From "Violence Is Becoming a Threat for Homeless," by Evelyn Nieves; The New York Times, December 23, 1999

In Denver, five were pummeled to death and two more beheaded. In Richmond, Va., one was beaten, stabbed and beheaded, his head then carried nearly a mile and placed for display on a footbridge. In Seattle, one was stabbed 18 times, another beaten bloody and then stabbed.

They were all homeless people killed over the last year [and] police departments across the country have reported more frequent, more vicious attacks.... Nearly always, the victims are ambushed as they sleep. Nearly as often, the suspects...are described as young men who appear to attack for no reason. In some cases, suspects call it ''bum-bashing'' or ''troll-busting.''

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