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If You Live In Washington, Here’s A Story That Could Scare The Daylights Out Of You


Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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How to get away with murder? Live in Washington. At least according to Harry Jaffe, who wants to ensure that you never sleep again.

In fact, if you live here, maybe it’s best to not read a story about how you could get stabbed to death in the middle of the night and the killer (or killers) will walk without a trace.

But if you can’t resist, Jaffe, a longtime Washington writer, has a chilling piece that might make the hairs on your neck stand on end.

It’s all about murders that happened in Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser‘s old neighborhood. Police have no suspects.

“Another killer is on the loose in the nation’s capital, where getting away with murder is becoming the new normal,” Jaffe writes.

There is no real pattern to the ages of the residents who are getting killed and wounded: 93, 27, 22, 8.

And maybe the most worrisome murder of all: There’s the lawyer who was stabbed to death in his Logan townhouse in the middle of the night. With THREE OTHER PEOPLE in the house.

Does writing about this stuff scare Jaffe?

“No. Why would it?” he asked The Mirror in a phone call Tuesday afternoon. “I was on the scene for some of these. I’ve investigated some of these.”

So really. Murder doesn’t freak him out?

“Not at all,” he replied in a breezy tone. “Not unless I know someone is after me. Unless I’m in the wrong place at the wrong time. You have to a certain degree use your head and not be out on the street in the middle of the night. It’s too dangerous.”

Jaffe says he’s naturally drawn to murder stories. “I like to write about crime and murder,” he said. “I don’t know. Just a sickness that some reporters have.”

The writer says he gets angry reaction to his stories. “But they’re more about my highlighting murders in certain parts of town,” he explained. “I think people are interested. I got a couple of angry responses and I haven’t sussed out what they’re angry about. Some people just don’t want to hear about it.”

Anyone have any Ambien?