Last Thursday, I packed up my pitch materials and headed to the murder/suspense conference Killer Nashville
The program opened first thing Friday morning with Dr. Bill Bass, the forensic pathologist who founded The Body Farm. (The human decomposition facility that inspired Patricia Cornwell’s novel “The Body Farm“.)
The retired University of Tennessee professor turned author carried a tan corrugated box to the podium and carefully lifted the lid. He stared maniacally at the audience and then pulled a skull from his show and tell box.(Not a Halloween prop, the real deal.)
“Suicide or murder?” He asked and held the adult skull high over his head so two bullet holes were easily viewed.
From that moment on, I knew I was in for a fantastic adventure. (besides having a chance to pitch my novel to three more literary agents)
The weekend’s agenda included a seminar on interrogation techniques, a panel discussion on how psychopaths aren’t that different from you and I, and a live crime scene set up in the hotels parking structure mimicking the details from a cold case the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) had worked on.
So for all you CSI junkies, spy buffs and closet clue players this conference may be worth the trip.