Presenting Our 5th Annual Cold Case Conference - Scroll Down to Register

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Hotel Information

The Hampton Inn by Hilton 1442 Western Avenue, Albany, New York, 12203

Stay at the Hampton Inn by Hilton and get your room at a discounted rate. Mention Cold Case Society.

Conference address is:

The College of St. Rose 432 Western Avenue Albany NY 12203

Instructions: Fill out the registration and pay online via PayPal or print the registration and mail check to AISOCC PO Box 5029 Jersey Shore, Pa 17740. *Students send copy of your ID*

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*AISOCC Members Only will meet Wednesday April 17, 2019 to review cases. This is not open to the public.

Conference Agenda

Day One - Monday, April 15, 2019

7:30AM - Continental Breakfast and Vendors (in Standish Hall A/B)

8:00AM - President Kenneth Mains and Vice President Dr. Chris Kunkle - Welcome and Opening Remarks (in St. Joseph’s Hall Auditorium)

8:15AM - Joe Kennedy - Solving a Nearly 50-year-old Case with Modern Methods in DNA and Social Media

9:20AM - Dr. Lee Mellor - Behavioral Manifestations of Sexual Sadism and Necrophilia in Homicide Investigation

10:20AM - Break and Vendors

10:45AM - Mitchell Pawrowski and Antoine Karam - Effective Case Resolution: Solving a murder that started with no leads and little evidence

12:00PM - Lunch Break

1:30PM - Dr. Henry Lee - New Concepts in Cold Case Investigation: Using crime scene reconstruction, witnesses, public support and advanced investigative skills / technology

2:45PM - Tom Kaye - Investigating the Crimes and Disappearance of D.B Cooper

3:45PM Break and Vendors

4:15PM - Dianne Lake an Deborah Herman - Member of the Family: A story from inside of the Manson Family

5:30PM - Break for Day

6:00PM - Book Signing Event (in Standish Hall A/B)

Day Two - Tuesday, April 16, 2019

7:30AM - Continental Breakfast and Vendors

8:00AM - Aphrodite Jones - The Staircase: An inside view of the investigation and trials of Michael Peterson, presenting a case for the prosecution of murder. (in St. Joseph’s Hall Auditorium)

9:10AM - Mike Morford, Lance Reenstierna, Tim Pilleri and John Lordan (Podcast) - The Role of True Crime Podcasts in the Investigation of Cold Cases – Panel Discussion

10:10AM - Break and Vendors

10:30AM - Dr. Cyril Wecht - The Role of the Forensic Pathologist in Cold Case Investigation: What questions to ask and what materials are necessary for an effective case review.

12:00PM - Lunch Break

1:30PM - Ric Gillespie - Investigating the Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

2:45PM - Kathy Kleiner - Surviving the Attack of Ted Bundy: A first person view of the Chi Omega Murders

3:45PM - Break (Vendor Visits)

4:15PM - Peter Vronsky - Inside the Mind of Serial Killer Richard Cottingham and the Investigation of the Unsolved New Jersey Girl Murders

5:30PM - End of Day 2

Day Three- Tuesday, April 17, 2019

8:00AM - Closed Session with AISOCC Consulting Committee, and Case Presentations by Law Enforcement Partners (in St. Joseph’s Hall Auditorium)

AISOCC Consulting Committee and Review Board Members, and Invited Law Enforcement

12:00PM - End of Conference

Speaker Bio’s

Aphrodite Jones -Aphrodite Jones is a best-selling true crime author and journalist who uses her reporter’s hunch to investigate and write about murder. Over the past two decades, Jones has written a string of best-selling true crime books and has provided TV commentary and expert insights into the psychological profiles of both criminals and victims. In recent years, the author created a hit reality crime TV series, True Crime with Aphrodite Jones, which aired on Investigation Discovery for six seasons. The series followed Jones as she unraveled new mysteries lurking behind cases that shocked America: Casey Anthony, Scott Peterson, Jon Benet Ramsey, Phil Spector, the and Menendez Brothers are among the riveting cases that Jones covered. When Jones wrote her first book, The FBI Killer, it was quickly turned into an ABC movie-of-the-week, Betrayed by Love, starring Patricia Arquette, which Jones co-produced. Not long afterward, Jones landed the exclusive rights to a teen crime drama that she chronicled in her book Cruel Sacrifice, which hit the top of The New York Times list. Her third book, All She Wanted, was one of the first true crime accounts of a transgender hate crime in America. The book was optioned by Diane Keaton with Drew Barrymore attached to star as “Brandon Teena” and was later transformed into the Oscar-winning film Boys Don't Cry starring Hilary Swank. Her seventh best-selling book, A Perfect Husband, was made into the highly-acclaimed Lifetime Movie which Jones co-produced, The Staircase Murders. She has appeared as a crime expert on CNN, HLN, MSNBC, FOX News, Court TV, MTV, TLC, Entertainment TonightInside Edition, Extra!, Anderson LiveForensic FilesE! NewsThe New DetectivesAmerican Justice, Deadline Crime, The Jury Speaks, CBS This Morning, Dr. Oz, The Today Show, and Dateline NBC.

Dr. Henry Lee - Dr. Henry C. Lee is one of the world’s foremost forensic scientists. Dr. Lee’s work has made him a landmark in modern-day criminal investigations. He has been a prominent player in many of the most challenging cases of the last 50 years. Dr. Lee has worked with law enforcement agencies in helping to solve more than 8000 cases. Dr. Lee’s testimony figured prominently in the O. J. Simpson, Jason Williams, Peterson, and Kennedy Smith Trials; and in convictions of the “Wood chipper” murderer as well as thousands of other murder cases. Dr. Lee has assisted local and state police in their investigations of other famous crimes, such as the murder of Jon Benet Ramsey in Boulder, Colorado, the 1993 suicide of White House Counsel Vincent Foster, the death of Chandra Levy, the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, and the re-investigation of the Kennedy assassination. He was a consultant for more than 800 law enforcement agencies.

Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D., - This forensic pathologist, attorney and medical-legal consultant received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his law degree from the University of Maryland. He is certified by the American Board of Pathology, in anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathology, and is also a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. He has served as President of the American College of Legal Medicine, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Legal Medicine and the American College of Legal Medicine Foundation. For 19 years, he served as the elected Coroner of Allegheny County, and the building in which he worked is now named for him. He continues to testify in criminal and civil trials around the world, as both a prosecution and defense expert witness. He has personally performed more than 18,000 autopsies and has supervised, reviewed or has been consulted on approximately 80,000 additional postmortem examinations. Being an expert in Forensic Medicine, Wecht frequently appears on several national television and radio programs discussing various medicolegal and forensic scientific issues, including medical malpractice, drug abuse, the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and the Reverend Martin Luther King; the deaths of Elvis Presley and Tammy Wynette, the fatal stabbings of the family of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald; the O.J. Simpson double slayings; and the JonBenét Ramsey and Chandra Levy murders; plus others. Wecht's expertise has also been utilized in high-profile cases involving Laci Peterson, Whitney Houston, Brittany Murphy, Phil Spector, Mary Jo Kopechne, Sunny von Bulow, Amador Diallo, Jean Harris, the Waco Branch Davidian fire, Vincent Foster, and many others. Wecht's professional involvement is highlighted in his books, Cause of Death, Grave Secrets, and Who Killed JonBenét Ramsey? His most recent books, coauthored with investigative journalist Dawna Kaufmann, include the death cases of Anna Nicole Smith and her son Daniel, Danielle van Dam, Michael Jackson, Casey Anthony, Drew Peterson, the Rolling Stones' Brian Jones, and Jessica Lunsford's, "involuntary euthanasia" of patients in a New Orleans hospital during Hurricane Katrina, among others.

Mike Morford - Mike, AKA ‘Morf’ is a long-time true crime researcher, blogger, podcaster, victim’s advocate, author, and television consultant. He hosts or co-hosts multiple true crime podcasts including Criminology & The Murder in My Family, as well the forthcoming, 3 Men and a Mystery. Mike has worked with the Oxygen, and Investigation Discovery networks. He has extensively researched, the Zodiac Killer & Golden State Killer cases, and has co-authored books on both cases. Mike is the webmaster of,, and

Tim Pilleri- From the Boston suburb of Medford, MA, Tim's father got him involved in Medford’s public access station at the age of 9, where he was soon directing live shows. After success on stage in college and in Boston, Tim embarked for Los Angeles in 2004 and has worked in the entertainment industry ever since. Tim currently hosts three popular true crime podcasts called Crawlspace, Missing Maura Murray, and Empty Frames with friend of fifteen years Lance Reenstierna. Missing Maura Murray was the inspiration for Oxygen Network’s The Disappearance of Maura Murray TV show, which was a cable hit. And alongside Bruce Maitland (Brianna Maitland's father), Tim and Lance are both board members for a non-profit called Private Investigations for the Missing, which aims to provide investigation services for loved ones of missing people.

 Lance Reenstierna- Lance began his career in the entertainment and media industry by producing original stage shows and murder mystery dinner theater experiences. A troupe was formed, and over the course of ten years and a dozen shows, performances brought the houses down. It was midway through this time that Tim Pilleri joined the group. From there, the partnership was formed and the two of them have gone on to produce short and feature films, documentaries, live shows. Most recently found their true niche in true crime podcasting. And alongside Bruce Maitland (Brianna Maitland's father), Lance and Tim are both board members for a non-profit called Private Investigations for the Missing, which aims to provide investigation services for loved ones of missing people.

John Lordan - John Lordan is a former entertainment technologist that worked for 20th Century Fox, TV Guide and Cirque Du Soleil.  In early 2015 he started covering true crime stories on YouTube on a show called BrainScratch on the LordanArts channel.  A year later he expanded into covering missing persons cases with Searchlight, and soon after started covering solved cases on Case Cracked.  Those three shows are now released weekly, with more than 500 episodes previously released.  The LordanArts channel has over 75,000 subscribers and 14 million views.  John Lordan has been featured on Investigation Discovery, CBC Canadian News, and numerous podcasts and radio shows.  He has also recently entered the podcasting space with "Crime After Crime" and "3 Men and a Mystery."  You can learn more at

Joe Kennedy - Joe D. Kennedy was a Special Agent with Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) for 25 years.
Joe served in a variety of positions, including Special Agent Afloat USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), Field Training Agent, Special Operations Team Leader, Staff Counterintelligence Officer for III Marine Expeditionary Forces – Okinawa, Japan, Desk Officer at NCIS Headquarters, Team Leader – Virgin Islands Homicide Task Force, Supervisory Special Agent, Resident Agent-In-Charge, Assistant Special Agent-In-Charge, Deputy Special Agent-In-Charge, and Special Agent-In-Charge. He served as a board member for the Department of Justice “Weed and Seed” Task Force and the North Carolina Homicide Investigator’s Association. He also participated as an Executive Board Member for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force in the Caribbean and Crime Commission for the Governor of Puerto Rico. Joe was the Primary Architect and First Program Manager for the internationally acclaimed NCIS Cold Case Homicide Unit. He wrote the methodology and protocol for NCIS Cold Case investigations, which has been adopted by numerous police agencies around the globe. Joe has provided cold case homicide consultation and training to various law enforcement agencies throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He was profiled in “Delayed Justice – America’s Best Cold Case Investigators”  and co-starred in the Starz Network True Crime Series ‘Wrong Man’ directed by Joe Berlinger.

Dr. Lee Mellor - Lee Mellor, PhD (abd) is the author of the popular true crime books Cold North Killers: Canadian Serial Murder (a national bestseller) and Rampage: Canadian Mass Murder and Spree Killing-the authoritative treatises on the history of multiple murder in the great white north. His academic publications include the groundbreaking textbook Understanding Necrophilia: A Global Multidisciplinary Approach, co-edited with Dr. Anil Aggrawal and Dr. Eric Hickey, and Homicide: A Forensic Psychology Casebook, with Dr. Joan Swart.

Tom Kaye - Tom Kaye's main scientific interest is spectroscopy which branches out into the fields of paleontology and astrophysics. His investigation of the DB Cooper case primarily revolves around analysis of microscopic particle evidence lifted from D.B. Cooper's tie. All of these particles are too small to be seen with the naked eye, but modern science can now track them to their source. These particles through their shape and composition can tell a story, but they are inherently difficult to work with because they often represent one very, very small piece of the actual evidence. In some aspects of this investigation, multiple lines of evidence pointed to the same answer, and in others, only a single clue was available to shine a light down a dark tunnel. It should be understood up front that the information presented here represents the best deductions of the researchers on what is certainly a very cold case.

Ric Gillespie - Flight accident investigator Ric Gillespie has investigated the disappearance of the pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart for several decades. In 1984 Gillespie founded the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), through which he has mounted numerous expeditions to try to find the remains of Earhart. In his 2006 title, Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance, Gillespie offers a historical account of the events directly following the aviator's disappearance, as well as a survey of the continuing attempts over the years to locate her remains.

Dianne Lake -At fourteen Dianne Lake—with little more than a note in her pocket from her hippie parents granting her permission to leave them—became one of "Charlie’s girls," a devoted acolyte of cult leader Charles Manson. In this poignant and disturbing memoir of lost innocence, coercion, survival, and healing, Dianne Lake chronicles her years with Charles Manson, revealing for the first time how she became the youngest member of his Family and offering new insights into one of the twentieth century’s most notorious criminals and life as one of his "girls." Over the course of two years, the impressionable teenager endured manipulation, psychological control, and physical abuse as the harsh realities and looming darkness of Charles Manson’s true nature revealed itself. From Spahn ranch and the group acid trips, to the Beatles’ White Album and Manson’s dangerous messiah-complex, Dianne tells the riveting story of the group’s descent into madness as she lived it. Though she never participated in any of the group’s gruesome crimes and was purposely insulated from them, Dianne was arrested with the rest of the Manson Family, and eventually learned enough to join the prosecution’s case against them. With the help of good Samaritans, including the cop who first arrested her and later took her into his home, the courageous young woman eventually found redemption and grew up to lead an ordinary life.

Deb Herman- Deborah Herman is the author of twelve books, an attorney, and a journalist. She is the CEO of Micro Publishing Media, a niche and kitsch indie publishing company. Herman's most recent book is as collaborator with Dianne Lake, the youngest member of the notorious Manson Family, who for the first time reveals her story of survival and how she helped put Charles Manson and the other murderers in jail. 
Herman set her sights on a writing a book like this while still in her first year of law school at the Ohio State University College of Law. 

Kathy Rubin Kleiner - Kathy Kleiner was only 20 years old when Ted Bundy attacked her and her roommates in 1978 at the Chi Omega House in Tallahassee, Florida. Bundy smashed her face and broke her jaw in three places with a wooden club before fleeing into the night. Unfortunately her roommates, Margaret Bowman and Lisa Levy were not so lucky. They lost their lives to Ted Bundy that night.

Mitchell Pawrowski - Investigator NYS OAG and retired Captain of the Troy Police Department

Antoine Karam - Deputy Chief of NYS OAG

Peter Vronsky - Peter Vronsky is an author, filmmaker and investigative historian. He is the author of two definitive bestselling books on the history and psychopathology of serial homicide and its investigation: Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters (2004) and Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters (2007).


Book Signing April 15, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Come meet True Crime Authors and purchase a book or bring your copy to be signed. The following authors will be in attendance:

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