murder

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 […]

3009, 2015

Should Sarah Sands be turned into a poster girl for paedophile hunters?

By |September 30th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on Should Sarah Sands be turned into a poster girl for paedophile hunters?

by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Director of the Centre of Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

This week a woman was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for killing a man charged with sexually assaulting young boys on the east London estate where they lived. Sarah Sands, 32, carried out the killing within weeks of hearing that […]

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 […]

2006, 2014

Colchester killings “likely to be linked” says criminology expert

By |June 20th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on Colchester killings “likely to be linked” says criminology expert

Leading criminologist Professor David Wilson comments on the murder of student Nahid Almanea

Commenting on the murder of a Saudi Arabian student in Colchester on Tuesday, which Essex police have said has “similarities” with a killing in the same area in March, Birmingham City University’s Professor David Wilson, Professor of Criminology, said:

“Random attacks which lead to […]

2101, 2014

Giants, Witches and Serpents: Making sense of “Serial Killer” Joanna Dennehy?

By |January 21st, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on Giants, Witches and Serpents: Making sense of “Serial Killer” Joanna Dennehy?

Dr Liz Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

This week 31 year-old Joanna Dennehy returns to the spotlight as the media descend on Cambridge Crown Court to witness the trials of the men accused of assisting her in her crimes.  Dennehy entered a guilty plea to the murders of Lukasz Slaboszewski, John Chapman and […]

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 […]

2308, 2013

What Remains? Not ‘Social Capital’ that’s for sure

By |August 23rd, 2013|In The News|Comments Off on What Remains? Not ‘Social Capital’ that’s for sure

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

This Sunday sees the arrival of the BBC four-part crime drama, ‘What Remains’. The setting is a block of flats in South London. Melissa Young, the resident of the top floor flat has not been seen for two years. A body is discovered in […]

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 […]