How Baltimore cops cracked a puzzling murder

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Baltimore homicide detectives Kevin Hagan and Sean Jones had only one clue to the killer of a man found face down in a trash bin behind a candy factory. Digging through the sugary garbage and combing the grounds, Hagan and Jones had a grainy videotape image from a security camera mounted on a nearby building. “We couldn’t establish where the victim had been murdered,” Hagan told the Baltimore Sun. “You don’t know where it occurred. You don’t have witnesses. It could have happened anywhere, that’s the problem.”

The Sun recounts how the detectives finally landed a suspect–more than six months later. “It is not like the TV shows, like Homicide or NYPD Blue,” Hagan said. “Our cases don’t get solved in 30 minutes to an hour. They take time. To have a successful case, to be able to make a strong case for prosecution, it takes time.”


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