ANCHORAGE IN THE SHADOW OF UNSOLVED HOMICIDES
“Alaska itself is an unusual state”
John Muir once wrote that Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world, to the lover of the wilderness. This is the American largest state and the pearl of natural beauty and wildlife. It has simply everything, from the dangerous mountains for climbing, rivers to raft and hidden waterfalls and glaciers to explore, to the amazing animals that are born to be free and captured in the unforgettable camera shoots.
But, behind the perfection, there is something else that eats up slowly the peace on the surface of Alaskan life. Something dark and evil, something that can not be caught and stopped, something that turns life of police officer John Carpenter into the night mare. John is 40 years old but almost 18 years devoted to the law enforcement in Anchorage. He has seen so many bad things that there are moments when he thinks he is 100 years old. When we look at him, the son of the Steve and Maria Carpenter, the beloved husband of Frances and lovely father of Daniel, we think that his energy and colors of life are gone.Tall and muscled , with white and rough skin and long dark blond hair, he looks more like a lost viking than like one of the best detectives Alaska has ever had. But even John knows that age of the happiness is gone and that there is now age of sadness, for all victims and their undiscovered killers.
According to the latest police reports, Alaska has one of the highest violent crime rates in the U.S. Just to remind, based on FBI statistic from 2012, it was 603.2 violent crimes per 100,000 compared to the national average of 386,9 for 2012. But, in 2016, the violence has escalated. In Anchorage, 34 of people were killed by homicide and only three of the cases have been solved. It is not about drug gangs anymore, it is about all bad you can imagine that could happen somewhere. Rapes, horror serial killers. child molestors, kidnappers, in other words, the worst social predators have found their paradise in Alaska and they do not give up to harvest their souvenirs.
The problem over there is the absence of any law enforcement in at least 75 Native American Alaskan villages. That opens the door for the crimes. The growing problem of alcoholism and appetite for sexual offend and drugs abusement are making a collage of hell for the residents that are affected with this epidemics of evil. Many are simply geographically and administrative isolated and all protection is one they get, when they report, from the Alaska State Troopers. Sometimes, people report something or someone but police never returns a call because of the lack of adequate staff.
I found some articles that apologize the current situation in Alaska by the weather conditions and strange magnetic fields. One scientists even made his doctoral thesis on how the whole climate package causes the madness in local people and they do the things they shouldn’t. Then, there are a lot of shows that try to confirm the presence of supernatural forces and entities in Alaska and that they also have an effect on Alaskans to act weirdly and to commit the crimes. Personally, I believe that paranormal activity they measure in Alaska is nothing but the consequence of higher level of activity from the magnetic fields and naturally outcome for Alaska to be exposed to that. The imbalance n electromagnetic circulation can definitely indicate the changes in the behaviours and moods since the humans are sensible on the natural effects and influences but the real reason for highest crime in Alaska should be searched for in the lack of police infrastructure. How we can expect that something will work ideally when there is no law enforcement control in the background? No matter how the community is peaceful, the demons are never sleeping.
The police tries to establish a proactive system of warning for the citizens. They inform them to not go alone in the isolated places and the suburbs they are not covered with the police presence. The majority of murders has been happened when people have been alone and in the dark, far away places. That applies on the city standards. What we will do with the distant communities where domestic violence, alcoholism and drugs work together against the potential victims? Nothing. Probably to accuse the evil ghost in the house that forced the man to kill his whole family without mercy.
Detective John Carpenter is aware how the situation is really terrible, not only in the city of death, Anchorage but in the whole state. His own sister has been killed when she was going back to home. Someone raped and killed Anne on the local parking, just behind the supermarket she is always doing her grocery. That someone has never been found and John is not sure that killer will be ever processed. That is the black code of the legal system in Alaska. It is like lost in the mist. Exactly that negative triumph writes the negative synopsis of Alaskan life:“That puts APD at a more than 90 percent ‘clearance’ rate for homicide cases. ‘Clearance’ means police have either made an arrest, prosecutors have declined to file charges due to self-defense or some other reason, or the suspect died.Nationally, the homicide clearance rate hovers around 64 percent, according to statistics from the FBI.”
The another problem for Alaska is the rise of the people who come there to live but with criminal records. Many were killers or gang leaders and suddenly they decide to start new life in wild Alaska. I do believe in the rehabilitation but not in all situations. Once infected with the virus of crime and violence, those people are never totally cured, only treated by legal measures. At the moment when the jurisdiction is done and promised freedom is back, the old good madness is seeking its food. When such a kind of individuals move to Alaska that is fighting with the lack of law enforcements, the rise of the crime is to be expected and the current balance in violence won’t work positively for the state.
While John is visiting the Alaska Native Heritage Center with his son, his thoughts are by the latest murder of young, just married couple. Day by day, Alaska is getting the touch of the darkness and losing its innocence. He is not sure anymore is that the place he will stay in the future with his family. But, John doesn’t want to give up and long time ago, he promised he will help the people and protect them. John and others like John have every day the titanic fight, to drag sun into the areas without.
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