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Short Assignment #1

For this assignment, I followed the coverage of crimes in the New York Times. Throughout the week there were several stories about crimes published, here is the list.

Date: Sept. 18, 2022

The New York Times: An Unprovoked Killing Leaves a Void in a Bronx Neighborhood

An Unprovoked Killing Leaves a Void in a Bronx Neighborhood – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Summary: While sitting in his car a Bronx man was stabbed for no apparent reason. Police have not been able to find any clues leading to why Nathaniel Rivers was fatally stabbed. This killing left the residents of the neighborhood shaken as to why something like this took place.

Date: Sept. 19, 2022

The New York Times: Children’s Drownings Mark the End of a Mother’s Descent

Drownings at Coney Island Mark the End of a Mother’s Descent – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Summary: A mother who has a slew of mental health issues is accused of drowning her three kids. Erin Merdy was an aspiring health care professional who wanted to help people. But deep down she was holding back with a pending eviction as well as being in multiple abusive relationships. One day she decided to take her three kids who resided with her in the coney island section of Brooklyn. Once at the beach she proceeded to the water where she drowned all three kids. Not only is this horrible but it shows just how many people suffer silently from mental health issues.

Date: Sept. 20, 2022

The New York Times: Criminal Investigation Is Opened After Migrant Flights to Martha’s Vineyard

Texas Sheriff to Investigate Migrant Flights to Martha’s Vineyard – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Summary: After many migrants were flown from texas to Martha’s Vineyard, the sheriff in Bexar county opened up a criminal investigation into the flights that took the migrants from the shelter. Many of the migrants left with the expectation of receiving help. Although the specific laws that were broken are still unknown, the investigation continues.

Date: Sept. 21, 2022

The New York Times: Former Minneapolis Officer Sentenced to Three Years in George Floyd Case

Thomas Lane Is Sentenced to Three Years in George Floyd Case – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Summary: A former Minneapolis police officer, Thomas Lane, was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for his role in the killing of George Floyd in 2020. Two years after the killing of George Floyd Mr. Lane has accepted a plea deal where he will spend three years in prison for his involvement in the murder.


Summary: Throughout the week I have seen that mainstream media only post stories that they believe people want to see and hear about. There have been many other stories that have surfaced that have not been published for all to know. It seems that only crime that sells is what makes it to our newspapers.


  1. Date: Sep 8 2022
    Second Suspect caught during manhunt later dies in custody for the killing of 10 Canadian citizens


    Summary: During a 4 day long manhunt for two brothers the second out of the two brothers was caught speeding on a highway where his vehicle swerved off the road into a nearby ditch. Police were known to surround the vehicle in which they confirmed the Identification of Miles sanderson. Police later placed him into custody while in custody he went into “medical distress” then later he was pronounced dead at the nearby hospital. This is tragic. Also extremely weird to me knowing that he immediately went into “distress” while in custody, it makes me wondered what could have happened. Was he drugged before hand ? Did he have a plan to die inside police custody? Makes me wonder what could have happened.

    Date sep 18 2022

    The killing of 3 Children In coney island beach by mother.

    Drownings at Coney Island Mark the End of a Mother’s Descent – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

    Summary: On a Monday Morning Erin Merdy carried her 3 children to coney island beach. She then proceeded to drown each child while they were pleading for help. In many cases the Father of said children ages ranging from 3 Months to 7 Years old would report several wellness checks on Erin due to her mental instability. This is the most horrific story I’ve read this goes to show how mental illness goes unchecked for years many will go to extreme lengths to fulfill the pain.

    Date: September 8 2022

    Young teen age 15 shot and killed in Brooklyn park

    Summary: Police arrived on the scene of McLaughlin park In downtown Brooklyn Where they layer identified the boy to be Unique Smith. During the dismissal At exactly 1:30 pm he then later walked to the park bench where he was seen to be with two young females. Witnesses around the scene have mentioned seeing two younger students approaching the area where a physical altercation then occurred. One of the two boys then processed a firearm where he shot Unique with one fatal shot killing the young boy.

    This makes me scared of the generation growing up. They seem to be predisposed to firearms drugs and violence. When i was 15 I had no idea what drugs were let along a firearm or how to operate one. A 15 year old boy lost his life to another teenager at such a young age. It seems that more and more crimes are being committed by children than adults. Just image when these same children become adults and what is to come for the near future.

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