With 24 hour news channels and easy access we are bombarded with reports of crime from every corner of the globe.
It seems that no sooner has one tragedy hit than stories of another are being flashed across our screens and printed in our papers.
But it is undeniable that there are for every generation some crimes that will never be forgotten. Just as people remember where they were when they heard that President Kennedy had been shot, who can forget hearing the awful news of the attacks of September 11th? And who could shake off the revulsion they felt when the sickening details of the Fritzl case came to light?
Indeed, the horrific nature of a handful of crimes has ensured that certain names will never be forgotten: James Bulger, Sally Anne Bowman, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman...