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Monday a judge accepted a plea deal from a Florida man who randomly killed a couple in their garage back in 2016. He also chewed the husband’s face. Instead of prison , Austin Harrouff will go to a mental hospital for treatment. Harrouff plead not guilty by reason of insanity to two counts of first-degree murder and other charges for the slayings of John Stevens and his wife, Michelle. The agreement worked out  to where a trial would be avoided.  Harrouff will be committed to a secure mental health facility until doctors and a judge agree that he is no longer dangerous. If this case would have gone to trial, Harrouff would have faced life prison.

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Which Florida City Made The List With Highest Murder Rates In U.S.

There’s lots to love about the Sunshine State, but we’re also notorious for the craziest crimes. One Florida city even ranked in the top 15 for highest murder rates in America. It’s not really a list we love to see Florida on, but we can’t say we’re not surprised with all the insane stuff that happens here.

Our friends at neighboorhoodscout.com ranked the top 30 cities in the country with the highest murder rates per 1,000 residents. They condensed their research by including cities with 25,000 or more people. They collected their data by the number of murders reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city, and the population of each city. The city population data comes straight from the US Bureau of the Census at the time of each analysis. For instance, the 2022 list population uses 2020 population figures. The 2021 list uses 2019 figures, and so forth.

There were 14 new cities making the list this year. “The newcomer on this list with the highest murder rate is Saginaw, MI. The number of murders in Saginaw more than doubled from the previous year.” Thankfully (and surprisingly) only one Florida city was ranked in the research.

Here’s the top 15 cities with the highest murder rate. Click here to see the full list. 

 

  • #1. St. Louis, Missouri

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .87
    • 13.4X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders: 263

  • #2. Petersburg, Virginia

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .72
    • 11.0X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  24

  • #3. Flint, Michigan

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .58
    • 8.9X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  47

  • #4. Saginaw, Michigan

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .57
    • 8.7X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  25

  • #5. Pine Bluff, Arkansas

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .56
    • 8.6X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  23

  • #6. New Orleans, Louisiana

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .52
    • 8.1X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  201

  • #7. Detroit, Michigan

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .52
    • 7.9X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  330

  • #8. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .46
    • 7.1X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  23

  • #9. Memphis, Tennessee

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .46
    • 7.0X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  289

  • #10. Wilmington, Delaware

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .45
    • 6.9X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  32

  • #11. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .45
    • 6.9X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  102

  • #12. Trenton, New Jersey

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .44
    • 6.8X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  40

  • #13. Cleveland, Ohio

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .43
    • 6.6X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  160

  • #14. Riviera Beach, Florida

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .43
    • 6.5X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  16

  • #15. Alexandria, Louisiana

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .42
    • 6.5X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  19