Brady and Hindley: Serial Killers and Celebrity Culture

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture book series (PSCMC)


The modern notion of celebrity is fluid enough as a category to include sports stars, actors, politicians and serial killers. This chapter will examine serial killer as celebrity, exploring the way that Brady and Hindley became the subject of such media scrutiny. The chapter will consider the ambiguous nature of the relationship between killers and celebrity culture and will explore the way in which Brady and Hindley, through their own celebrity, impacted the lives of many others, through visiting unwanted celebrity on their own families and the families of their victims and spawning a number of cultural artefacts ‘inspired’ by their actions and existence, a tangled web of celebrity as legacy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Health and SocietyUniversity of SalfordSalfordUK
  2. 2.Department of Social Care and Social WorkManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK
  3. 3.Department of Health Care StudiesManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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