Murder has entered by blogosphere at The Los Angeles Times, which is attempting to provide provide comprehensive coverage of all homicides in Los Angeles County. The newspaper says that because it is overwhelmed by the sheer volume of cases, it is able to cover fewer than 10 percent of the more than 1,000 murders in Los Angeles County each year. Many violent deaths become “private homicides — catastrophic on a small scale, invisible on a broader one.”
Starting this week, the Times is listing all homicides reported to the Los Angeles County coroner, plus additional information gleaned from street and law enforcement sources. This week’s list is longer than usual because of a January crime wave, but otherwise typical in terms of the ages and ethnicities of those killed and the manner of their deaths. The list includes a young woman found on a roadside, a young couple mysteriously shot, then set on fire, and a man who placed himself between his landlord and an attacker and died for his courage. Several readers have commented that they are surprised by the extent of the list, and the youth and ethnicity of victims, says reporter Jill Leovy.