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4th Sep '16 5:41:15 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Vera}}'': In "Old Wounds", the father of the VictimOfTheWeek complains bitterly that non one seriously investigated when his daughter disappeared - instead preferring to believe she had just run away - because she was miner's child at the time of the miner's strike, and a half-caste. Even when her body is found, he does not believe the police will put any effort into finding her killer.
4th Sep '16 12:59:48 PM Naram-Sin
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** Strangely avoided in "The Fighter," the PoorlyDisguisedPilot for the below spin-off. The main team is called in because a series of homeless men are found beaten to death starting the same day each year. It's only the new and improved Red Cell team who realizes that an attractive, Caucasian, brunette teen girl and her father also go missing during that time period. They're actually ''forbidden'' from investigating this year's disappearance and told to focus on the traditionally ignored victims, with no [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] to be seen.

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** Strangely avoided in "The Fighter," Fight," the PoorlyDisguisedPilot for the below spin-off. The main team is called in because a series of homeless men are found beaten to death starting the same day each year. It's only the new and improved Red Cell team who realizes that an attractive, Caucasian, brunette teen girl and her father also go missing during that time period. They're actually ''forbidden'' from investigating this year's disappearance and told to focus on the traditionally ignored victims, with no [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] to be seen.



** The squad reopens the cases of two teenagers (a white female and black male) who were murdered miles apart at the same time. The black teen's uncle asks if the coincidence is why they're giving his case so much attention; Detective Miller explains she had them reopen it because she was the one who found his nephew's body.
** Another episode had the detectives realizing that a serial killer was at work when the body of his fourth victim--a young African-American boy, like the others--was discovered. His enraged grandmother suggests that had the cops handled the other cases properly, her grandson might still be alive, while the parents of one boy angrily describes the other cops as insinuating that their son had run off with a gang. Race is never mentioned, but it's obvious that the relatives feel it played a factor.

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** "8:03 AM": The squad reopens investigates again the cases unsolved murders of two teenagers (a white female and a black male) who that were murdered miles apart in different places but at the same time. The black teen's uncle asks if the coincidence is why they're the reason that the police is giving his case so much attention; Detective Miller explains new attention. Kat tells him that it's actually the opposite: she had them reopen it reopened the cases because she was the one who found detective that investigated his nephew's body.
murder back then.
** Another episode had In "It Takes a Village," the detectives realizing realize that a serial killer was is at work when the body of his fourth victim--a young African-American boy, like the others--was others--is discovered. His enraged grandmother suggests that had the cops handled the other cases properly, her grandson might still be alive, while the parents of one boy angrily describes describe the other cops as insinuating that their son had run off with a gang. Race is never mentioned, but it's obvious that the relatives feel it played a factor.
15th Aug '16 4:23:58 PM CaptEquinox
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* In ''Asta's Book'' by Barbara Vine, the central mystery of the Victorian part of the story is the disappearance of golden-haired toddler Edith Roper after her mother is murdered. Asta's grandniece Anna, writing in the present period, assists with a ''Masterpiece Theater'' production about the (still unsolved) murder. She notes that journalists covering the show are obsessed with Edith: "Children are always of interest, girl children for some reason more so, and missing girl children consumingly so."

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* In ''Asta's Book'' by Barbara Vine, the central mystery of the Victorian part of the story is the disappearance of golden-haired toddler Edith Roper after her mother is murdered. Asta's grandniece granddaughter Anna, writing in the present period, assists with a ''Masterpiece Theater'' production about the (still unsolved) murder. She notes that journalists covering the show are obsessed with Edith: "Children are always of interest, girl children for some reason more so, and missing girl children consumingly so."
13th Aug '16 7:32:06 PM danlansdowne
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** To be fair to Dame Agatha, Daisy Armstrong was ''was'' based on the Lindbergh kidnapping a few years earlier.

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** To be fair to Dame Agatha, Daisy Armstrong was ''was'' based on the Lindbergh kidnapping a few years earlier.
13th Aug '16 7:28:00 PM danlansdowne
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** To be fair to Dame Agatha, Daisy Armstrong was ''was'' based on the Lindbergh kidnapping a few years earlier.
22nd Jul '16 7:55:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Pop Goes the Weasel'', one of the ''Literature/AlexCross'' series of detective novels, a DangerouslyGenreSavvy SerialKiller is estimated to have possibly killed more than 100 people throughout Washington, D.C. A big part of his winning strategy was to only kill women who were black, poor, prostitutes, or otherwise people the media and police wouldn't care about.

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* In ''Pop Goes the Weasel'', one of the ''Literature/AlexCross'' series of detective novels, a DangerouslyGenreSavvy cunning SerialKiller is estimated to have possibly killed more than 100 people throughout Washington, D.C. A big part of his winning strategy was to only kill women who were black, poor, prostitutes, or otherwise people the media and police wouldn't care about.
19th Jul '16 6:26:35 PM BoHoTroper
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* It's really easy to miss, but it gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/MeganIsMissing''. The movie features a fake news coverage of Megan's disappearance that dedicates several minutes to tell the audience how popular and beautiful Megan is while showing pictures of her. At the end of the segment, the reporter quickly mentions another missing child named ''Turcell Jackson'', and goes to commercials.

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* It's really easy to miss, but it gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/MeganIsMissing''. The movie features a fake news coverage of Megan's disappearance that dedicates several minutes to tell the audience how popular and beautiful Megan is while showing pictures of her. At the end of the segment, the reporter quickly mentions another missing child named ''Turcell Jackson'', and goes to commercials.
5th Jul '16 8:11:58 AM DesertDragon
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The most likely ignored missing person is the DisposableSexWorker and/or the DisposableVagrant. Presumably the inspiration for the Trope is the white knighting mind-set. For more information, including a detailed breakdown of the coverage cycle and links to dozens of cases, see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_white_woman_syndrome this article]] at Wikipedia. [[note]]Ever heard of Spc. Shoshana Johnson? No? She was a black woman taken prisoner along with attractive young white woman Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who became a media star.[[/note]] [[http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/anderson.cooper.360/blog/2006/03/diagnosing-missing-white-woman.html This column]] at CNN.com has some thoughts on it, and in the years since this trope entry was first written many more writers have weighed in on the topic.

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The most likely ignored missing person is the DisposableSexWorker and/or the DisposableVagrant. Presumably the inspiration for the Trope is the white knighting mind-set. For more information, including a detailed breakdown of the coverage cycle and links to dozens of cases, see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_white_woman_syndrome this article]] at Wikipedia. [[note]]Ever heard of Spc. Shoshana Johnson? No? She was a black woman taken prisoner along with attractive young white woman Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who became a media star.[[/note]] [[http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/anderson.cooper.360/blog/2006/03/diagnosing-missing-white-woman.html This column]] at CNN.com has some thoughts on it, and in the years since this trope entry was first written many more writers have weighed in on the topic.
5th Jul '16 8:10:40 AM DesertDragon
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The term '''Missing White Woman Syndrome''' describes the fact that Western media will focus on the murder, kidnapping, or disappearance of Caucasian females--usually pretty and young--to the exclusion of minority, male, older, or disabled missing persons. If the missing white female is also from a good middle or upper-middle class family, this is somehow seen as more newsworthy: those from lower class or "underclass" families get at most perfunctory coverage. [[note]]RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement precludes quoting obvious examples.[[/note]]

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The term '''Missing White Woman Syndrome''' describes the fact that Western media will focus on the murder, kidnapping, or disappearance of Caucasian females--usually pretty pretty, young, and young--to middle- or upper-class--to the exclusion of minority, male, older, poor, or disabled missing persons. If the missing white female is also from a good middle or upper-middle class family, this is somehow seen as more newsworthy: those from lower class or "underclass" families get at most perfunctory coverage. [[note]]RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement precludes quoting obvious examples.[[/note]]
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4th Jul '16 11:31:50 PM TheHeadlessCabbage
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*Mentioned by Katherine Ryan in ''Creator/FrankieBoyle'''s Referendum Autopsy.
--> '''Katherine:''' They don't want to make it easy for you, the media. It's like a puzzle. They'll give you little clues, and you've got to do some of the work. Like when they say "Emma Watson, hot ass and nude photos", what they're really saying is "oh, she's given a UN speech about gender equality". When they say "Girl goes missing", what they're really saying is "''white'' girl goes missing".
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