Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

I’m going to address the “lies and damn lies,” and get more into the damaging effects of what I see as undeniable elements of sexism permeating this case (and other cases) in a separate post, but this post is about the “statistics” portion. The statistics Ethan and I discussed in episode 15 were primarily derived from two sources. The first was a 2012 special report authored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics titled, “Violent Victimization Committed by Strangers, 1993-2010.” The second was a 2016 academic paper titled, “A Profile of Missing Persons: Some Key Findings for Police Officers,” by Prof. Shaunagh Foy. The clip we played in the episode was from a recent episode of the Mary Buck pod

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