Saturday, June 22

@ The Plaza Arts Center

6:30 PM – Doors Open
7:00 PM – Program

Ticket sales support 2 non-profits:

Cold Case Investigative Research Institute and Georgia Writers Museum.

This is no ordinary Crime & Wine— this case has been solved, but you won’t want to miss the wild details…

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.

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

McCracken Poston Jr.

McCracken King Poston, Jr. was born and raised in Catoosa County in Northwest Georgia. A four-term member of the Georgia House of Representatives, his world unraveled after a number of personal and professional setbacks, including a losing bid for the U.S. Congress.

Soon, Poston found himself representing a most unusual client – a man once revered as a natural TV repairman who had also suffered several downfalls, including being accused of holding his wife captive in their basement for almost three decades before killing her. Poston went on to complete the representation of Alvin “Zenith Man” Ridley, and the community was shocked to hear the truth of what went on at the dilapidated house in Ringgold, Georgia.

Only recently, Alvin Ridley was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, which explains much about how throughout his life he was misunderstood by his community.

Poston’s first book is a story of redemption, of more than one man in Catoosa County, Georgia.

Poston went on from this case to a distinguished career as a criminal defense lawyer, with cases featured on television’s “Forensic Files,” A&E’s “American Justice,” and several national publications. He and his secretary continue to help Mr. Ridley, now eighty-one, making and getting him to appointments, and helping him navigate a neurotypical world.


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.