Crime and Punishment

Murders in Boston 2007

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

This post keeps track of the total number of murders and homicides in Boston 2007. Final tally: 66. 2007 homicide rate for Boston: 11.2 murders per 100,000 residents. The list below is not exhaustive but does mention most of the homicides in Boston in 2007: January 1: 14 year old boy shot in Dorchester. January [...]

Ricky Manning Jr., the allegedly Jew-insulting, Swede-assaulting, no-contest pleading Chicago Bear

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

I remember reading about Chicago Bears player Ricky Manning Jr. attacking a patron of Middle Eastern descent at a Denny’s in Los Angeles last year. What I didn’t know until I read conservative journalist Steve Sailer’s blog is that the victim of the attack is a Swedish citizen of Iranian descent. NBC reported at the [...]

Guns are cool, stats are tedious

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

Charley on the MTA at BlueMassGroup is beating his chest over a new study from Harvard School of Public Health that may suggest that there may be a link between gun ownership and homicide rates. Writes Charley: Turns out states with more guns at home have, like, more homicides. Who woulda thunk it? And then [...]

Murders and murder rate in Boston 2006

Monday, January 1st, 2007

The Boston Police department released preliminary crime stats for 2006 that has the number of murders in Boston at 75 in 2006 for a homicide rate of roughly 12.5, assuming a population just shy of 600,000. There were 73 homicides in Boston in 2005. Note: This post originally claimed there were 75 murders in Boston [...]

Brookline cops nab suspected shoplifters

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

My wife and I walked into a CVS store on the Brookline side of Commonwealth Avenue this evening and happened upon an unexpected scene. Seven Brookline police officers were in the process of detaining one black woman and one black man, both suspected of shoplifting if I correctly understood the interaction between the police officers [...]

A disputed incident in Roxbury

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

A couple of weeks ago the Boston Police Department’s blog reported on an incident that angered quite a few Bostonians: A rookie cop was allegedly assaulted by a crowd of partygoers in Roxbury, one of Boston’s black neighborhood (and also one of the city’s high-crime neighborhoods). Some bloggers commented on the partygoers in rather [...]

The good news in the Boston police corruption scandal

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

The Boston Police Department has been hit by a serious and potentially massive corruption and crime scandal. So far three officers have been arrested, but the investigation isn’t over. Here are the crimes the arrested officers are suspected of having been involved in: …an intricate network of schemes that included stealing the identities of unsuspecting [...]

Terrorists or alienated eccentrics in Liberty City?

Monday, June 26th, 2006

When you’re a hammer everything looks like a nail, as the old saying goes. Perhaps now that we are rightfully concerned about terrorists, domestic and alien, everything looks like a terrorist group in the eyes of law enforcement officials. Like Boston Globe metro columnist Adrian Walker, I’m no at this point convinced that the sect/cell/fraternity [...]

Surveillance cameras in action – pros and cons

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

This is not at all a brawl-porn post, but, in fact, a thoughtful analysis of the use of surveillance camera evidence in a recent trial in the United Kingdom. But first, the brawl porn: English hooligans clash with each other and attack random people before a game against Wales in Manchester in 2004 (opens in [...]

Quick thoughts on the Allston murders

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

1) I’m not surprised by the double murder on Kelton Street in Allston, pretty much right across the border from safer than safe Brookline. Way too much drugs and too much riff-raff in Allston – Brighton for this not to happen. Writes the Herald: The execution-style murders of a New Hampshire teen and a Haitian [...]