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
Moore’s Ford Bridge Lynching

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.

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.

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. Each week the cases will be different.

Oct. 7 & 8 will investigate the same case, but we trust you not to share our secret!

Ghost Hunting

Working with Denise Roffe, founder of the Southeastern Institute for Paranormal Research and Georgia author of Ghosts and Legends of Charleston, GWM presents Ghost Hunting. Denise’s program takes us behind the scenes of historic and haunted buildings to employ the scientific study of the unknown. While SIPR is an investigative research team that uses technical equipment to collect data from the physical environment, they also utilize psychical research methods and bring the research team – and you – into the investigation “cold”.  The data they collect is often validated through “hard” evidence collected during the investigation and historical documentation. Each week in October we will investigate a different location. 

Some Notable Locations:
Panola Hall, Sylvia the Ghost
The Eatonton School (aka The Plaza Arts Center)
Blackwell’s Furniture
Old Putnam State Prison (aka Tytan Pictures Studios)
Bronson House (Eatonton-Putnam Historical Society)

The Southeastern Institute for Paranormal Research’s purpose is to research and investigate paranormal phenomenon and to educate others concerning matters in this field.

SPIR is a team of motivated, skilled, and professional paranormal investigators with decades of experience. They follow strict procedures and approach each investigation with confidentiality, professionalism and practicality

Denise Roffe, author of Ghosts and Legends of Charleston, founded SIPR to combat the many unscrupulous research teams “out there” who prey on those in need of help; it’s important to acknowledge that there are also those who are dedicated to finding answers and helping others. She has had the privilege of putting together a stellar investigative team, who bring decades of experience and are well-versed in unique techniques. Denise’s work in paranormal investigation also led her to write. Maybe one day, she’ll write one about Eatonton…

Check out SIPR’s evidence website by CLICKING HERE.

CALENDAR & TICKETS

Crime & Wine

Doors at 6:30pm
Event at 7:00pm

Ghost Hunting

Doors at 6:30pm
Event at 7:00pm

Combo Ticket

$10 off when you register for Friday & Saturday!

Crime & Wine Case: TBD

*Why are Crime & Wine cases listed as “TBD”, see dropdown questions about Crime & Wine, above.

No Ghost Hunting Tonight

Combo Ticket Not Available For This Date

Crime & Wine Case: TBD

*Why are Crime & Wine cases listed as “TBD”, see dropdown questions about Crime & Wine, above.

No Ghost Hunting Tonight

Combo Ticket Not Available For This Date

Crime & Wine Case: TBD*

Ghost Hunting Location: Formerly Abandoned Georgia State Prison

Crime & Wine Case: TBD*

Ghost Hunting Locations: Blackwell’s Furniture: Eatonton Express Office, Adele Theater, Original Eatonton Jail, Barnes’ Tavern, and Bronson House

Crime & Wine Case: TBD*

Ghost Hunting Locations: Old Eatonton Hotel and Abandoned City Jail

Ghost Hunting Locations: The Plaza Arts Center: The Eatonton School, Cemetery, and Panola Hall

No Wine & Crime Tonight

Combo Ticket Not Available For This Date

FAQs

Yes!

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.

Yes!

We will investigate crimes and ghosts from 7-10pm, so it is best to eat before you arrive. There are many great restaurants on nearby, Lake Oconee.

Need Suggestions?
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

Eatonton

Dot2Dot Inn, 0.3 miles

The Lodge on Lake Oconee, 9.1 miles

Milledgeville

Holiday Inn Express, 17.6 miles

Hampton Inn, 18.5 miles

Greensboro

Tru by Hilton, 19.6 miles

Madison

The James Madison Inn, 22.4 miles

Thank you to our generous partners & sponsors!

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.