The bodies fell with alarming frequency in Luzerne County last year.
People here died at the hands of another at a rate of about every 2½ weeks through the year, leaving behind 20 corpses and grieving families.
The homicides didn’t discriminate: Three of the victims were children under 3 years old. One was a 97-year-old woman.
Thirteen of the killings took place in Wilkes-Barre, which was also hard-hit by robberies and drug offenses. That was a city record, making 2013 the deadliest year since 10 murders took place in 2009.