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The murdermap project is dedicated to covering every single case of murder and manslaughter in London from crime to conviction.

It aims to create the first ever comprehensive picture of homicide in the modern city by building a database stretching from the era of Jack the Ripper in the late 19th Century to the present day and beyond.

Our information is obtained from the police, media coverage, court records and original reporting - and by making it freely available to everyone in a single place, we hope to reveal the stories behind the crime figures.

We do not receive any funding from government agencies, charities or educational establishments. Therefore we would ask you to consider donating a small amount towards the hosting of the site and improvements to the database.

You can email your comments, suggestions, questions and tips to mailbox@murdermap.co.uk

Thankyou for visiting

Peter Stubley

Founding Editor


 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How does Murdermap work?

The details of each murder are placed in our database as soon as possible after they occur, once the victims are identified. The cases are then updated regularly to show the progress of the investigation, from the charging of suspects to the end of any trial, and the sentences received.

Where exactly do you get your information?

Our case summaries combine information from court reports by trained journalists, statements from the Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution Service, newspaper reports, police and court records and information provided by members of the public.

Details of cases from the last 20 years are mostly based on the archive of CourtNewsUK, London's main court-reporting agency.

We strive for accuracy at all times. However, if you are concerned about any of our reports, please contact us at mailbox@murdermap.co.uk

How are you funded?

Murdermap Ltd is half-owned by the proprietors of CourtNewsUK and is currently kept up to date by volunteers. We do not receive any funding from the government, police, charities or other organisations. As a result we do carry a small amount of advertising in order to try and cover website hosting costs.

Is the website complete?

No. It will never be finished. We believe that the database is comprehensive from 2008 to the present day but there are thousands of cases from the last 100 years that are not on the map - including many famous murders. It is a time-consuming job but our aim is to track every case going back to 1888.

Can I help?

If you know of any recent cases that we may have missed then do get in touch by email at mailbox@murdermap.co.uk.

If you wish us to print a tribute to a victim, either on the mailbox section or in the case itself, please email us at the same address.

We are also interested in tracking down photographs of any murder victims that are currently unavailable.

Can you explain the colour-coding system on the map?

Each murder pin is colour-coded according to the main weapon used (usually the cause of the fatal injury). Most categories are self-explanatory, but 'none' refers to a death caused by the use of punches or kicks and 'Ligature' refers to strangulations using cords, wires or materials such as scarves or ties. The category 'other' includes death by fire/arson.

How do you decide which date to file for each case?

We always use the date of death rather than the date of the fatal attack (although they are usually the same). A case only becomes a murder when the victim has died. If there is a delay between the incident and the death then we attempt to make this clear in our case summary.

How do you decide whether to add a case or not?

In many cases it is obvious whether a case of murder or manslaughter should be on the database. But often it is not clear cut and in the end it comes down to our own judgement.

For example, we include cases where a suspect is charged with murder but is acquitted on the grounds of self defence. Although nobody has been convicted, the case is classed as 'solved.'

The site currently does not include cases of 'justifiable homicide by police' unless someone is charged with murder or manslaughter. This explains why we include the death of Ian Tomlinson but not Jean Charles de Menezes.

Several cases are investigated by police as 'unexplained' or 'suspicious' deaths. These are not placed on the database until they are officially classed as homicides. However, we will often cover these other cases on the news page.

If we choose not to add a case, or remove a case, we will explain our reasons on the murdermap blog under the category 'Off the Map'.

We welcome any comments and suggestions on this policy.

Why are your statistics different from the Metropolitan Police?

Often our website will show a slightly different number of homicides to the statistics issued by the Metropolitan Police (see the Crime figures page on the Met website). The main reason for this is the way the police record the date of any homicide. Whereas murdermap lists every case under the date of death, the police use a 'recorded date' when the victim became the subject of a murder investigation. This might occur weeks, months or years after the crime. As a result, our figures are sometimes slightly lower than those of the Metropolitan Police.


 

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