Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture

Serial Killers and the Media

The Moors Murders Legacy

Authors: Cummins, Ian, Foley, Marian, King, Martin

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  • Uses the Moors Murders as an example for exploring social, media and cultural responses to serial murder and violence
  • Offers a truly multi-dimensional analysis of the themes surrounding serial killers and the media, including exploring the modern fixation on celebrity and serial killers
  • Draws upon other international serial killer case studies
  • Discusses the recent death of Ian Brady
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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.


About the authors

Ian Cummins is Senior Lecturer at the University of Salford, UK. His research focuses on mental health issues in the Criminal Justice System.

Marian Foley is Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Her research focuses on the impact of sexual violence on women and children.

Martin King is Principal Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. His research focuses on masculinity, celebrity, fandom and popular culture. 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $19.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-04876-1
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Softcover $27.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-04875-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Serial Killers and the Media
Book Subtitle
The Moors Murders Legacy
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04876-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04876-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-04875-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 211
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