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How A Serial Killer's 8 Murders Overshadowed 12,000 Deaths In An Environmental Disaster

Oct 27, 2017
Originally published on October 27, 2017 5:35 am

The Great Smog was a pollution calamity that killed 12,000 people in London over five days in December 1952. At the same time, serial killer John Reginald Christie was preying on vulnerable women in the city and killed at least six.

These two seemingly disparate stories are linked by time and geography, but documentary producer and UT-Austin journalism lecturer Kate Winkler Dawson argues in her new book, Death in the Air, that they deserve collective – and comparative - attention for other reasons.

Take the death tolls: 12,000 killed by an environmental catastrophe; as many as eight killed by a serial killer. Which story do you think got more media attention?

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