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Chicago Murder Clearance Rate Worst In More Than 2 Decades

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Mary Long holds a picture of her son Eric Williams during a press conference she attended with other family members of murder victims on December 31, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Williams was 25 years old when he was murdered on March 12, 2012. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Mary Long holds a picture of her son Eric Williams during a press conference she attended with other family members of murder victims on December 31, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Williams was 25 years old when he was murdered on March 12, 2012. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Story by Mark Konkol, courtesy of DNAinfo.com Chicago:

CHICAGO — In 2012, the body count — 506 murders — marked Chicago as America’s murder capital.

But here’s another grim statistic: Chicago police solved just 129 of those killings last year, a 25 percent clearance rate — the lowest in 21 years.

And even when police clear murder cases, that doesn’t mean someone always gets charged with murder.

Read the whole story here.

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