An inmate serving a life sentence for murder reflects on the tragedy that landed him behind bars, and on his search for forgiveness for a criminal past that made him a “monster,” in an essay written for the Beat Within, a prison writers’ workshop based in San Francisco.
The city has recorded just 286 killings this year, another new modern low. Overall, crime has now declined for 27 consecutive years, dating to 1990, when New York set a record with 2,245 homicides. Reported crime has fallen in each of the major felony categories this year to a total of 94,806 as of Sunday, well below the record low of 101,716 set last year.
In a deep dive into homicide statistics, the Wall Street Journal finds that improvements or deterioration in a small cluster of big-city neighborhoods can have an oversized impact on national murder rates.
Arthur Brown, convicted of murder in connection with a fatal arson fire in Chicago in 1988, had steadfastly insisted that he was innocent. Nearly 30 years later, prosecutors agreed, saying “there were significant evidentiary issues that raised deep concerns about the fairness of Mr. Brown’s conviction.”
The trial of Jake Carrizal, president of the Dallas Bandidos motorcycle club, was seen as a test case for the scores of people facing charges in the bloody Texas shootout between two motorcycle clubs in 2015.
Authorities said the shooting followed a fight that started inside a dorm room on the Louisiana campus and spilled outside around midnight Tuesday. They said the victims were acquainted with their suspected killer.
Alaska has the highest rate of femicide by men, followed by Nevada, Louisiana, and Tennessee, according to the annual report of the Violence Policy Center (VPI). Black women are more than twice as likely to be killed by men than their white counterparts.
A lawsuit by Shari Webber-Dunn, a convicted murderer and practicing Thelemite, alleges that women prisoners in Kansas are subjected to endless Christian imagery and propaganda, including an 8-foot wooden cross, Christian-themed radio and TV broadcasts, and housing units plastered with proselytizing messages.
Nathaniel Jouett, a suicidal high school sophomore, is accused of walking into the Clovis public library with two handguns on Monday and shooting six people, killing two of them. “His mind had to snap,” his pastor said.