Chicago Hilton Feb. 13-15, 2015, Mad Mobster True Crime and Horror Expo

Chicago Hilton Feb. 13-15, 2015, Mad Mobster True Crime and Horror Expo

by Edward Shanahan.

What do you get when you mix movie monsters and their makers with real life maniacs and the men and women who put em’ behind bars – or – six feet under?

You get: Mad Mobster True Crime and Horror Expo!
The Chicago Hilton – 720 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613

Horror movies have always been informed by grisly real life events. Iconic “Leatherface” from THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE draws from real life cannibalistic serial killer Ed Gein. THE HILLS HAVE EYES has roots in the bloodthirsty family of Sawney Bean of the 16th Century. And one of the greatest movie monsters of modern times, “Hannibal Lecter” from SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, is based on real life murderer, Dr. Alfredo Balli Trevino.

The public is as obsessed with real killers as they are with imagined ones. The names Al Capone, John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer are as familiar to us as Kardashian or Bieber. Frankenstein, Dracula and Michael Myers are as well known as Lizzie Borden or O. J. Simpson. And in our current pop culture, the heroic detectives and forensic specialists on the trail of real life psychos are almost as famous as movie stars or murderers.

February 13-15, 2015, on the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre anniversary weekend, the windy city of Chicago will host the first-ever Mad Mobster True Crime and Horror Expo at The Hilton Chicago Hotel – 720 Michigan Avenue. For one long weekend fans of phantoms and forensics will gather to explore the horror and mystery of these two genres that go hand in claw. You’ll meet the actors that brought some of these notorious characters to life on the screen and figures inspired by them to create their own disturbing horror fiction.

Also look for experts with a passion for bringing these mad men (and women) to justice. Meet RICHMOND ARQUETTE (The Zodiac Killer from the 2007 film, the infamous deliveryman from Se7en) who will be making his first convention appearance. He’ll be joined by his Zodiac co-star, CHARLES FLEISCHER (the voice of Roger Rabbit, A Nightmare on Elm St); GUNNAR HANSEN (Leatherface from the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Jon Polito (Gangster Squad, Miller’s Crossing, The Crow, Crime Story) and more guests to be announced.

KANE HODDER (BTK, Ed Gein, “Jason” from Friday the 13th VII-X) will be appearing in full makeup and costume by original FX designer and director, John C. Buechler, for a Friday the 13th photo op (tickets are extremely limited for this once-in-a-lifetime photo op). See the James Howard, Bonnie and Clyde Collection as well as items featured from (Which includes Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer murderabilia NEVER seen before in public exhibition) and much, much more.

In addition to meeting stars of the silver screen and CSI lab, you’ll be invited to participate in Q&A Panels and seminars with the experts as well meet and greet Richard Castaldo (Columbine Massacre Shooting Survivor). Chat with the stars of your favorite horror films, shop for unique merchandise AND meet like-minded fans with a penchant for the ghoulish. Horror fans are some of the most well-read and wildly creative people you could hope to meet.

True Crime buffs are super meticulous and hyper observant. Think of a Dr. Charles Baden autopsy in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab or Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Jekyll following a blood trail! Horror and True Crime! When these two undeniable forces come together, who knows what mysteries will be solved or maniacs unmasked?!

Visit for advance discount tickets and discount hotel room reservations.
(The Chicago Hilton – 720 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613)

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Q&A Panels / Seminars:

John A. Cameron has worked on FBI serial killer task forces, catching ritualistic child cannibal killer, Nathan Bar-Jonah. His cases have been featured on America’s Most Wanted, Dateline NBC, and he helped produce a series known as Most Evil-True TV. Here his life long story of investigating some of the most high profile cases in history.

Columbine Shooting Massacre Survivor –  Richard Castaldo, who as a 17-year old Columbine High School junior was among the first of the Columbine students to be shot on April 20, 1999, now says he’s long kept certain details of the event secret for personal reasons. Hear is personal story of his survival and happenings on that day.

Serial Killer Culture – Collecting of Serial Killer Murderabilia with John Borowski and Hart Fisher. Also hear how Fisher (American horror crime author, comics book writer and publisher) created the Jeffrey Dahmer comic book as well as its challenges.

The Impact of a Killer Roles:  Helter Skelter and Ed Gein  – Steve Railsback and Kane Hodder visit their parts in playing these notorious killers on film.

True Crime and Music –  Ogre and Wednesday 13th discuss how music can and does mold the criminal angle(s) in film and everyday life.

Mimi Craven – Her role in Nightmare on Elm Street as well as its historical impact. She will also discuss her many movie appearances which includes Swamp Thing.

William Forsythe – His roles in playing some of Chicago’s most notorious criminal figures.  (John Wayne Gacy and Al Capone) As well as discussing his involvement in high profile serial killer investigations and his close relationship with the Gacy family.

JFK Assassination – Tom Savini , JFK Theorist (FX legend, gore pioneer, actor, stuntman and director)  revisits the grassy knoll – will discuss the facts and theories surrounding the most notorious assassination of all time. – William Carter the administrator of,  will discuss the world’s largest online assortment of crime related artifacts and personal affects of the most notorious names in true crime, along with his in personal experiences with close to 70 convicted murderers.  Plus his Charles Manson display/exhibit at the show.

Forry Ackerman Tribute  “Mr. Sci-Fi” – (Celebrity Panel which will include Chicago’s Horror Host Sveengoolie)  Forry, known as the creator of the word “Sci-Fi” as well as the creator and editor of the groundbreaking magazine “Famous Monsters of Filmland” (aka “Famous Monsters”) started in 1958. Many highly successful filmmakers who emerged in the 1970s and 80s were former readers who cite the magazine for developing their interest in film. Forry was an inspiration to horror authors such as Stephen King and Ray Bradbury.  Also known for his 300,000 piece collection of horror and sci-fi memorabilia.

Kane Hodder – (Jason in Friday 13th) Discusses playing the role of Jason as wells as “UnMasked”. (The True Life Story of The World’s Most Prolific, Cinematic Killer) Hear about his actual investigations and visits to true crime scenes.

Zodiac Panel –  Richmond Arquette (First convention appearance) and Charles Fleischer (Also voice of Roger Rabbit) – Both will discuss roles in  Zodiac which tells the story of the manhunt  for a notorious serial killer who called himself the “Zodiac” who killed in and around the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Do not forgot about our Horror Burlesque Show, Hotel Murder Mystery, Miss Mad Mobster Contest, Vendors, Autograph Sessions, Friday the 13th Professional Photo Op with Kane Hodder in full make-up and much more!

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