Look at the chart. Why is the line going the wrong way?
Every year 6,000 murderers get away with their crime in the United States. One reason is that “crimes of passion” those crimes that are unplanned violent outbursts are down while much tougher to solve murders is going up.
Police Departments are short staffed and in some cities, like Detroit only one murder in five is solved.
- NEW! Mass murder rises as other killings decline
- NEW! Mass murder incidents by state – 1980-2008
- NEW! A child dies every day in an unsolved homicide
- NEW! Solution rates for child homicides vary by sex, race, age
- NEW! Unsolved homicide resources; crime support group information
- NEW! Child murders: a state-by-state accounting
- Sloppy reporting prevails for America’s unsolved homicides
- Some police departments fail to tell FBI when they solve homicides
- Many ‘best practices’ known to improve murder investigations
- Father still thinks of revenge years after son’s homicide
- Victim’s age, sex, race affect homicide clearance rates
- One in nine Americans knows the victim of an unsolved homicide
- Yearly homicides and clearance rates from 1980-2008
- FBI’s estimated homicide clearance rates from 1965-2008
- Gender, age, ethnic breakdown of homicide statistics
- State-by-state breakdown of homicide clearance rates
- Editorial: Killers don’t have to get away with murder
- Graphical Database: Murder Mysteries
How Local TV Stations and Newspapers Reported the Murder Mysteries Project
LEARN MORE: Here is a webinar you can watch to see what Scripps Howard News Service journalists have learned about this trend.