In 2015
We Welcome 

Anne Perry



Zoe Sharp


Denise Swanson




Check back often to see who else is coming to next year's Con!

for the 2015 Con

Thanks to the hotel staff, [from the] reservations line to the people at the front desk, from the housekeeping services to the wait staff, my trip trip was smooth.... the conference chose well when they chose this hotel. My compliments.

Love is Murder 2011
Expert Demonstrations

Back by popular demand for the third year, the LIM Expert Witness Track features a dozen experts in forensics to show-and-tell you the processes and procedures behind forensics crime scene investigation. Return to this page often for updates on who's coming and what you can learn:

McClainKevin W. McClain is a licensed private investigator in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin, a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, and President of Kevin W. McClain Investigations Ltd. Mr. McClain began his career in 1993 and gained distinction as one of the region's premier private investigators assisting some of the finest criminal defense and civil attorneys with major felony, personal injury, wrongful death, corporate, and high-profile media cases. He has been a featured speaker at national conferences for NLADA "Life in the Balance" Capital Defense training seminars in New Orleans, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nashville, Orlando and St. Louis, and at the Indiana Public Defenders Council on Sex Crimes and Molestation cases. He was part of the defense team on two Illinois death penalty cases, which were dismissed prior to trial for the first time in Illinois history since the Capital Litigation Division was formed in 2000.  McClain has investigated more than 60 death penalty cases around the country, worked with the Center of Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University, and was recently appointed as a contract investigator for the Illinois Innocence Project.;

Richard J. Keyworth

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has more than 45 years of experience in Fire Protection, Life Safety, Risk Analysis and Emergency Management. He retired from the Elk Grove Village Fire Department at the rank of Lieutenant and Hazardous Materials Officer on December 30, 2000, after more than 31 years of service. He has been involved with Harper College as an Adjunct Instructor in the Fire Science and Emergency Management Curriculum since 1972, and has spoken at seminars and programs across the US on a wide range of topics. During his career, he has conducted over 250 investigations into the cause and circumstances of fires and explosions. Richard is the author of Fires...Accidental or Arson?, as well as numerous articles for trade journals and magazines. He was featured on the Discovery Channel as an expert in fire protection as well as other TV and radio shows, and received worldwide acclaim for his role in the discovery of cyanide in the pain medication Tylenol more than 30 years ago. He has testified as an expert witness in federal, state and municipal courts on more than 300 occasions.

Computer Forensics: Tom Yarrish returns to Love Is Murder with an all-new presentation,

“Memories Are an Examiner's Best Friend: How Computer Memory Plays an Important Role for

Computer Forensic Examiners and Incident Response Professionals.” Come and learn more than you

ever suspected you could about computer memory and crime-solving!


david ciambrone

Poisons: David Ciambrone will host panels on both poisons and on forensics for writers.

David is the award-winning author of nine mysteries and numerous nonfiction books, including

Poisons Handbook for Writers. A retired scientist living in Texas, he is a frequent speaker

at writers conferences, organizations and colleges aroundthe country He is Past President

of Sisters in Crime Central Texas Chapter and the San Gabriel Writers Guild.


DNA: Throughout her extensive forensic career, Kara Stefanson has provided training in the field of forensic biology and DNA analysis to law enforcement officers, ER personnel and trial attorneys. In 2004 she joined a team of prosecutors for Cook County where she provides assistance with DNA-related issues and conducts foundational training in forensic biology and DNA analysis for prosecutors.

Forensic Science For Writers
Tim Chapman is a former forensic scientist for the Chicago Police Department and author of the thriller, Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold. In this presentation he covers analytical basics as well as the microscopic and instrumental techniques used in the analysis of trace evidence (hairs, fibers, glass, paint, fracture matches, gunshot residue), bullets, fingerprints, and drugs. Mr. Chapman will also address the important question, "How do I write about real science in a way that doesn't cause my reader to lose interest?"

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