The Bobbed-Haired Bandit and the Smash-and-Grab Raider

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    This chapter considers the criminal careers of two offenders, ‘Ruby’ Spark and Lilian Goldstein and illuminates how press coverage of their exploits was made to conform, as far as possible, to media created stereotypes and tropes. Ultimately, the chapter argues this constituted an unfair trial by journalism that served the needs of popular culture rather than the legal system or of those of justice itself.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFair and Unfair Trials in the British Isles, 1800-1940
    Subtitle of host publicationMicrohistories of Justice and Injustice
    EditorsDavid Nash, Anne-Marie Kilday
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherBloomsbury Academic
    Number of pages32
    ISBN (Electronic)9781350050952, 9781350050969
    ISBN (Print)9781350050945
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2020


    • inter-war,
    • crime
    • motor bandits
    • journalism
    • celebrity

    Research Groups

    • Gender and Sexuality Research Group


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