By Kathie Felix
The Sisters in Crime Orange County Chapter presents ForensicsFest 2011, an event for crime writers and mystery fans, featuring best-selling author Jan Burke and a panel of Orange County crime-fighting experts.
The OC ForensicsFest opens on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 3 p.m. with a presentation by Jan Burke (pictured at left), the award-winning author of the Irene Kelly thrillers. The newest book in the series, Disturbance, will be available in April 2011.
Burke is the original editor of Breaking & Entering, the Sisters in Crime guide to getting published, and the founder of the Crime Lab Project, a nonprofit organization created to increase awareness of the problems facing public forensic science agencies. She will talk about the aftermath of death and the current state of death investigations in the U.S.
ForensicsFest 2011 continues on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 2:30 p.m. with a panel discussion featuring four Orange County-based experts.
Nationally-recognized forensic anthropologist Dr. Judy Myers Suchey works with the U.S. Department of Justice and other law enforcement authorities on identifying and dating human remains. Award-winning author Dr. D.P. Lyle, a forensics consultant to crime writers and television shows, is the author of Howdunnit: Forensics, the thriller Stress Fracture, and other books.
Michael Streed, of SketchCop Solutions, is a police, military and government sketch artist who can create a suspect’s facial features so precisely that his work has resulted in the capture of many criminals. Gary Bittner, of ServPro, is a specialist in crime scene and trauma clean-up who knows what it’s like to wear a Hazmat suit to clean up crime scene debris from walls, carpeting, furniture, and floors.
The Jan. 16 and Feb. 20 sessions, moderated by SinC/OC president Jeri Westerson, will take place at the Irvine Ranch Water District Offices, 15600 Sand Canyon Avenue in Irvine, Ca. The events are free and open to the public. Free refreshments will be provided.
Seating is limited; make reservations by sending email to email@example.com.
For more information, see www.ocsistersincrime.org.
Photo of Jan Burke by Sheri McKinley Photography 2010.