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The Monstering of Myra Hindley by Nina Wilde

Fifty years after the Moors Murders and 15 years since Myra Hindley died in prison, after one of the longest sentences served by a woman, The Monstering of Myra Hindley raises some delicate and searching questions.They include: “Why was Hindley treated differently?”, “Why do we need to create demons?” and “What impact does this have on our whole notion of crime, punishment and justice?” Set against the political backlash of one of the most noto­rious cases in English criminal history, this is a perceptive, first-hand portrayal of the most talked-about and maligned of women. The Monstering of Myra Hindley is written by one of the closest people to her, Nina Wilde. Wilde not only sets the record straight on certain matters, she also provides new insights about one of the most infamous women in Britain. It contains until now private information, ‘home-truths’ and describes a journey charting a special relationship. Everyone, the author included, recognises the plight of the victims but this should not be allowed to mask other wrongs that, with hindsight, become increasingly apparent in Hindley’s case. "I think she became a national scapegoat for that part of the social mind that is cruel and has contempt for vulnerability”- Dr Gwen Adshead

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781909976344
Publisher: Waterside Press
Publication date: 10/28/2016
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Criminologist Nina Wilde was born in Holland and first met Myra Hindley in Cookham Wood Prison, Kent in 1993, where she was engaged in research. She was shocked when the Governor told her that Hindley had already been in prison for almost 30 years, thinking that because sentences of this length are largely unknown in Europe (except for war criminals, though even these people had been released) there must have been some kind of mistake. Then she discovered the power of the media and career-led hesitancy of a succession of Home Secretaries.

Judith Jones trained as a social worker and has worked throughout her career in the field of mental health, violence against women and children, and child protection. She began to write drama in 1999 with her partner Beatrix Campbell.

Beatrix Campbell OBE is a prizewinning writer and broadcaster, and over many years has been a Writer in Residence in various prisons.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Introduction; Timeline; 1.Cookham Wood; 2.The Outsider; 3.The Nature of Myra's Injustice; 4.Public and Political Involvement; 5.Reputation, Retreat and Remorse; 6.The Media and the Press; 7.Myra As Public Property; 8.Constant Threat and Observation; 9.Hypnosis and Other Distractions; 10.I'd Like to Help You, But...; The Prisoner; Select Bibliography; Index.

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