The White House Farm Murders

On the 6/7th August 1985, a horrific multiple murder left the small village of Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex fearing for what had become of the quaint area they once lived in. That night, while sleeping soundly in their family farmhouse, Nevill and June Bamber were shot dead, along with their adoptive daughter, Sheila Caffell and Sheila’s two six-year-old twin sons, Daniel and Nicolas. The only person to survive this horrific crime which targeted this family was Jeremy, the Bamber’s adopted son but was this just luck or was the reason for this more sinister? … Read More The White House Farm Murders

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The Representation of Youth Identities as Gang Behaviour and / or Criminal Activity Within The British Media

Introduction Throughout history youth gangs have always been mentioned yet little research has been piloted within the UK which explains to a full extent what youth gangs are and their nature. In the 1920’s Thrasher conducted research around the notion of gangs in Chicago offering a rich and profound analysis of US gangs which in… Read More The Representation of Youth Identities as Gang Behaviour and / or Criminal Activity Within The British Media

The Yorkshire Ripper

Growing up in the West Yorkshire town of Halifax, I have always heard stories and sightings of the infamous Yorkshire Ripper. Everyone you speak to who was of an age to remember events at that time will tell me how they think they saw the Yorkshire ripper at the local bonfire, or drinking a pint in the pub down the road but is this true? The crimes committed, starting in the late 1970’s, terrorised England – mostly terrorising women of West Yorkshire who became too afraid to leave their own homes. Just like his predecessor 90 years earlier, the ‘ripper’ cleverly disguised his crimes from the police until eventually the Yorkshire Ripper was captured. … Read More The Yorkshire Ripper

The Murder of Rhys Jones

The summer holidays are meant to be a time for young children to enjoy playing out till late at night, having fun with their friends and being care free for the next six weeks while school is closed. However, in this instance, the summer holidays were not full of bliss. Instead the city of Liverpool was shook by the news of a tragic death fuelled by gangs, turf wars and guns. The senseless killing still shocks the nation 12 years later when eleven year old, football fan Rhys Jones lost his life. … Read More The Murder of Rhys Jones

George Joseph Smith

This murderer did not have the dashing good looks, but he did possess a quality that enabled him to get exactly what he wanted and what he wanted was money. Described as, ‘looking like a mad dog,’ George Joseph Smith would become known as the ‘Brides in the Bath’ killer, who used his charm to wrap any woman he chose around his little finger. George Joseph Smith would befriend women, pulling them into his treacherous web of deceit, before marrying them and as quickly as he married them, he would murder them – taking them for every penny that they had. This case not only offers an insight into bigamy but also highlights the significance of forensic pathology and how cases can be linked between similarities which occur between different cases. … Read More George Joseph Smith

The Pimlico Mystery

Within the Victorian era, poison was the first choice of many murders. Deaths dating back to that of Napoleon Bonaparte (1821), suggest that toxic substances such as Arsenic, Cyanide and Strychnine all proved popular with the United Kingdom. One case however, which changed the whole perspective of murder by poison is that surrounding the Pimlico Mystery. A wealthy grocer, a young and beautiful French wife and a love triangle involving a reverend could have been a simple suicide, however the events that unfolded casted doubt on this death. Is it possible to poison someone without showing any evidence of the toxic product being consumed? … Read More The Pimlico Mystery