Life with Murder: Q&A with Dr Rachel Condry

Dr. Rachel Condry, an author and lecturer in criminology at the University of Oxford, spoke to the audience members after a screening of “Murder With Life,” examining the serious consequences of the crimes committed by the offender of the family in question and providing an intimate portrayal of the aftermath of the death of their daughter.

“On a public level, if you want to stick up for them, there is only one person who you’re feeling a huge defense for, and that is the person who has been left to love them and everyone else has been cast aside. Can we understand a father and mother who would stand up for them?”


Picture of Dr Rachel Condry by Shyamalie Satkunandan.

According to Dr. Condry, her research has demonstrated that the situation is quite common among numerous families. Despite clear evidence of guilt, they still desire to distinguish the criminal act from their loved ones.

The rejection of the family by the community was also prevalent in Dr. Condry’s research.

The reason why families of offenders are often ostracized is because it is difficult to get a grip on the crime that they think and sense some okayness in. They believe that they are condoning an act that they think and sense some okayness in.

The documentary was also found to be very therapeutic. According to the film’s director, John Kastner, after showing the film to some people in the family’s area, Jenkins talked to a couple of them.

The conversation then shifted to the reason and thought process behind such a surprising demise.

I think one of the powerful things about the film is the unanswered question of motive. There are many grey areas in real life.

We often think that parents create their children, but this experience comes from a person who commits a crime, but is very ordinary in nature.

Dr. Condry stated that one of the most punitive prison systems, which prisoners would find interesting for rehabilitative means, is also depicted in the film where lengthy family visits are seen.

Research shows that individuals who have supportive families are less likely to re-offend upon release and are better equipped to do less harm to themselves.

This leads to an important aspect that Dr. Condry has strongly advocated for.

Families are frequently neglected, as no specific government agency meets their requirements. Regarding the needs of families of offenders, I would advocate for the implementation of additional thoughtful policies.