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Serial Killers and the Media

By Ian Cummins,Marian Foley,Martin King
  • ISBN Code: : 3030048764
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Pages : 211
  • Category : Law
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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.

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Book Short Summary:

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  • Publisher : WildBlue Press
  • Book Code : 1952225469
  • Total of Pages : 376
  • Category : True Crime
  • Members : 101
  • Pdf File: out-of-the-mouths-of-serial-killers.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Learn why serial killers kill through their own words—including Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, the BTK Killer, Aileen Wuornos, and more than 70 others. In this one-of-a-kind book, author Mary Brett corresponded with some of America’s most evil convicted serial killers and asked just one question: WHY? Their return letters give an insightful look into the dark mind of each killer. The reader also will be able to scrutinize direct quotes, unedited, from interrogation statements, trial testimony, media interviews, and parole hearing inquests Seventy-five serial killers are included in the book, some only known to the unfortunate victims’ family, friends, and community, while others are the most infamous in the annals of serial killers. All bios feature the crime, the capture, the victims, and background facts. Crime scene photos, some graphic, are featured.

Sport, Culture and the Media

By David Rowe
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  • Publisher : McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
  • Book Code : 0335227643
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 806
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Reviewers’ comments on the first edition “Marks the coming of age of the academic study of media sport.” Media, Culture & Society “The book is extremely well-written – ideal as a student text, yet also at the forefront of innovation.” International Review of Cultural Studies “A thoroughly worthwhile read and an excellent addition to the growing literature on media sport” Sport, Education and Society Sport, Culture and the Media was the first book to analyse comprehensively two of the most powerful cultural forces of our times: sport and media. It examines the ways in which media sport has established itself in contemporary everyday life, and how sport and media have made themselves mutually dependent. This new edition examines the latest developments in sports media, including: Expanded material on new media sport and technology developments Updated coverage of political economy, including major changes in the ownership of sports broadcasting New scholarship and research on recent sports events like the Olympics and the World Cup, sports television and press, and theoretical developments in areas like globalisation and spectatorship. The first part of the book, “Making Media Sport”, traces the rise of the sports media and the ways in which broadcast and print sports texts are produced, the values and practices of those who produce them, and the economic and political influences on and implications of 'the media sports cultural complex'. The second part, “Unmaking the Media Sports Text”, concentrates on different media forms – television, still photography, news reporting, film, live commentary, creative sports writing and new media sports technologies.This is a key textbook for undergraduate studies in culture and media, sociology, sport and leisure studies, communication, race, ethnicity and gender.

Framing Celebrity

By Su Holmes,Sean Redmond
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1135653712
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 738
  • Pdf File: framing-celebrity.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Celebrity culture has a pervasive presence in our everyday lives – perhaps more so than ever before. It shapes not simply the production and consumption of media content but also the social values through which we experience the world. This collection analyses this phenomenon, bringing together essays which explore celebrity across a range of media, cultural and political contexts. The authors investigate topics such as the intimacy of fame, political celebrity, stardom in American ‘quality’ television (Sarah Jessica Parker), celebrity 'reality' TV (I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!), the circulation of the porn star, the gallery film (David/David Beckham), the concept of cartoon celebrity (The Simpsons), fandom and celebrity (k.d. lang, *NSYNC), celebrity in the tabloid press, celebrity magazines (heat, Celebrity Skins), the fame of the serial killer and narratives of mental illness in celebrity culture. The collection is organized into four themed sections: Fame Now broadly examines the contemporary contours of fame as they course through new media sites (such as 'reality' TV and the internet) and different social, cultural and political spaces. Fame Body attempts to situate the star or celebrity body at the centre of the production, circulation and consumption of contemporary fame. Fame Simulation considers the increasingly strained relationship between celebrity and artifice and ‘authenticity’. Fame Damage looks at the way the representation of fame is bound up with auto-destructive tendencies or dissolution.

New Directions in Criminological Theory

By Steve Hall,Simon Winlow
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1136306269
  • Total of Pages : 376
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 968
  • Pdf File: new-directions-in-criminological-theory.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This edited collection brings together established global scholars and new thinkers to outline fresh concepts and theoretical perspectives for criminological research and analysis in the 21st century. Criminologists from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia evaluate the current condition of criminological theory and present students and researchers with new and revised ideas from the realms of politics, culture and subjectivity to unpack crime and violence in the precarious age of global neoliberalism. These ideas range from the micro-realm of the ‘personality disorder’ to the macro-realm of global ‘power-crime’. Rejecting or modifying the orthodox notion that crime and harm are largely the products of criminalisation and control systems, these scholars bring causes and conditions back into play in an eclectic yet thematic way that should inspire students and researchers to once again investigate the reasons why some individuals and groups elect to harm others rather than seek sociability. This collection will inspire new criminologists to both look outside their discipline for new ideas to import, and to create new ideas within their discipline to reinvigorate it and further strengthen its ability to explain the crimes and harms that we see around us today. This book will be of particular interest to academics and both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the field of criminology, especially to those looking for theoretical concepts and frameworks for dissertations, theses and research reports.

American Serial Killers

By Peter Vronsky
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0593198824
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : True Crime
  • Members : 480
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Book Short Summary:

Fans of Mindhunter and true crime podcasts will devour these chilling stories of serial killers from the American "Golden Age" (1950-2000). With books like Serial Killers, Female Serial Killers and Sons of Cain, Peter Vronsky has established himself as the foremost expert on the history of serial killers. In this first definitive history of the "Golden Age" of American serial murder, when the number and body count of serial killers exploded, Vronsky tells the stories of the most unusual and prominent serial killings from the 1950s to the early twenty-first century. From Ted Bundy to the Golden State Killer, our fascination with these classic serial killers seems to grow by the day. American Serial Killers gives true crime junkies what they crave, with both perennial favorites (Ed Kemper, Jeffrey Dahmer) and lesser-known cases (Melvin Rees, Harvey Glatman).

Serial Killers

By Peter Vronsky
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101204621
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : True Crime
  • Members : 737
  • Pdf File: serial-killers.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A comprehensive examination into the frightening true crime history of serial homicide—including information on America’s most prolific serial killers such as: Ted Bundy • “Co-ed Killer” Ed Kemper • The BTK Killer • “Highway Stalker” Henry Lee Lucas • Monte Ralph Rissell • “Shoe Fetish Slayer” Jerry Brudos • “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez • “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski • Ed Gein “The Butcher of Plainfield” • “Killer Clown” John Wayne Gacy • Andrew Cunanan • And more... In this unique book, Peter Vronsky documents the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder, beginning with its first recorded instance in Ancient Rome through fifteenth-century France on to such notorious contemporary cases as cannibal/necrophile Ed Kemper, the BTK killer, Henry Lee Lucas, Monte Ralph Rissell, Jerry Brudos, Richard Ramirez, “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, Ed Gein, John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, and the emergence of what he classifies as the “serial rampage killer” such as Andrew Cunanan, who murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace. Vronsky not only offers sound theories on what makes a serial killer but also makes concrete suggestions on how to survive an encounter with one—from recognizing verbal warning signs to physical confrontational resistance. Exhaustively researched with transcripts of interviews with killers, and featuring up-to-date information on the apprehension and conviction of the Green River killer and the Beltway Snipers, Vronsky’s one-of-a-kind book covers every conceivable aspect of an endlessly riveting true crime phenomenon. INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS

Media and Crime in the U.S.

By Yvonne Jewkes,Travis Linnemann
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  • Publisher : SAGE Publications
  • Book Code : 1483373916
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 546
  • Pdf File: media-and-crime-in-the-u-s.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The rise of mobile and social media means that everyday crime news is now more immediate, more visual, and more democratically produced than ever. Offering new and innovative ways of understanding the relationship between media and crime, Media and Crime in the U.S. critically examines the influence of media coverage of crimes on culture and identity in the United States and across the globe. With comprehensive coverage of the theories, research, and key issues, acclaimed author Yvonne Jewkes and award-winning professor Travis Linnemann have come together to shed light on some of the most troubling questions surrounding media and crime today. The free open-access Student Study site at study.sagepub.com/jewkesus features web quizzes, web resources, and more. Instructors, sign in at study.sagepub.com/jewkesus for additional resources!

'Talk About The Passion' & 'Rattlesnakes'

By Graham Farrow
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1474279015
  • Total of Pages : 80
  • Category : Drama
  • Members : 277
  • Pdf File: talk-about-the-passion-rattlesnakes.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Two hard-hitting plays linked by the theme of retribution, exploring the media's fascination with serial killers, and the fall-out from infidelity in marriage Talk about the Passion: A young child is horrifically murdered; the autobiography of the serial killer is a hit publication. Jason Carroway is forced to endure the guilt at failing to protect his son and the subsequent media attention that accompanies the controversial release of the killer's autobiography. The play is a moving and powerful exploration of loss, society's collusion in the glamorisation of evil, and the desire for justice. Rattlesnakes examines the seedy world of the gigolo providing sex to bored and lonely wives. A vigilante group of betrayed husbands seek retribution in this hard-hitting study of betrayal and personal failure. Talk about the Passion has been produced in the US, Australia and New Zealand and has been adapted by the author for the screen. Published to tie in with productions at the New End Theatre, Hampstead and Arc, Stockton in September 2004.

Language, Ideology and Identity in Serial Killer Narratives

By Christiana Gregoriou
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1136837833
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 210
  • Pdf File: language-ideology-and-identity-in-serial-killer-narratives.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In this book, Gregoriou explores the portrayal of the serial killer identity and its related ideology across a range of contemporary crime narratives, including detective fiction, the true crime genre and media journalism. How exactly is the serial killer consciousness portrayed, how is the killing linguistically justified, and how distinguishing is the language revolving around criminal ideology and identity across these narrative genres? By employing linguistic and content-related methods of analysis, her study aims to work toward the development of a stylistic framework on the representation of serial killer ideology across factual (i.e. media texts), factional (i.e. true crime books) and fictional (i.e. novels) murder narratives. ‘Schema’ is a term commonly used to refer to organised bundles of knowledge in our brains, which are activated once we come across situations we have previously experienced, a ‘group schema’ being one such inventory shared by many. By analysing serial murder narratives across various genres, Gregoriou uncovers a widely shared ‘group schema’ for these murderers, and questions the extent to which real criminal minds are in fact linguistically fictionalised. Gregoriou’s study of the mental functioning and representation of criminal personas can help illuminate our schematic understanding of actual criminal minds.