Black People : Possible serial killer of Black women, UNDER-REPORTED???

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    How the Media Treat Murder
    Why isn't the story of several missing women in North Carolina getting attention?
    By Krista Gesaman | Newsweek Web Exclusive

    Oct 21, 2009

    Ten women have been found slain or have been declared missing in Rocky Mount, N.C., in recent years. But the rest of the country hasn't heard about a possible serial killer stalking the young women in this Southern town of 60,000. The latest victim, Elizabeth Jane Smallwood, was identified on Oct. 12. Why have the Rocky Mount homicides been largely ignored?

    "When you think about the famous missing-person cases over the last few years it's Chandra Levy, Natalee Holloway, and Laci Peterson," notes Sam Sommers, associate professor of psychology at Tufts University. All these women had a few things in common—they were white, educated, and came from middle-class families. The victims in Rocky Mount—which residents describe as a "typical Southern town," and is about 40 percent white and more than 50 percent black—were different. They were all African-American, many were poor, and some had criminal histories including drug abuse and prostitution.




    "If it was someone of a different race, things would have been dealt with the first time around; it wouldn't have taken the fifth or sixth person to be murdered," says Andre Knight, a city-council member and president of the local NAACP chapter. "All these women knew each other and lived in the same neighborhood; this is the sign of a potential serial killer. When it didn't get the kind of attention it needed, it made the African-American community frustrated."

    Police have not officially linked all the murders and disappearances, but community members claim the similarities among the women, their lifestyles, and the location of their bodies make a connection all too obvious. "If you find two bodies in the same location, this could be the work of the same person or people," says Rocky Mount Police Chief John Manley, who would not comment on a connection, but implied the possibility.

    Rumors are running rampant around the town about the identity of the serial killer. There is not much physical evidence, leading some to speculate it's a former law-enforcement officer or someone in the military. Others have deduced that the killer is targeting specific women as a form of revenge for contracting HIV from a prostitute. Along with Smallwood, the murders of Taraha Nicholson, 28, Jarniece Hargrove, 31, Ernestine Battle, 50, Jackie Nikelia Thorpe, 35, Melody Wiggins, 29, and Denise Williams, 21, remain unsolved. Authorities are also searching for Yolanda Lancaster, 37, Joyce Renee Durham, 46, and Christine Boone, 43.

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  2. cherryblossom

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    Yeah...It's been publicized locally but not nationally.


    No surprise, though.

    Shoots...A missing Black college student doesn't get any national media coverage either. So, I'm not shocked, given many of these women's background, that there has been no national outcry.

    Where is Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and Dick Gregory and Cornel West now?


    Or even Black North Carolina Congressman, G.K. Butterfield?
     
  3. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    where is ......

    the president's statemt about this?

    This isn't just a cop harrassing a Black scholar
     
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