murder

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 […]

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 […]

2408, 2016

New BBC thriller series ‘One of Us’ – a feast of crime and deviance

By |August 24th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on New BBC thriller series ‘One of Us’ – a feast of crime and deviance

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

In recent years we’ve seen a few ‘whydunit’ dramas emerge, such as The Fall, when we know who the perpetrator is from the outset and spend the series trying to figure out what drives them to […]

1305, 2016

Marcella and Female Detectives in TV Crime Drama – Mad Women and Bad Men

By |May 13th, 2016|In The News|Comments Off on Marcella and Female Detectives in TV Crime Drama – Mad Women and Bad Men

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

The ITV crime drama series Marcella draws to a close this week. Anna Friel plays Marcella Backland, a detective who returned to work at the deep end among a team of detectives on the trail of […]

2411, 2015

Cutting-edge research that leads the news agenda

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by Professor David Wilson, Centre for Applied Criminology, Birmingham City University

The news today that the Children’s Commissioner believes that 85 per cent of child sexual abuse is “missed” will sadly come as no surprise to academics working at the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.

Some 2½ years ago in July 2013, Professor Elizabeth […]

1211, 2015

The co-offending relationship between Shauna Hoare and Nathan Matthews

By |November 12th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on The co-offending relationship between Shauna Hoare and Nathan Matthews

Dr Charlotte Barlow, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Notorious male and female co-offenders provide fascinating, yet disturbing images of crime and deviancy, with the likes of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady, Rose and Fred West being some of the most infamous offenders in UK history. It is often questioned how two people can be […]

1211, 2015

The Killing of Becky Watts: Not sexual fantasy but twisted reality

By |November 12th, 2015|In The News|1 Comment

Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University

Over the past six weeks, we have heard about the violent death of Bristol teenager Becky Watts. A range of characters stood accused of various offences in relation to her killing but taking centre stage were two people she should have felt safe around. They were her […]

2810, 2015

How should we judge who is Britain’s worst murderer?

By |October 28th, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on How should we judge who is Britain’s worst murderer?

By Professor David Wilson & Professor Elizabeth Yardley, Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

As academic experts on murder and serial murder, one of the most common questions that we are asked – both more popularly and by other academics – is “who is Britain’s worst murderer?”

Probing this question a little further, it soon becomes apparent that […]