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.
|Title of host publication||Microhistories of Injustice:|
|Subtitle of host publication||Trials in Britain During the Age of Public Criticism|
|Editors||Anne-Marie Kilday, David Nash|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||32|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2020|
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