The Origins of the Celebrity Criminal: As the Modern Appetite for Scandal Continues to Soar, A Quick Look Back at When It All Began

September 4, 2014 12:43 PM

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The Origins of the Celebrity Criminal: As the Modern Appetite for Scandal Continues to Soar, A Quick Look Back at When It All Began

London, 1724

Today criminal investigations rule the media. Once or twice each year a trial transfixes the public, a new cause célèbre born seemingly each season. Spectators travel hours to courthouses; tickets to trials are distributed by lottery; and the term media circus, coined in the 1970s, comes into its ow...

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