Opinion

2010, 2016

What is our fascination with the subject of murder and why does it captivate so many of us?

By |October 20th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What is our fascination with the subject of murder and why does it captivate so many of us?

by Morag Kennedy, Visiting Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Murder is, of course, the ultimate taboo.  However it is also a human impulse.  Often when we see murder on the news, we are disgusted by its consequences: the life lost; the grieving family; its effect on that particular close-knit community.  However, there is an […]

1910, 2016

Should American girl group G.R.L sue Little Mix for “copying” their music?

By |October 19th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Should American girl group G.R.L sue Little Mix for “copying” their music?

by Dr Ewan Kirk, senior lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Birmingham City University

The discussion over musicians writing songs that infringe on previous songs from other artists has been topical over the past few years. There has been high-profile litigation over the issue in the US, firstly between Pharrell Williams and the family of […]

1710, 2016

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

By |October 17th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on ‘The Circus of Horrors’ – A Criminologist’s thoughts on the “Killer Clown Epidemic”

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 […]

410, 2016

Could EastEnders’ Denise change her mind about her baby’s adoption?

By |October 4th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Could EastEnders’ Denise change her mind about her baby’s adoption?

by Alison Edwards, senior lecturer in Midwifery at Birmingham City University

A recent storyline on EastEnders has seen Denise Fox fall pregnant at the age of 47.  Many may question the likelihood of such an occurrence but in reality, Denise’s situation is not that unusual. Recent ONS (Office for National Statistics) figures indicate a year-on-year increase […]

2209, 2016

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

By |September 22nd, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Does taxi driver Christopher Halliwell have more victims? A criminologist’s thoughts…

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 […]

2109, 2016

Channel 4’s ‘National Treasure’ and the Silent Victims

By |September 21st, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Channel 4’s ‘National Treasure’ and the Silent Victims

by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.

New Channel 4 drama ‘National Treasure’ began last night, which follows the story of Paul Finchley, a much-loved and ageing comedian who finds his world shaken to its foundations after an accusation of rape that dates […]

2009, 2016

Why should we be concerned about violence in Ice Hockey?

By |September 20th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Why should we be concerned about violence in Ice Hockey?

by Dr Victoria Silverwood, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Although ice hockey remains a marginal sport in the UK, it is gaining popularity with over 20 professional teams and hundreds of recreational and junior teams covering the United Kingdom.

Ice hockey is unique among sports for its legitimisation of the bare-knuckle fist fight within the […]

2009, 2016

One hundred voices – mental health homicides

By |September 20th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on One hundred voices – mental health homicides

By Kim Moore, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health

Statistics published earlier this month outlining the number of homicides carried out by people with mental illnesses, have hit the headlines in local and national media.  A loud sense of outrage is encouraged by some sections of the media, whose emotive terms and poignant stories work to vilify […]

1609, 2016

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

By |September 16th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Can the final episode be likened to real-life murder cases?

<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 […]

909, 2016

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

By |September 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Is Rob really the killer?

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 […]