How Many Homicides Go Unsolved in California? Probably More Than You Think.

Hollywood has long understood the intrinsic human need for closure. In the movies -- or at least the ones that turn to box office gold -- the bad guy usually gets caught.

But real life is different. Every day, thieves and robbers, rapists, even child molesters and murderers walk free. And despite the advent of DNA technology, the evidence shows homicides aren’t necessarily getting easier to solve.

“The clearance rate has fallen from 91 percent in 1965 to about 59.4 percent in 2016,” according to the Orange County Register which, inspired by the recent capture of the Golden State Killer, analyzed data compiled by the Murder Accountability Project. However, "in the same period, the U.S. population increased by 54 million and the homicide rate per 100,00 [sic] declined from 7.4 in 1996 to 5.3 in 2016.”

The study also provided a county-by-county breakdown of homicides in California showing murders, solved and unsolved, from 1996 through 2015.

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