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Serial Killers and the Media

The Moors Murders Legacy

  • Ian Cummins
  • Marian Foley
  • Martin King

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture book series (PSCMC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Ian Cummins, Marian Foley, Martin King
    Pages 1-14
  3. Ian Cummins, Marian Foley, Martin King
    Pages 15-30
  4. Ian Cummins, Marian Foley, Martin King
    Pages 31-50
  5. Ian Cummins, Marian Foley, Martin King
    Pages 51-65
  6. Ian Cummins, Marian Foley, Martin King
    Pages 67-87
  7. Ian Cummins, Marian Foley, Martin King
    Pages 89-114
  8. Ian Cummins, Marian Foley, Martin King
    Pages 115-134
  9. Ian Cummins, Marian Foley, Martin King
    Pages 135-157
  10. Ian Cummins, Marian Foley, Martin King
    Pages 159-178
  11. Ian Cummins, Marian Foley, Martin King
    Pages 179-187
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 189-211

About this book

Introduction

This book examines the media and cultural responses to the awful crimes of Brady and Hindley, whose murders provided a template for future media reporting on serial killers. It explores a wide variety of topics relating to the Moors Murders case including: the historical and geographical context of the murders, the reporting of the case and the unique features which have become standard for other murder cases e.g. nicknames for the serial killers, and it discusses the nature of evil and psychopaths and how they are represented in film, drama, novels and art. It also questions the ethics of the “serial killing industry” and how the modern cultural fixation on celebrity has extended to serial killers, and it explores the impact on the journalists and police officers from being involved in such cases including some interviews with them. The treatment of Brady and Hindley by the media also raises profound questions about the nature of punishment including the links between mental illness and crime and whether there is ever the prospect of redemption. This book draws on cultural studies, criminology, sociology and socio-legal studies to offers a multi-dimensional analysis of the impact of this case and then uses this as a basis for the analysis of more recent cases such as the crimes of Peter Sutcliffe and Harold Shipman.

Keywords

murder killer serial killer criminology media jack the ripper popular culture jekyll Hindley psycho Ian Brady crime and media violence nietzsche abyss police

Authors and affiliations

  • Ian Cummins
    • 1
  • Marian Foley
    • 2
  • Martin King
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Health and SocietyUniversity of SalfordSalfordUK
  2. 2.Department of Social Care and Social WorkManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK
  3. 3.Department of Health Care StudiesManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-04876-1
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-04875-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-04876-1
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