The 29% decreases in the murder rate in West Palm Beach, Florida and Shreveport, Louisiana from 2018 to 2019 were identical

“Almost all people are hypnotics. The proper authority saw to it that the proper belief should be induced, and the people believed properly.”

― Charles Fort

THE DATA

From 2016 to 2019, murders in Memphis, Tennessee decreased by 16% , from 228 to 191.

From 2016 to 2019, the murder rate in Dayton, Ohio decreased by 11.4% , from 29.8 to 26.4 per 100,000.

From 2017 to 2019, the murder rate in St. Louis, Missouri decreased by 12.2% , from 69.4 to 60.9 per 100,000 residents.

From 2017 to 2018, murders in Baton Rouge, Louisiana decreased by 18%, from 106 to 87.

From 2018 to 2019, homicides in Washington, D.C. increased by 10% , from 21 to 23.

From 2018 to 2019, murders in Detroit, Michigan increased by 4.6% , from 259 to 271.

From 2018 to 2019, homicides in Memphis, Tennessee increased by 3.8% , from 184 to 191.

From 2018 to 2019, the murder rate in Dayton, Ohio remained unchanged at 26.4 per 100,000.

From 2018 to 2019, murders in Shreveport, Louisiana decreased by 29% , from 59 to 42.

From 2018 to 2019, the murder rate in West Palm Beach, Florida decreased by 29% , from 27 homicides to 19. Worldpopulationreview.com attributed the sudden, gigantic, historically-unprecedented decrease in crime to "new technologies ".

The 29% decreases in homicide in Shreveport, Louisiana and West Palm Beach, Florida in 2018 were identical.

From 2018 to 2019, murders in New Orleans, Louisiana decreased by 18%, from 146, the fewest in half a century, to 119, closing in on the lowest in history.

From 2018 to 2019, crime in Dayton Ohio decreased by 11% .

From 2018 to 2019, violent crime in Shreveport, Louisiana decreased by 8% .

From 2018 to 2019, murders in Baton Rouge, Louisiana decreased by 5%, from 87 to 83.

From 2018 to 2019, violent crime in Washington, D.C. decreased by 4% . Wtop.com called the decrease “slight”.

From 2018 to 2019, the murder rate in Baltimore, Maryland decreased by 3.5**%** , from 57 to 55 per 100,000.

St. Louis - Down 12%
Baltimore - Down 3.5%
Detroit - Up 4.6%
New Orleans - Down 18%
Baton Rouge - Down 5%
Memphis - up 3.8%
Dayton - No change
Shreveport - Down 29%
West Palm Beach - Down 29%
Washington, D.C. - Up 10%

In 2018, the murder rate decreased in 7 of the 10 most violent cities in the United States.

In 2018, the murder rate in the ten most violent cities in the United States decreased by a net average of 10%.

THE ARTICLES

In 2022, worldpopulationreview.com said “Murder Rate by City 2022”.

Can you see how the headline is completely general, and obscures the exponential decreases in murder taking place regardless of culture or geography? Speaking of which, there’s not even any mention of geography, of what nation they’re talking about.

That’s an example of the propaganda technique known as “compartmentalization”.

Epically, all the data is from 2019 - three year old data! In an article headlined “Murder rate by city 2022”.

The article says “St. Louis, Missouri, has the highest murder rate in the United States of 60.9 murders per 100,000 residents. St. Louis had 205 murders in 2017. Although St. Louis has the highest murder rate in the country, this rate is the second consecutive year of improvement for the city, down from 69.4 in 2017.”

Where the hand-waving, serial repetition of “the highest murder rate in the country” obscures the far more impactful statistic that I was forced to do the math to learn, namely that, from 2017 to 2022, the murder rate in St. Louis, Missouri decreased by 12.2%, from 69.4 to 60.9 per 100,000 residents.

“2. Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland, has a murder rate of 57 murders per 100,000 people, the second-highest in the U.S. In 2019, Baltimore had at least 348 reported homicides, only 32% of which were cleared (“cleared” cases are ones where someone is either arrested, charged, or turned over to a court). This is the city’s second-highest murder rate since 1993 when there were 353 killings and 125,000 additional residents.”

Did you notice how they refused to tell you what the previous murder rate was? That’s an example of the propagand technique known as “compartmentalization”.

I had to look up a separate article to learn “In 2020, Baltimore witnessed 335 homicides in a population of about 600,000 residents, which comes to a murder rate of about 55 per 100,000”.

Then I had to do the math to learn that, from 2019 to 2020, the murder rate in Baltimore, Maryland decreased by 3.5%, from 57 to 55 per 100,000.

“3. Detroit, MI
Detroit, Michigan, has the third-highest murder rate in the United States of 40.4 per 100,000. Detroit ended 2019 with 271 homicides, an increase from 259 the previous year. However, this is one of only four years that the city has recorded fewer than 300 homicides since 1967. The Detroit police chief James Craig said that a wave of gang violence caused the homicide rate to increase for 2019.”

I had to do the math to learn that, from 2018 to 2019, murders in Detroit, Michigan increased by 4.6%, from 259 to 271.

“4. New Orleans, LA
New Orleans has the fourth-highest murder rate in the U.S. For the third year in a row, the city saw a reduction in its murder rate, ending 2019 with a murder rate of 30 per 100,000 or 119 homicides.”

Did you notice how the author noted an only general “reduction”, and withheld the figures? Those are examples of the propaganda technique known as “compartmentalization”.

I had to look up a separate article to learn: “New Orleans ends 2018 with 146 murders, fewest in nearly half a century.”

Then I had to do the math to learn that, from 2018 to 2019, murders in New Orleans, Louisiana decreased by 18%, from 146, the fewest in half a century, to 119, closing in on the lowest in history.

“5. Baton Rouge, LA
Baton Rouge is the second Louisiana city on the list and has the fifth-highest murder rate in the United States. Louisiana’s capital city has a total of 83 homicides in 2019, a murder rate of 33.5 per 100,000. Luckily, the city is has seen consecutive years of decreasing murders, down from 87 in 2018 and 106 in 2017.”

Where the uncredited author implied that it was mere luck that led to ongoing, successive, albeit unspecified decreases in murders in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and used “has seen consecutive years of decreasing murders” to walk it back a step from Baton Rouge actually experiencing it.

Then they withheld the far more impactful percentage decrases that I was forced to do the math to learn.

From 2017 to 2018, murders in Baton Rouge, Louisiana decreased by 18%, from 106 to 87.

From 2018 to 2019, murders in Baton Rouge, Louisiana decreased by 5%, from 87 to 83.

“6. Memphis, TN
Memphis, Tennessee, has a murder rate of 28.5 per 100,000 as of 2018, the sixth-highest in the country. Memphis had 191 homicides in 2019, an increase from 18 in 2018 and 180 in 2017. There were just over 400 homicides in the state of Tennessee in 2019, meaning that almost one out of two homicides occurred in Memphis. About 90% of solved homicides showed that the victim and offender knew each other. in 2016 when 228 people were homicide victims.”

From 2016 to 2019, murders in Memphis, Tennessee decreased by 16%, from 228 to 191.

“Jan 3, 2020 — In 2019, there were 191 homicides in Memphis, compared to 184 in 2018”

From 2018 to 2019, homicides in Memphis, Tennessee increased by 3.8%, from 184 to 191.

“7. Dayton, OH
With a murder rate of 26.4 per 100,000, Dayton, Ohio, has the seventh-highest murder rate in the U.S. Crime fell significantly in both 2017 and 2018, and 2019 has an even better outlook. Crime in 2019 overall fell 11% in Dayton from 2018.”

I had to look up a separate article to learn “The Dayton OH murder/homicide rate for 2018 was 26.4 per 100,000 population.”

And “(in 2016) 42 (homicides in Dayton) divided by 140, 599 (population, according to census.gov) and multiplied by 100,000 = 29.8 per every 100,000 people.”

From 2018 to 2019, crime in Dayton Ohio decreased by 11%.

From 2018 to 2019, the murder rate in Dayton, Ohio remained unchanged at 26.4 per 100,000.

From 2016 to 2019, the murder rate in Dayton, Ohio decreased by 11.4%, from 29.8 to 26.4 per 100,000.

“8. Shreveport, LA
Shreveport is the third Louisiana city in the ten cities with the highest murder rates and ranks eighth. Shreveport has a murder rate of about 18.3 murders per 100,000 people for a total of 42 murders. Violent crimes overall have dropped about 8% since 2018, with homicides dropping 29% from 59 in 2018 to 42 in 2019.”

From 2018 to 2019, murders in Shreveport, Louisiana decreased by 29%, from 59 to 42.

From 2018 to 2019, violent crime in Shreveport, Louisiana decreased by 8%.

“9. West Palm Beach, FL
West Palm Beach, Florida, has the ninth-highest murder rate in the United States of 17.2 murders per 100,000 people. The city’s homicide rate dropped 29% from 2018 to 2019, from 27 homicides to 19. West Palm Beach police have implemented new technologies that they believe is helping reduce violent crime in the city.”

From 2018 to 2019, the murder rate in West Palm Beach, Florida decreased by 29%, from 27 homicides to 19. Worldpopulationreview.com attributed the sudden, gigantic, historically-unprecedented decrease in crime to “new technologies”.

“10. Washington, D.C.
Washington D.C. has the tenth-highest murder rate in the country of 22.8 murders per 100,000. There were 162 homicides in D.C. in 2019, two higher than in 2018. Gun violence is a big problem in D.C. and the main cause of death in homicides; however, nearly 8 out of 10 gunshots go unreported in D.C., a statistic that prompted the police to begin using ShotSpotter technology to detect and alert police of gunshots.”

From 2018 to 2019, the murder rate in Washington, D.C. increased by 10%, from 21 to 23 per 100,000.

I looked up a separate article in which I learned “violent crime (in Washington, D.C.) overall saw a slight decrease of 4% compared to 2019.”

From 2018 to 2019, violent crime in Washington, D.C. decreased by 4%. Wtop.com called the decrease “slight”.

Jeff Miller, Honolulu, HI, June 30, 2022

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