Women in True Crime Media

The Spectacle of Female Victims and Perpetrators

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About the Book

While many people think true crime is a new phenomenon, Americans have been obsessed with the genre for over a century, and popular culture continuously tries to cash in. The names of infamous serial killers are well-known, but the identities of their often-female victims are frequently lost to history. This text flips the script and focuses on the women to keep their identities known and remembered.
This is the first book to examine how popular culture has mistreated women as both perpetrators and victims of crime, covering a hundred-year span from 1920 to 2020. Detailed is popular culture’s interest in true crime and how women in true crime documentation have largely been sexualized and victim-blamed over the decades.

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About the Author(s)

Jen Erdman is a history professor at Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland. Her research focuses on the intersection of history and popular culture.

Bibliographic Details

Jen Erdman
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8125-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4618-3
Imprint: McFarland