Daily Archives: July 5, 2008

Myers on Murder


By chance I encountered this article by one Jim Myers from the Atlantic Monthly, March 2000. After the last few weeks of extra attention on DC’s crime scene, it helps put the situation in context. Myers wrote this at a time when that city’s murder rate was near its all-time highs–a fair bit ahead of today’s. This is one of the finest pieces on the subject I’ve ever read–the numbing, nauseating pathos of senseless death in America.