Goodness me, but we have so many ways to tally up murders. “Homicides” is the criminally scientific term. A much less personal term than “murder”. (I find the letter “r” so visceral. Don’t you?).
Here’s the FBI site for 2009:
FBI data for 2009
There are two lovely bar graphs below that show you murders by relationship and compares the numbers. Though I’m not sure if the wife is the one who’s killed the most or the one who does the deed the most. I suspect Fenwick and I would have opposite takes on that.
Here’s 2005 from the same site:
FBI data for 2005
The statistics are counted and presented different ways every year it seems. Lots of links to tables for different statistics.
Here’s a ranking by country:
Data by Country
The U.S. is #24 and Colombia is #1. The basis is the number of murders per 1,000 people. It’s entitled “Murder (per capita) (most recent) by country.” That has such a snappy rhythm. Much like “Murder She Wrote.”
Those are just three examples. There are hundreds of these sites. From the FBI down to little burgs in Tiny Towns.
Making murder a statistic really helps to sanitize the process. You don’t have to think about the blood spilled, or the bowels loosened, or the brain spattered on the walls. Not even pictures of victims.
You just have to look at straight and curly symbols on paper. Then, after looking at all those big numbers, you can shake your head oh so sadly and murmur, “such a shame…..tsk tsk…..a tragedy.” And all around you will nod in agreement and you’ll walk slowly up to the counter to order your double caf lattes.
No wonder there is still so very much murder going on every second of every day. Because so much time is spent in gathering data and organizing it and sorting it and comparing it and studying it. There’s just no time left over to focus on stopping it. Much less recognize the real thing when it’s closing in on you. Because that doesn’t seem to be studied at all. Unlike sports games where the training, the games and then the stats are all ravenously devoured, murder is only reviewed as an afterthought.
So we just have to shut up and suck it up till the paramedics arrive to pronounce.