crime

1106, 2015

Jordskott – Beyond ‘labs and slabs’: What fuels our appetite for serialised crime drama?

By |June 11th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Jordskott – Beyond ‘labs and slabs’: What fuels our appetite for serialised crime drama?

Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Reader in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Last night I watched the first episode of Jordskott on ITV Encore with interest. The 10 part series is the latest incarnation of Nordic Noir, following the considerable success of its predecessors which include Wallander, The Killing and The Bridge. Lengthy serialised crime dramas have become […]

106, 2015

Five years on from the Cumbrian mass shooting – what more do we know about such killers?

By |June 1st, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Five years on from the Cumbrian mass shooting – what more do we know about such killers?

Professor  Craig Jackson reflects on the Cumbrian Shooting tragedy in 2010. He suggests that mass shootings committed by single perpetrators against strangers are still increasing in frequency, but that the psycholopathogy of such perpetrators is slowly being understood more fully. Depression and suicidal tendencies are not predictors of mass shooters – but personality flaws may […]

1702, 2015

Who killed EastEnders’ Lucy Beale? Or more importantly, why do we care?

By |February 17th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on Who killed EastEnders’ Lucy Beale? Or more importantly, why do we care?

One of the things that gets me out of bed in the morning is my mission to bust the numerous myths and stereotypes around homicide[1]. Whilst crimes like this feature prominently in the broadcast and entertainment media, they are very rare and not many of us will have direct experience of them. This is clearly […]

1401, 2015

Bring Back Borstal

By |January 14th, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on Bring Back Borstal

Would bringing back the methods from Borstal Prison solve the current crisis in UK prisons? Professor David Wilson discusses.

In what can only be described as one of the worst inspection reports on a Young Offender Institution (YOI) of all time, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, yesterday described HMYOI Feltham as “unacceptably violent” and […]

1206, 2014

The virgin spree-killer and beyond: acting under the influence

By |June 12th, 2014|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on The virgin spree-killer and beyond: acting under the influence

Professor Craig Jackson – Head of Psychology

It is a fact of journalism that we all know: when a spree-killer shoots or stabs multiple victims and secures a large number of fatalities, the story receives serious news coverage, and such coverage is exacerbated if the shooter remains at large and local police are issuing ‘active shooter’ […]

410, 2013

Keanu and Hamzah – What would you do?

By |October 4th, 2013|In The News|Comments Off on Keanu and Hamzah – What would you do?

Dr Liz Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

This week we have seen the publication of the Serious Case Review (SCR) into the death of Keanu Williams, brutally murdered by his mother Rebecca Shuttleworth – now serving a minimum 18 year prison sentence. We have also seen the conclusion of the trial of Amanda […]

1508, 2013

Family Annihilation – A tragic and little understood phenomenon

By |August 15th, 2013|In The News|Comments Off on Family Annihilation – A tragic and little understood phenomenon

Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Professor David Wilson and Adam Lynes – Centre for Applied Criminology

This month sees the publication of research on family annihilation by the Centre for Applied Criminology in the prestigious, peer review Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. Family annihilators are parents who deliberately kill their child/children, may kill or attempt to kill their […]

3107, 2013

The denial of child abuse and neglect – my thoughts in the aftermath of the Daniel Pelka case

By |July 31st, 2013|In The News|1 Comment

By Dr Liz Yardley, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

This week we have seen the trial relating to the death of 4 year-old Daniel Pelka conclude. Daniel’s mother Magdalena Luczak and his stepfather Mariusz Krezolek have both been found guilty of murder following a lengthy trial in which the court heard how Daniel […]

3107, 2013

Are TV dramas glorifying spree-killings?

By |July 31st, 2013|In The News|Comments Off on Are TV dramas glorifying spree-killings?

Professor Craig Jackson asks if real spree-killing incidents are often copied by some individuals who are inspired by news coverage, does it not stand to reason that the dramatisation of spree-killings may also have this power?

Sunday 4 August at 9pm will see Channel 4 broadcast the first episode of a four-part drama, Southcliffe, about an […]

1406, 2013

“You can give any muppet a gun” – so let’s not make Dale Cregan the latest celebrity ‘hard man’

By |June 14th, 2013|In The News|Comments Off on “You can give any muppet a gun” – so let’s not make Dale Cregan the latest celebrity ‘hard man’

By Dr Liz Yardley, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

Today we saw the conclusion of the trial of Dale Cregan, the 29 year-old Manchester man who admitted to killing PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes in a gun and grenade attack on 18 September last year. Earlier in 2012 he had killed […]