But a lot can get lost amid the near-weekly front page stories about the latest murder.
That’s why Kaempffer turned to a blogging platform to provide more context and tell the stories of the families behind the crime rate. He was assisted by Chris March in coming up with the template and design for “New Haven Homicides Report.”
To put the murder trend in geographic perspective, Kaempffer uses Google Maps to plot where each murder took place, and blogging tags so that you can read about all of the murder cases that have happened in an individual city neighborhood.
Kaempffer also uses the blog to spotlight every single murder victim, personalizing the human beings behind the numbers, and keeps each updated with a status of the case, including whether an arrest has been made, and if so, where prosecution of the suspect is in the court process.
Kaempffer’s “New Haven Homicides Report” is an homage to “Homicide Watch D.C.,” which was launched by a journalist dismayed that big-city murders were getting barely a paragraph mention in large city newspapers such as the Washington Post.