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We'll All Be Murdered In Our Beds: The Shocking History of Crime Reporting in Britain


ISBN13: 9781783961337
Published: April 2016
Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £14.99



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n this colourful history of the wild world of crime reporting since 1700, Duncan Campbell reveals what it's really like to deal with murderers, gangsters, robbers, cat burglars, victims, informers and detectives, looking at the 'hacks in the macs' and the 'Murder Gang' who would go to any lengths to get a story - and serve it up to an ever-eager reading public.

It is not a grim beat; the phrase 'gallows humour' did not come from nowhere. All of human emotion is here: hate, love, greed, desire, fear, jealousy, anger, revenge, redemption, compassion. Crime is a prism through which we see society and its phobias.

As the relationships between the press, public, police and criminals are now being questioned as never before, We'll All Be Murdered in Our Beds tells the compelling, sometimes scandalous tale of the stories and storytellers that have entertained, shocked and appalled us - and will continue to do so.

Subjects:
Legal History, General Interest
Contents:
Introduction
1. Not So Ordinary: The First Professional Crime Reporter
2. A Highwayman Came Riding: The Arrival of Celebrity Criminals
3. Killing Times: How Murder and the Noose Made the Front Pages
4. A Twist in the Tale: Charles Dickens, Crime Writer
5. From the Maiden to the Ripper: How Muckraker-general Changed Crime Reporting For Ever
6. From Bodysnatching to Bodysnatching: Crime Reporting North of the Border and the Man Who Couldn't Have Enough of a Good Murder
7. From Brides in Baths to the Cleft Chin Murder: Crime Reporting During Wartime;
8. Dope and Dopes: Reporting on Drugs from the High Priestess of Unholy Rites to Mr Nice
9. Fleet Street's Murder Gang: Skid Marks That End in a Pool of Blood
10. 'Mr Murder:' The Man Who Brought Gore to the Airwaves and Screen
11. The Sultans of the Newsroom: From the Vice Man to the Prince of Darkness
12. Silent Men and Scapegoats: Looking at the Dock from the Other Side
13. Getting Away With Murder: Reporters and Criminals
14. Mind How You Go: Cops and Hacks
15. They Got the Wrong One: Trial and Redemption by the Media
16. True Crime: A Detective Takes Up the Tale
17. The House of Horrors and the Garden of Evil: The West Case and its Legacy for the Press
18. Crashing the Barriers: An Unsuitable Job for a Woman?
19. Femmes Fatales, Molls and Madams: The Woman in the Dock
20. They Made Their Excuses and Left: The Language of Crime Reporting
21. The Leveson Leviathan: How Hacking Damaged Hacks
22. Still the Best Job in the World? The End of an Era
23. The Crime Reporter in Space: What the Future Holds
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index ;