Learning from “Murder City”

Michael Arntfield courtesy his Twitter page

Calling London “Murder City” has rubbed some people wrong way but former police officer and author Michael Arntfield says, that’s denying history.

Arntfield teaches forensic and crime-fiction writing at Western, and his book is based on diaries kept by a retired detective. It shows London had as many as six, and possibly more, active serial killers between 1960 and 1984.

Arntfield tells Blackburn News there’s been nothing like it anywhere else in the world.


Arntfield says the fear that gripped London during that time is how the Block Parent program was launched, and eventually spread across the country.

Murder City is being turned into a TV series. Arntfield hosted the series, To Catch a Killer, on Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN.

Arntfield has been named the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in crime and literature at Vanderbilt University for 2016. He says this will allow him to further his work and teach Murder City to students in the US.