In an exemplary series of articles, the Ventura County Star is focusing on unsolved murders in California. Astonishingly, only about half of our murders are cleared, with random gang violence the driving factor. That's consistent with national trends, as drug-related semi-organized crime replace the more easily solvable crimes of passion.
Compared to years past, when homicides were largely a product of robberies and domestic violence and the suspects were easier to target, police say the increase in gang-related killings has resulted in witnesses reluctant to talk, victims innocently gunned down and killers who walk free for too long. While the overall number of homicides in the county has decreased since the 1990s, the number of gang homicides has increased.
Not surprisingly, many of the homicides occurred in Oxnard (see map below). That's not a reflection of the law enforcement agencies--it's a reflection of the collapse of our borders and rampant illegal immigration.