Crime

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Abolish the police. Then what?

10 June 2020 3:42 am

One of the best rules of thumb to emerge from systems theory is Stafford Beer’s famous statement: the purpose of…

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The roots of riot

31 May 2020 1:11 am

That LEGO set or Louis Vuitton bag you’ve always wanted can be yours free if you just wait for the…

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Locked up in lockdown

25 May 2020 2:38 am

COIVD-19 has turned us all into prisoners: draconian lockdown orders, solitary confinement, monotonous food, limited fresh air and exercise, irregular…

What is organised crime doing disposing of rubbish?

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Criminal gangs are growing rich on public-sector contracts

‘I was a tortured, obviously brilliant child’: James Ellroy interviewed

21 December 2019 9:00 am

James Ellroy is occasionally quoted as saying he’s the greatest American crime novelist ever. The man sometimes called the ‘demon…

The cops are impotent in lawless New York

23 November 2019 9:00 am

New York   Things are heating up, in both London and Nueva York, as this place should correctly be called.…

How you can tell the gender of a thief

23 November 2019 9:00 am

My attempt at being Columbo was only taking me so far. In solving the mystery of who raided the barn,…

Bomb attacks are now a normal part of Swedish life

26 October 2019 9:00 am

 Stockholm One night last week, explosions took place in three different locations in and around Stockholm. There were no injuries…

Is hate crime really on the rise?

16 October 2019 4:28 am

The Guardian ran a story on its website today headlined: ‘Hate crimes doubled in England and Wales in five years.’…

How many Britons now vape?

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Talking Turkey David Cameron again accused the Leave campaign of ‘lying’ about the prospect of Turkey joining the EU. A…

A gang of sheep rustlers is stalking the county – who will be the next target?

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Though autumn is happily still some way off, we’ve already reached that stage in the shepherd’s calendar when full-grown lambs…

Yukio Mishima posing in Tokyo in 1970. Credit: Getty Images

Capers in crime: Life for Sale, by Yukio Mishima, reviewed

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Few biographies are quite as impressive as Yukio Mishima’s. One of Japan’s most famous authors, he wrote 80 plays and…

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Racist incidents are down since Trump’s election. Yes, really

17 May 2019 3:08 am

The election of Donald Trump has, of course, unleashed the latent racist which lurks within millions of Americans. We know…

Rape has become dangerously politicised

4 May 2019 9:00 am

It is more than three years since the town of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, decided to ditch its motto ‘Land of Rape…

As a QC, I believe the time has come to legalise drugs

4 May 2019 9:00 am

I have been a defence lawyer for more than 25 years. I have defended clients charged with almost every crime…

Can you really teach students to solve knife crime?

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Next year the London Interdisciplinary School (LIS) will offer one degree, in design, technology and the humanities, to teach students…

True crime has never been more popular, but it often forgets the families left behind

2 February 2019 9:00 am

I’ve talked to Denise Horvath-Allan more than my own mother this year. Denise’s son Charles went missing while backpacking in…

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Where would we be without crime’s heavies? Muscle, by Alan Trotter, reviewed

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Let’s hear it for the heavies, the unsung heroes of noir crime fiction on page and screen. The genre would…

Pirates of the Caribbean: How Venezuela’s near collapse is causing a crisis on the seas

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Brian Austin, a fisherman from the small village of Cedros in Trinidad, is struggling to describe the men who robbed…

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How did the BBC’s podcast Unexpected Fluids ever get made?

5 January 2019 9:00 am

You may have noticed the flood of podcasts that’s been pouring out of the BBC since the launch of its…

Shades of Lord Lucan: A Double Life, by Flynn Berry, reviewed

8 December 2018 9:00 am

A young girl finds the body of her nanny, brutally murdered, and the barely moving form of her mother, a…

When does a murderer become a madman?

17 November 2018 9:00 am

There was no reason for Edward Drummond to believe this January day was going to be different to any other…

The discovery of the murder of Lord William Russell. Credit: Bridgeman Images

The Victorian melodrama that led to murder and mayhem

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Early on the morning of 6 May 1840, a young housemaid in a respectable Mayfair street discovered that her master,…

Before fleeing to London, Emmanuel Barthélemy commanded a barricade during the June Days uprising in Paris in 1848. Painting by Tony-François de Bergue

The cruel end of Emmanuel Barthélemy –as a waxwork in the Chamber of Horrors

26 May 2018 9:00 am

This is a biography that begins with a bang, swiftly followed by puddles of blood, shrieks of ‘Murder!’ and a…

The DPP’s Alison Saunders was never much cop

7 April 2018 9:00 am

An interesting development for our police force, then. In future they do not have to believe everything someone tells them,…