A former court reporter at London’s Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, called Peter Stubley has set up a website where you can see when and how Londoners have been murdered.
Murder Map allows you to zoom in on all the locations around London where someone was either stabbed, shot, strangled, poisoned, hit by a car, beaten with a blunt object, or killed by a bomb. Every single murder’s case history pops up with each and every grim click of the mouse, which includes information on whether or not the perpetrators have been caught and if the case has been officially solved.
It appears that knife crime is responsible for the most deaths in London, perhaps unsurprisingly as there are incredibly strict firearms laws in the U.K. If you’re au fait with your criminal history, you can even search for specific deaths caused by specific murderers. The earliest listed murders go back to 1811, detailing the so-called Ratcliffe Highway Murders that took the lives of seven people, followed shortly by the assassination of Prime Minister Spencer Perceval a year later.
Perhaps most macabre of all, the website contains a rolling list of victims as they appear, with the latest at the top of the list. A Flickr slideshow of unsolved murder victims is also included on the site.
There were 109 murders in London during the financial year 2015/2016. There are 8.54 million people living there, which means that 0.0013 percent of the population were murdered. That’s incredibly low, and compared to many places around the world, this makes London a fairly safe capital city to live in.
At least that ends things on a relatively “lighter note.”