It’s the 1970s, and a little girl is looking out at her backyard in Queens, New York. But what she sees is far from ordinary. About to be buried underneath the soil, you see, is a dismembered human corpse. Clods of dirt swirl in the air before the body suddenly disappears from view. This horrific image stays with the child – so much so that 40 years later, she will still remember the remains’ exact location. And she will finally decide to confess the truth.
It’s fair to say that New York has seen its fair share of bodies being buried. With more residents packed into its five boroughs than in any other U.S. city, it’s hardly surprising that violence sometimes spills out onto its streets. In the 1980s, in fact, misdemeanors reached an all-time high – a phenomenon doubtlessly spurred on in part by the city’s cocaine craze. Since 1991, though, the situation seems to have improved. And in 2017 murder rates were the lowest that they’d been for approximately seven decades.
The Economist categorized New York as among the globe’s top ten safest large metropolises in 2015. However, the city that never sleeps is by no means free of heinous crimes. In fact, New York has been home to many atrocities – some of which have never been solved. And with around 9,000 open homicides dating back to 1985 on the books, cops are still searching for the answers to thousands of horrifying cases.