The NJ.com site has a fascinating interactive map of the murders which took place in Hudson County in 2008, 36 in all. The details of each case were of particular interest to me for several reasons:
One, I graduated from St. Peter's College in Jersey City, just walking distance from most of the murder sites. I remember in the 80s, between the PATH train and the school, I was most impressed with the litter and debris left on the street and sidewalks. There was an awful degredation in the neighborhood. It seemed there was a large Egyptian population in the area.
Two, so many of the murders were by stabbing. One of the commenters in the NJ.com article provided the count: more knife killings than gun killings. I must admit, I found this surprising; there were even several by strangulation.
Three, almost all of the names looked Hispanic.
What does it all mean? If I had to attend St. Peter's College today, twenty years later, would it be more dangerous than it was back then? Would I want to carry a gun? Perhaps.
On the other hand, perhaps 38 murders in Hudson County in one year is not all that big a deal. What do you think?