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December 28, 2017

Wall Street Journal taking a close look at "Murder in America" while NYC hits a record low

Over the last few days, the Wall Street Journal has run these two extended articles under the label "Murder in America":

Meanwhile, the largest city in the US is making the largest headlines with its smallest body count ever.  Via Slate here, "New York City Set to Have Fewer Murders This Year Than Any Year Since the City Began Keeping Track":

Just days from the end of 2017, New York City is set to tally a record low number of murders for the year and serious crime, more generally, will have declined for the 27th straight year.  As of Wednesday, 286 murders had been committed in the city, putting New York on pace to dip below its previous homicide low of 333 in 2014.  To give some perspective to how far the murder rate has dropped in the city over the past several decades, the New York Times notes this year’s murder rate is on the verge of being “the lowest since reliable records have been kept,” an unthinkable turnaround from 1990 when there were 2,245 killings in New York City.

Other types of major felony crimes — manslaughter, rape, assault, robbery, burglary, grand larceny, and car thefts — have fallen since last year and, put together, are also likely to close out the year at historic lows.  The nearly 95,000 major felony crimes committed so far this year is on pace to best last year’s record low of 101,716.  In 1990, by contrast, there were 527,000 major felony crimes recorded in New York City.

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Meanwhile in Baltimore,


Posted by: mike | Dec 29, 2017 11:21:52 AM

New York City is safer than only 27% of cities. It is crime ridden, and that fact is covered by the Democratic Party politicians, and the Democratic Party registered media. It is a smelly dystopia.

Posted by: David Behar | Dec 29, 2017 10:51:27 PM

Not sure how this is possible. No death penalty here.

Posted by: Joe | Dec 30, 2017 2:07:44 PM

Joe. NYC saw the execution of 1500 criminals in 2016, by carfentanyl.

Posted by: David Behar | Dec 30, 2017 7:37:52 PM

You lawyers outsourced crime control to the Chinese. They are doing an excellent job of eradicating the criminal for you, each for a $1 of carfentanyl. We may no longer need the criminal law business. Your profession will be severely downsized, way beyond any reduction I could have dreamed of.

Posted by: David Behar | Dec 30, 2017 11:05:33 PM

David Behar is as always out of mind.

Posted by: Claudio Giusti | Dec 31, 2017 6:32:07 AM

NYC's murder and violent crime rates are approaching or passing historic lows for one reason no one really wants to talk about: it is now a gated community of, for and by the super-rich, with a few working-class people in public housing. When the super-rich are involved in crime, it's usually the paper variety and not the violent.

Posted by: scribe | Dec 31, 2017 2:56:11 PM

Hi, Claudio. I am not crazy. I am an unbridled spirit. That is what the Inquisition 1.0 called Galileo for his support of heliocentrism.

We are now in the Inquisition 2.0. As with 1.0, the remedy to this stupid, rent seeking tyranny is the same. French patriots beheaded and expelled 10,000 high church officials, ending 1.0. We have to do the same with the low life, rent seeking, stupidest people, but tyrannical lawyer profession. Decapitate its greedy, tyrannical, but extremely stupid hierarchy. They actually hold the supernatural beliefs of 1.0. They have not bothered to update them, the beliefs from 1275 AD.

Posted by: David Behar | Jan 1, 2018 8:47:09 AM

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