2020 Writers' Police Academy Presents
August 6 - 7, 2020 · Live from Sirchie Headquarters, North Carolina
2020 MurderCon is Going Virtual
You couldn’t come to us, so we’re bringing the event to you! The 2020 MurderCon event is going virtual, beginning with an opening address by Dr. Katherine Ramsland, followed by two full days of live breakout sessions taught by Sirchie’s renowned expert instructors. Each class concludes with an interactive Q&A period.
MurderCon is a rare opportunity for writers to participate in hands-on “for law enforcement eyes only” training. This incredibly detailed, cutting-edge instruction has never before been available to writers, anywhere. Until now.
Learn From the Experts
For writers of all genres to get hands-on experience in homicide investigation and forensics taught by some of the world's leading homicide investigation experts.
Professional Grade Classes
From fingerprint examination to body decomposition and insect and blood evidence investigation, writers receive training in investigative techniques usually reserved only for law enforcement.
Hosted by Sirchie
Sirchie helps Police and Public Safety officers around the world to Command Every Scene™ they encounter. Cutting edge technology and training solutions.
2 Fabulous Days of Learning ONLINE
Classes and workshops taught by world-renowned instructors. Imagine learning the same information as some of the world's top homicide investigators from a world-class training facility!
Only $325 - Online/Virtual Writers Conference
Cutting-edge instruction never before offered to writers, anywhere. Take your writing to the highest levels with hands-on, real world experience. Fee covers all interactive classes, special presentation, breakout sessions, and a live panel discussion with instructors.
Golden Donut Short Story Contest
200 word short story for participants and non-participants alike. Submit your short story to win the exclusive Golden Donut Award. - CONTEST IS CLOSED!
"How to Catch a Serial Killer" - Special Presentation by Dr. Katherine Ramsland
Katherine Ramsland is a professor of forensic psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, where she also teaches criminal justice and serves as the assistant provost. She holds a master's in forensic psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a master's in clinical psychology from Duquesne University, a master's in criminal justice from DeSales University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers. She has been a therapist and a consultant. Dr. Ramsland has published over 1,000 articles and 66 books.
Dr. Ramsland's background in forensics positioned her to assist former FBI profiler John Douglas on his book, The Cases that Haunt Us, to co-write a book with former FBI profiler, Gregg McCrary, The Unknown Darkness, to collaborate on A Voice for the Dead with attorney James E. Starrs on his exhumation projects, and to co-write a forensic textbook with renowned criminalist Henry C. Lee, The Real World of a Forensic Scientist.
For seven years, she contributed regularly to Court TV's Crime Library, and now writes a column on investigative forensics for The Forensic Examiner and a column on character psychology for Sisters in Crime; offers trainings for law enforcement and attorneys; and speaks internationally about forensic psychology, forensic science, and serial murder.