Recently there was a great story over at Delaware Online that looked at the total cost to a community of homicides. The dollar figures are really quite astounding.
Taxpayers got the bill for the police investigation, plus the work of paramedics and hospital staff who tried to save Bing’s life and the work of a medical examiner after he died. They paid both for prosecutors and defense attorneys in two murder trials. They’ll be paying for the incarceration of three killers for decades to come. Taxpayers may also foot the bill for social services for Bing’s family.Estimates run anywhere from $5 million to $17 million dollars per murder according to the piece. It's quite an interesting piece and worth a read.