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CrimeCon 2022 CLUE Awards: The Black and Missing Foundation Wins CLUE’s ‘Crimefighter of the Year’ Award

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Leigh Egan
April 30, 2022

The Black and Missing Foundation (BAMFI) was the first recipient of CLUE’s “Crimefighter of the Year” award, hosted by Dan Abrams at CrimeCon 2022.

A first of its kind, the CLUE Awards is a way to spotlight the significant impact that people or organizations made while pushing for justice for crime victims. BAMFI co-founders Natalie and Derrica Wilson accepted the award last Saturday night during a special award ceremony.

Founded in 2008, BAMFI is a non-profit organization that dedicates non-stop research and brings awareness to missing people of color. The organization also provides resources for the victims’ family members and friends to help provide education and awareness to the minority community.

“Being honored with the ‘Crimefighter of the Year’ award for doing the work that we are passionate about is unbelievable,” Wilson said. “When we started the Black and Missing Foundation, we said when we can bring one person home, we did our jobs.”

The following categories were represented at the CLUE Awards.

Television: “Outstanding Docuseries”

  • Dr. Death: The Undoctored Story (Peacock)
    Produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group
  • Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell (Peacock)
    Produced by Blue Ant Studios
  • WINNER: Fall River (EPIX)
    Produced by Blumhouse Television, Pyramid Productions
  • The Missing Children (Topic)
    Produced by Topic, True Vision, Nevision
  • The Way Down: God, Greed and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin (HBO Max)
    Produced by Campfire Studios, Huntley Productions

Television: “Outstanding Episodic Series”

  • Accident, Suicide or Murder (Oxygen Network)
    Produced by Dorsey Pictures, a Red Arrow Studios company
  • WINNER: Cold Justice (Oxygen Network)
    Produced by Wolf Entertainment, Magical Elves
  • Dateline (NBC)
    Produced by Dateline NBC
  • Evil Lives Here (Investigation Discovery / discovery+)
    Produced by Red Marble Media
  • True Crime Story: It Couldn’t Happen Here (Sundance TV / AMC+)
    Produced by Authentic Entertainment, Mischief Farm, Bungalow Media + Entertainment

Podcasting: “Outstanding Episodic Series”

  • Body Bags with Joseph Scott Morgan (CrimeOnline)
  • Crime Show (Spotify’s Gimlet Media)
  • DISAPPEARANCES (Spotify / Parcast)
  • My Life of Crime with Erin Moriarty (CBS Audio)
  • WINNER: Stolen: The Search for Jermain (Spotify and Gimlet Media)

Podcasting: “Outstanding Docuseries”

  • WINNER: CBC Podcasts: Carrie Low VS. (CBC Podcasts)
  • CBC Podcasts: The Next Call with David Ridgen: The Case of Melanie Ethier (CBC Podcasts)
  • Hooked (Apple TV+ Original / Campside Media)
  • The Followers: House of Prayer (USG Audio)
  • The Followers: Madness of Two (USG Audio)

“Outstanding Documentary Film”

  • Broken Harts (discovery+)
    Produced by Jupiter Entertainment and Condé Nast Entertainment
  • WINNER: Escaping Captivity: The Kara Robinson Story (Oxygen)
    Produced by Marwar Junction Productions and Entertainment One
  • The Doomsday Files (NBC)
    Produced by Dateline NBC
  • The New York Times Presents: To Live and Die in Alabama (FX)
    Produced by The New York Times, Left/Right (a Red Arrow Studios company)
  • What Happened to Amy (NBC)
    Produced by Dateline NBC

“True Crime Book of the Year”

  • Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad (PublicAffairs, Hachette Book Group)
  • Killer By Design (Hachette Book Group)
  • Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York (Celadon Books)
  • Two Truths and a Lie: A Murder, a Private Investigator, and Her Search for Justice (Random House)
  • WINNER: The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer (Algonquin Books)

The CLUE Awards’ nominees and winners were determined by a world-class selection committee, comprised of numerous producers, network and streaming executives, creatives, and industry leaders who all represent every sector of the true-crime genre.

“True crime programming has always captivated audiences, but since launching CrimeCon in 2017 the genre has expanded dramatically,” CrimeCon founder and executive producer Kevin Balfe told Variety.

Photo credit: CrimeCon

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