Category Archives: Current Affairs

The Turkish Gang War

Blog Category: Current Affairs

The gang-related revenge killing or ‘tit for tat’ feud accounts for a very small proportion of murders in London. It is however one of the most disturbing, conjuring up echoes of the American mafia as represented by The Godfather and … Continue reading

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A Sister’s Plea for Help

Blog Category: Current Affairs, Unsolved Murders

The sister of a father-of-five who was murdered three years ago blames The Sun newspaper for the failure to catch his killers. In December 2011, Sarah-Jane Cunningham spent the third anniversary of her brother’s death handing out police appeal notices. … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Cameras in Court

Blog Category: Current Affairs, Film, Photography, The Justice System

Earlier this month Sky, ITN and the BBC lobbied the government to allow cameras in court. The hope is that criminal trials could be televised as early as early as 2015. The ban on taking photographs goes back to 1925 … Continue reading

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On Racist Murders

Blog Category: Current Affairs, The Justice System

The murder of Danny O’Shea in east London last week has highlighted one particularly divisive issue – when can you classify a murder as racially aggravated? There have been questions – particularly from what you might call ‘right wing organisations’ … Continue reading

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Hacking scandal’s first victim?

Blog Category: Current Affairs

While the hacking scandal is dominating the news, it’s worth remembering a gruesome south London murder 24 years ago. Daniel Morgan, a 37 year-old private investigator, was hacked to death with an axe in the car park of the Golden … Continue reading

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At the Scene of a Murder

Blog Category: Current Affairs, Media, Photography

The murder scene is now a stock image of TV and film. A dishevelled detective arrives, crouches down over a dead body, spots something everybody else missed and then makes a smart comment to amuse the audience. With the viewer … Continue reading

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Reactions to a Murder

Blog Category: Current Affairs, London

When someone is murdered in London, who notices? Aside from the obvious – witnesses, the local community, the police – the answer depends on the type of case and the victim. Carlos Roberto Oliveria was stabbed to death near Burnt … Continue reading

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Stenography and Charles Dickens

Blog Category: Current Affairs, The Justice System

This week the BBC reported – in its own strange way – that court proceedings will be digitally recorded instead of taken down by dedicated stenographers. This could be said to bring an end to a tradition going back to … Continue reading

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How to Name a Serial Killer

Blog Category: Current Affairs, Media

Every report of the case of serial killer Stephen Griffiths referred to him as the ‘Crossbow Cannibal’. But where did this name come from? Griffiths gave this name when making his first court appearance before Magistrates in May 2010. He didn’t come … Continue reading

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The Identity of Jon Venables

Blog Category: Current Affairs, Media, The Justice System

How many people know Jon Venables’ new identity? Well, for a start, everybody who was in court 14 of the Old Bailey last Friday morning. Given the number of times we were told his life was under threat, it was … Continue reading

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