Critiquing violent crime in the media

Maria Mellins, Sarah Moore

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This book explores the recent surge in true crime by critically exploring how murder and violence are represented in documentaries, films, podcasts, museums, novels and in the press, and the effects. From a range of contributors, it touches on a wide variety of topics overall and illustrates how examining true crime across the changing popular media landscape can contribute to important debates in contemporary culture and society. It encourages a critical eye towards understanding the harmful stereotypes, myths and misinformation that popular media can bring. Arranged into four sections, including: true crime trials, representations of victims, the consumption of serial killer narratives, and true crime spaces, each chapter explores different themes and topics across traditional and newer media. These topics include: emotion and appeals for justice in Making a Murderer, #MeToo and misogyny in crime narratives, true crime journalism being exploitative, the ethics of consuming dark tourism and the appetite for true crime, live streamed murder, and the ways in which true murder accounts might lend insight into other types of crime such as domestic violence and stalking. This book stimulates discussion on undergraduate courses in crime, media and culture as well as in film and media studies, and it also speaks to those with a general interest in true crime.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer Healthcare
Number of pages400
ISBN (Electronic)9783030837587
ISBN (Print)9783030837570
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022


  • #Metoo
  • Crime and social media
  • Crime museum
  • Crime reporting
  • Crime trials
  • Crime, media and culture
  • Dark tourism
  • Documentary studies
  • Live stream murder
  • Making a murderer
  • Masculinity
  • Migrant crisis
  • Serial
  • Serial killers
  • Stalking
  • True crime
  • TV studies
  • Victims

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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