Murder in miniature: reconstructing the crime scene in the English courtroom

Neale, Alexa (2019) Murder in miniature: reconstructing the crime scene in the English courtroom. In: Adam, Alison (ed.) Crime and the Construction of Forensic Objectivity from 1850. Palgrave Histories of Policing, Punishment and Justice . Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, pp. 43-67. ISBN 9783030288365

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Exploring the little-known medium of the English crime scene miniature, this chapter removes the roof of the ‘bungalow of death’ and invites us to peer inside. Tiny scale models of murder scenes, like that of the Crumbles bungalow where Patrick Mahon killed Emily Kaye in 1924, appeared in nineteenth- and twentieth-century courtrooms more frequently than the historical record suggests. The result is that these little likenesses have been overlooked in the literature on crime and forensics in the past, underestimating the significance of spatialized understandings of evidence and visual representations of crime scenes in court. This chapter explores the larger methodological implications of murder miniatures for sources about crime and trials in the past, illustrating the effects of investigating crime scenes at scale.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: crime, forensics, history, space, murder, trials
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
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Depositing User: Alexa Hannah Leah Neale
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2020 15:30
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2020 10:10
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