Monday, September 01, 2008

Anatomy Of A Murder Investigation

"A Pace University honor student was discovered dead in his Chelsea apartment Sunday night, strangled with an electrical cord that was still wrapped around his neck, cops said.

The lifeless body of Kevin Pravia, 19, was found lying face up in his bed when officers were called to his apartment at 239 W. 15th St. just after 6 p.m., a police source said.

Pravia's roommate made the grim discovery and called 911, police said.

The sophomore standout's mouth was stuffed with plastic - and there was no evidence of a break-in, the source said.

While the death had all the hallmarks of a murder, an official police spokeswoman said nothing had been ruled out, including suicide."

Gay neighborhood. VERY gay neighborhood. Good looking kid. Suicide? Yeah right.

The NYPD is so very politically correct they must first chase red herrings galore just to appear as if they really believe this was something other than rough homosexual sex gone wrong. Here's what a commenter had to say on the matter:

"When my daughter was found murdered in NYC she had a sock stuffed down her throat and a scarf around her neck but the police said it looked like a suicide. Then, when that didn't pan out they said it looked like a drug overdose. After a week or two they finally settled on homicide. I think that was after the Compstat meeting so they were safe from the wrath of bosses. Needless to say, her murder has not been solved, like so many others. NYPD detectives sit in their offices waiting for tips. They do not do any investigating, they don't know how."

I wish I had the link and I'll search for it but trust me on this one. Or don't and rag my ass to hell and bag if I'm in error, but last I checked somewhere along the lines of 40% of all violent crimes go unsolved in NYC.


It isn't NYPD-specific, but I've added the above graph as determined by the FBI with regards to crime clearance rates.

As can be seen, crime pays. Perhaps a redistribution of available manpower might result in better performance. In other words, focus less on entrapping that kid with a joint, and maybe not so many hide & seek radar guns raking in the cash but doing little else.

And take away the numbers for recovery of stolen cars, and you've got something along the lines of a 10 percent clearance for all other robberies.

Type of property Value of property Percent recovered
Stolen Recovered
Total $14,940,285,373 $4,625,247,564 31.0
Currency, notes, etc. 1,108,666,932 44,773,028 4.0
Jewelry and precious metals 1,215,235,529 59,464,987 4.9
Clothing and furs 250,515,900 31,344,315 12.5
Locally stolen motor vehicles 6,891,284,744 4,068,866,634 59.0
Televisions, radios, stereos, etc. 867,735,960 39,290,382 4.5
Firearms 103,559,485 9,475,233
Household goods 280,613,770 11,253,776 4.0
Consumable goods 125,561,212 14,368,025 11.4
Livestock 19,787,860 2,701,302 13.7
Miscellaneous 3,475,581,316 316,531,994 9.1

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