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77 homicides in year four of Mile High Murder: See where they happened, part one

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On May 17, 2009, The Latest Word launched the Mile High Murder archive. Today marks MHM's fourth anniversary, and as is clear from the cases we've covered over the previous 365 days, it's been a very grim year.

Example: Last year on this date, the archive's total was 49. This year, it's 77 -- so many that in order to include interactive maps, videos or photos from each, we had to break the list into two sections. See part one below and click to access part two.

A couple of things to note at the outset. First of all, the big jump in the total isn't solely attributable to the Aurora theater shooting, in which twelve people died, or the massacre at Fero's Bar and Grill, where five people lost their lives. Subtract those numbers and the sum is still eleven higher than in year three, with a startling number of high-profile deaths occurring along the way -- including that of Jessica Ridgeway, seen above, whose disappearance first riveted and then shocked the community.

Also worthy of note: The list starts at 79 because somewhere along the way, the count got confused; there's no 34 or 37. It's possible that something originally thought to have been a murder turned out to be something else and the posts in question were given new, headline-free numbers. But it's just as likely that we simply lost track amid the shocking number of killings -- another indication of how tough the past twelve months have been.

Here's the list, complete with links to our original coverage.

Number 79: "Sandra Schreiber allegedly stabbed elderly husband to death, turned knife on herself (79)."


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Number 78: "Man stabbed to death in apartment on 1100 block of Yosemite in Aurora (78)."


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Number 77: "Taylor Bandy accused of killing Antonio Hill in second recent murder at a local Denny's (77)."


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Number 76: "Maria Rodela identified as victim in murder-attempted suicide witnessed by family (76)."

Number 75: "Chris Haney, Gothic Theatre staffer, dies in Denny's shooting, Robert Bernal busted (75)."


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Number 74: "Shawn Lopez: Did he kill homeless woman for a thrill, then buy chewing tobacco (74)."


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Number 73: "Miguel Angel Ita, fifteen, should be charged as an adult with Lakewood murder, DA says (73)."


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Number 72: "Daryl Thompson Sr. and Jr., held for Charles Harris killing: "Mad Dog" past questions (72)."


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Number 71: "Christopher Bryant killed outside Primo's Sports Bar in Aurora, family reeling (71)."

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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Is this some kind of sick real estate advertisement ???

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

On a serious note, each and every time I see an image of little Jessica, I'm immediately reminded of getting up in the mornings and walking Clyde the few blocks to the Elementary school up the street, as these kids were arriving & getting let out,  when they were returning home . I don't have or want children but would take it very personal if it occurred in my little neighborhood . The children do all know Clyde . They are fascinated by his size .

As much as I walk him pass the school each day on the way to the park,  our mere pretense is effective . Most predators avoid any witnesses ....

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

It's terrifying thinking how close we are becoming to a 'war-zone' like Detroit .

Denver ISN'T a pimple on the ass of a city w/ a 'seriously', violent metropolitan 'war-zone' !

Visit Chicago, Philly, 1/4 of metro NY, most of Florida, DETROIT, or of course our nation's capital, Washington .

FILLED w/ criminals in & out of the 'White -House' ........

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

What about Obamas murder archive

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

The use of the word, 'terrifying', is SARCASM . WW has too many blinded both by humor & sarcasm.

OR complete dumb-asses unable to distinguish between the two & seriousness ...

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