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    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Homicide in Criminal Law on 6/9/2018, available online: https://www.routledge.com/Homicide-in-Criminal-Law-A-Research-Companion/Reed-Bohlander/p/book/9781138498419

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Recording Murder: Videos depicting homicide and the law?

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Published
Publication date6/09/2018
Host publicationHomicide in Criminal Law: A Research Companion
EditorsAlan Reed, Michael Bohlander
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages174-192
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781351016315
ISBN (Print)9781138498419
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

NameSubstantive issues in Criminal Law
PublisherRoutledge

Abstract

The folk-lore of the 'snuff video' (a video showing the killing of a person for the purposes of sexual gratification) has existed for many years, but without proof of their existence. However, digital communication technologies mean that it is easier than ever to record footage of a murder and post it online. This has happened in a small number of occasions and it poses challenges for the criminal law. Should the recording of a murder be illegal? What about its dissemination? If such footage is to be prohibited, on what basis? This chapter considers these issues and identifies what the current approach of the law in England & Wales is to such behaviour.

Bibliographic note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Homicide in Criminal Law on 6/9/2018, available online: https://www.routledge.com/Homicide-in-Criminal-Law-A-Research-Companion/Reed-Bohlander/p/book/9781138498419