Crime & Wine

What is Crime & Wine?
Working with Sheryl McCollum , founder and Director of the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute (CCIRI) and Georgia author of Cold Case: Pathways to Justice, GWM presents Crime & Wine. Sheryl’s program takes an in-depth look at unsolved cold case files. She and her team share their experience and the case “murder box” and much more with the audience for a hands-on investigation of a real cold case. Sheryl believes that each individual brings their own knowledge and perspective to the investigation that she and her team may not possess, but that can produce leads for the cases. She and her team follow-up and report back on practical leads suggested during the evening’s event. Each week in Oct we will present a different case. Each week will be a surprise to the audience so they come into the investigation without preconceived opinions.

Some Notable Cases:
Boston Strangler, Natalie Wood, Zodiac, TuPac Shakur, Rebecca Zahau, Chandra Levy, Natalee Holloway, Honey Malone, Amber Hagerman, Susan Powell, Tami Jackson, Nacole Smith, Abby Williams & Libby German Delphi Murders,  and Moore’s Ford Bridge Lynching

What is the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute?

The Cold Case Investigative Research Institute is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that assists families and law enforcement with unsolved homicides, missing persons and kidnapping cases. This one of a kind band of all volunteer crime fighters are students and nationally recognized experts. The nonprofit organization is made up of experts such as profilers, detectives, crime analyst, prosecutors and crime scene investigators.

How is this related to the Georgia Writers Museum?

Crime & Wine mastermind, Sheryl “Mac” McCollum is the co-author of the textbook, Cold Case: Pathways to Justice. She is also an Emmy Award winning CSI from CBS46’s CSI Atlanta, Director of the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute (CCIRI), a writer for CrimeOnLine, Forensic and Crime Scene Expert for Crime Stories with Nancy Grace, and a CSI for a metro Atlanta Police Department.  Sheryl holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on Policing.

Special Guest

Laurah Norton

Take a fascinating deep dive into the dark world of forensic science as experts team up to solve the identity of an unknown woman by exploring the rapidly evolving techniques being used to break the most notorious cold cases.


Cases are best examined from a fresh perspective. To dissuade your temptation to research cases in advance, we will let you know the case you’re investigating when you arrive.


You know your teen best! If you think your teen is mature enough to discuss real (and often violent) crimes and will be respectful and mindful of walking through historic buildings and staying with our group during ghost hunting – bring them along!

Crime and Wine offers a high school and college program for students interested in criminal justice. If you are interested in a program for your school, please contact the Cold Case Foundation.

In Eatonton, we recommend:

Eat-A-Ton Cafe, Sandwiches & Salads
El Cazador, Mexican

There are many great restaurants on nearby, Lake Oconee.

Iron Fork Cafe, Southern
El Sitio, Mexican
Inaho Sushi & Steakhouse, Japanese
Mellow Mushroom, Pizza
Amici, Pizza Inaho Sushi & Steakhouse
Filet, Steak and Seafood
da Corrado Ristorante, Italian


Dot2Dot Inn, 0.3 miles

The Lodge on Lake Oconee, 9.1 miles


Holiday Inn Express, 17.6 miles

Hampton Inn, 18.5 miles


Tru by Hilton, 19.6 miles


The James Madison Inn, 22.4 miles

Ticket sales support the non-profit organizations: Cold Case Investigative Research Institute and Georgia Writers Museum.

If you like Crime & Wine, you’ll probably enjoy Haunted Eatonton.

Amanda Vining photo

Amanda holds a BS in Biology from Georgia College & State University. She began her career as an educator with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. After leaving the DNR, Amanda became a formal educator with Baldwin County School System and Jasper County School System. Amanda began her museum career at the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MAS) in Macon, Georgia, where she served as Curator of Environmental Science
(2011-2020). While at MAS, Amanda developed a love for sharing the world around us with the many students who visited on school field trips. During her time as Curator of Environmental Science, Amanda launched a storytime
program for preschool children.

Since 2020, Amanda has been serving Georgia Writers Museum as a volunteer on the Education Committee. Amanda has brought her love of sharing stories with students by launching Peaches’ Reading Pasture. As Museum Manager, Amanda looks forward to serving the community and helping to inspire those within our community to put words to paper and share their stories.

Amanda was born and raised in nearby Shady Dale, Georgia. Her husband, Rodney, is a native of Eatonton, and they currently reside in Putnam County. They have three children.