Murders are skyrocketing in Prince George's County, Maryland. They are so commonplace that the mainstream media does not report them all, and almost never reports the disposition of cases--whether they have been solved and if so, what happened. Many initial reports do not identify the victim and the press rarely follows up when the victim has been identified. The few local murder cases that are covered extensively seem to involve victims who are either white or merchant; other victims don't count.
The local press has virtually abdicated its responsiblilty to inform the people and help the citizenry hold local government accountable for its failure to protect the public. In 2003, just look at the local press coverage of the Laci Peterson case. One white victim in California has received thousands of times as much coverage as all Price George's victims combined.
This page is an attempt to begin to make up for that lack of press reporting, but with limited resources it is all but impossible to list all murders, much less find out what happens from our unresponsive "justice" system.
*Note: Post, Sun, and Times articles are transferred to pay sites after 7 or 14 days; some Post and Times crime reports only appear in the print editions.. Most older Sun articles are available for free from terminals in Prince George's County Libraries. Library card holders can access most older Post and Times articles via NewsBank.com from home.
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(Updated 1 Jun 2004)