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FBI Says The Virgin Islands Has The Highest Murder Rate In The Country


QUANTICO, Va. — The Virgin Islands had the highest murder rate in the country — higher per capita than any other state, commonwealth or territory in the country, according to the latest statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The FBI figures show that the murder rate in the territory increased by 10 percent between 2014 and 2015 for murders and non-negligent homicides, the FBI’s annual report “Crime In the United States.”

The report, released on Sept. 27, said that the Virgin Islands had 32.9 murders per 100,000 people in 2015. The next closest state, territory or commonwealth was the District of Columbia with 24.1 murders per 100,000 people followed immediately by Puerto Rico with 19.3 murders per 100,000 people.

On the U.S. mainland, the homicide rate also increased, going up 3.1 percent from 2014 to 2015, the FBI said.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.


  1. Troy gilbert
    October 10, 2016 at 5:50 PM — Reply

    Would like to see a break down of the islands given St Croix economic state!

  2. Imperial Data
    October 10, 2016 at 11:18 PM — Reply

    Heyyyyyyy over there the BVI is legally “The Virgin Islands” can you stop warning off our potential tourists. Your islands are the United States Virgin Islands keep your negative publicity over there to yourselves!

    • Crucian Yardie
      October 12, 2016 at 10:01 AM — Reply

      “Virgin Islands” is short for “Virgin Islands of the United States” you forward idiot.

  3. jeremy
    October 12, 2016 at 11:02 PM — Reply

    i took a 9mm through my head 5yrs ago but i miss home there, just not the same .lived there atleast 15 years.oh yeah putting in security systems every know me

  4. Mary Adams
    August 28, 2017 at 2:31 AM — Reply

    Yes! It’s 100% True! St. Croix and the US Virgin Islands have the highest crime rate and murder rate in the US Caribbean Islands today!
    My friends, US Police officers, decided to visit St. Croix on vacation. My four US police friends were walking through a city Park at night on St. Croix and where approached by 5 male robbers. The robbers demanded all their money or they threaten to kill each of my friends! My US Police friends each pulled out their 45 Automatics and carefully emptied their magazines into each habitual criminal in the city park. My friends then departed the city park. They reloaded their 45 Automatics and departed the city park. They visited another city park about a mile away. They were approached by 4 more Robbers who attempted to rob them again. My friends pulled out their 45 Automatics and shot each robber numerous times. My friends then departed the dark park and walked down town to a sea side restaurant and celebrated the fact that there were now 9 less murdering public sewer rats on St. Croix!

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