Jill Leovy is stepping down from The Homicide Report, the Los Angeles Times‘ blog that aims to catalogue every homicide in L.A. County. As you might imagine, she has a pretty singular perspective on the reality of all that carnage.
Well, if you think about it…if you think about these deaths going unreported – I was thinking this morning about a father who was telling me about how he had desperately tried to block the blood flow out of his son’s wound and it kept squeezing through his fingers, and that’s how he knew his son was going to die – stories like that, that are just shattering for the people involved with them, shattering for everybody around them in a big circle, and yet a complete silence on the level of public discourse about what happened.
It’s frightening to people. It’s creepy. I used to hear all the time it’s surreal how these homicides are not being covered. They are such enormous events in the communities they’re happening in.
A Year of Murders. [On The Media]