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Oldest Unsolved Murders

April 24th, 2006 · 3 Comments

When my book went to press, 25,062 murders had been committed since 1985. Roughly a third of those murders are still unsolved. (I say roughly, because that figure is a moving target.) For better or worse, I’m curious about the oldest unsolved murders. The NYPD’s Central Records Division has a warehouse in Brooklyn where they […]

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Declining Clearance Rates – Part 2

April 4th, 2006 · Comments Off on Declining Clearance Rates – Part 2

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Declining Clearance Rates – Part 1

March 27th, 2006 · Comments Off on Declining Clearance Rates – Part 1

Although clearance rates went up a teeny, tiny bit nationally, I’m still curious why they have been generally declining over the years. It was such a huge shock to me to discover while I was writing the book that clearance rates have, in fact, been slowly going down. What really amazed me was, the decline […]

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Slight Improvement in National Clearance Rates

March 21st, 2006 · Comments Off on Slight Improvement in National Clearance Rates

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, in 2004 the national clearance rate was 62.6%. That’s up from 62.4 in 2003%. However, in an FBI preliminary report, murder was up 2.1% nationally in the first six months of 2005 (with the greatest increase in the midwest, 4.9%). The year before, murder had gone down 5.7% […]

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