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True crime fan? Criminologist and author Scott Bonn will visit Nixa next April

Fans of real crime should mark the date, because next year a well-known expert in the field is coming to the Ozarks.

Criminologist and author Scott Bonn will speak at the Aetos Center for the Performing Arts in Nixa on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 12:01 a.m. on August 15 on the Aetos Center website. The 90-minute show will include a live question-and-answer session at the end. Due to the content of the show, Aetos advises that children not be allowed.

Who is Scott Bonn?

Criminologist and author Scott Bonn attends the “Son of Sam: The Hunt for a Killer” panel during the “Investigation Discovery” portion of the TCA Summer Event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

Criminologist and author Scott Bonn attends the “Son of Sam: The Hunt for a Killer” panel during the “Investigation Discovery” portion of the TCA Summer Event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

Bonn is an author, podcast host, speaker, and former educator and is considered an expert on serial killers. People may recognize the name and face, as Bonn frequently provides commentary on high-profile cases on television shows such as A&E, Discovery Network, Oxygen, Investigation Discovery, and Travel Channel.

Ten years ago, Bonn published Why We Love Serial Killers: The Strange Attraction of the World's Most Savage Murderers. The nonfiction book examines the factors behind the growing popularity of true crime. He has also published Mass Deception: Moral Panic and the US War on Iraq, a look at the aftermath of 9/11, and Evil Guardian, a novel about a serial killer who also works as a prison chaplain. The latter was inspired by correspondence between real-life serial killers David Berkowitz and Dennis Rader, according to Bonn's biography.

Bonn also hosts “The Killing Hour with Doc Bonn,” a podcast that sheds light on the true stories behind the serial killings.

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In terms of his knowledge of serial killers, Bonn is well versed in the stories of Berkowitz, Rader, Rex Heuermann and Jeffrey Dahmer. Bonn is particularly interested in explaining the “why” behind the actions of such men.

Greta Cross is the Springfield News-Leader's trending reporter. She has more than five years of journalism experience covering everything from the history of the Ozarks to the LGBTQIA+ community in Springfield. Follow her on X and Instagram @gretacrossphoto. Story idea? Email her at [email protected].

This article originally appeared in the Springfield News-Leader: Criminologist and author Scott Bonn will visit the Aetos Center next April