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Profs and Pints is this cool group that organizes popular lectures around DC. I've been to a couple of their events and they are a lot of fun. Please note that this is a TICKETED event, tickets are sold here: https://profspintssherlock.brownpapertickets.com/ I already got mine! Hope you can join me :) Profs and Pints presents: Investigating Sherlock Holmes, with Kris Mecholsky, English instructor and scholar of crime fiction and film at Louisiana State University. Sherlock Holmes is the most adapted figure in film and television history, testifying to the weight of his lasting legacy. But as original as the Great Detective is, he did not spring fully formed from the head of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The mystique surrounding such writers' genius often shrouds the complicated cultural and biographical forces that led them to produce great works. Come join crime fiction expert Kris Mecholsky to trace Conan Doyle's steps and examine where the great writer lifted ideas and what writers, in turn, pilfered from him. We'll knock on the doors of some of the many characters that Sherlock Holmes was modelled upon, including the French criminal-turned-detective Eugène François Vidocq and Edgar Allan Poes Dupin. Mecholsky will connect the dots to show the pervasive influence that Conan Doyle and his creation have had on literature, television and film, and forensics. Youll learn whom to credit for the contribution of footprint forensics to both Holmes and real-life detection; which real-life person performed Holmess parlor trick of guessing a persons history based on small personal details; and how Jean Valjean and Holmes are connected. You'll also find out how patterns of Sherlock have surfaced in every narrative medium since his appearance, even in charactersByomkesh Bakshi, Nero Wolfe, Spock, Housethat you may not have known or guessed about. Mecholsky previously gave a great Profs and Pints talk on ethnic crime films. By the time he sums up where the clues on Holmes lead, your past knowledge of the famous fictional detective will seem quite elementary.
Let's discuss 'Bind, torture, kill : the inside story of the serial killer next door' by Roy Wenzl! Amazon link (the Kindle edition of the book is currently available for FREE if you have an Amazon Prime membership): https://www.amazon.com/Bind-Torture-Kill-Inside-Serial-ebook/dp/B000ROKXSI/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=btk&qid=1557417993&s=digital-text&sr=1-1 DC library: https://catalog.dclibrary.org/client/en_US/dcpl/search/results?qu=Wenzl%2C+Roy This is a well-known case so there's a lot of resources out there. I'm aware of a well-reviewed book by Dr. Katherine Ramsland 'Confession of a Serial Killer'. Here's a summary by the Rolling Stone: https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/btk-serial-killer-what-we-learned-from-confessional-new-book-111057/ A good special came out on ID channel earlier this year (featuring the killer's daughter!). It's available on Amazon for a low, low price of $3: https://www.amazon.com/BTK-Killer-Among-Us-Season/dp/B07NSH698C While we're on the subject of Kerri Rawson aka BTK's daughter, here's a fascinating long-read on Kerri's relationship with her father and how his crimes affected her life: https://www.kansas.com/news/special-reports/btk/article10809929.html?Src=longreads As always, please add more resources in the comments. I am also working on a Google Docs spreadsheet of resources, recommendations, and true-crime miscellany that I hope to post next week.
Join me for 'Tragic Tales of Georgetown: Walking Tour Unearths Scary Stories'! The tragedy of Georgetown’s darker side encompasses the oldest neighborhood in D.C. with local legends and true crime events from its past. This is a tour about scandals, murder and tragedy (exciting!). Tickets are $16 (all taxes and fees included) and can be purchased here: https://www.goldstar.com/events/washington-dc/tragic-tales-of-georgetown-walking-tour-tickets?mal=1 IMPORTANT: Please select the correct date when purchasing your ticket! We're meeting on JUNE 18. More information about the tour: In this evening walking tour, you will stroll the historic streets of Georgetown and hear long ago tales of tragedy, romance and lore. With its architecture, pedigree and ambiance, Georgetown is a lovely place to visit. However, the houses, churches and cemeteries of this tiny neighborhood are still haunted by their past. Come find out why! This tour is for adults only due to mature content. The tour begins at the C&O Canal Bridge, over the canal, on 31st Street NW, just south of M Street NW. GPS Address:[masked]st Street NW. Look for your guide with the DC by Foot Logo. Locate the DC By Foot guide 10-15 minutes before the tour departs. Please give the guide your name and mention that you purchased through Goldstar. Bring your purchase confirmation and your photo ID along with you. Disclaimer: this is a walking tour organized by a third party (not by me), and I'm getting no profits whatsoever from sharing the event with you (I wish!). I already bought my ticket. Looking forward to seeing you there!