Reading and Writing About Serial Killing and Serial Killers

  • Ian CumminsEmail author
  • Marian Foley
  • Martin King
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture book series (PSCMC)


This chapter will consider society’s ongoing fascination with violent crime, particularly sexual crimes against women and children. It will focus on the development of the true crime genre. The Moors Murders case has been the subject of a number of such treatments; this genre seeks to or makes the claim that it will provide the definitive story of a particular crime—usually a serial killer or rapist. The conventions of the genre raise a number of ethical, philosophical and moral issues. The narrative structure of true crime focuses on the perpetrator, whereas victims and their families are marginalised. They become minor characters appearing briefly before disappearing from the narrative having been subjected to degradation and violent assault.


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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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