With more than five months left in the year, St. Louis's murder total is almost as high as for all of last year, says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Police Chief Joe Mokwa, criminologist Scott Decker, and others say it might be a mere hiccup in the crime picture and not necessarily a dramatic upward trend. They say there may not be much meaning in comparing numbers year to year for murder, which is considered the most capricious of crimes. The drop to just 69 killings last year was always considered a fluke, law enforcement officials admit. Through . . .
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