Chicago reporter's three grim years of covering overnight crime


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For more stats, has quite the collection, amassed from crime reports and police blotters. Includes police shootings.



“More than 20 people would be shot before the end of my shift that night, but I stayed at this scene, trying to be patient as events unfolded.”

Good grief. Yeah, I can see how a job like that can take an emotional toll.


Shit, three years of nights doing anything will make you so cynical and world-weary Philip Marlowe would be shocked. Three years of crime beat is just… wow.


No doubt. I worked as a private investigator for about eight years and spending many late nights watching people cheat on their spouses certainly wore me out. It paled in comparison to the crime beat though.


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