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 & Sexuality Research Group


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