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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2010
In August 2008, a group of friends were walking through the Inner Harbor early in the morning when they heard a scream and a splash. When they turned around, 22-year-old Ankush Gupta was gone. No one saw what happened, nor could the harbor's network of security cameras provide an account. With no evidence of trauma to the body, the only conclusive information investigators had about the Montgomery County man's death was that he had drowned. On Tuesday, city homicide detectives arrested a 20-year-old Curtis Bay man who confessed to pushing Gupta into the water.
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By Peter Hermann and Jim Haner and Peter Hermann and Jim Haner,SUN STAFF | December 9, 1999
Baltimore police abolished a much-criticized six-year policy of rotating officers through different assignments, saying yesterday that it crippled the department's effort to investigate homicides and bring killers to justice.Top department commanders said the "rotation" policy was directly responsible for a plummeting homicide arrest rate, which dropped from 70 percent five years ago to below 40 percent today, and an exodus of experienced detectives.The change is one of a series of moves announced yesterday, some of which are linked to Sunday's mass killings of five women in a rowhouse.
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August 14, 2014
City police officials have replaced the department's homicide chief in the wake of a string of unsolved murders this summer that shattered what had been a period of relative calm. Maj. Stanley Brandford will take over the homicide unit from Maj. Dennis Smith, who had been running homicide along with the shooting and robbery divisions since April. Putting the unit under separate command is probably the right move given the outsized role homicides play in shaping perceptions of Baltimore.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | August 31, 1998
Their silence was atypical.So, Mary K. Edmondson went to the Reservoir Hill home to seek out the daughter and granddaughter she had not heard from for days. She climbed the brick rowhouse's steps to their apartment and used the landlord's key to let herself in.She found what she dreaded she might: her daughter and grandchild bound and stabbed to death.They were the second pair of women slain in the neighborhood in five weeks this summer, leaving residents -- especially women -- wary.Some consider the four killings an unfortunate fluke, but others wonder if the deaths are a sign that the battle their community is waging against violent crime is being lost.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
Baltimore police officials have replaced the commander of the homicide unit as two high-profile cases remain unsolved amid a recent spate of violence that saw a killing a day. Maj. Dennis Smith, asked in April to oversee both homicide and the shooting and robbery units, has been removed from the homicide post, police confirmed. A former homicide commander, Maj. Stanley Brandford, has been pulled from his current assignment running the city's Eastern District and will temporarily oversee the unit again, officials said.
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By Sarah Koenig and Sarah Koenig,SUN STAFF | May 2, 2002
All too often in the movies, the criminal's fatal flaw is that he can't keep his mouth shut. Now, from the streets of Baltimore, comes a script of such confessional serendipity that not even Agatha Christie would believe it. Just before 7 a.m. March 25, police arrived in the 4400 block of E. Wabash Ave. to find two brothers shot to death in a Honda station wagon with temporary New Jersey tags. Two 24-year-old men are in jail awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges, turned in by a button pushed accidentally and the vagaries of cell-phone technology.
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By David Simon | April 28, 1991
Not more than 24 hours after suspects in two separate drug slayings were arrested by Baltimore homicide detectives this month, they were returned to the street -- released on bail by District Court judges.Within days:* Witnesses and potential witnesses in the two cases became uncooperative, with some backing away from prior statements and others demanding police protection in a city that has little or no money to spend to ensure the safety of witnesses, police said.* One defendant apparently managed to remove as many as four semiautomatic weapons from his and his girlfriend's town house before detectives could obtain and execute a search warrant.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | December 17, 1996
John Joseph MacGillivary, a veteran city police captain who supervised Baltimore's homicide detectives for a decade, died of cancer Friday at his home in Bel Air. He was 61.Captain MacGillivary began his police career 28 years ago on patrol in the Southern District and was eventually promoted to captain to oversee the homicide unit, where hundreds of murders were solved under his direction."
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2011
A 45-year-old man was stabbed to death Wednesday evening in the Northwest Baltimore neighborhood of Central Park Heights, city police said. The stabbing occurred about 8:30 p.m. in an apartment in the 3500 block of Woodland Ave., police said Thursday. The victim, identified as Christopher Gilliam, was stabbed in the neck, torso and thigh, and died at 9:21 p.m. at Sinai Hospital. Police said a woman was taken into custody, and described her as a person of interest, but said no charges have been filed as the investigation continues.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
One man was killed and another was injured in two separate shootings in Baltimore Sunday night, police said. Police found a man lying in the street with a gunshot wound to his head in the 5100 block of Cordelia Ave. in the Langston Hughes neighborhood just after 8 p.m. The department's homicide unit was dispatched to investigate, and the man was later pronounced dead at an area hospital, police said. The killing was the city's 35th homicide and its 28th shooting death of the year.
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