FP Issue 03

FP Issue 03

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As usual, Act I starts with our Foul Playlist, so tune in and turn up the volume, before cringing at our Confessions page. Take a trip to Crossbones Graveyard to see The Big Picture and find out why Columbo’s raincoat is the focus of this issue’s Crimes Against Fashion page.


Act II returns with more long-form features, many focusing on our theme: close to home. Read reporter Dylan Taylor-Lehman’s experience of covering his first homicide investigation in Yellow Springs, Ohio followed by Scott K. Andrews’ moral wrestle with the criminal past of his ancestors. Along similar lines, Jess Kershaw takes us on a brief history of Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and crime solving.

There’s also a photo story about The Work, a documentary directed by Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous, filmed a scheme at Folsom, a high ­security prison in the US, in which inmates and the outsiders sit in a room for four days, and talk. James Brown paints a vivid picture of what it was like to live in his hometown during the era of the Yorkshire Ripper murders and Lauren Mulvihill takes us even further back to a convent in the year 1632 when the most infamous cases of mass demonic possession that Europe has ever seen occurred, and explores the trials that followed.

After all that heavy going stuff, we offer some light relief as Foul Play speaks to Phil Gyford, who we consider the world expert on TV’s favourite crime solving form: the crazy wall (you know the one, images of suspects and random newspaper cuttings linked together with string) and asked him to share his favourites.

Act III remains the place to find out what you should be reading, watching and listening to. You can now even get advice on where to stay: Day Release is your guide to a crime-themed long weekend. But don’t actually commit any, please.