at KTTV in Los Angeles, worked on the TV show “Extra,” and is a documentary filmmaker. Fogg is the Senior Forensic Specialist at BHPD Crime Lab and has conducted over thirty thousand crime scene investigations. He has written articles and taught classes on CSI techniques.