The Washington Post has faithfully reported over the years on the murder, in Virginia, of my best friend, Warren Fulton, and his girlfriend, Rachael Raver, both white. About four years ago, it reported a break in the case: DNA evidence had linked the killer to another slaying, that of Veronica Jefferson, an African-American woman, also killed in Virginia.
The Post even dedicated a cover story in its weekend magazine to the three victims, (with equal coverage), and the continued publicity may have been one reason the cases appear to be finally solved, nearly 17 years later. Implying that the Post’s coverage seems racially biased (Dept. of Media, “Murder, They Wrote,” 9/23) disrespects the hard work of the reporters who have covered the three killings. Instead of slinging blame, though, why doesn’t the Washington City Paper offer a regular column on the homicides occurring in poor, minority neighborhoods? Solve the problem—don’t just point it out.