Star Ledger: Newark on murder-solving spree
I love waking up to stories like this in the morning:
In the blend of art and science that goes into solving a murder, a detective’s most precious resource is time. Time to pound on doors, time to find reluctant witnesses, time to look for evidence and run down leads.
But in a city like Newark, where new murders are continually diverting detectives’ attention from old ones, there never seems to be enough time.
Since the beginning of the year, Newark has had just three homicides, and it has been 32 days since the last one. That’s the longest stretch without a killing since a 40-day streak in 1963, police say.
The lull means that the city’s 10 homicide detectives, each of whom typically handles about 10 investigations a year, suddenly have the time to go back on unsolved cases. In a five-week period through Monday, detectives have closed seven cases, about twice their usual rate.