History Main / MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome

22nd Oct '16 1:32:57 AM Morgenthaler
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** Lampshaded in the sequel ''Film/TwentyTwoJumpStreet'', where when the two learn that the victim is a black girl, Schmidt tries to say that it's even sadder now that the victim's black solely to curry favor with the captain.

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** * Lampshaded in the sequel ''Film/TwentyTwoJumpStreet'', where when the two learn that the victim is a black girl, Schmidt tries to say that it's even sadder now that the victim's black solely to curry favor with the captain.
15th Oct '16 8:59:32 PM nombretomado
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The origin of the term is unclear. Although Professor Sheri Parks of the University of Maryland claims to have coined it circa 2005, it apparently has been in use among journalists (and {{FARK}}.com) for years before that. It's also been referred to as "missing pretty girl syndrome" and "[[DistressedDamsel damsel in distress]] syndrome". In particular, the United States has the AMBER Alert, which is a special alert code for child abductions and was named for the young white daughter of influential parents.

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The origin of the term is unclear. Although Professor Sheri Parks of the University of Maryland claims to have coined it circa 2005, it apparently has been in use among journalists (and {{FARK}}.Website/{{FARK}}.com) for years before that. It's also been referred to as "missing pretty girl syndrome" and "[[DistressedDamsel damsel in distress]] syndrome". In particular, the United States has the AMBER Alert, which is a special alert code for child abductions and was named for the young white daughter of influential parents.
29th Sep '16 11:55:26 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/MichaelConnelly novel ''The Black Box'', Harry Bosch is investigating a cold case regarding a white woman killed in the 1992 LA riots. He meets a lot of internal LAPD resistance, as the brass fears being accused of Missing White Woman Syndrome. In Connelly novel ''Literature/TheScarecrow'', Jack [=McEvoy=] accuses the LAPD of the Syndrome when the murder of a white woman near the crime-ridden Rodia Gardens housing project leads to a police raid.

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* In Creator/MichaelConnelly novel ''The Black Box'', novels:
** In ''Literature/TheBlackBox'',
Harry Bosch is investigating a cold case regarding a white woman killed in the 1992 LA riots. He meets a lot of internal LAPD resistance, as the brass fears being accused of Missing White Woman Syndrome. Syndrome.
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In Connelly novel ''Literature/TheScarecrow'', Jack [=McEvoy=] accuses the LAPD of the Syndrome when the murder of a white woman near the crime-ridden Rodia Gardens housing project leads to a police raid.
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.
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