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

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Image: Sunderland Marina from Harbour View
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“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.

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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.

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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?

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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/).

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Mindhunter – Criminologists discuss the Netflix series

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 the Netflix series Mindhunter. Find out more about Elizabeth, Adam and Kevin’s work around crime, culture and contemporary media here.

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

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Killer Clowns – Halloween Special

In this episode, Elizabeth joins two criminologists from Birmingham City University – Dr Adam Lynes, Senior Lecturer in Criminology (@Lynesey89) and Dr Victoria Silverwood, Lecturer in Criminology (@SilverwoodVS) to discuss the phenomenon of “killer clowns”.  

Read Adam’s blog on killer clowns, “The Circus of Horrors”.

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

Image: “Scary clown” By Graeme Maclean (originally posted to Flickr as bad clown) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Kerrie Droban on “The Last Chicago Boss: My life with the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club”

This week, Elizabeth joins award-winning true crime author Kerrie Droban (@kerriedroban) to talk about her new book with Peter ‘Big Pete’ James, The Last Chicago Boss: My life with the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club. To find out more about Kerrie’s work, check out her website.

Image: Cover art The Last Chicago Boss: My life with the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club. From https://www.kerriedroban.com/the-last-chicago-boss/

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

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Social Media Homicide Confessions: Stories of killers and their victims

In this episode, Elizabeth joins Professor David Wilson (@ProfDavidWilson) and Liam Brolan (@LJBrolan) of Birmingham City University to talk about Elizabeth’s new book, Social Media Homicide Confessions: Stories of killers and their victims – on her research about people who kill and post about it social media.  Elizabeth’s summary blog about the research is available here.

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

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Doctor Foster – Criminologists discuss the BBC drama

In this episode, Elizabeth joins two criminologists from Birmingham City University – Melindy Brown (Research Assistant in Criminology – @crimelindy) and Saabirah Osman (Visiting Lecturer in Criminology – @osman_saabirah) to discuss the BBC drama series Doctor Foster.

You can read our article for the Radio Times on Doctor Foster here. Listen to Elizabeth’s interview with BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour here via BBC iPlayer and here via iTunes podcasts  (4th October episode).

Clips from Doctor Foster in this episode are used in accordance with the fair dealing exception to copyright for the purposes of criticism and review.  For more information about Doctor Foster please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02z7zgj.

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