Researching Old Murders

As well as covering every new murder in London, we are also trying to expand the database backwards in time to the 19th Century. How do we go about it? Some cases are so famous that vast amounts of information can be found easily online or in countless books, blogs and newspaper articles (Jack the […]

A Brief History of Cameras in Court

Earlier this month Sky, ITN and the BBC lobbied the government to allow cameras in court. The hope is that criminal trials could be televised as early as early as 2015. The ban on taking photographs goes back to 1925 but even before then cameras had to be smuggled into courtrooms in hats or bags. […]

Tea and Biscuits with Mr Christie

The cup of tea is said to be quintessentially English. It also seems to have been the preferred tipple of the notorious wartime serial killer John Christie. So it was fitting that tea (and biscuits) were on offer for a talk by Christie expert Dr Jonathan Oates earlier this month for the Acton History Group […]