Several times a year in the province of Manitoba, 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.
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.
UPDATE: January 17th, 2014
As of January 2014, I've started to add data for homicides,
disappearances and unsolved cases for the entire
province. I recently obtained some data up to 2002 that will
assist in this
endeavor. After I've added the names I'll research the location
and gather what other information I can for each case. After the
locations have been established I'll create seperate lists, one for
Winnipeg and one for the rest of the province.
At this time from 1874-2002 the data includes both Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba homicides.
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