Hindley: ‘The Most Evil Woman in Britain’?

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


This chapter will explore the representation of Myra Hindley. She was commonly referred to in the tabloid press as the most evil woman in Britain. The chapter will examine representations of Hindley and her role in the crimes shift. Gender is a key issue here. Some writers such as Wilde (2016) argue that Hindley’s treatment was the result of deeply engrained patriarchal attitudes. It is suggested that Hindley is regarded as doubly deviant—a killer but also a female killer who transgresses feminine norms. The fact that a woman was involved in the abduction and murder of children is viewed as being even more abhorrent. A perversion of the perceived female role as mother and nurturer.


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Authors and Affiliations

  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

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