Episode 1 – Milk Carton Kids, Dr James Treadwell, Interview with a Murderer Documentary

This month’s Crime Case Study explores the 1996 disappearance of David Spencer and Patrick Warren. In Researcher Profile, Dr James Treadwell of Birmingham City University talks about his work as a criminologist. The topic of Crime Seen on Screen is the Channel Four documentary “Interview with a Murderer” – Professor David Wilson shares his thoughts as the programme’s presenter.

Links to further information about the topics covered this month…

The Mystery of the Milk Carton Kids (Lauren Potts) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37999316

Brother of missing Chelmsley Wood schoolboy David Spencer speaks out 20 years on (Lauren Clarke) https://solihullobserver.co.uk/news/brother-of-missing-chelmsley-wood-schoolboy-david-spencer-speaks-out-20-years-on/

Brothers plea on 20th anniversary of missing Chelmsley Wood boys David Spencer and Patrick Warren (West Midlands Police) https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/latest news/news.aspx?id=5254

If you have information about the disappearance of Patrick and David, please contact West Midlands Police – https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/contact-us/index.aspx

More information about Dr James Treadwell’s book “The Rise of the Right”, co-authored with Professor Steve Hall and Professor Simon Winlow – https://policypress.co.uk/the-rise-of-the-right

“Interview with a Murderer”, further information about the documentary available at: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/interview-with-a-murderer/on-demand/62882-001

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

Crime Bites – a new podcast coming soon!

I’m a true crime podcast junkie. I’m fascinated by the cases and topics they cover. I’m intrigued by the different ways they tell real crime stories. I’m also a criminologist working in a UK university. I specialize in the study of homicide and crime in the media. So I thought why not bring these things together and create my own podcast?

That was the beginning of Crime Bites. This brand new monthly podcast will explore crime and society’s response to it by drawing on criminological ideas. In each episode I’ll be joined by other criminologists and we’ll discuss how some of the concepts we use in our day jobs can shed new light on cases that people care about and issues that people feel passionate about.

We’ll start each episode with Crime Case Study, where we’ll look at one particular case or issue in detail. After this I’ll talk to a criminologist about their work in Researcher Profile. We’ll end each episode with Crime Seen on Screen, where we’ll discuss a television crime drama or documentary.

The intro episode is available above and will be shortly followed by Episode One.

Watch this space!

Music for Crime Bites is by Happy Puppy Records http://happypuppyrecords.ca