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ENRICH-0749 – Soc Sci Zoom: Con Artists & Killers (ENRICH-0749_CON)

Con Artists and Killers

How does the art of deception, blackmail and lies lead to murder? That is the question former FBI special agent Jonathan Grusing and award-winning crime reporter Lindsey Schwartz explore in this four-session course on some of the greatest scams in history and how deceit can lead to murder. In week one, they look at some of the most well-known con artists of recent times and how family and friends were taken in by their games. Then in week two, they explore serial killer Scott Kimball, a former FBI informant who conned his family, his friends and even the FBI. Week three features Dr. Kim Gorgens, professor at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver who examines the psychology of the criminal mind. Her work in understanding the brain gives deep insight to the minds of sociopaths and serial killers. The course concludes with Grusing and Schwartz presenting the heavily publicized investigation into Harold Henthorn, who tricked some of the most intelligent people in the Denver area for 20-plus years with an uncanny deception that allowed him to live well above his means, form an identity that was significantly more successful than his actual self and get away with well-planned murders. Come away with an insider’s view of crime and the criminal mind!

Four Zoom sessions
Thur., Mar. 16, 23, 30, Apr. 6, 2023, 7-9 pm MT

Jonathan Grusing is a former FBI special agent who has spent over 20 years working and managing the high-profile violent criminal cases for the federal government and local law enforcement entities in Denver and surrounding areas.

Lindsey Schwartz is an award-winning crime reporter and Denver-based producer for the national news television magazines including CBS’s
48 Hours, ABC’s 20/20 and NBC’s Dateline.

Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: OnlinePlaces Left: 8Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $140


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Thursday16th March 202323rd March 202307:00PM - 09:00PMN/ALindsey Schwartz
Thursday30th March 20236th April 202307:00PM - 09:00PMN/AJonathan Grusing