The Washington Post identified the places in dozens of U.S. cities where murder is common but arrests are rare. The newspaper analyzed up to a decade of homicide arrest data– 52,000 cases — from 50 large cities. The analysis shows block by block where police fail to catch killers. The overall homicide arrest rate in the 50 cities is 49 percent, but in areas of impunity, police make arrests less than 33 percent of the time.
Police say a man suspected of murdering a prominent forensic psychiatrist, a psychologist and two paralegals at their offices, committed the killings because of what he saw as a conspiracy to rig a divorce case and steal custody of his son.
The biggest decline in firearm homicides was among African-American men, amounting to 32 per cent between 2000 and 2015, according to the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. But the decline coincided with a rise in gun deaths in rural counties.
The man accused of killing 10 people on a Toronto street cited the “Incel Rebellion” in a Facebook post, prompting a look at the culture of the involuntary celibate, some of whom may advocate violence against women.
Missouri’s rate of black homicide victimization in 2015, the latest year available, is nearly two and a half times the national rate, says the Violence Policy Center. Missouri was followed in the list by Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Alaska, and Nebraska.
Ex-journalist Thomas Hargrove has a file of 751,785 murders since 1976, about 27,000 more than appear in FBI files. Using computer code he wrote, he searches for statistical anomalies among ordinary murders resulting from lovers’ triangles, gang fights, robberies, or brawls. Each year, about five thousand people kill someone and don’t get caught. Hargrove intends to find them with his code, which he calls a serial-killer detector.
Hippie cult leader Charles Manson died Sunday at 83 after nearly half a century behind bars for the deaths of actress Sharon Tate and six other people. The leader of a prosecutors’ group says it is Manson’s victims who should be mourned.
Street gangs in Indiana are silencing eyewitnesses to their violent activities, as well as informants, say local prosecutors and police. A lack of witness cooperation is a major reason the arrest rate in Indianapolis criminal homicide cases has sunk to near 35 percent.