Law Text Culture

Volume 13 (2009) Crime Scenes

Crime has long kept law and its public enthralled, and the heartland of crime in contemporary culture is the crime scene. This is a place where the coordinates are continually mapped and, whether a minor or lead character in our social topographies, the crime scene inevitably, repeatedly, steals our attention. Representations pepper our television screens in police and forensic procedurals; Luc Sante’s (1992) collection of New York crime scene photographs inspired a fervent generation of local and international efforts to excavate archives, loosening the crime scene from relative archival obscurity to increasingly preoccupy the public; and — as readers of contemporary crime fiction know — the ‘crime scene’ has become as ubiquitous a feature in crime fiction as the haunted house in the horror genre. The crime scene is thus de rigueur a feature of any modern examination of crime.

Journal Articles


Crime Scenes
R. S. Bray and D. Dalton


Accident Music
R. Gibson


Dark Tourism
H. Brook


Muri di piombo
E. Frapiccini