murder

1104, 2017

Murdered Abroad: Supporting those affected by homicide in a foreign country

By |April 11th, 2017|Opinion|0 Comments

By Liam Brolan, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

According to figures published by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 83 British people fell victim to homicide in a foreign country in the year 2014.  Cases of homicide abroad can often attract a large amount of media attention and consequently the impact of the murder reaches […]

504, 2017

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

By |April 5th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

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 […]

2302, 2017

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

By |February 23rd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]