Goodbye from Crime Bites

Dear Listeners,

Over the past year, I’ve really enjoyed making Crime Bites. I’ve met some really interesting people and have expanded my own knowledge of the fascinating world of criminology more than I imagined possible. It’s been great to have the opportunity to shed light on some of the cases and issues that often go unseen in the mainstream media. However, a weekly show is a bit too much to handle with a full time job so I’m calling it a day with Crime Bites. Thank you for all of your support and for helping me make Crime Bites into the show it became. I will keep the iTunes and Stitcher feeds live for the time being so you’ll still be able to go in and listen to the old episodes.

This isn’t the end of my podcasting journey though – I will be back in March / April with a brand new podcast! The new podcast will be in a seasonal format and series one will be exploring serial homicide. Stay tuned to the Crime Bites Twitter feed (@CrimeBitesPod) for more news!

Thanks for listening!

Professor Elizabeth Yardley

Damien Nettles – Still Missing – Part 3

In Part Three of this Crime Bites Christmas Special, I speak to Damien’s mother Valerie Nettles about her experiences in the 21 years since he went missing and the investigation into his disappearance.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Damien Nettles – or know someone who does – please call Hampshire Police on 101 quoting ‘Operation Ridgewood’.

Website run by Damien’s family and friends about his case.

Yorkies chip shop CCTV footage.

Information about Damien’s Law and what you can do to help.

Someone Knows song – available on iTunes.

BBC Three series, Unsolved – The boy who disappeared, is available on YouTube.

Isle of Wight County Press article about the painting of Damien by a local A-Level Art student.

Men Missing on a Night Out – the research report by Geoff Newiss and Ian Greatbatch.

Music for Crime Bites is by Lee Rosevere at Happy Puppy Records (http://www.happypuppyrecords.ca/).

Please consider supporting Crime Bites via a small monthly donation – visit our Patreon page to find out more,

Damien Nettles – Still Missing – Part 1

Over the next week, Crime Bites will focus upon the case of Damien Nettles, a 16-year-old boy who went missing from the Isle of Wight in the south of England in 1996. In the 21 years that have passed, no one has seen or heard from Damien. Today’s episode is an introduction to the case. I’ll tell you about Damien and give a breakdown of the events on the evening he went missing. I’ll also summarise what happened – and indeed what didn’t happen – afterwards.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Damien Nettles – or know someone who does – please call Hampshire Police on 101 quoting ‘Operation Ridgewood’.

Website run by Damien’s family and friends about his case.

Yorkies chip shop CCTV footage.

Information about Damien’s Law and what you can do to help.

Someone Knows song – available on iTunes.

BBC Three series, Unsolved – The boy who disappeared, is available on YouTube.

Isle of Wight County Press article about the painting of Damien by a local A-Level Art student.

Men Missing on a Night Out – the research report by Geoff Newiss and Ian Greatbatch.

Music for Crime Bites is by Lee Rosevere at Happy Puppy Records (http://www.happypuppyrecords.ca/).

Please consider supporting Crime Bites via a small monthly donation – visit our Patreon page to find out more.

Damien Nettles – Still Missing – Part 2

In Part Two of this Crime Bites Christmas Special, in which we’re focusing on the case of Damien Nettles, I speak to two of my colleagues, Professor David Wilson and Donal MacIntyre, criminologists from Birmingham City University about their thoughts on the case.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Damien Nettles – or know someone who does – please call Hampshire Police on 101 quoting ‘Operation Ridgewood’.

Website run by Damien’s family and friends about his case.

Yorkies chip shop CCTV footage.

Information about Damien’s Law and what you can do to help.

Someone Knows song – available on iTunes.

BBC Three series, Unsolved – The boy who disappeared, is available on YouTube.

Isle of Wight County Press article about the painting of Damien by a local A-Level Art student.

Men Missing on a Night Out – the research report by Geoff Newiss and Ian Greatbatch.

Music for Crime Bites is by Lee Rosevere at Happy Puppy Records (http://www.happypuppyrecords.ca/).

Please consider supporting Crime Bites via a small monthly donation – visit our Patreon page to find out more,

Alias Grace – Criminologists discuss the Netflix series

In this episode, Elizabeth joins two criminologists from Birmingham City University – Donal MacIntyre (@donalmacintyre) and Jenna Page (@Page_jen) –  to discuss the Netflix crime drama series Alias Grace. To find out more about the Crime Culture and Contemporary Media research group at Birmingham City University, please click here.

Music for Crime Bites is by Lee Rosevere at Happy Puppy Records (http://www.happypuppyrecords.ca/).

Please consider supporting Crime Bites via a small monthly donation – visit our Patreon page to find out more.

Image: “vintage-1898388_1920” By Prawny [CC0 (https://pixabay.com/en/vintage-old-fashioned-victorian-1898388/)] via pixabay.

The Lost Boys of Sunderland: The forgotten victims of an unseen serial killer

In this episode, Elizabeth joins Professor David Wilson (@ProfDavidWilson) and Dr Adam Lynes (@Lynesey89) of Birmingham City University to talk about the murders of Simon Martin, Thomas Kelly, David Hanson and David Grieff. These four boys were killed by one man in the North East of England between 1990 and 1994. Serial murder is rare in England and Wales and when these crimes do occur, they tend to receive a lot of media attention. So why is this case one that people don’t seem to know about?

Online articles about the case:

https://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/crime/family-slam-despicable-serial-killer-1-6185257

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/crime/10760950.Sunderland_serial_killer_Steven_Grieveson_given_life_with_minimum_of_35_years_for_killing_boy__14/

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/14/steven-grieveson-admits-killing-boy

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2011/oct/28/my-child-the-murderer

Music for Crime Bites is by Lee Rosevere at Happy Puppy Records (http://www.happypuppyrecords.ca/).

Please consider supporting Crime Bites via a small monthly donation – visit our Patreon page to find out more.

Image: Sunderland Marina from Harbour View
cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Andrew Curtis – geograph.org.uk/p/2194311

“The Walking Dead” and late capitalism: A criminological take on the zombie apocalypse with Dr Tom Raymen

In this episode, Elizabeth joins Dr Tom Raymen of Plymouth University to discuss the drama series The Walking Dead. For more information about The Walking Dead, visit the show’s page. Tom’s paper about the series Living in the end times through popular culture: An ultra-realist analysis of The Walking Dead as popular criminology is published in the journal Crime Media Culture. Evan Osnos’s article for the New Yorker, Doomsday Prep for the Super Rich, can be accessed here.  To find out more about Tom’s work, please check out his Plymouth University staff page.  You can follow Tom on Twitter @TWRaymen.

Please consider supporting Crime Bites via a small monthly donation – visit our Patreon page to find out more.

Music for Crime Bites is by Lee Rosevere at Happy Puppy Records (http://www.happypuppyrecords.ca/).

Image: “walking-dead-zombies-destroyed-city-1666584” By Ahmadreza89 [CC0 (https://pixabay.com/en/walking-dead-zombies-destroyed-city-1666584/)]  via pixabay

Crime Fighting Superheroes – From the comic book to the screen

This week, Elizabeth is joined by Dr Adam Lynes (@Lynesey89) and Kevin Hoffin (@KHriminology) from the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University to discuss crime comic books and the superheroes who have leapt out from the pages and onto our screens.  Why do we need superheroes? What does this suggest about our faith in law and order? How do they present the age-old divisions of the criminal and the law abiding, the good and the bad? If we scratch below the surface, are comic book stories revealing much more about society, politics and culture than we realise – particularly in terms of how we make sense of crime? Find out more about Elizabeth, Adam and Kevin’s work around crime, culture and contemporary media here.

Please consider supporting Crime Bites via a small monthly donation – visit our Patreon page to find out more.

Music for Crime Bites is by Lee Rosevere at Happy Puppy Records (http://www.happypuppyrecords.ca/).

Image: “pow-comic-comic-book-fight-1601674” By aitoff [CC0 (https://pixabay.com/en/pow-comic-comic-book-fight-1601674/)] via pixabay

Special Episode – Websleuthing: Citizen detectives in the 21st century

On the show this week we’re talking about websleuths, or as we prefer to call them – “citizen detectives”. I join two colleagues from Birmingham City University – Emma Kelly (@crimemma) and Adam Lynes (@Lynesey89) – to discuss the research we carried out into this phenomenon. I also speak to Lance Reenstierna (@LReenstierna) and Tim Pilleri (@TimPilleri), creators and hosts of the Missing Maura Murray (@MauraMurrayDoc) and Crawlspace (@CrawlSpacePod) podcasts to discuss their experiences of being citizen detectives and working with other websleuths.

The first reference we found to citizen detectives in news media – the case of Amanda Froistad.

Billy Jensen’s article – Will the Internet Find Maura Murray?

Music for Crime Bites is by Lee Rosevere at Happy Puppy Records  (http://www.happypuppyrecords.ca/).

Please consider supporting Crime Bites via a small monthly donation – visit our Patreon page to find out more.

Image: By iAmMrRob [CC0 (https://pixabay.com/en/hacking-cyber-blackandwhite-crime-2903156/)] via pixabay

Legitimised Violence in Professional Ice Hockey – Dr Victoria Silverwood

This week, Elizabeth joins Dr Victoria Silverwood (@SilverwoodVS) to discuss her research about legitimised violence in ice hockey. To find out more about Victoria’s work, check out her Birmingham City University staff page.

Music for Crime Bites is by Lee Rosevere at Happy Puppy Records  (http://www.happypuppyrecords.ca/).

Please consider supporting Crime Bites via a small monthly donation – visit our Patreon page to find out more.

Image: By Skeeze [CC0 (https://pixabay.com/en/ice-hockey-players-contact-sticks-557579/)] via pixabay