‘Such Slow Murder’: Feminism, Moral Panic and Homicidal Women

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Katherine Biber
Arlie Loughnan
Julia Quilter


A review of Annie Cossins, Female Criminality: Infanticide, Moral Panics and the Female Body (Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2015).

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Katherine Biber, University of Technology, Sydney

Katherine Biber is a legal scholar, criminologist and historian, and a Professor of Law at the University of Technology Sydney. She is author of Captive Images: Race, Crime, Photography (2007), and co-editor of The Lindy Chamberlain Case (2009). Her forthcoming book is titled In Crime’s Archive: The Cultural Afterlife of Evidence (2017).

Arlie Loughnan, University of Sydney

Arlie Loughnan is ARC Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney. Her current research project, Responsibility in Criminal Law (No. DE130100418) examines criminal responsibility from a socio-historical perspective, setting developments in the law against extra-legal developments in responsibility norms and practices.

Julia Quilter, University of Wollongong

Julia Quilter is an Associate Professor in the School of Law and a member of the Legal Intersections Research Centre at the University of Wollongong. Her current AIC funded research examines the criminal law’s treatment of intoxication. She is also a co-author of Criminal Laws(Federation Press, 6th ed, 2015).