Discussion: Let's Talk About Criminal Broads

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Lady grifters. Evil queens. Murderesses. Women who commit crimes are a fascinating subculture—statistically rare, frequently forgotten, but then when things get really gory, they’re suddenly turned into legends (Lizzie Borden, anyone?). Why are we drawn to female criminals? What can lead a woman to kill? How does gender play out in the world of true crime? And which female criminals are you obsessed with?

To celebrate the launch of Tori Telfer’s podcast CRIMINAL BROADS, let’s talk females in crime! Bring a bottle of wine and a friend and join this fascinating discussion. The talk will be led by a panel of true crime experts, but we’ll be turning a lot of the questions over to the audience. True crime fans, you don’t want to miss this.

Snacks and drinks will be provided, but BYOB!

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Dr. Joanna Thompson, a mixed-race (half Black/half Latina) and queer female, is the Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for the Anti-Violence Project at Center on Halsted. She recently recited her PhD from the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Joanna has lived in Chicago since Summer 2010, promoting intersectional community organizing across multiple social identities. Her experiences, both personal and academic, have led her to become a voice for the Chicagoland community on both a grassroots and systems-based level.


Tori Telfer is the author of LADY KILLERS: DEADLY WOMEN THROUGHOUT HISTORY (a book about old-school female serial killers), and the host of the podcast CRIMINAL BROADS. She’s obsessed with all things true crime and history, and knows way too much about arsenic.


Andy Herren has studied improv and performed at such Chicago institutions as The Annoyance, The Second City, iO, Stage 773, and the MCL. He also used his improv skills to win the 15th season of CBS’s Big Brother, in which he holds the distinction of being the only openly gay winner in the show’s history.


Laura Gialanella is a Chicago probation officer originally from Michigan. She has a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and her background includes working with the chronically mentally ill, individuals struggling with substance abuse, sex offenders, and everything in between. She has a passion for advocating and helping those without a voice. Her obsession with true crime can be directly attributed to (or blamed on) her mom letting her watch Silence of the Lambs at 12 years old.