Murders In NYC Reach Lowest Levels Since 1963

The number of New York City homicide deaths this year, already plummeting to historic lows, is actually lower than police statistics show. That's because of the way older killings, such as the alleged murder of Etan Patz, are counted. Removing four of those older cases further reduces the homicide count to 388 through Wednesday; compared with 493 during the same period in 2011.