Once again, a murder was streamed live on Facebook.
Earl Lee Johnson Jr, 35, has been charged with first-degree murder for killing his 34-year-old girlfriend, Janice David. Police say he confessed to the crime, which was recorded on video.
He stripped her naked, tied her hands to the steering wheel of a car, beat and stabbed her, and then set the vehicle on fire. As live viewers posted comments, she could be seen begging for her life while covered in blood.
Both the perp and the victim were drug addicts.
Johnson defiantly flashed gang symbols at reporters when he was arrested.
Femicide in the Black community is a major problem that no one wants to talk about for fear of being called “racist.”
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health looked at ten years of data. Black females married to black males are 9 times more likely to be victims of spousal homicide than White females married to White males. The study found that interracial marriages where the male is Black had the highest spousal homicide rate. White females married to Black males are 12.4 times more likely to be murdered by their husbands than White females married to White males. Source: J A Mercy and L E Saltzman. Fatal violence among spouses in the United States, 1976-85.. American Journal of Public Health: May 1989, Vol. 79, No. 5, pp. 595-599.
The American Nurses Association says intimate partner violence is a leading cause of death for young black women.
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Femicide, the killing of women, is also most often perpetrated by current or former husbands or boyfriends (Browne, 1993; Schnitzer & Runyan, 1995).
Among African American women between the ages of 15 and 44, femicide is the leading cause of premature death (Office of Justice Programs, 1998). Near fatal femicide of African American women also contributes to long term disabling injuries and conditions. Most often the men who kill or abuse these women are their intimate partners i.e., husbands, lovers, ex-husbands or ex-lovers (Bachman & Saltzman, 1995; Bailey, et al., 1997; Mercy & Saltzman, 1989). Therefore, “The National Black Women’s Health Project” has identified the battering of women as the number one health issue for African American women (Joseph, 1997).”
According to WebMD
In 1998, Salber and Taliaferro reported that the spousal homicide rate among African Americans is 8.4 times more than for whites. The incidence of spousal homicide is 7.7 times higher in interracial marriages compared to intraracial marriages.
The CDC report says that homicides (2004) were the:
* the second leading cause of death for Black women aged 15-24 years. (20% of all premature deaths)
* the fifth leading cause of death for Black women aged 25-34 years.