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  • Ballistics tech falls short

    Boston Herald - 07/28/2014

    In the past 10 years, 469 murders — 75 percent of all the city’s killings — have been committed with a firearm. These are also the most difficult crimes for Boston police to solve, with suspects identified in only 174 of those cases, for a bleak average of 37 percent. The city’s clearance rate overall during the period was 47 percent.

    Despite all the advances in technology, gun-fueled murders pose an ongoing challenge for cops, said Jack Levin, a Northeastern University criminologist.

    “A knife, for example, is an instrument weapon. …There’s a lot more of an opportunity for physical evidence to be left at a crime scene,” Levin said. “You can distance yourself with a gun and it provides an opportunity for a killer to escape.”

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