Crime Con kicked off its second year at Nashville’s famous Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. The three-day true crime-themed convention featured interactive panels, live podcast recordings, exclusive screenings, and rare opportunities to hear from prestigious guest panelists, speakers, and experts. 

Outside of panels and speakers, Crime Con provides the opportunity to stream new shows and documentaries. One of the screenings we had the opportunity to attend was for a show premiering on WGN America in January 2019 called “Pure”. It’s a scripted drama based on real events, following a Mennonite pastor attempting to rid his community of drug traffickers. After the screening, we had the opportunity to speak with one of the lead actors, Alex Paxton-Beesley, about the show, what draws her into true crime, and what her experience at Crime Con 2018 was like.

Anna Funk (Alex Paxton-Beesley) is the model Mennonite wife. Devout. Supportive. Obedient. So when Noah is in over his head; trying to single-handedly take down the Mennonite Mob, Anna comes to his rescue. Her devotion to her family and fast thinking problem solving helps keep Noah alive long enough to keep the cocaine flowing so he can complete his secret mission.

You can catch Alex in the series premiere of “Pure” Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at 10/9c. You can learn more about the new true-crime series HERE and view the trailer below.


Interviewer: Lauren Brumley

Guest: Alex Paxton-Beesley

Photography: Kevin McCarthy

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