Posts Tagged ‘crime’

Undercover Mumbai

August 25, 2015

Framed for the murder of a corrupt Police Commissioner, police inspector Alia Khan is released from prison when CCTV footage shows she did not kill the man.

On her release from jail, Alia Khan seeks a life of obscurity as a receptionist in a run down Mumbai hotel. But murder soon comes knocking at her door.

She receives flowers, with a card with a message with a woman with her hair standing on end. This leads Alia Khan to the roof of the hotel, a woman is found hanging upside down, she is dead, having been tortured. Alia Khan then realises the card shows the woman hanging upside down her hair is not standing on end.

Recorded on location in Mumbai. There is a lot of background noise. Listening with headphones is recommended.

The Victim’s Voice

August 20, 2012
Brixton Prison

Brixton Prison

… a commission is a necessary exercise to enable South Africans to come to terms with their past on a morally accepted basis and to advance the cause of reconciliation. — Dullah Omar, former Minister of Justice, South Africa

Prison does not work. Prisoners go in, serve their sentence, are set loose, and then return. The only aspect that works is that whilst inside, they are not outside committing crimes.

For one group prison does work. For those running the private prisons, it has become a very profitable business, in the US prison has become Big Business with Big Bucks to be made.

Restorative Justice is an attempt to get better results in terms of repeat offenders, that is once out of prison, don’t come back.

BBC Radio 4 re-broadcast what had been originally broadcast on National Prison Radio (a radio station for prisoners). A group of victims met with a group of prisoners to discuss the effect crime had on them. The crimes had not been committed by the prisoners, though they were hardened criminals who had committed similar crimes.

The crimes were horrific.

A lad was out one night and was set upon by a gang of yobs. They kicked him to death, repeatedly stamped on his head. The couple doing the telling were his parents.

Another who told her tale and got very upset, apologised to the prisoners for getting upset and for upsetting them.

The prisoners, I assume chosen as hard cases, were visibly upset by what they heard.

Following the session, one of the prisoners who was due for release, was so moved by what he heard, that he offered to work with victims on the programme to get the message across to other prisoners.

Psychologist Professor Tanya Byron who conducted the sessions in Brixton Prison had her own grandmother beaten to death.

The programme was very difficult and quite upsetting to listen to.

It was very reminiscent of the post-Apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings held in South Africa under the chairmanship of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Some of what was told was horrific.

Scandinavian fiction

April 11, 2012

I read the Millennium trilogy a year or so ago, mainly following a recommendation from Paulo Coelho, as it was a series, a writer, I had not heard of.

I thoroughly enjoyed. I read one after the other. Having been in Sweden, knowing some of the places made it all very real. I felt Steig Larssen was writing about real issues, maybe he was.

What Stieg Larsson showed was that writing a thriller, does not have to be bad writing.

Once you have read the Millennium trilogy, it is difficult to read any other crime or political thriller.

Jo Nesbo was compared on book covers as ‘the next Stieg Larsson’. What a load of bollocks, but to be fair to Jo Nesbo, that was the cretinous publisher, not he.

No, Jo Nesbo is not the next Stieg Larsson, and if you read with that as the expectation, then you are in a for a grave disappointment.

That is not to say Jo Nesbo is not good, he is, but he is not Stieg Larsson.

The problem is the publishing industry, or at least that which can be termed fast publishing, always on the look out for the next blockbuster, the next best-seller, the next me-too copy cat of whatever was he last blockbuster best-seller.

With the success of The Da Vinci Code, the market, and that sadly is what it has become, a market with books reduced to a commodity, the market was flooded with me too Da Vinci Code books.

The same has happened with the success of Stieg Larsson, every Scandinavia writer has been promoted as the next Stieg Larsson.

Both Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo expose the dark undercurrents of Scandinavian society. Both have extreme violence, sexual depravity, but it is not a glorification of, not gratuitous violence, it is to shock.

I remember when Olof Palme was shot on the streets, the sense of shock. A killing that has never been solved.

There is a sense of darkness.

Last year we saw the massacre of young people at an island lake in Norway by a crazed gunman.

I was in Stockholm in the summer, before the country was mired and bogged down with the problems caused by mass immigration. It was warm, it was light, people were out on the streets.

I do not think I would do well in the cold, long, dark winters.