Media and the Murderer: Jack the Ripper, Steven Avery and an Enduring Formula for Notoriety by Rebecca FrostRead Now
Kindle: Out Now
Paperback: Pre-Order 30th October (UK)
Readers of Inside History will be familiar with the work of Rebecca Frost with her article about H.H Holmes in our Crime and The Underworld issue. Now she focuses her attention on the Media and its point of views of Murder and those that commit these terrible crimes. Whilst our American friends can get there hands on a physical copy right now, our British readers will have to wait a little bit longer. However, for kindle readers it is available right now.
Some criminals become household names, while others—even those who seek recognition through their crimes—are forgotten. The criminal’s actions are only a part of every famous true crime story. Other factors, such as the setting and circumstances of the crimes and the ways in which others take control of the narrative, ultimately drive their notoriety. Through a comparison of the tellings and retellings of two famous cases more than a century apart—the Jack the Ripper killings in 1888, and the murder trials of Steven Avery as documented in Making a Murderer—this book examines the complicated dynamics of criminal celebrity.
Rebecca Frost is an independent scholar and freelancer. She lives in L’Anse, Michigan.