The Washington Post’s 2008 series on the 2001 murder of Chandra Levy


More Get Away With Murder, Despite Technology
By Karen Hawkins (Associated Press)
Washington Post, 2008-12-28

[Its beginning; emphasis is added.]

Despite the rise of
DNA fingerprinting and other “CSI”-style crime-fighting wizardry,
more people in this country are getting away with murder.

FBI figures show that the homicide clearance rate, as detectives call it,
dropped from 91 percent in 1963 --
the first year records were kept in the manner they are now --
to 61 percent in 2007.

Law enforcement officials say the chief reason is
a rise in drug- and gang-related killings,
which are often impersonal and anonymous and thus harder to solve
than slayings among family members or friends.
As a result, police departments are carrying
an ever-growing number of “cold case” homicides on their books.


The clearance rate is the number of homicides solved in a year,
compared with the number of killings committed that year.
The solved killings can include homicides committed in previous years.

The number of criminal homicides committed in the United States climbed from

4,566 in 1963 [4566/189M = 2.4 per 100,000] to
14,811 in 2007 [14811/301M = 4.9 per 100,000],

according to the FBI.
[That 4566 figure for 1963 is dubious;
for example, this page claims 8640 murders in 1963.]

The clearance rate has been dropping pretty steadily over the past four decades,
slipping under 80 percent in the early 1970s and
below 70 percent in the late 1980s.
In cities with populations over 1 million,
the 2007 clearance rate was 59 percent,
down from 89 percent in 1963.

Murders by Black Teenagers Rise, Bucking a Trend
New York Times, 2008-12-29


Jesse Matthew indicted in Fairfax City sexual assault case
By Justin Jouvenal, T. Rees Shapiro and Mary Pat Flaherty
Washington Post, 2014-10-20


The Fairfax City charges stem from an attack on the evening of Sept. 24, 2005.
The woman was able to work with police
to develop a composite sketch of her attacker,

but police had no luck locating him.
A break in the case came in 2010,
when police announced a forensic link between
the Fairfax City assault and the disappearance of a college student.

Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student,
vanished in 2009 while attending a Metallica concert on the U-Va. campus.
Her body was later found on a 700-acre farm southwest of Charlottesville.

Matthew has not been charged in the case,
but authorities close to the investigation say
there is a DNA match between it and the Fairfax City assault.

At the Monday news conference,
[Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh]
said he would ask for a bench warrant to be issued on Matthew on Thursday
so he could be tried in Fairfax County.
Besides the attempted capital murder charge,
Matthew is facing felony counts of abduction with intent to defile
and sexual penetration with an object.


Prosecutors in Lynchburg have said
Matthew was accused of an on-campus rape at Liberty University in 2002.
Officials at Christopher Newport University in Newport News said
Matthew was accused of sexually assaulting a woman
while he was a student there in 2003.


Son of St. Louis County executive linked to 18 robberies, police say
By Valerie Schremp Hahn
St. Louis Post Dispatch (stltoday.com), 2014-10-24

FLORISSANT • The son of St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is suspected in a string of St. Louis-area gas station robberies, according to the Florissant Police Department.

Phillip Goodwin, 37, of the 8100 block of Canton Avenue in University City, was charged Thursday with two counts of second-degree robbery, one count for a robbery at Florissant gas station on Oct. 8 and another for a robbery in north St. Louis County on Sept. 28.

Goodwin had been released from prison in the spring after serving part of a 22-year sentence for a previous robbery, Florissant public information Officer Andy Haarmann said. Goodwin is suspected in 17 other robberies in the three weeks before the Florissant robbery, he said.

“It was like one after another,” he said. “It didn’t take him long to commit 17.”


Driver killed at NSA had history of robbery, prostitution
By Ian Duncan and Kevin Rector
Baltimore Sun, 2015-03-31

[So far as I know,
this is the first time that NSA security has been forced to kill an intruder
to prevent him from posing a threat to the NSA buildings.
And what do you know?
The person who caused the problem
was a black transsexual drug-using car-thief.

Also, what the media has so often described as "an unarmed black male."
(Going by his biological makeup.)

One may wonder how this jibs with
the claim that "any supposed differences in behavior between the races are due to racial bias".

As to the claim that the police action might have been cause by bias,
let me observe that NSA security has an absolute duty
to prevent the possibility of an assault against the crucial NSA buildings.
A moving vehicle?
Could be a car bomb.
Remember the truck bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon.
Yes, car and truck bombings are a real threat.
If you don't obey security orders while driving a vehicle near that complex,
the guards don't know what you will do next.
How close can they allow the vehicle to approach the building?
A good question.
The NSA officers made the judgment that they could not allow
an out of control vehicle to continue its travel,
and I see no reason to question their judgment at this time.]