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Fallen Angel: The 10 Year Death Anniversary of Gerry Tobin

By |August 13th, 2017|

By Mohammed Rahman Lecturer in Criminology
Few of us in Britain have probably heard of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle club (HAMC) – an internationally renowned biker organisation that boasts of having 425 chapters across 50 countries.  Fewer have probably heard of Gerry Tobin, a former Hell’s Angels member who was gunned down on 12th August 2007 […]

The Road to Murder: Why driving is the occupation of choice for serial killers

By |April 5th, 2017|

by Dr Adam Lynes, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Peter Sutcliffe, Robert Black, John Duffy, David Mulcahy, Fred West, Peter Tobin, Levi Bellfield and Steve Wright: All Serial killers who hunted for their prey on Britain’s Roads.

Despite the wealth of academic literature relating to serial murderers, there has been little research into how the […]

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Can murderer Ian Stewart be considered as a ‘Black Widower’?

By |February 23rd, 2017|

by Dr Adam Lynes, Criminologist at Birmingham City University

Ian Stewart, the fiance of children’s author Helen Bailey, has today been sentenced to 34 years in prison for her murder. The conviction of Ian Stewart has raised questions into how and why a seemingly loving partner would want to kill their spouse. In exploring this question, […]

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What’s the deal with websleuths? New research explores the popular culture phenomenon

By |November 4th, 2016|

By Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

Websleuthing is the internet-facilitated investigation of crime by people not acting in an official capacity. Websleuths are essentially the twenty first century’s amateur detectives. In recent years, thousands of people – me included – have flocked to spaces like www.websleuths.com, true […]

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How society has created groups that are vulnerable to serial murder

By |November 1st, 2016|

by Dr Adam Lynes, criminologist at Birmingham City University

Stephen Port, forty-one and a chef from East London, is currently on trial for the murder of four men who were found dumped within 400 metres of Port’s home in Cooke Street over a 15-month period. In particular, Port is accused of luring the four young men […]

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‘The Circus of Horrors’ – A Criminologist’s thoughts on the “Killer Clown Epidemic”

By |October 17th, 2016|

by Dr Adam Lynes, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The 2016 clown sightings, which have commonly been referred to by names such as “panic”, “uprising”, “epidemic”, and “invasion” , are a series of “evil” or “killer” clown sightings reported in the United States and to a lesser extent other Western countries since August 2016.

This […]

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Does taxi driver Christopher Halliwell have more victims? A criminologist’s thoughts…

By |September 22nd, 2016|

by Dr Adam Lynes, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

You may have heard of Christopher Halliwell, an ex-taxi driver from Swindon, in the news recently for his attack and subsequent murder of two women. It was revealed that Halliwell, operating as a taxi driver, picked up both Becky Godden and Sian O’Callaghan in Swindon […]

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BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Can the final episode be likened to real-life murder cases?

By |September 16th, 2016|

<by Dr Adam Lynes, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

As suggested last week, it was highly unlikely that Rob was going to be the killer, despite his apparent motivation to kill the “knife wielding drug addict” who murdered the young couple in the first episode, and the practical manner in which he assisted in […]

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BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Is Rob really the killer?

By |September 9th, 2016|

by Dr Adam Lynes, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

One of the more interesting themes from this week (Episode 3) was the juxtaposition between how the media reported and portrayed the young murdered couple to, as hinted at the end of the episode, the potentially darker reality behind why they were in fact killed. This brings […]

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‘An eye for an eye’ – Episode 2 of BBC Thriller ‘One of Us’

By |September 1st, 2016|

Dr Adam Lynes, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

This week’s episode of One of Us continues the “whodunit” style established in the first episode, but introduces and develops interesting themes that, from the point of view of a criminologist, are very interesting.

The most fascinating theme that I found myself being drawn to was the more philosophical […]

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