Several times a year in Winnipeg a violent act takes a life. The crime holds our focus for a few days in the media. We read, watch and discuss. Stories of the victims and suspects, politics and change, fear and hope resound in all communities throughout the city for a time, then slowly fade.
Often the stories will resurface over the next weeks, months and years, as those accused of the crime work their way through the justice system. Diligent police work can uncover clues to unsolved cases, months or years after most have given up hope, and the vicitms have long faded from minds of most in the city.
Sometimes the stories just fade in and out quietly, with no great concern. Many of our communities have problems with domestic violence, sexual abuse, drugs and poverty. But for many of us, if it's not happening in your neighbourhood it can easily be brushed aside and forgotten.
As W.H. Auden so wisely tells us in the above the quote, "Murder....it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest".
So I've taken an interest and setup this collection of information. I have tried to be as accurate as possible using the available sources.
How I will proceed is a little unclear at the moment, I don't really have an agenda to push, but I have some ideas on how I'd like the site to progress in the future. I launched this in an unfinished state but it's designed to be a permanent work in progress. Watch for a blog in the future, perhaps a discussion forum.
If you have a suggestion for the site, information to add or something to correct, I would be happy to hear from you.
Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org