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911, 2016

One year on from the Paris attacks, what makes terrorist activity so difficult to detect and tackle?

By |November 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on One year on from the Paris attacks, what makes terrorist activity so difficult to detect and tackle?

by Dr John Bahadur Lamb, Lecturer in Criminology and Security Studies at Birmingham City University

A year ago this Sunday (13 Nov) France experienced the worst terrorist attack in its history which left 89 people dead. This devastating attack was claimed by the so called Islamic State.

The Bataclan nightclub, bars, restaurants and the Stade de France […]

411, 2016

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

By |November 4th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What’s the deal with websleuths? New research explores the popular culture phenomenon

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 […]

211, 2016

Lovable Rogues: The Public Fascination of Gangsters

By |November 2nd, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Lovable Rogues: The Public Fascination of Gangsters

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

On Monday, it was announced that British actor Tom Hardy is set to play Al Capone in a forthcoming film, focusing on the final years of the Chicagoan mobster.  Once on the FBI’s most wanted list, Al Capone’s criminal activities of bootlegging, protection […]

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 […]

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 […]

109, 2016

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

By |September 1st, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on ‘An eye for an eye’ – Episode 2 of BBC Thriller ‘One of Us’

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 […]