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Why don’t local, state and federal crime numbers add up?

Each of last year’s homicide victims had families and friends. Most had funerals and burials.

All have Columbus police homicide detectives assigned to their cases, pursuing their killers.

So it shouldn’t be difficult to figure out how many people were killed, right?

It depends on who you ask.

The FBI counted 91 people killed in the city in 2016. The Ohio Department of Public Safety recorded two more deaths, marking the total at 93. Columbus police, whose detectives are actually in charge of investigating the deaths, report that 106 people were killed.

When The Dispatch looked into the state’s tally of homicide numbers and cross-checked it with the city’s list, it found discrepancies, including:

• One woman was killed but counted twice as a victim.

• A woman who is still living was included on the list of homicide victims. (Her husband reportedly wanted to kill her but never

Read more at: http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171016/why-dont-local-state-and-federal-crime-numbers-add-up

The unlikely role of true crime podcasts in criminal justice reform

While the true crime genre has long been established in literature and television, and its broad popularity continues on today with recent hits like The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, HBO’s The Jinx, and Netflix’s Making a Murderer, the genre has made new waves in an unsuspecting mediumpodcasts.

Beginning with Serial in 2014, the popular podcast about a Baltimore teen’s murder and her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, who is serving a life sentence after a highly contested conviction, there’s been an explosion of true crime and wrongful conviction retellings and analyses through audio. In fact, true crime podcasts often top the iTunes top podcast chart, generally considered the best measure of a show’s popularity.

The appeal of true crime podcasts

True crime retellings first appeared in the 1500s as part of sensational leaflets written by the British, recounting tales of gruesome crimes. By the 20th century,

Read more at: https://qz.com/1101889/the-unlikely-role-of-true-crime-podcasts-in-criminal-justice-reform/

Crime Solvers Seeking Information on Latest Lexington Park Armed Robbery

10/10/2017: On Sunday, October 1, 2017, at approximately 1:45 a.m., deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported armed robbery.

Preliminary investigation indicated a pizza delivery driver was making a delivery in the 21000 block of Liberty Street, in Great Mills. The delivery driver reported he was approached by two black males, and there was a brief struggle; the suspects fled the area. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) have assumed the investigation.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective David Alexander at (301) 475-4200 ext*1954, or by email at david.alexander@stmarysmd.com.

Anonymous tips can be received at Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333 or by texting a tip to TIP239.

Persons with information leading to the arrest and/or conviction may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 through Crime Solvers.

10/3/2017: On Sunday, October 1, 2017, at approximately 1:40 a.m.,

Read more at: https://smnewsnet.com/archives/424888/crime-solvers-seeking-information-on-latest-lexington-park-armed-robbery/

‘Sextortion’ — blackmail often targeting teens — will be a crime in California

SACRAMENTO — The FBI has called it the single-largest growing threat to children on the internet, but until recently sexual extortion — in which predators use sexually explicit images as blackmail and demand sex or more images instead of money — was not a standalone crime anywhere in the country.

But this week California became the fifth state to make it a felony to blackmail people with the threat of distributing explicit images of them. Only adults will be prosecuted under Sen. Connie Leyva’s Senate Bill 500, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Thursday. Utah, Texas, Alabama and Arkansas passed similar laws this year. California’s law takes effect in January.

“We are just saying once again to women, ‘We stand with you and we will protect you,’” Leyva said in an interview Friday.

Chesterfield crime spree prompts police warning

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Chesterfield Police have issued a warning to neighbors after thieves broke into around 20 unlocked vehicles parked in and around the Michaux Creek subdivision this week.

Items taken from the car include money, computers, jewelry, and even guns. In one instance, police said, an entire car was stolen because someone left their keys inside the unlocked vehicle.

“There is a sense of violation. I’ve had my car broken into before and you do lose a sense of security,” neighbor Greg Brown said.

Another neighbor – who asked not to be identified – noticed her husband’s truck and their garage were broken into Friday morning.

She immediately texted other neighbors with a warning.

“It raised everybody’s awareness level,” neighbor Mark Beck said. “But I am very surprised about that happening here. Need to lock your cars in your driveway.”

In a message posted on the department’s Facebook page, Chesterfield Police offered

Read more at: http://wtvr.com/2017/10/06/michaux-creek-break-ins/

The 9 Best True-Crime Series on Netflix

Photo: Netflix

If you type “true crime” into the Netflix search field, you’ll be presented with an astonishing collection of shows, many of them indistinguishable from one another. The offerings include Occult Crimes, Corrupt Crimes, Stalkers Who Kill, Nurses Who Kill, Killer Couples, Killer Kids, Killer in the Family, Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer, and Killer Women with Piers Morgan. How do you even begin to sort them apart? Are they all the same? And are any of them actually good?

We’re here to help. Hidden among the genre’s vast selection of bad reenactments, gleeful-sounding narrators, and disgusting, exploitative dreck, you’ll find quite a few worthwhile productions. Here are

Read more at: http://www.vulture.com/2017/10/best-true-crime-shows-netflix.html

The Best True-Crime Shows on Netflix – Vulture

Photo: Netflix

If you type “true crime” into the Netflix search field, you’ll be presented with an astonishing collection of shows, many of them indistinguishable from one another. The offerings include Occult Crimes, Corrupt Crimes, Stalkers Who Kill, Nurses Who Kill, Killer Couples, Killer Kids, Killer in the Family, Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer, and Killer Women with Piers Morgan. How do you even begin to sort them apart? Are they all the same? And are any of them actually good?

We’re here to help. Hidden among the genre’s vast selection of bad reenactments, gleeful-sounding narrators, and disgusting, exploitative dreck, you’ll find quite a few worthwhile productions. Here are

Read more at: http://www.vulture.com/2017/10/best-true-crime-shows-netflix.html

Crime Solvers offers reward in Citgo robbery – The Shippensburg News

Suspect 1

Suspect 1

Pennsylvania State Police are looking for this man who robbed the Citgo gas station on Black Gap Road in Greene Township Tuesday night, along with another man.

Suspect 2

Suspect 2

Pennsylvania State Police are

Read more at: http://www.shipnc.com/free_announcements/article_0e6986b6-a53f-11e7-9bf9-dbcb94d77949.html

Crime Solvers offers reward in Citgo robbery – The Shippensburg … – The Shippensburg News

Suspect 1

Suspect 1

Pennsylvania State Police are looking for this man who robbed the Citgo gas station on Black Gap Road in Greene Township Tuesday night, along with another man.

Suspect 2

Suspect 2

Pennsylvania State Police are

Read more at: http://www.shipnc.com/free_announcements/article_0e6986b6-a53f-11e7-9bf9-dbcb94d77949.html