Vacant Detroit Becomes Dumping Ground for the Dead

Corey Williams, San Francisco Chronicle, August 2, 2012

From the street, the two decomposing bodies were nearly invisible, concealed in an overgrown lot alongside worn-out car tires and a moldy sofa. The teenagers had been shot, stripped to their underwear and left on a deserted block.

They were just the latest victims of foul play whose remains went undiscovered for days after being hidden deep inside Detroit’s vast urban wilderness—a crumbling wasteland rarely visited by outsiders and infrequently patrolled by police.

Abandoned and neglected parts of the city are quickly becoming dumping grounds for the dead—at least a dozen bodies in 12 months’ time. And authorities acknowledge there’s little they can do.

“You can shoot a person, dump a body and it may just go unsolved” because of the time it may take for the corpse to be found, officer John Garner said.

The bodies have been purposely hidden or discarded in alleys, fields, vacant houses, abandoned garages and even a canal. Seven of the victims are believed to have been slain outside Detroit and then dumped within the city.

It’s a pattern made possible by more than four decades of urban decay and suburban flight. White residents started moving to burgeoning suburbs in the 1950s, then stepped up their exodus after a deadly 1967 race riot. Detroit’s black middle class followed over the next two decades, leaving block after block of empty homes.


“Detroit is a dumping ground for a lot of stuff,” said Margaret Dewar, professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan. “There is no one to watch. There is no capacity to enforce laws about dumping. There is a perception you can dump and no one will report it.”


Detroit has more than 30,000 vacant houses, and the deficit-strangled city has no resources of its own to level them. Mayor Dave Bing is promoting a plan to tear down as many as possible using federal money. The state is also contributing to the effort.

But it’s hard to keep up. About a quarter-million people moved out of Detroit between 2000 and 2010, leaving just over 700,000 residents in a city built for 2 million.


Detroit’s reputation as a violent city with one of the highest crime rates in the country also works against it.


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  • Francis Galton

    Why don’t we just let Liberia annex Detroit and be rid of this albatross, already?  The two are basically interchangeable at this point.  (Brownie points for previous historical ties, too!) 

    • WmarkW

       I wonder if we could sneakily pick up the Canadian border and move it back a few miles.

      • I had a similar idea. Maine should become the ultimate welfare state and we should relocate all diversity to Maine. Then we just give Maine to Canada.

        • …and then English Canada will say to the Quebecois, “Hey about that referendum of secession? Don’t worry about it–we’re kicking you out of the confederation.”

  • American_cavalier

    Loads of empty buildings? Not patrolled? Sounds like a perfect place for brave, courageous Americans to move to as a community and RETAKE Detroit for pennies on the dollar!!!!

    • mikejones91

      Could that be done you think? To actually buy up what remains in Detroit and sell to white families. Gun permits an obvious must.

    • Certainly one of the better suggestions I’ve heard. But such people would need to be excellent shots, with multiple skills per household, e.g.: mastery of carpentry and masonry, or electrical and plumbing. And any who exhibit even the slightest inclination to empathize with the Orcs would be booted from the program like an Olympic athlete. 

    • It could be proposed but would it be allowed?

      White people would love to get their hands on historic buildings but blacks won’t cede anything to whites.

      First blacks would scream that they were being forced out through gentrification.

      Second blacks would be screaming that they could have turned around their neighborhoods if only they weren’t victims of racist red lining. 

      There are many solutions to these problems but blacks won’t accept them unless they’re the recipients and in control. We’re caught in a catch-22.

      Blacks say they want better neighborhoods but they can’t achieve them and they won’t let white people build them.

      Nothing gets done because blacks stand in the way of progress.

      • American_cavalier

         Uhhh these houses are abandoned. Certainly you couldn’t go in there with some redevelopment group called “whitey’s comin back” but there is little to nothing which could be done to stop it. We are talking about neighborhoods which are in essence totally abandoned. You could literally squat in these places and take them over for free with proper legal tools. Meanwhile, if the lone few black ghetto people who might scream about whitey suddenly moving in, leave and aren’t found, who’d miss them?

        •  …and in exchange for building a new neighborhood behind razorwire, you get to pay massive taxes to subsidize the rest of the city.  And the blacks force their way in your neighborhood anyway.

  • MekongDelta69

    How can they differentiate between the dead bodies from the walking black zombies in DIE-troit?

    Inquiring minds want to know…

  • Tim

    Murder 101 by Tim… If they are dead and naked or dead and tied up chances are they just didn`t die, someone helped them along… Here are some other things I found out about murder victims after I found one.  There are support groups for those who have a close relative murdered, and there are support groups for those that narrowly escape being murdered, but there are no support groups for those unluckly enough to stumble upon a murder victim. One more thing.   The percentage of divorce goes up sharply for people who are almost murdered, but escape.  This is because, now that they can “see”, they try to educate other family members about the dangers lurking as close as the nearest parking lot pay phone.  The oblivious family memebers put their new found caution down to “racism” or paranoia and the strain on the marriage increases accordingly…

    • American_cavalier

       Very good point. The same thing happens to military veterans, cops, firemen, etc. Firemen for whatever reason seem to have a better time attracting the right women who can handle the life, but in general these groups are distinct in being the few classes who “See” through the bs the people wallow in everyday.

    • HenryHolliday

      That’s why the non-marriage/divorce rate is so high for combat vets.

  • 2 Buffalo youth charged in teen’s death, burning

  • Oil Can Harry

    The bodies were discovered by Tarzan and Jane when they took Cheetah out for a walk…

  • 1proactive2

    Can we just cut to the chase, here? 

    It’s White people’s fault.
    Not enough tax money has been given to the city.
    White supremecists caused it, too.
    Racism caused it, too.
    White privilege was also guilty.
    More tax money for DIEtroit schools will end the problem.
    It’s Bush’s fault.

    and lastly,

    Racist White people don’t care enough about black people to even bury our dead.

    Let’s move on, now.  Nothing to talk about any longer.

    • refocus

       It’s Bush’s fault.

      You are correct with that.

      Bush is the one who set up NAFTA and GATT which moved the US auto industry to Mexico and China.

      • The__Bobster

        Wrong Bush.

        Following diplomatic negotiations dating back to 1986 among the three nations, the leaders met in San Antonio, Texas, on December 17, 1992, to sign NAFTA. U.S. President George H. W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas, each responsible for spearheading and promoting the agreement, ceremonially signed it. The agreement then needed to be ratified by each nation’s legislative or parliamentary branch.

        Before the negotiations were finalized, Bill Clinton came into office in the U.S. and Kim Campbell in Canada, and before the agreement became law, Jean Chrétien had taken office in Canada.

      • 1proactive2

        By reduction then and using your “reasoning”, Detroit died only in the past 8 or so years which then resulted in corpses ending up being dumped in vacant lots in Detroit. Put another way, a foreign policy decision by President Bush caused bodies to be pile up in Detroit vacant lots. Amazing. 

        You have now established yourself as a viable candidate for mayor of Detroit.  If you’re black, your in.  If your White, you’ll be a useful idiot to the current power structure there.

         The late Coleman Young, who was Detroit’s first black president, shared your delusional cognitive map. He got the ball rolling by blaming President Reagan as Detroit began to kill itself under his policies along with Whites in general, and them, for the black carnage caused by widespread black violent crime.  

        Seriously, I hope you keep responding to articles here at Amren just so sober adult readers can witness bizarre responses such as yours.  In the course of my work I am exposed to felons who think and reason as you do.  But please, keep responding.

        Explain Pittsburg, whose steel industry collapsed years ago, but the White population, to include its White political leadership, changed the city into a safe and thriving metropolis. Just to give you a hand, Pittsburg was in existence when Bush was president. Even before Bush, in fact. 

        Keep responding, refocus.  Like I said above; adults reading articles and responses on this website need to experience completely aberrant reasoning such yours so they can see what the remaining sane people among them are up against.

        • refocus

           In the course of my work I am exposed to felons who think and reason as you do.

          So… by pointing out that Bush moved the auto industry to Mexico and China I am classified as a felon in your (employer’s) eyes?

          • 1proactive2

            You reason like a felon which includes a lot of fantasy in place of facts.

            I’m a member of the vast right wing conspiracy, btw.

      •  All Chevy Corvettes were once assembled in St. Louis.  But GM closed that plant and moved Corvette production out of St. Louis.

        Where did they move it to? 

        Bowling Green, Kentucky.

        Why did it leave St. Louis?

        Typical Bellcurvius behavior.

        Crime causes poverty and poor people have poor ways.  I keep saying that for some reason.

        • 1proactive2

          You are completely correct. Black run cities like Detroit, Flint, and Pontiac used the auto companies as bottomless wallets to enrich their power structures, and pay exorbitant salaries to useless and near illerate black bureaucrats as the quality of life in all three cities decayed to third world status.

          I recall when, in the early nineties (as I remember), the black Pontiac, MI. political potentates were again going to raise taxes on the GM plants in the city.  They did so every year since they took over. Finally, GM said, “We can’t afford to operate plants in Pontiac, and unless you reduce our taxes (to a former level), we will shut down the plants. 

          The black politicians in Pontiac said outright that GM wouldn’t leave, that they had been building cars and trucks in the city for over 60 years, the latter being true. The politicians, with support from the UAW, raised GMs taxes again so GM closed the plants as promised. 

          Today, both  Flint and Pontiac are just smaller versions of Detroit. They were destroyed in part by the same black political belief system, and now they’re filthy, trash-strewn, violent, and black. 

  • Sounds like Detroit needs a good ivy-league, affirmative action,  community organizer. I am hoping there will be one available in January.

    • HenryHolliday

      And make him live right in the epicenter. No SS protection. No firearms.

      • Major

        Negative…he has to go to South Central….or South Chicago….

  • zone

    Hypothetically, imagine tomorrow it become law that only Caucasians can occupy a certain contiguous percentage of the now ruins of Detroit. Who would not guess that within less than 10 years that area would be decent and on a sharp upswing? That area resident’s taxes could also help support the remaining people that have no such mandate.

    • Or this hypothetical place would be shot and shelled daily, like Israel. These ideas to take back Detroit are lovely, but need a heavy security presence, and men and women with the enough spine to fire back on the Orcs when they attack. And they will attack.

  • slimcat1

    As time goes by, pretty much anything will go in that dump. Detroit hasn’t even come close to their bottom yet.

  • ABM

    So much for the “Paris of the West.”

  • 3% of the nation’s population commit 52% of the homicides.  the biggest truth not told by the left is that the nation’s crime stats would be so much more worse if whites didn’t flee or defend themselves from opportunity criminals,(black males).   if you visit my town you would have a nice visit, if you visit a black hood…good luck. sure there are opportunity criminals in every race, but imagine how much worse crime would be if people didn’t flee the black male or excercise extreme caution when forced to go near them.

    •  The biggest truth not told by the left is that the nation’s crime stats
      would be so much more worse if whites didn’t flee or defend themselves
      from opportunity criminals

      A lamer con writer named Stanley Kurtz has a new book revolving around the thesis that Obama hates suburbs and suburban whites, because he blames their leaving core cities for the problems and social pathologies of the minorities they left behind.  Obama doesn’t realize that if he gets what he wants, he’s shooting himself in the foot.

      Three problems with that:

      1.  I thought Obama was a racial egalitarian.  He can’t on the one hand say the races are equal and then on the other hand say that whites need to be in a given place for it to be successful.  Of course, we all know the truth — Even self-styled racial egalitarians know the truth about race.

      2.  Remember Patterson’s First Axiom.  If white flight would have never happened, the race question in America would have come to a head already.  American politics would be as racialized as Mississippi’s, for much the same reason.  An alternate universe in 2008 America without white flight and suburbs would have been one that would have never given Barack H. Obama II the time of day, much less serious political power.

      3.  There is already reverse white flight to core cities, mainly liberal and/or yuppie and/or anti-homogenist.  And at the same time, there are quiet concerted efforts to shovel blacks out of core cities.  All of that is happening with the countenance of urban politicians of Obama’s political party.

  • I came up with a great idea for a new reality TV show. Sort of a combination Survivor Man/Great Escape. Drop a coed pair of Hollywood liberals into the heart of the Detroit badlands. See if they can make it to Grosse Pointe in 24 hours. Alive. My first pairing would be Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. We could have Michael Moore as host.

    •  A better idea ! Drop Michael Moore in the heart of Detroit and see if he can make it to Grosse Pointe in 24 hours…

      • It sounds like a shovel ready project.

      • Major

        Moore could feed at least 4 “families”…yea? How I’d love to see the buzzards circling.

    • 1proactive2

      Of course they wouldn’t make it three blocks.  I can see the coroner’s report now:
      “Death by terminal stupidity”.

      • Detroit looks worse than Tikrit, Iraq after 40 years of Democrat rule.

  •  An Australian rehabbing a Detroit house was murdered by one of the local Bellcurviuses recently, and the Bellcurvius had just won the lottery.  Ergo, can’t blame poverty.

    • 1proactive2

      Speaking as a forensic psychologist, the average adult black person has the emotional maturity of a pre-adolescent, between ages 8 and 12. To not consider consequences along with their absence of empathy is also a major trait of their undeveloped thought processes.  

      This killer was convicted of SECOND DEGREE murder so a plea deal was obviously struck in his favor.  That he carried a gun while driving to his daughter’s apartment is as a pre-planned gesture as one can engineer, but this is a DIEtroit court so common sense and decency goes right out the window.

      A black millionaire couldn’t go the grand his daughter was behind in her rent.  Instead, he kills.  The insanity continues.    

  • IstvanIN

     Argentina is turning Indian, Bolivian in particular.

  • I am very sad to hear that. I just can’t fathom someone who could do that to an elderly woman. An absolute savage who should be eliminated from the gene pool with extreme prejudice.

  • Before Leaken Park was cleaned up in Baltimore, it wa known as N-word graveyard.

  • Chimp Master Rules

    White ancestors walked out of Africa 100,000 years ago (give or take) and Africa is a disaster.
    White colonistss walked out again in the 20th Century and Africa is an even bigger disaster.
    Whites left (or were forced from) Haiti and Haiti is a disaster.
    Whites leave Detroit and Detroit is a disaster.

    Oh, oh . . . I’m sensing a pattern here . . .

    • The__Bobster

      Whites left (or were forced from) Haiti and Haiti is a disaster.


      Errrr, no. Most of them were murdered. The lucky ones that escaped were invited back a couple of decades later. Those that were stupid enough to return were subsequently murdered.

  •  Detroit is looking to shrink its literal size.  Maybe some of the newly disincorporated areas can become the Whitopia.  However, those new areas would have to join an adjacent county or form a new county, because the problems with the criminal justice system you describe come from Wayne County, Michigan.

    • The Verdict of History

      Whitopia? In that hinderland?

      Maybe I didn’t make myself clear before:

      When it comes to DIEtroit, emergency evacuation systems should be implemented for ALL remaining Whites…

      The area is essentially a drain on America and is ETERNALLY LOST to Western Civilization. For whites to consider gentrification would prompt escalation of murder and violence — AND IT WOULD BE AGAINST INNOCENT WHITES.The only Whiteopia that could potentially exist is the NORTHWEST…Whites ought to be evacuating themselves away from the danger which is growing in nearly every section of the country… … and quickly…

  • Bruno

    All the white do gooders feel sorry for the way black live in Detroit.
    The truth of the matter is This Is The Way blacks prefer to live when will people get that?
    Soon after they enter any non black neighborhood they begin their system of tearing things down., writing on walls they don’t own, eating the same as any black tribe in Africa.
    The blacks without the evil white man could have taken Detroit and shown the world what they are capable of building and doing left to their own ways .. AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY DID!

    Even Albert Schweitzer who spent 50 years of his life trying to improve the lives of blacks in Africa said he had come to the conclusion that it could not be done, He said blacks lacked the interest, mental capacity or willingness to HEP themselves.

    The same mental process is what fills the minds of most blacks in America.
    We have been Hepping them for a hundred years and they are not better for it, they are worse. 

  • refocus

     Don’t worry.  China will buy it all up and open some automobile manufacturing plants.

  • Detroit_WASP

    I think Canada is knocking down the houses along the bridge route to expand  for a second bridge.

    99% of the blight is on the Detroit side of the bridge.

    • Is Windsor nuts?  Why create another bridge with DirtRot?  Some railroad tracks, or in this case, rivers, should never be crossed.

      • Major

        Why not? Why shouldn’t Windsor take those EBT cars from the fools…?

        Maybe Windsor offers more of a possible future than DET does?

      • Detroit_WASP

        Well, they need the second bridge for trade.  Lots of trucks cross each day;.

        I am sure Canada isn’t doing it for Detroiters to visit their country.  I am not a casino person but, I doubt many Detroiters go to Canada to frequent casinos.  We now have casinos in Detroit. 

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    Don’t you mean HINTERLAND; because it resembles a rear end?

  • The__Verdict__of__History

    area “is” essentially a drain…

  • 1963Dalek

     “Now you have to hope that black cops, a black DA, a black judge, and a
    black jury, all agree with you and your actions.  Good luck, especially
    if they find out you’re involved in building some kind of white
    conservative community in Detroit.  That’s a hate crime even before you
    pull a trigger!”

    The white dilemma anywhere in the world in a nutshell.

  • 1963Dalek

     Put in some home school, some community churches, get some government
    grants for “Community development” projects. Man, think of it……

    Wont get those without diversity Im betting.

  • LaSantaHermandad

    Ny heart goes out to you. The “youth” needs to die unpleasantly. 

  • Gereng

    In NYC, they used to have a saying: ” All it takes to convert a liberal to a racist is one mugging by a black”.  Anyone who still believes that black violence is due a former condition of slavery and Jim Crow, go spend time in Haiti or anywhere in black Africa. Where most black nations gained independence in the 1960s.  Fifty yrs of independence have proved nothing except the need for white supervision, intelligence, money and ideas.    

  • Look at small town America after a tornado.

    My heart breaks when I see these people standing in front of the pile of slivers that was once their home. Everything gone within seconds. As they weep for their loses, they’re grateful to be alive, and they say, ‘we can rebuild’.

    And they do. A year later, these towns are practically rebuilt.

    Compare that to New Orleans and Katina.

    ’nuff said.

  • Major

    Looks like the “First 48” will have plenty of fodder for the future….Detroit and Nashville….keep on murdering….a whole TV network depends on your savagery.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Detroit is THE democrat example of a shining city on the hill!!

    Dozens of dead bodies dumped in Detroit? Great!!  Eric the Holder will make sure they vote in November.


  • Detroit_WASP

    Heck, that picture above is one of the better streets in Detroit.  lol

    Seriously, there are very FEW nice areas left in the city. Much of the city does in fact look just like the picture.

  • Sloppo

    I guess the right to say one big “I told you so” is a small compensation for the elder generation who lived to see their nation destroyed.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Yes. All this while the UN and Western Press yawn.

    We are asked to care for genocides or AIDS in Dafur or Rwanda but when geocide is practiced against Whites? WELL, that’s DIFFERENT!!

    Genocide against the White race — in South Africa, England and the U.S. is sanctioned and codified and even promoted. Some on this board even gloat about it in their efforts to bash Whites.

    South Africa is a bit further down the paved road than we are, but we are not far behind – England is a bit closer than we are but we are all headed toward the same destination — minorities in our own homelands, lorded over by non-Whites — a wresting away of our land and wealth, flooding of our homelands with black and brown sludge from the Third World and eventually, the wholesale killing off of Whites.

    It is pure, unadulterated evil to genocide a race of people, but that is what is happening to us.

    This is obscene:

    “The ANC-officials tell Afrikaner charities that it’s ‘racist to hand out food-aid coupons to hungry whites’.”

    “Solidarity trade union said that despite all the great many public promises that they would be helped — by President Jacob Zuma himself, during his personal visit on 18 April 2008 to the white squatter camp of Bethlehem near Andeon north of Pretoria — only 160 food coupons were ever handed out that entire year to the more than 600,000 poor whites.”

    “And only a week after Zuma’s promises the ANC-officials were again refusing to hand out any food-coupons to the residents of the Afrikaner squatter camp Bethlehem north of Pretoria.”

    If I had the power, believe me, ALL of the South Africa’s would be eligible and admitted to the U.S. with full refugee status and the attendant benefits accorded to backwards Somalis — no to SA Whites, yet our government opens the doors black African sludge.

    Anyone who says there is NOT a genocide being conducted against the White race is either mentally ill, drug addled or hasn’t been paying attention.


  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The link didn’t appear — I’d like to read the article, can you repost it??