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February   4

Google A Killer?

Map Kudos to the Star Ledger for their comprehensive "Getting Away with Murder" map which debuted this week. Almost as skin-crawling as reading an Ann Rule book, but so much more interactive, the map allows you to click on different nabes to see where not to live murder is more prevalent.

From the Ledger's investigation comes this reassuring conclusion: Killers in Essex County are just as likely to get away with their crime as to face justice.

If you're wondering why you can't find more recent murders on the map, it only identifies locations of 637 homicides that occurred between 1998-2003.

February 4, 2006 in Really Freaking Weird | Permalink

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My new council rep here in Jersey City keeps a similar map on his website. Except it's more interactive and up to date. You can click various buttons and it'll only show you specific crimes, like rape, assault, theft, vadalism, etc. It's broken down by month too, so you can see current info. And, it's for only his district, so you can zoom in on your street or neighborhood to see what's going on there.

Posted by: Butch | Feb 4, 2006 11:49:21 AM

Butch, do you have a link to that?

I have friends in JC who I suspect would be interested in seeing that. Tho I'm not sure if you're in the same district (near Van Vorst Park).

Posted by: crank (MRE) | Feb 4, 2006 12:29:47 PM

I'm not near Van Vorst Park, but I think the map/district includes that area. I'm in Newport/Hamilton Park.

It's on the councilman's website:
http://www.stevenfulop.com/

Posted by: Butch | Feb 4, 2006 12:58:17 PM

Thanks, I'll pass it along.

Re the article above: the map is not nearly as unsettling as the accompanying articles. What a mess.

Who was it that wanted to abolish county government? I suppose that's not the same thing as abolishing county law enforcement. But things are bad. Overworked & underfunded pretty clearly leads to deadly incompetence.

Posted by: crank (MRE) | Feb 4, 2006 1:13:54 PM

Add political hiring of Investigators(by corrupt Heads of the Prosecutor's Office ) with no experience or little experience.

It takes years to acquire expertise in this area (as well as any area)and the changing faces and doors swinging make it impossible for those who are competent to do their job-

-and if you open your mouth out the door you go-You serve at the pleasure of the Sheriff-and you serve at the pleasure of the Prosecutor-this is long in coming for Essex--tragic ....If they choose to smarten up they'll find those recently retired from some of the other counties (who's expertise is relevant for training)to help establish some order---

My heart goes out to those investigator's that try so hard to do the work but are unable.

Actually, Butch, Jersey City has an excellant Security Advisor -he was one of my mentors.

Posted by: cstarling | Feb 4, 2006 5:45:00 PM

well that made me not want to leave the house ;)

Posted by: Megan | Feb 5, 2006 10:29:12 PM

There is also a problem that public defenders receive money from the state while the prosecutors' offices do not. The Essex County prosecutor's office is also at about half staff, but I'm not sure how to fix that. Bad politics going on here.

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