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The Making of a Monster: UK Press Coverage of Myra Hindley

The Making of a Monster: UK Press Coverage of Myra Hindley
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Author(s): Mark Pettigrew (University of Bolton, UK)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 19
Source title: Cases on Crimes, Investigations, and Media Coverage
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Liam James Leonard (University of Winchester, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-9668-5.ch002


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Occurring between 1963 and 1965, the murders committed by Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are notorious in British criminal history. Whilst the crimes were callous and coldblooded, their infamy is largely the result of the media's enduring and relentless preoccupation with Hindley herself. Although it has been nearly 20 years since her death, Hindley continues to appear as a news story even in 2022. This chapter will critically analyse the media discourses that surrounded Hindley from her trial, through the years of her imprisonment, to the time of her death. Particularly, it will assess the detriment of press coverage to her bids for freedom in the context of public opinion and its effect upon politicians who were responsible for the setting and review of her life tariff.

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