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
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About the Author
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.