murder

1702, 2015

Who killed EastEnders’ Lucy Beale? Or more importantly, why do we care?

By |February 17th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off

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

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

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

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

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 […]

3107, 2013

Are TV dramas glorifying spree-killings?

By |July 31st, 2013|In The News|Comments Off

Professor Craig Jackson asks if real spree-killing incidents are often copied by some individuals who are inspired by news coverage, does it not stand to reason that the dramatisation of spree-killings may also have this power?

Sunday 4 August at 9pm will see Channel 4 broadcast the first episode of a four-part drama, Southcliffe, about an […]

2606, 2013

Children are everyone’s responsibility – some reflections in the aftermath of the Keanu Williams case

By |June 26th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off

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

This week we have seen 25-year-old Rebecca Shuttleworth receive a minimum sentence of 18 years for the murder of her son, 2-year-old Keanu Williams. The abuse that Keanu experienced led him to suffer more than 35 injuries between November 2010 and January 2011. He […]

1406, 2013

“You can give any muppet a gun” – so let’s not make Dale Cregan the latest celebrity ‘hard man’

By |June 14th, 2013|In The News|Comments Off

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

Today we saw the conclusion of the trial of Dale Cregan, the 29 year-old Manchester man who admitted to killing PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes in a gun and grenade attack on 18 September last year. Earlier in 2012 he had killed […]

306, 2013

As Oscar Pistorius takes centre stage, let’s not forget the victims

By |June 3rd, 2013|In The News|Comments Off

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

This week will see the world cast eyes once again on Oscar Pistorius, the South African sprinter previously known for his achievements on the athletics track, notably as the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics. Pistorius is due to stand trial later […]