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November 6, 2008

Death of Annie McCann

 

Today's Baltimore Sun column on the mysterious death of Annie McCann -- the 16-year-old girl in the above picture who ran away from home in Alexandria, Va. and was found dead in the Perkins Homes public housing projects -- brought this response from retired Baltimore Police Sgt. Ed Mattson:

Mr. Hermann: I do not if you are Baltimore boy or come from elsewhere, but I am.  I was born near the Perkins projects and went to school with many who lived there.  At that time there was a large amount of Italians living there. I am talking about the 1938-55 period when I grew up. The neighborhood had it problems, but only the usual squabbles. The old Eastern District Police Station was around the corner on Bank Street near Broadway. In the late 1950's I became a Baltimore Police Officer and walked a beat near Perkins. The change started in the early to mid 1960's when integration of the public housing really began. I was working a patrol car by then, and I seen the crime escalate in that area. The murder, rapes, burglaries, assault and robberies increased at an alarming rate. ... It is no surprise to me that the homicide and crime persists to this day.  Perhaps it is time to demolish that place and maybe with new housing the people who live there will join the rest of our society and put these crimes behind them. We can always hope ...

Perkins Homes is located off East Pratt Street between the Inner Harbor and Harbor East and Fells Point. It has a sad history and now a new mystry to solve. Police and Annie's parents are trying to figure out why she left and why she drove to Baltimore. Her body was found Sunday near a trash can in the public housing unit; her car was found five blocks away.

 

Posted by Peter Hermann at 7:55 AM | | Comments (4)
        

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Has any more been found out about Annie McCann's death? I've been wondering about this girl ever since I read the story.

Hi, and thank you for your question. We are staying on top of the Annie McCann story. The last time I checked, there was still no conclusive results from the autopsy. The cause of her death is still undetermined, and her father has no idea why she left or came to Baltimore.

I plan to update the story in my column and here on the blog, possibly next week.

An autopsy does not take this long ! I have been curious about this also and hope they catch the person ! I can tell you this much...something else is going on with this case, perhaps building a case against someone else close to her ? hence the lack of details or updates !

What's happening with this? What did the autopsy show?

We've done many updates on this. Click the "Annie McCann" tab that appears on the post.

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.



Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.
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