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James Treadwell
Right, time for this. I think I have probably been in VASTLY more lengthy interviews with murderers than most criminologists. I can name names, but don't. Many would mean nothing to most people anyway. But this sort of narrative line, It is cheap, simplistic and horrible.
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DannyBoy Mar 18
Replying to @James_Treadwell
Could MWT’s quote be re-written to say ‘I’ve vaguely been on the periphery of a couple of homicide investigations’? 🙄
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James Treadwell Mar 18
Replying to @James_Treadwell
Homicide, rather than murder happens for an array of complex reasons, involving a diverse cast of offenders and victims. The impact is a far wider way than often recognised, and simplistic tropes of "hunting", "wickedness" and "evil" are, in my humble opinion, just utter crap.
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James Treadwell Mar 18
Replying to @James_Treadwell
Victims and offenders deserve better, as do all involved. A far bigger cast is involved. Much of the criminal justice work is mundane and frustrating and, well all a bit dull. That work doesn't end with conviction. Some of the most dull and tragic people I have met were murderers
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Simon Holdaway Mar 18
Replying to @James_Treadwell
He has previous but,frankly, I wouldn’t bother to play his own game. Better to ignore him
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Gareth Evans Mar 18
Replying to @James_Treadwell
😌 Banal...(?)
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Nick Hardwick Mar 18
Replying to @James_Treadwell
Quite right. Gross
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Jackie Malton Mar 18
Especially since he left Surrey police after 11 years service.
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Dr Ella Cockbain Mar 19
Replying to @James_Treadwell
I seem to remember him going for a similarly simplistic & sensationalist take around child sexual abuse, that really wasn’t helpful either.
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Richard Peake Mar 19
Replying to @James_Treadwell
Me too, but I am sure it will be a best seller - there is demand. My PhD was interviewing 20 murderers, some well known. Never really publicised their names.
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Richard Bartholomew Mar 19
Replying to @James_Treadwell
"Britain's top crime investigator"?
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Tim Turner Mar 19
Replying to @James_Treadwell
Couldn’t agree more, the most unusual thing about 99% of the murderers I’ve met is how ‘normal’ they are. This kind of glamorisation is appalling.
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Val Dobson Mar 19
"he solves the unsolvable"???
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Dr Ella Cockbain Mar 19
Ah interesting, will have a look. Cheers Craig.
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James Treadwell Mar 19
Replying to @ValDobson @Barthsnotes
I shouldn't giggle but yes, now I've seen that full strap line on Amazon, it is hard not too. Yet that makes me feel worse, because the subject deserves better. It is people's real lives (and in some cases the end of them) it deserves to be done with some decorum and dignity.
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Dr Hannah Jones Mar 19
Replying to @James_Treadwell
This. There’s an long running ‘joke’ in my household about my aversion for the use of ‘evil’ in reporting/Judge’s remarks/etc etc. How & why on earth a religion related moralistic concept continues to be used to formulate crime never fails to exasperate and bemuse me.
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James Morgan Mar 19
Replying to @James_Treadwell
Homicides are quite far away from the crime and criminology that I am interested in so I haven't read many books like this. The only one is Homicide by David Simon which about 100 pages into. Do you rate it or does it fall into familiar traps?
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James Morgan Mar 19
Replying to @James_Treadwell
Whenever I say I'm into criminology everyone assumes I'm into serial killers. 'Not really, I prefer shoplifters.' (and so the conversation pesters out)
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Michele Rumsey Mar 19
There’s a good book I’ve read titling two of those “tropes”! 😀
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James Treadwell Mar 19
Replying to @DrJamesCMorgan
I think as a journalistic take on US situation, 'Homicide' is at the better end, not quite up to the standards of Tony Parker (check his stuff out). Also Gary Younge 'Another Day of Death in America' is good. What unites better books is they are not all sensationalism and ego.
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