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Oh Manchester… So Much to Answer For

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12 November 2016
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Brooks Building, Manchester Metropolitan University
53 Bonsall Street
M15 6GX

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ESRC Festival of Social Science logoThis event used a variety of formats to explore society’s obsession with serial killers and their crimes. It used the Moors murders as a means to examine the relationship between media and crime.

Manchester is the world’s first modern industrial city.  It has reinvented itself as a financial creative centre and recently was included by Lonely Planet in its list of the top 10 cities in the world to visit.  But 50 years ago, Manchester was the focus of the world’s media for rather different reasons as Ian Brady and Myra Hindley – who subsequently became known as the Moors Murderers – were sentenced to life imprisonment on May 6, 1966.  Manchester, then, is the crucible in which the template for the way in which the media reports serial killing – mediatised murder as it has become known – was formed and the site of the creation of two of the UK’s most notorious celebrity serial killers.

The event included contributions from:

Prof. David Platten- Leeds University

Jean Rafferty – author of ‘Myra, Beyond Saddleworth’

Mikaela Sitford – former MEN investigative reporter

A taped interview with David Peace – author of the Red Riding Novels

Contact: Dr Martin King (