22 Trans/Gender Non-Conforming People Were Found Murdered in 2015: Were There More Murders or Better Reporting?

Rich Juzwiak · 12/28/15 01:12PM

The Anti Violence Project responded to 22 homicides of transgender/gender-nonconforming people in America in 2015. In 2014, the number was 12, as Zach Stafford pointed out in The Guardian in November. He wasn’t alone in highlighting that astronomical number this year, especially in accordance with the Trans Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20. The New York Times, The Melissa Harris Perry Show, The Advocate, Mother Jones,, Fusion, and the Daily Dot are just a few of the outlets that have highlighted this epidemic.

Robert Durst Denied Bail at New Orleans Court Hearing

Brendan O'Connor · 03/23/15 05:56PM

Robert Durst was denied bail at court in New Orleans today after a nearly three-hour hearing, ABC News reports. Today's hearing pertained to two weapons charges; a second bail hearing, on his arrest on the murder warrant issued by Los Angeles police, will follow.

Sarah Hedgecock · 01/02/14 12:47PM

Matt Drudge's favorite city, "CHICAGOLAND," is at its least murder-ridden since 1965: the city only experienced 415 murders last year, down from 503 in 2012. You keep not murdering people, Chicago!

Spy Found Dead in Duffel Bag Was Maybe Killed by Russian Mob

Max Read · 06/26/11 01:34PM

Well, isn't this how it always happens. Just as we were finished up the third draft of Queen and Country, our adaptation of the mysterious stabbing death of maybe-gay MI6 agent Gareth Williams, it turns out he probably wasn't murdered by a gay lover and stuffed and locked inside a duffle bag as part of an elaborate sex game! The new theory, the Daily Mail reports, or, really, posits, is that Williams was killed by the Russian mafia, on whom he may have been spying as part of a top-secret mission concerning money laundering.

Compton, California: Now Less Scary

Hamilton Nolan · 01/18/11 09:37AM

Today in safe places: Compton, California, where murders are down by more than three-quarters in the past 20 years and old folks have returned to porch-sitting. The "gangster rap causes violence and not vice versa" theory is definitively disproven. [LAT]