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77 homicides in year four of Mile High Murder: See where they happened, part one

On May 17, 2009, The Latest Word launched the Mile High Murder archive. Today marks MHM's fourth anniversary, and as is clear from the cases we've covered over the previous 365 days, it's been a very grim year.

Example: Last year on this date, the archive's total was 49. This year, it's 77 -- so many that in order to include interactive maps, videos or photos from each, we had to break the list into two sections. See part one below and click to access part two.

A couple of things to note at the outset. First of all, the big jump in the total isn't solely attributable to the Aurora theater shooting, in which twelve people died, or the massacre at Fero's Bar and Grill, where five people lost their lives. Subtract those numbers and the sum is still eleven higher than in year three, with a startling number of high-profile deaths occurring along the way -- including that of Jessica Ridgeway, seen above, whose disappearance first riveted and then shocked the community.

Also worthy of note: The list starts at 79 because somewhere along the way, the count got confused; there's no 34 or 37. It's possible that something originally thought to have been a murder turned out to be something else and the posts in question were given new, headline-free numbers. But it's just as likely that we simply lost track amid the shocking number of killings -- another indication of how tough the past twelve months have been.

Here's the list, complete with links to our original coverage.

Number 79: "Sandra Schreiber allegedly stabbed elderly husband to death, turned knife on herself (79)."


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Number 78: "Man stabbed to death in apartment on 1100 block of Yosemite in Aurora (78)."


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Number 77: "Taylor Bandy accused of killing Antonio Hill in second recent murder at a local Denny's (77)."


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Number 76: "Maria Rodela identified as victim in murder-attempted suicide witnessed by family (76)."

Number 75: "Chris Haney, Gothic Theatre staffer, dies in Denny's shooting, Robert Bernal busted (75)."


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Number 74: "Shawn Lopez: Did he kill homeless woman for a thrill, then buy chewing tobacco (74)."


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Number 73: "Miguel Angel Ita, fifteen, should be charged as an adult with Lakewood murder, DA says (73)."


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Number 72: "Daryl Thompson Sr. and Jr., held for Charles Harris killing: "Mad Dog" past questions (72)."


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Number 71: "Christopher Bryant killed outside Primo's Sports Bar in Aurora, family reeling (71)."

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Number 70: "Isaiah Moreno arrested in fatal stabbing of Estevan Ruiz on RTD bus (70)."

Number 69: "Jeremy Wilson ID'd as homicide victim shot near 26th and Bryant (69)."


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Number 68: "Fatal stabbing on South Quintero Court in Aurora, suspect in custody (68)."


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Number 67: "David Reathman, terminally ill Golden man, held in alleged murder of wife Barbara (67)."

Number 66: "Michael Chavez ID'd as man shot to death in South Bryant Street murder (66)."


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Number 65: "Nathan Leon murder: Pizza delivery man's body found near recycling center (65)."


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Number 64: "Warren Watson sexually assaulted Claudia Miller before killing her, indictment says (64)."


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Number 63: "Darren Bingham accused of killing Zachary Gonzales in Yarrow Street murder (63)."


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Number 62: "Martin Trusty busted for Santa Fe arts district murder, debate over area's safety (62)."

A photo from Rakun's Facebook page.
A photo from Rakun's Facebook page.

Number 61 and 60: "Mayra Nunez allegedly kills two of her kids, wounds third, then commits suicide (60-61)."

Number 59: "Woman dead, three in custody after murder on East Exposition in Aurora (59)."


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Number 58: "Clifford Fordyce added Facebook friend Heather Hurd day before allegedly killing her (58)."


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Number 57, 56 and 55: "Sonny Archuleta triple murder in Aurora: Guns purchased legally (55-57)."

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Number 54: "Denver's first homicide of 2013: Police arrest suspect for murder on South Alcott (54)."

Screenshot of 1044 South Alcott Street
Screenshot of 1044 South Alcott Street
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Number 53: "Francisco Moran IDs Hector Alvarez-Martinon as his killer while losing consciousness (53)."


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Number 52: "Did Denver police delay give Christopher Perea time to kill Loretta Barela? (52)."


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Number 51: "Howard Adler ID'd as victim in Wheat Ridge ambush stabbing, Nate Fischer busted (51)."


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Number 50: "Marvin Joel Rosario-Lopez busted for 11th and Lincoln murder, victim Roland Smith ID'd (50)."

Number 49: "Ryan Haldeman stabbed to death in Capitol Hill, friends and family mourn (49)."

Number 48: "Michael Burnette allegedly slit wife's throat after she threw a walker at him (48)."


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Number 47: "Devon Flores, new father, reportedly killed outside Littleton party (47)."


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Number 46: "Austin Reed Sigg: What we know about teen who allegedly killed Jessica Ridgeway (46)."

Number 45: "Miguel Medrano ID'd as victim of West Cedar Avenue murder (45)."


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Number 44: "Ari Misha Liggett's mom ID'd as dismembered body found in car, more shocking details (44)."

Number 43, 42, 41, 40 and 39: "Fero's Bar & Grill: See the men arrested in quintuple homicide-arson (39-43)."


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