Crime

Seldom less than gripping: Banged Up podcast reviewed

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Prison-based podcast Banged Up, now in its second series, is far more uplifting — and less soapy — than its…

How to get a police record (without committing a crime)

24 April 2021 9:00 am

I couldn’t quite believe it when first I read the newspaper subscriber’s letter. Columnists for the Times and Spectator do…

My return to New York is a mixed blessing

17 April 2021 9:00 am

New York Ha, ha! What London turned down, the Bagel accepted with alacrity, namely the poor little Greek boy. And…

Is Jed Mercurio bored with Line of Duty?

27 March 2021 9:00 am

When a drama begins with news of a ‘Chis handler’ receiving ‘intel graded A1 on the matrix’ that causes a…

The politicisation of Sarah Everard’s death

20 March 2021 9:00 am

A woman called Jenny Jones, now elevated to Baroness Moonbeam, or something, in the House of Lords has proposed a…

Has Neil Ferguson been proved right about Covid?

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Calculated risk It is a year since Neil Ferguson’s Imperial College team published the paper that inspired the government to…

The conservative appeal of drug gangs

6 March 2021 9:00 am

According to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, the easing of lock-down will be accompanied by a rise in crime…

‘Britain’s Dreyfus Affair’: a very nasty village scandal

6 March 2021 9:00 am

It has been described as Britain’s Dreyfus Affair — the wrongful imprisonment in 1903 of a half-Indian solicitor George Edalji…

Beware the hobby bobby

27 February 2021 9:00 am

‘Anything you say may be given in evidence. Do you have anything to say?’ I looked at the baby-faced police…

Is the hottest new podcast, The Apology Line, worth sticking with?

30 January 2021 9:00 am

With the arts world still largely in hibernation, the launch of a big podcast is as close as we get…

Cruelty and chaos in Karachi

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Karachi, Pakistan’s troubled heart, is known to cast a seductive spell over residents and visitors alike. In Karachi Vice, the…

Is it time to reopen technology’s cold cases?

19 December 2020 9:00 am

One of the staples of crime drama is the ‘cold-case squad’. This allows programme-makers to add period detail to the…

Who killed Jane Britton in 1969?

5 December 2020 9:00 am

The problem with telling stories about Harvard is that Harvard, if it teaches anything these days, teaches distrust of stories.…

Why New Yorkers are fleeing the city in droves

7 November 2020 9:00 am

New York Back when people used to read newspapers, they called it a ‘human interest’ story. Now it appears as…

I’m now considered a freak in New York

24 October 2020 9:00 am

New York It’s nice to finally be in the Bagel, a place where the cows have two legs and no…

New York is a paradise for criminals

17 October 2020 9:00 am

New York New York, New York, once a wonderful town/ The people are crap and the mayor’s a clown/ The…

Bas Javid: Why I joined the police

3 October 2020 9:00 am

There’s no such thing as a typical week in policing and this last one was no different. It started on…

A murderer among us: I was Dennis Nilsen’s boss

26 September 2020 9:00 am

I was Dennis Nilsen’s boss

Letters: We must sing again

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Growing pains Sir: James Forsyth (‘Rewiring the state’, 4 July) shocked this loyal Spectator reader with the following: ‘Even before…

manhattan journalism

Extra, extra — read all about us!

16 July 2020 3:39 am

Instead of telling us about America, or even the world outside, American journalists now tell us about other American journalists. The…

Letters: Why Hugh Dowding deserves a statue

11 July 2020 9:00 am

Police relations Sir: As a former Met Police officer, with a similar background to Kevin Hurley, I was surprised how…

Letters: Police must focus on deterring crime, not responding to it

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Deterring crime Sir: Rod Liddle is right to highlight the politicisation of the police as a source of their inadequacies,…

The police have become too politicised to function

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Forces have become too politicised to function

To save black lives, police top brass must face reality

27 June 2020 9:00 am

To save black lives, top brass must face reality

Jeffrey Epstein really was a streak of slime

13 June 2020 9:00 am

Did Jeffrey Epstein kill himself or was he murdered — and frankly who cares? Actually, having watched the four-part Netflix…