Professor Of Criminology

David Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Criminology Birmingham City University

Latest articles from David Wilson

Opinion David Wilson: Fatal attraction – why do some people fall in love with criminals?

In early December Humberside Police published the mugshot of 36 year-old Robert Rimmer, who is wanted for various drugs-related offences in Yorkshire. People were warned not to approach Rimmer, who is bearded, tattooed and muscle-bound, but simply to report their sightings to the police, as he had previously been sentenced in 2013 to 5½ years in prison for repeatedly stabbing a man, in what the trial judge described as “an eruption of extreme violence”.

Opinion David Wilson: When a community loses its library, it loses its heart and soul

I’VE been on a mini-book tour of Scotland promoting my last two books – Signs of Murder and A Plot to Kill – which I had been prevented from publicising in person because of the Covid-19 lockdowns. In fact the first lockdown coincided with the publication date of Signs of Murder, which was about the murder of Margaret McLaughlin in my home town of Carluke in 1973, and my growing awareness that the conviction of George Beattie for this appalling crime was in fact a miscarriage of justice.

David Wilson Comforting myth of the dogged detective and evil serial killer does us no favours

I GOT chatting to my old friend, the author Douglas Skelton last week. He is perhaps best known for writing a crime series about a fictional, Glasgow-based criminal called Davie McCall, who was first introduced in the novel Blood City. His more recent series featuring the journalist Rebecca Connelly called A Rattle of Bones was recently long listed for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year, which was renamed the McIlvanney Prize in 2016, in honour of the late William McIlvanney.

David Wilson: Addressing the age-old question: what turns us into criminals?

A NEW book I’ve just read has reminded me of the oldest question in criminology: are the roots of criminality in our biology and genes, or instead fashioned in how we’ve been socialised within our family, and thereafter by our friends? Are offenders born, or are they made? Is it in their nature to commit crime, or a result of how they’ve been nurtured?

David Wilson: Suspect for murder of Suzy Lamplugh delights in final act of evil

THE case of Suzy Lamplugh has long haunted society. The news that John Cannan is receiving end of life palliative care in the hospital wing of HMP Full Sutton in York, where he is serving a Life sentence, having been convicted of the rape and murder of Shirley Banks in 1989, led to a flurry of hopeful media speculation that he would confess to other crimes that he might have committed.

David Wilson: Uvalde school killings shocked world but there were 61 other US mass shootings in May

WHEN Thomas Jefferson, the architect of the Declaration of American Independence and who would later become the third President of the United States of America, wrote that “all men are created equal”, he was not only a prosperous Virginian planter, but also owned hundreds of slaves – several of whom he would take with him to administer to his needs in the White House, after his election to the presidency in 1800.