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 publicationMicrohistories of Injustice:
Subtitle of host publicationTrials in Britain During the Age of Public Criticism
EditorsAnne-Marie Kilday, David Nash
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages32
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


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

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