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Jul 10 2008

Oh, the Horror

Hopkins horror: 90-year-old was slain

The woman was found dead in her apartment Monday, the city’s first murder case in nine years. Neighbors and police want answers.

I read this article yesterday morning. It immediately pissed me off, but I thought I’d give myself some time before talking about it. It’s still pissing me off.

Meanwhile, concerned neighbors at the normally safe and quiet Hopkins Plaza Apartments flocked Tuesday evening to City Hall in search of answers from police.

Those in the well-kept apartment complex, where wind chimes and flowerpots adorn patios, said the woman…

I’m so tired of the assumption that living in the suburbs, in a “nice” place, can (and should) keep you safe. I’ve lived in the hood for more than fifteen years now. The closest I’ve ever been to a murder was when I was a kid living in deep, prosperous exurbia. One of the neighbors whose yard abutted ours was shot by her husband.

No one can promise you safety in the ‘burbs. That won’t stop them from trying, but you’ve got no business listening. If you pay any attention at all to who dies violently, you’ll know that if it happens to you, it’ll be someone you know. If you live in the ‘burbs, that just means it’ll be someone from the ‘burbs.

Random violence does happen sometimes, but it’s not particularly more likely to be a stray shot in the city than it is to be freeway congestion road rage or a drunken hunter.

So Hopkins has had it’s first murder in a while. Yes, that’s news. That people in the area are shocked? That’s just stupid. ‘Cause you know, when it happens in the city, none of us less-than-nice people give a damn.

Classist jerks.

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  1. 1
    Greg Laden

    Hopkins is also small, so randomly distributed murders would not be common. Not to mention the fact that the suburbs are the locations from where the most atrocious acts of violence emanate. Such as, for instance, the current war in Iraq.

  2. 2
    Stephanie Zvan

    The war is another lovely piece of evidence that you shouldn’t listen when someone promises to make you safe.

  3. 3
    Mariah

    you want to get a grip on the supposed safety of your ‘burb? Go check out google earth and look at crime stats per county. It’s rather interesting when you figure crimes per capita…

  4. 4
    Stephanie Zvan

    Ooh, statistics. I will definitely have to do that. Thanks.

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