In several years starting in 1979,, Atlanta was terrorized by a serial killer who snatched and killed 24 children, mostly young African-American boys ages 7 to 17. The city is trying again to solve the cases. Suspect Wayne Williams was convicted of killing two adults.
What passes for a successful homicide clearance rate in policing doesn’t always comport with a common-sense reading of the data, a newspaper found in a review of five years’ worth of Milwaukee homicide cases.
Facing growing backlogs of cold cases and falling homicide clearance rates, police and community groups are making greater efforts to solve more murders against a backdrop of limited police resources and tense community relations.
The man convicted of killing 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton in Chicago was sentenced after he gave a defiant speech proclaiming his innocence in the 2013 shooting that became a symbol of the city’s gun violence. Pendleton had appeared at an event marking Barack Obama’s second inauguration.
Brown had received a life sentence for killing a man she said had paid her for sex. Gov. Bill Haslam agreed with Brown’s supporters that the sentence for a crime committed at the age of 16 was too harsh.
The fiance of a Colorado woman missing since Thanksgiving Day was arrested on allegations of killing her. Authorities declined to say whether they had found the body of Kelsey Berreth, 29, what led to the arrest of Patrick Frazee and what motive there might be for Berreth’s slaying.