criminology

111, 2016

How society has created groups that are vulnerable to serial murder

By |November 1st, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on How society has created groups that are vulnerable to serial murder

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 […]

2610, 2016

The Exploitation of ‘Antique’ Firearms in Birmingham’s Criminal Underworld

By |October 26th, 2016|Opinion|Comments Off on The Exploitation of ‘Antique’ Firearms in Birmingham’s Criminal Underworld

By Mohammed Rahman, PhD Researcher and Assistant Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Birmingham has a rich and proud history of manufacturing guns.  The second city’s Gun Quarter was once the epicentre of the world’s gun manufacturing industry (Chinn, 1994).  To put things into perspective, by the outbreak of the Second World War, the Birmingham […]

2410, 2016

Ched Evans: A Controversial Case

By |October 24th, 2016|In The News|Comments Off on Ched Evans: A Controversial Case

By Liam Brolan, PhD Researcher and Visiting Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The quashing of former Wales international and Chesterfield striker, Ched Evans’ rape conviction two weeks ago, would appear to be one of the most provocative criminal justice stories of 2016. The outcome of the case, which has split opinion and sparked fierce […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]