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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Devil in Me

A dark history of serial murder in Philadelphia.

Join us—if you dare—for a retrospective discussion of the infamous serial killers and mass murderers that have walked and stalked the streets of Philadelphia.

When one thinks of Philadelphia over the centuries, one might conjure an image of Philadelphia's pivotal place in early American history—its achievements in scientific, social, and medical innovation or its distinctive cuisine. However, there is a darker, more sinister history to the city that is less often discussed. It's a history that has blended into the background with the passage of years in this urban metropolis. You might never have known that Philadelphia has amassed numerous connections to some of the most notorious serial killers and mass murders in the annals of crime. 

While many of the former homes and crime scenes where such unspeakable acts have taken place have disappeared from view due to damage and development, there are several locations still standing, and even occupied, that continue to exert their baleful influence on the city, and contemporary culture at large.

Ryan Coffman of the Philadelphia Obscura Society will resurrect this history and specific locations through an expansive lecture on the places and perpetrators throughout Philadelphia that will take you to the unhallowed hinterlands of the human mind and induce you to lock the door and check under your bed for the foreseeable future.


This presentation will include graphic content that may be unsettling for some attendees. Discretion is advised.


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