© 2001

Crime, Fear and the Law in True Crime Stories


Part of the Crime Files Series book series (CF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Issues, Histories, Contexts

    1. Anita Biressi
      Pages 1-12
  3. Issues, Histories, Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Anita Biressi
      Pages 15-40
    3. Anita Biressi
      Pages 41-72
  4. Stories, Bodies, Criminals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Anita Biressi
      Pages 126-145
    3. Anita Biressi
      Pages 164-194
    4. Anita Biressi
      Pages 195-196
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 197-238

About this book


Why do true crime stories exert such popular fascination? What do they have to say about the fear of crime in the present moment? This book examines the historical origins and development of true crime and its evolution into distinctive contemporary forms. Embracing a range of non-fiction accounts - true crime book and magazines, law and order television, popular journalism - it traces how they harness and explore current concerns about law and order, crime and punishment and personal vulnerability.


America bibliography body corpus crime evolution fiction history history of literature individual knowledge landscape law non-fiction television

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Buckinghamshire Chilterns University CollegeHigh Wycombe BuckinghamshireUK

About the authors

ANITA BIRESSI is a Lecturer in Media Studies at the Department of Arts and Media, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College.

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