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Why Do We Kill?: The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore Paperback – June 23, 2011
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About the Authors STEPHEN JANIS is an award-winning reporter who publishes Investigative Voice, an online watchdog journalism website based in Baltimore Maryland. As a staff writer for the former Baltimore Examiner (and one of only a handful of reporters who worked at the paper for its entire existence) he won a Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association award in 2008 for investigative reporting on the high rate of unsolved murders in Baltimore. In 2009 he won an MDDC Press Association award for Best Series for his articles on the murders of prostitutes. As co-founder of the independent investigative website Investigative Voice, Janis’s work uncovering corruption and government waste in Baltimore City will be chronicled in the upcoming national documentary “Fit To Print.” The site has won worldwide critical acclaim for its unconventional presentation and hardnosed reporting and is read regularly by insiders in city government as well as the police department. Janis is the author of two novels, Orange: The Diary of an Urban Surrealist and This Dream Called Death. In addition to reporting and directing content for Investigative Voice he currently teaches journalism at Towson University. KELVIN SEWELL is a 22-year veteran of the Baltimore City Police Department. A former narcotics officer tasked to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, he worked on major drug investigations for nearly a decade, later becoming a supervisor in the BPD’s Internal Affairs Division, where he led several high profile integrity operations. Sewell worked as a supervisor and investigator in the fabled Baltimore City Homicide Unit, working some of the most notorious cases in one of the most violent cities in the country. He attended Harvard Associates Forensic Science School and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in criminology from Coppin State University. Following his retirement as a Baltimore homicide detective he took a job as Lieutenant in the Pocomoke City Police Department on Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore, where he currently continues to serve.
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Unfortunately, the title of the book implies a philosophical analysis of the curated cases that the author fails to deliver. I got the impression that the author was not experienced enough to properly weave this discussion into the case descriptions. So, instead of an uncomfortable journey through the collective psyche of the city, the reader experiences sets of hard facts (which are uncomfortable enough on their own) interspersed with some vague and inconsistent hand wringing about what it all means.
Despite this criticism, I'm glad the author was willing to share his experiences as a Baltimore detective, and I found plenty of insight in the facts of the cases that have helped broaden my understanding of the city I call home.
This book really brings the dimensions of terror that has become the embodiment of horror in too many communities, particularly in urban areas throughout this country. I highly believe this book should be read by those who are making public policy and defunding public education. Every elected official needs to read this book, this book answers the question that is being asked everywhere, Why do we kill?