Category Archives: Media

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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A Victorian Murderer in London

Blog Category: Books

Think of the Victorian Era and you’ll no doubt find your brain assailed by Dickensian images of steam trains, top hats and small children with a glint in their eye and your watch in their pocket. It was also the … Continue reading

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The Jury: Perverting the Course of Justice

Blog Category: Film, The Justice System

Forget the legal inaccuracies, the irrelevant sub-plots and the intrusive commercial breaks. What really killed off ITV’s The Jury was a lack of confidence in courtroom drama. It looked promising enough. Written by the Oscar-nominated author of Frost/Nixon and The … 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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UK Crime Map

Blog Category: Internet / New Media, The Justice System

The new police crime map ( is the third version to hit the internet since January 2009. Earlier attempts didn’t particularly excite the interest of the public. This time the site buckled under the pressure of 18 million hits an … Continue reading

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World of Murder Maps

Blog Category: Internet / New Media

Who created the first ‘murder map’? What did it show, and where? Theoretically it could have been a scrap of paper featuring a rough pencil diagram and a cross to mark the spot. It could even have been drawn by … 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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A Literary Graph of Murder

Blog Category: Books, Media

What does this graph tell us? It’s meant to show the frequency of the terms murder and homicide in English books from the time of ‘Jack the Ripper’ to the present day. The answer is probably ‘not much’ – apart … Continue reading

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21st Century Court Reporting

Blog Category: Media, The Justice System

Reports that legal history had been made by a judge allowing the use of Twitter in open court for an extradition hearing in London sparked a few earth-shattering predictions. Was this the end of court reporting as we know it? Could … Continue reading

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Violence in Films and Computer Games: Guest Blog

Blog Category: Film, Media

Does the portrayal of violence in the media affect human behaviour? Should we be concerned about violence in computer games, books and film? These questions are being asked more often as games in particular grow ever more realistic. The US … Continue reading

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