Friday, November 23, 2007
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An extra special reason for New Yorkers to give thanks
New York City is on track to have fewer than 500 homicides this year, by far the lowest number in a 12-month period since reliable Police Department statistics became available in 1963.That last fact is too bad -- I was looking forward to the day when the combined number of homicides on Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent exceeded the actual number of homicides in the five boroughs.
Hmmm.... come to think of it, most of these shows are set in Manhattan. I wonder if we hae reached the point when the annual number of homicides in that borough are less than the number of homicides that would be portrayed on television. Not just the L&O franchise, but also CSI: NY and the half-dozen other crime shows I'n sure are set in the city.
Readers, go and check this out!posted by Dan on 11.23.07 at 02:24 PM
The best numbers by borough I found were from 2005.
Criminal Intent moved to USA but is still churning out new episodes (and murders) each week.
Also, you're assuming one murder per episode. Sometimes it's a lot more than that.posted by: Ryan on 11.23.07 at 02:24 PM [permalink]
I seem to remember one day in late 2001 when about 3,000 New Yorkers were murdered by strangers, though.posted by: Useless Sam Grant on 11.23.07 at 02:24 PM [permalink]
I've been a fan of the _Law & Order_ franchise from the beginning, and I remember when they investigated crimes that weren't always Ripped From The Headlines. (I also remember the Good Old Days when _Criminal Intent_ started out showing the crime from the perpetrator's point of view.)
OTOH, with the reduction in homicides, maybe every real-life killing will be a headline.posted by: VentrueCapital on 11.23.07 at 02:24 PM [permalink]
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