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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 3, 2014 / 3 Adar I, 5774

Who is Killing Whom in America?

By Diane Dimond




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We have a fascination in America about murder. Serial killers, mass murders, thrill kills, the so-called "mission murderers" who think it's their duty to rid the world of certain groups like prostitutes, drug users or the homeless. That all those prime time TV shows, replete with mysterious murders and the resulting criminal trials are so popular speaks volumes.

But what is the reality? How many murders are there in America? Who are the victims and their killers? What parts of the country are most dangerous?

The FBI's latest figures tell us there were 14,168 killings in the U.S. in 2012. That's slightly higher than the rate in 2011. Unlike other crimes, such as burglary, robbery, rape and assault, which are historically under-reported by a surprisingly large margin, the murder rate is considered to be pretty accurate because it's awfully hard to hide a corpse.

Not surprisingly, the statistics show that murder is much more prevalent in major urban areas as opposed to suburban or rural areas.

After all the headlines about Chicago being on track to become the murder capital of the U.S., the top 10 deadliest cities may surprise you.

On the top of the 2012 list: Flint, Mich., which sees 64.9 murders for every 100,000 citizens. Detroit, Mich. is next with 54.6 murders for every 100,000 in population. New Orleans has 53.5 murders among every 100,000 citizens, St. Louis' rate drops considerably from that level — to just 35.5 homicides per 100,000 in population. Baltimore has 35 murders for every 100,000 citizens and Birmingham, Ala., comes in at 33.7. Tied at No. 7 on the list was Newark, NJ, and Oakland, Calif., each reporting 33.1 homicides per 100,000. Rounding out the top 10 list: Baton Rouge, La., (28.9); Cleveland, Ohio, (24.6) and Memphis, Tenn. (24.1).

In the book, "Myths and Realities of Crime and Justice," by sociologists Steven Barkan and George Bryjak, the authors explain that 40 years ago, murders most often occurred between people who knew each other. In the mid-60s, detectives learned to assume that the victim was acquainted with the killer — a friend, lover or relative. Back then, police had an astounding 91 percent arrest rate. In the 90s, arrests of suspected killers happened 65 percent of the time. Today, when so many people are murdered by total strangers, the number of arrests is just 33 percent in some urban neighborhoods.

So, who is killing whom, and who are the victims? About 65 percent of the time, males are murdering other males, but 22 percent of their targets are women. That's not to say women don't kill, too. Females murder men most often, but about 2.4 percent of all homicides are women killing other women.

The FBI's 2010 report reveals that black victims are killed by other blacks 90 percent of the time. White victims are killed by other whites 83.4 percent, which clearly busts the myth that racial tensions frequently lead to murder.



A startling point in the FBI stats: While black Americans constitute less than 14 percent of the population, in more than one out of two homicides, the fatality is a black person. Interestingly, the FBI does not maintain a tally for Latinos or Asians.

As to the mode of murder — whites are more likely to die by poison, during workplace violence or in a sex-related killing. The numbers show Blacks and Latinos are over-represented in drug-related deaths.

Homicides go up in the months of July, August, December and on the weekends when people are out and about together either trying to beat the heat or holiday shopping. And, yes, handguns are the favored weapon of choice for today's killer. The average age of the killer is about 27 years old.

There is no one general motivation for murder. But authors Barkan and Bryjak do cite extenuating circumstances frequently found in a murderer's background: poverty, drugs, lack of education, crowded living conditions and family problems.

"Your chances of committing crime depend, to a large extent, on your gender, social class, and race/ethnicity," they wrote. "(That) heavily influences how and/or where you are raised and socialized and (that) in turn heavily influences your chances of committing a crime."

The most often asked question I get about the homicide rate is, "How many serial killers are out there?" Honestly, I don't think anyone knows for sure how many are operating at any given time in the U.S. Experts who study and write about such killers put the number between 35 and 100. Personally, I'd go with the lower number, but realize there are thousands of victims of these fiends still out there — either unfound or unidentified as a victim of a serial killer.

Gary Ridgway, the so-called Green River Killer, was convicted of murdering 49 prostitutes in Seattle. He's suspected of killing more than 90 women. Where are their bodies?

Charismatic Ted Bundy confessed to killing 36 women, but authorities estimate the total number of his kills could run upwards of 100.

In the aforementioned myth-busting book, the authors quote experts who conclude, "Most of these (serial killers) are more cruel than crazy, with a disorder of character rather than of the mind."

We can all agree that the homicide rate is too high in the U.S. Yet, there is some comfort to be found in all these statistics. Consider that only about three out of every 1,000 men (0.3%) are arrested for a violent crime each year. That means 99.7 percent are not arrested. And, serial killers are responsible for only 1 or maybe 2 percent of all U.S. murders.

So, no matter how many murders you hear about on TV, it is unlikely that you or anyone you know will ever be a victim.

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Investigative journalist and syndicated columnist Diane Dimond has covered all manner of celebrity and pop culture stories.








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