The first postcard on today's Postsecret is disturbing. (TW: murder, abuse)
The text reads "I told everyone that she dumped me, but I dumped her (body)", along with a picture taken from Google Maps. It was determined that the location was likely Wooded Island in Chicago, IL. A search was made, though nothing was found
. However, as a commenter on Dianna E. Anderson's blog posting about this
points out, the postmark reads 2008
Frank Warren, founder of PostSecret has said he didn't go to the police, and instead sees this as a free-speech issue. [more inside]
Chicago's WBEZ has created an interactive map
of the city and where its various gangs operate, using data provided by the Chicago Police Department. Chicagoist
considers the map and its implications while Progress Illinois
discusses the changing nature of gang violence.
With six homicides, Saturday August 18th tied with an unseasonably warm February day for the dubious honor of Chicago's deadliest day
, bringing the year's death total to over 340. Chicago is now one of the world's deadliest cities
, much worse than the more populous NYC
, even earning comparisons to Kabul.
Possible culprits include failed urban policies
, concentrated poverty
, and gangs
(and counterintuitively, the fact that some are fractured and poorly run
is a new film
from Steve James (Hoop Dreams
) and Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here
) about the work of CeaseFire
's Violence Interrupters
), who work to prevent violence in Chicago with direct intervention and mediation. The film follows Ameena Matthews
, the daughter of of a notorious gang leader; Eddie Bocanegra
, who teaches art to children and is driven by remorse for a murder he committed when he was seventeen; and the charismatic Cobe Williams
, who recently joined James and Kotlowitz for an interview
with WFMT's Andrew Patner. Some of the videos contain strong language and scenes of violence.
"A Mugging on Lake Street"
: John Conroy -- author
and former staff writer of the Chicago Reader
best known for his articles on police torture
finds himself a victim of a "senseless" crime and is forced by circumstance to examine his own opinions about race, hate crimes
, and violence. (last link is referenced in original article)
Blocking the Transmission of Violence.
"If gang violence was an infectious disease, how would you stop it? A Chicago epidemiologist
thinks he has the answer