Rocky Mount Murders Go Unsolved and Unpublicized
Ten women in Rocky Mount, North Carolina have either been found dead or have vanished. Are they the victims of a serial killer?
This is a story I heard about via a friend’s Facebook page. I was appalled that so many women have either gone missing or been found dead in this small town and I have not heard about it once on the news.
Rocky Mount has a population of approximately 60,000 people and is what most of us would consider a small town. The population is 40% White and more than 50% black. Many people in the town believe that this is the reason the vanishings and murders have not drawn much media attention. All of the women missing or slain are black. Many of them have criminal backgrounds which include arrests for drugs and/or prostitution. This, many believe, is the cause of the lack of attention by law enforcement and the news to these cases.
How is it possible that ten women are either dead or declared missing in a town of only 60,000 people and the news not be all over this story? We all know that when stories like those of Laci Peterson and Jessie Marie Davis took place, CNN and every other news outlet flooded the airwaves each and every day with live coverage of the stories. So why isn’t that the case for Rocky Mount, North Carolina? Why are these tragic events not being broadcast day and night? Why aren’t Nancy Grace and Katie Couric giving us the latest information on these stories?
Could the answer possibly be BLACK and WHITE?
Both Lacie Peterson and Jessie Marie Davis were white, so was Chandra Levy. The stories of these women were aired constantly on the news. Everyone knew about them because everyone heard about them. BUT Jarneice Hargrove, Yolanda Lancaster, Taraha Nicholson and the other seven women missing or either found dead along rural roads in Rocky Mount are all black.
The residents of Rocky Point are frustrated with law enforcement’s efforts (or lack of ) to find the person responsible for the crimes. Many believe that a serial killer is targeting their town. The police have stated that they have not found that the murders are all related, therefore they have not concluded that this is the work of a serial killer.
Regardless of the how they lived their lives; the women missing or murdered in Rocky Mount deserve justice. Color should not be an issue. Each and every case should have as much importance as those of the white women killed that the nation got the opportunity to hear about daily.
Stephanie Jones who knew two of the murdered women, founded a group called Murdered or Missing Sisters to publicize the Rocky Mount muders.
Posted on October 23, 2009, in About Women, African Americans, Crime & Violence, Justice/Injustice, News, Race Matters, The Issues and tagged Black Women, Bobby Cutts Jr., Chandra Levy, Crime, Crimestoppers, Elizabeth Jane Smallwood, Homicide, Jarneice Hargrove, Jessie Marie Davis, Killing, Laci Peterson, M.O.M.S., Missing Persons, Missing Women, murder, Murdered or Missing Sisters, NAACP, News Week, North Carolina, Police, Rocky Mount, Rocky Mount Murders, Rocky Mount Telegram, Serial Killer, Small town, Taraha Nicholson, Yolanda Lancaster. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.