Law enforcement and social service agencies, family members, governmental departments, religious institutions, and an entire community are attempting to place blame on each other for perhaps the most heinous ongoing crime spree in Cleveland's history. The body count of drug-addicted black women now stands at 11, and the FBI has gotten involved as attention shifts to a vacant house next door to where the first victims were found. Residents are praying that no more bodies are discovered, but a long list of missing Cleveland women remains.
Even the city's mayor, Frank Jackson, has a personal connection to the crime—his niece has come forward and acknowledged that she lived with the alleged serial killer, Anthony Sowell, for a time last year. The official and community focus, however, still seems to be stuck on exculpation rather than prevention of future tragedies of this kind.