Crime in Philadelphia

Crime In Philadelphia

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Crime in Philadelphia

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Some aspects of crime in Philadelphia have achieved national and even international attention. Charles Ramsey, the police commissioner, has stated his goal to reduce the number of homicides by 100 per year.

The legal entities responsible for maintaining law and order are:

The Philadelphia Police Department is the police department. The Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County (1st Judicial Circuit) is the state trial court. The Philadelphia District Attorney is the district attorney. The Defender Association of Philadelphia is the government-funded independent public defender office.

Notable cases and incidents

  • Philadelphia Poison Ring (1938) - At least 70 people poisoned with arsenic, several by their wives.
  • Marie Noe (1949–1968) - Murdered eight of her children.
  • Boy in the Box (1957) - Unidentified five year-old boy found dead in a cardboard box.
  • Ira Einhorn, "The Unicorn Killer" (1977) - Popular figure killed his girlfriend and hid her body in his closet.
  • Mumia Abu-Jamal (1981) - Convicted for the murder of PPD officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.
  • MOVE (1978,1985) - Clashed with the PPD.
  • Frankford Slasher (1985–1990) - Thought to have killed several women.
  • Gary M. Heidnik (1986–1987) - Kidnapped, imprisoned, raped, and tortured six women, two of whom he murdered.
  • Harrison Graham (1986–1987) - Killed seven women, deemed incompetent to be executed.
  • Raymond Carter (1988) - Convicted of killing......
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