A SERIAL KILLER OF SEX WORKERS IS STILL ON THE LOOSE ON LONG ISLAND, NEW YORKProvides the latest details about a group of people – slain prostitutes – whose plight was formerly overlooked; see Box 2.2 on p. 55 in Ch. 2.
Over the past several years, a number of sex workers were slain and their corpses were dumped in the dunes near the South Shore’s well-known Jones Beach. Whoever killed them is still at large. Read about the ongoing investigation here. A TV investigative report into the lives of four of the young women who were “escorts” and advertising their services online can be viewed here. An interview with the author of a book about these “lost girls” who fit certain stereotypes but not others can be heard here.
A LITTLE GIRL IS FOUND DEAD IN HER HOME. HER PARENTS WERE SUSPECTSProvides the latest revelation about an unsolved death described in the real-life example on p. 182 of Ch. 6; also see p. 44 in Ch. 2.
A grand jury in Colorado was inclined to indict her parents for being responsible for her death, but the prosecutor chose not to press charges against them. If they were innocent, putting the grieving father and mother on trial would be adding terrible insult to injury. But there is no evidence of an intruder entering the home. So the case of the murder of the six year-old beauty queen on Christmas day in 1997 remains an unsolved mystery. View the video here.
A LITTLE BOY DISAPPEARS FROM A STREET CORNER IN MANHATTAN IN 1979 AND IS NEVER SEEN OR HEARD FROM AGAINConnects to the discussion of dramatic examples of children who went missing, spreading panic among parents across the country. This case could have appeared on p. 220 in Ch. 8.
A mentally disturbed man has “confessed” to kidnapping the six year-old child, choking him, and disposing of the body in a garbage bag, but did he really do it? Read the latest developments here.
THE FBI TAKES A SECOND LOOK AT MURDERS IN THE SOUTH COMMITTED DURING THE 1960’sIllustrates the problem highlighted by the civil rights movement: that the authorities did not extend the Constitution’s promise of “equal protection under the law” to people of color, as stated on p. 40 of Ch. 2.
In recent years, the FBI re-examined 112 unsolved killings of African Americans during the 1960’s in the South. Unfortunately, in all but 20 cases, the victims’ families have received letters expressing the FBI’s condolences but concluding that nothing more can be done. Read about some killings, including a suspected case of Klan terror, here.
SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS CAPTURE IMAGES ON A BUSY MANHATTAN STREET OF A MAN BEING MURDEREDIllustrates the process of “victimology” as practiced by detectives, as described in Box 1.1 on p. 3 of Ch. 1.
A newspaper reporter engages in what the police would call “victimology” – an effort to figure out who was a sworn enemy of a man who was shot in the head in broad daylight. Read about the journalist’s reconstruction of the victim’s life here.