Book Review: ‘Justice on Demand: True Crime in the Digital Streaming Era,’ by Tanya Horeck

I want to point to a fascinating and thoroughly researched study of true crime media. Tanya Horeck’s Justice on Demand: True Crime in the Digital Streaming Era (2019) takes a media studies approach to examining the current trends in popular digital media platforms that use the true crime genre as a framing or delivery device … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Justice on Demand: True Crime in the Digital Streaming Era,’ by Tanya Horeck

Checking out Crimereads as a one-stop-shop for popular crime books and media news

Have you been following the writing and curating from Crimereads.com? [Note: this is part of the post category I’m dubbing “Making an Appeal” (get it?!), which is to highlight the projects (sites, podcasts, other goings on) I come across that are relevant to this blog’s topic (true/crime/etc.) and seem worth checking out.] What I think … Continue reading Checking out Crimereads as a one-stop-shop for popular crime books and media news

Who is the “Lady Detective” on the cover art?

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?

San Francisco’s “Green Glove Rapist” and the case of the missing narrative

Let’s get this out of the way: the mystery of this case is not that it is unsolved. It is, in fact, a “solved” case. Joseph Finkel was identified by multiple witnesses and convicted by a jury on January 29, 1944, on multiple charges of rape, attempted rape, assault, and burglary.  The San Francisco Examiner … Continue reading San Francisco’s “Green Glove Rapist” and the case of the missing narrative

ProPublica, Watching the Detectives

There’s a journalism project that I think is important on many levels. [Note: this is part of the post category I’m dubbing “Making an Appeal” (get it?!), which is to highlight the projects (sites, podcasts, other goings on) I come across that are relevant to this blog’s topic (true/crime/etc.) and seem worth checking out.] ProPublica … Continue reading ProPublica, Watching the Detectives

Netflix’s “The Ripper” and Joan Smith’s ‘Gender-Critical’ Influence

When I set out to write about the new "Yorkshire Ripper" documentary series, I didn't expect to end up writing about TERFs. And yet, here we are. Netflix released The Ripper at the end of 2020, a limited true crime docu-series about the so-called “Yorkshire Ripper” who terrorized the West Yorkshire community, committing at least … Continue reading Netflix’s “The Ripper” and Joan Smith’s ‘Gender-Critical’ Influence

Will the Current True Crime Moment Shift Cultural Anxiety from the Victim to the Accused?

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?

Gifting Tables, White Feminism, and the Gender of Criminality in ‘Murder on Middle Beach’

HBO’s Murder on Middle Beach, a four-part mini docu-series about the unsolved murder of Barbara Beach Hamburg in Madison, Connecticut in 2010, has been critically acclaimed by many media and true crime watchers since it aired at the end of 2020. What has caught viewers’ and critics’ attention is the relationship of the filmmaker to … Continue reading Gifting Tables, White Feminism, and the Gender of Criminality in ‘Murder on Middle Beach’

When, and Why, are Forensic Tools Culturally Biased?

According to various measures, including FBI statistics, Black men are the most likely to be homicide victims in the United States. That includes unsolved cases, for which new genetic technology such as genealogy databases are increasingly playing a role. You’ve probably heard of some recent high profile breakthroughs using this genetic genealogy to solve the … Continue reading When, and Why, are Forensic Tools Culturally Biased?