I’m going to do another round-up of writing I think is worth it on a current #crime thing. This week, everyone is talking about HBO’s Mare of Easttown, with Kate Winslet in the lead, surrounded by a fantastic cast, including Jean Smart as Mare’s mom, Julianne Nicholson as Mare’s best friend Lori, and Guy Pearce … Continue reading Local Color and Cultural Representation: A Round-up on HBO’s ‘Mare of Easttown’
I recently binged the new True Crime series on Netflix about the 1970s “Son of Sam” or “.44 Caliber Killer” case directed by Joshua Zeman: Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness. The docuseries is based on the book, as well as the archive of research notes and tapes, by Maury Terry, a fringe New … Continue reading Fathers of Q: A Round-up about the Netflix ‘Sons of Sam’ True Crime series
Earlier this week I included some references to the 1910 Mann Act (aka White Slave Traffic Act), so I thought it made sense to close the week with a quick review of that Act. The term “white slavery” became prominent in the English language in the 19th century, and it was used by British and … Continue reading What is the Mann Act, exactly?
I just read a review of a new docu-series on HBO, Exterminate All the Brutes, which seems fitting for the discussion of this blog. The series takes a long and broad look at the ways "whiteness" has been shaped and enforced around the globe and in the modern age. More explicitly, the four-part series is … Continue reading Crime and Culture in the Much Bigger Picture: HBO’s ‘Exterminate All the Brutes’
U.S. Television’s “Mean World” for White Women: The Portrayal of Gender and Race on Fictional Crime Dramas, July 2015, Sex Roles 73(1):70-82. Authors: Scott Parrott and Caroline Titcomb Parrott From the research abstract: A quantitative content analysis examined gender and racial stereotypes concerning victim and offender status in fictional crime-based dramas from the 2010–2013 seasons … Continue reading Just a tidbit I came across: data analysis of crime TV dramas indicates that fictional victims are overwhelmingly white women
It’s time to talk about the image I use here on my blog and on my Twitter profile: the book cover for Revelations of a Lady Detective. And, by the way, happy International Women's Day! According to Dagni A. Breseden, professor of Victorian Literature at Eastern Illinois University, there is an unsettled debate about which … Continue reading Who is the “Lady Detective” on the cover art?
I've been wondering about one possible outcome of the cultural turn, over the last decade, towards true crime representations of problematic prosecution procedures. I'm thinking of podcasts like Serial or documentary film projects like The Staircase or Making a Murderer or the short Netflix film, Long Shot. Each of these productions draw audience attention away from … Continue reading Will the Current True Crime Moment Shift Cultural Anxiety from the Victim to the Accused?
In honor of the crime clown show leaving the White House today, let’s reminisce. I was recently listening to Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill podcast, episode 9, which discusses some of Trump’s campaign coverups of his affairs, including at least one child-with-hotel-staff coverup. In the episode, there is an audio clip of Trump talking about … Continue reading Crime Clown Show Exits