Crime and Culture in the Much Bigger Picture: HBO’s ‘Exterminate All the Brutes’

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’

The ‘gateway body’ and crime narratives: trafficking in white feminism

When reading Tanya Horeck’s Justice on Demand earlier this year, a reference to something called “the gateway body” caught my interest. Horeck’s book, which I reviewed here, is a media-studies look at true crime in the current post-tv, serialized and digitally-networked era. One chapter in that book focuses on the way popular true crime series, … Continue reading The ‘gateway body’ and crime narratives: trafficking in white feminism

What I’m Reading: March Update

I did pretty well with getting through my handful of books I was trying to read earlier this month.  I think posting my reading list actually helped me get through reading more efficiently. So here is another mini reading list for books I'm working on: The Evidence of Things Unseen, by James Baldwin I've recently … Continue reading What I’m Reading: March Update

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

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

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?