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’
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
Pieter Speierenburg is a historian of criminology who describes his own work as being “at the crossroads of history, sociology, anthropology and criminology.” He has an affiliation with the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and has had visiting professorships at Carnegie Mellon and UC Berkeley. In 2008, he published a history of personal violence in Europe, … Continue reading Nose-splitting, Buttocks-stabbing, Pregnant-belly-kicking, and Other “Ritual” Gendered Violence in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Our relationship to true crime is an enduring one. We know this for a fact because culture gets recorded in various media, and it is the work of some professionals to examine media from the past for what it tells us about us, our pasts, and -- importantly -- sometimes about our present.* I brought … Continue reading Our relationship to True Crime is an enduring one