Madeleine McCann, the British girl who vanished as a three-year-old from her family’s holiday apartment in 2007, was back in the news last week as yet another person claimed to be Madeleine.
Criticism has been levelled at Netflix’s drama series about the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, including from his victim’s families, who say they were never approached about the show’s release.
Unfortunately, wrongful convictions do happen, and they often share similar underlying causes.
While Dawson’s conviction may seem like a win for investigative journalism, it remains unclear if true crime entertainment can regularly play a tangible role in achieving justice.
Cleo is the latest missing child case to grip the nation. And our fascination with every twist and turn of such cases can both help and be a curse.
A story about male violence and a damsel in distress, it is based on a true crime
The obsessive and voyeuristic media response to the disappearance of US travel influencer Gabby Petito has demeaned and trivialised a real-life tragedy.
Penny dreadfuls told real stories of murder and mayhem to 19th-century audiences seeking escape from city life. True crime podcasts have a lot in common with them.
In The Meddler, Australian documentarians follow an unassuming mechanic in Guatemala City as he prowls the streets with a camera trying to capture footage of crimes and dead bodies.
Television’s Unsolved Mysteries – about to be rebooted – deals with true crime on one hand, and supernatural events like alien abductions on the other. They share powerful psychological bonds.
From Super Bowl ads to Netflix documentaries, the complicated issues of criminal justice are portrayed in simplistic and highly political ways.
Sky’s true crime channel is feeding a ‘desktop detective’ culture.
Readers are invited to a special screening and Q&A with former detective Jackie Malton, criminologist Fiona Brookman and forensic scientist Martin Evison.
True crime podcasts, series, and books have fuelled our interest in violent and dangerous perpetrators. It’s time victims and their families were remembered.
Despite privacy concerns over police use of DNA uploaded to ancestry websites, many people are just excited that their genetic material could get a killer off the streets.
True crime-related storytelling has shrugged off its former low-brow baggage. Two recent Australian books show how victims’ stories can be told sensitively and humanely.
Mad, bad or dangerous – the gripping true crime story of Grace Marks, who caused a sensation in the 19th century and still holds fascination today.
Move over Netflix, here’s whodunnit by headphones.
Once typecast as ‘bad’ or ‘good’ in true crime tales, women are now more likely to be presented as complex figures in them. And many more women are writing true crime themselves.