- 27 people, most of them children, are murdered in a picturesque little whitebread Connecticut town and the media and politicians are all over it, with plenty of emoting and shrill cries to "do something." In Chicago, over 30 people, most of them young adults and most of them nonwhite, are murdered and it's "a typical month." (But remember, the media and the mostly-Democrat pols who are all over the Newport outrage couldn't possibly be racist -- nope, nope, nope.)
- The worst school killing in the United States was committed with bombs: Bath School, 1927, in which 38 children and six adults were murdered. Don't look for any mention of it in the news today.
- Why are the mass media all over these events, despite the advice of copycat-crime experts like Dr. Park Dietz? Here's a tiny personal glimpse: this blog usually gets between 400 and 500 hits on weekdays and around 400 on weekends. It got 640 hits per day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. People slow down to look at car wrecks; always have, always will.
CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR, 1948
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