The Deadliest Town in America

Camden, New Jersey, has long been one of the most dangerous places in America, but recent police cuts combined with the highest unemployment rate in New Jersey have made the city even deadlier.

This year there have been 39 murders in the city of 77,000 — on pace to break the all-time record set in 1995.

In 2011, the murder rate was ten times than that of New York City and 30 percent higher than New Orleans, Louisiana, the most dangerous large city in the nation.

Squalor: The crumbling residential buildings of Camden have become a war zone of drug dealers and pimpsSqualor: The crumbling residential buildings of Camden have become a war zone of drug dealers and pimps

 

Streets of terror: A Camden police officer pats down a suspect. There were 13 homicides in the New Jersey city last monthStreets of terror: A Camden police officer pats down a suspect. There were 13 homicides in the New Jersey city last month

 

CamdenRun down: Crack houses have sprung up amid the boarded-up factories and burned out houses

Camden was once a bustling industrial town but drugs and alcohol abuse now run rife in an area that is economically deprived. More than half of all children live below the poverty line.

The city finds itself in the midst of a drug war as unemployed young men with nothing to lose battle for territory across the city.

Large gang networks are competing with local drug deals and the results of always violent.

Last month, 27-year-old Robert Carstarphen was shot dead in an alley during a fight over drug dealing territory between members of the Bloods street gang. The following day, two more men were dead after a retaliation hit.

The deaths brought the total number of homicides for July to 13 – making the month the city’s worst since September 1949 when mass murderer Howard Unruh left the same number dead in a shooting spree.

CamdenOne resident said: ‘We don’t have any real policing in Camden. They’re just out here to pick up the bodies’

Read more at Daily Mail