Stats: Taxi Murders Peaked Years Before GTA

Absent speculation that Grand Theft Auto somehow played a role, the murder of a Bangkok cab driver by a 19-year-old-man in some ways appears similar to the typical murder of a cab driver in the United States.

In the U.S., cabbie killings appear to have very little to do with violent video games, given that they peaked in 1990-1993, when crude first-person shooters like Doom were the bloodiest games available and the first Grand Theft Auto was years away.

Statistics on cab driver killings are maintained by Taxi-Library, which also profiles the typical cabbie murder.

  • Two-thirds of such crimes are committed by men under 20. Accused Thai killer Polwat Chinno is 19.
  • 82% of the assaults take place at night. News accounts describe the Bangkok killing as taking place "late on Saturday".
  • nearly half of cabbie killers act alone, as Chinno is alleged to have done


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  7. DeepThorn ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I thought that was his point…

    Either way, it seems that with that chart, video games have decreased the Taxi Murders, and that they are more likely to prevent crimes by being a place to vent more than to be a cause…

    ^Okay, that was a stupid statement, but if the government/media/other outlets are going to give us BS logic, I feel we might as well jokingly say that in reply, and then say, joking, but there are the real facts… (Then present facts that have came from research not tainted by one thing or another.)^

  8. Anonymous says:

    whenever JT hears actual fact, such as this, he simply shoves his fingers in his ears and yells things like "I CANT HEAR YOU" at the top of his voice. people like him think they’re never wrong and will never change

  9. Lancelot says:

    Send that little piece of info at JT along with the fact that the 19 year old didn’t have GTAIV. His arguments just fall apart, not to mention he uses the same old material. The gamer side always has fresh info to disprove him. Suck it JT! We win again!

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