History of The New Criminologist
Deputy Editor, Luke Thompson, welcomes you to The New Criminologist.
I want to take you on a journey because The New Criminologist started its life way back in the early 60’s when it was called Crime & Detection. Edited by Nigel Morland, it was published by Tallis Press in Oxford. The price was five shillings. The first article was entitled ‘The High Cost of Hanging”; written by Robert Mark, Chief Constable of Leicester. This officer later became Sir. Robert Mark, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
Renamed The Criminologist, it appeared on the scene quarterly in 1966. Then published by Forensic Publishing, 9 Old Bailey, London; still edited by Nigel Morland, the Journal continued to expand its circulation to other countries and, with many of Great Britain’s, American and European’s most celebrated criminologists submitting features, including the eminent forensic pathologist, Sir. Bernard Knight, it became required reading for all those concerned with criminology, law enforcement, penology, the judiciary, lawyers, forensic scientists, pathologists and all professions under the criminology masthead.
Issue No. 6, November 1967, found the price at eight shillings and sixpence. The leading article, ‘The Criminal Justice Act’, was written by the late Home Secretary. Roy Jenkins, PC., M.P. Jenkins later became Chancellor of the Exchequer and Lord Jenkins of Hillhead. Numerous County, District and High Court Judges, and Lord Chief Justices of England, have contributed over the years, to include Lord Lane. U.S. Two U.S. Supreme Court Justices and politicians from all camps have had their papers published in The Criminologist, to include former United States Attorney General, Robert ‘Bobby’ F. Kennedy.
Recognised as the world’s most authoritative professional Journal on criminology, it changed its format to the more recent red, white and black cover circa 1986. It was now owned by Barry Rose Periodicals who traded in Chichester, West Sussex. The editor was Ron W. Stone, the former Deputy Chief Constable of Essex. Ron sadly passed away in 1998, and the Journal passed into the hands of Butterworths, the world’s largest legal publishers.
In 2001, The Criminologist was acquired by Christopher Berry-Dee. A direct descendant of Dr. John Dee, Court Astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I, Chris – a former HM Royal Marines ‘Green Beret’ Commando, and contributor had submitted a number of articles including ‘The Long Drop’ concerning the shooting murder of PC 489 George William Gutteridge, by William Henry Kennedy and Frederick Guy Brown, in the early hours of 28 September 1927 on a country road near Stapleford Abbotts, Essex. Both men were hanged. The article, which for the first time in the Journal’s history, was based on Section 5(1) Extended Closure documents, became a book called The Long Drop, to win Lord Sinclair’s £500.00 prize for true crime writing - a copy of which is in the Gutteridge tableau at the Essex Police Museum. As fate would have it, Berry-Dee’s grandfather was Oscar Tomkins, solicitor for William Henry Kennedy.
But, it was now appropriate to bring the Journal in keeping with modern times. Christopher renamed it, The New Criminologist.
‘Time and tide wait for no man’.
Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400).
Much water has passed under the publishing technology bridge since the first issues of Crime & Detection were published. Today we are living in the age of the computer and Internet. Christopher believed that it was now possible reach thousands of subscribers and professional contributors with the touch of a key. So what have we got planned for the future?
Fundamentally, Christopher Berry-Dee says that The New Criminologist will not change:
“It was a bold, oft-times risky initiative taking my Journal online, especially with such a venerable Journal. The early electronic editions (tech-designed by the brilliant Simon Beal) were difficult to settle into a new format, whilst not losing the original theme, for former contributors were never shy of controversy.
However, my team are immensely proud of my continuing stewardship of the Journal. It is fair to say that The New Criminologist has lain fallow for a good few years, but this is not the first time the Journal has had its ups and downs during its six decade history, and, after all, it is the oldest Journal of its kind in the world so one might expect problems from time to time.
“Having given many lectures at prestigious teaching institutions, including the famous Oxford Union, I find the youngsters of today, inquisitive, able to question their tutors; ever so anxious to learn, many of whom will become involved with criminology tomorrow. We should encourage them so that they may encourage others.
“Even right now as I write at my desk, material comes in of great value, just as it did prior to the 9/11 attacks when FBI Counter-Terrorism Special Agent, John P. O’Neill - warned The New Criminologist, via a highly trusted ‘Deep Throat,’ that an attack was imminent; his warmings to his superiors ignored out-of-hand, he was dismissed the FBI to become Head of Security at the Twin Towers. He died gallantly while trying to save others.
It is now 2021, continuing in the Journal’s excellent tradition of bringing to subscribers the very latest articles, papers and features from luminaries in criminology related professions. With the exciting advances in computer technology, information, data gathering, podcasts, and CAD, we will be bringing to the world of criminology a publication, which will feature so much more.
Book reviews, Google video links to trials and recommended police interrogations; our own in-house publications, mystery, fiction, movies that are a ‘must watch’, Internet fraud, the occult and astrology linked with crime, days and venues of conferences such as CrimeCon UK, the world’s No. 1 crime event later in 2021, where Christopher - our Editor-in-Chief, our boss, the worlds No. 1 true crime writer for several years and Sunday Times bestselling true crime writers and investigative criminologists - will be amongst many of the illuminate, all bringing more unique interactive features to The New Criminologist.
The re-birth of this esteemed Journal will hopefully bring pleasure to a lot of people; hopefully, through its pages, those who evince an interest in all aspects of criminology drawn in the pursuit of better understanding. Christopher is taking the relaunch of The New Criminologist in baby steps. ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, Chris tells us all, ‘but at least we have all the architectural plans and literary building materials, which the Roman’s didn’t have.’
In the coming months, a growing international circulation should ensure a breadth of material sufficient to satisfy even the severest critic, at the same time stimulate keen debate amongst the aficionados. It will direct itself across the whole spectrum of criminal behaviour, however tenuous the connection. Embracing both the practical and philosophical in such ways as to educate, without being pedantic, and to interest without resorting to titillation.
And, with its incredible, criminological 60-year blue-chip history, if you have an article you would like published in The New Criminologist please submit it. Rome wasn’t built in a day but we will welcome you. If you have links to your own professional papers we will support you too.
Stay safe and God bless you.
The Rt. Hon Geoffrey Dawson Lane, Baron Lane, AFC, Kt. PC. Lord Chief Justice of England 1980-1992.
Robert F. Kennedy. Former United States Attorney General
Sir. Robert Mark GBE QPM, Commissioner of Metropolitan Police 1972-1977.
Forensic pathologist Francis Edward Camps, FRCP
Sir. Bernard Henry Knight CBE. Forensic Pathologist; Professor of Forensic Pathology, University of Wales College of Medicine.
The Lord Harris Jenkins; Baron Jenkins of Hillhead, OM, PC.
FBI Special Agent (Counter-Terrorism), John O'Neill, who sadly died protecting those in the Twin Towers, September 11, 2001.