Ohio Governor Links Poverty To Recent Serial Killings In East Cleveland

July 25, 2013  |  

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It was a horrific scene. Last week, the bodies of three African-American women were found wrapped in trash bags. East Cleveland authorities claim they are all victims of suspected serial killer Michael Madison. But Ohio’s Governor John Kasich is looking past the crimes to call attention to the decaying state of the state’s inner cities, which he said breeds terrible crimes such as  this.

His recent comments about poverty and poor neighborhoods have been grabbing attention .

“We are seeing some of the heartbreaking results of poverty in our community today,” Kasich said in a press conference about local construction projects. The Republican Governor went on to say that the murders are an example of what happens to neighborhoods hard hit by poverty, reports NBC News.

And Ohio has been hit very hard by poor financial conditions. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, nearly 16.5 percent, or 1.85 million, Ohioans live in poverty, which is slightly higher than the percentage of Americans overall. In East Cleveland, where the murders took place, the poverty rate is 37 percent. The black population of East Cleveland is 93 percent, reports All Voices. The black population of Ohio is about 12 percent, according to Census numbers.

“It’s what happens when you have individuals who are very dangerous inside of a community and somehow we lose track of them,” he said. “It’s about breakdown of neighborhoods, sometimes where we don’t always know our neighbors. There’s so much to it but poverty to me is kind of at the core of it.”

But Kasich didn’t just talk about the dire situation, he claimed the solution was jobs.

“That’s why I always say that jobs are the greatest moral imperative because when mom and dad are working, the family’s stronger, the marriage is better and the kids are better off,” he said.

Not surprisingly Kasich’s comments were met with criticism.

“The disconnect is phenomenal,” said Jack Frech, the longtime director of the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services in Appalachian Ohio. “He is actively throwing thousands of people off cash assistance in Cleveland and elsewhere, leaving them with no cash income whatsoever. He is creating the most severe and dire living conditions for these families you can imagine.”

What do you think of  Governor Kasich’s comments?

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  • aDayLateAndAdollarShort

    Psychopathic behavior does not care whether you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth or in the slums of the inner city. If this was the case can he explain why the vast majority of serial killers have been middle class white males? The facts don’t lie. Poverty does lead to crime, but not this kind of crime. A serial killer has a psychological component and we all know mental illness does not discriminate.

  • Kenedy

    I can see where he’s coming from, but he just said it the wrong way. A lot of serial killers do have some sort of personality or mental disorder & this is less likely to be addressed in communities stricken by poverty

  • Guest360

    I wouldnt necessarily say poverty drives serial killings but I do think many serial killers take advantage of a poverty striken community. Its far easier to get away with kidnapping and killing individuals that aren’t likely to go the police and where there aren’t a lot of resources available to find missing people.

  • Nikia D-Shiznit

    I don’t think poverty drives serial killers. But yes, the rest should be working with livable wages, not bein leeches to the system. Welfare is not a permanent solution to a temporary problem.