"Last week, there were no murders at all. The drop comes even as officers are doing only about half as many stop-and-frisks as they did at the beginning of last year."
Bill de Blasio's New York is going to be:
A) A rainbow paradise
B) A gangster's paradise
"Thinking back he wasn't a bad bloke, actually." —"A convicted killer has told a jury how he strangled his neighbour with a TV flex after he flew into a rage following unwanted sexual attention."
Have you caught up on the terrible story of Christopher Ryan Smith? The Internet entrepreneur was traveling in Africa all throughout the second half of last year, according to the emails he was sending his family. Unfortunately, he was dead the whole time, having been killed by his terribly secretly shady business partner. Horrible story! Also, how stupid: you buy yourself six months to get away with a murder by posing as the poor dead fellow, and you don't even flee the country? Moron. Still, gives one ideas.
Recently a news organization published a photograph of a rather recently dead body. The former person in question photographed had been murdered and presumably the news outfit felt that a murder on its local turf had some news value. The victim's family and friends were about ten kinds of furious. Meanwhile, written coverage of the murder and its circumstances was vigorous and regular on a number of New York City-based websites, including Gothamist and the Times, in large part because it took place in the East Village. Year-to-date, there have been four murders in the East Village's Ninth Precinct, though I couldn't tell you what the other three were. [...]
Last Tuesday, two toddlers were found dead in a car that had sunk to the bottom of a river. The scenario had an eerie parallel to the Susan Smith episode of 1994: both incidents occurred in South Carolina, and in both cases the mother was charged with murder.
People keep asking me this week about some fellow with a funny, stuffy name, and I am always like, "I'm sorry, who?" There is some story that is in all the papers-all of them-that I have been avoiding, because there is no reason at all for me to read it. It is about a tragedy, which, from what little I have heard, sounds terrible! And we are hearing about it because it took place at a famous university. Jack Shafer trots out a number of reasons for this coverage, among them: "Members of the elite press identify with Harvard and Yale-even if they didn't go there. They may work [...]