How Homicide Report Tells the ‘True Story’ of LA’s Violent Crime

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By: Alastair Reid | Journalism.co.uk

“Ian Valway Hoyt, a 45-year-old white male, died Sunday, Jan. 13, after being stabbed in Pomona, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.”

Valway Hoyt’s murder was recorded automatically by a computer at the LA Times, publishing the above statement below a map showing the precise location of where his body was found. His photograph is placed next to the computer-generated ‘robo-report’ and readers are invited to share information “about the life of Ian Valway Holt” in a comments box below.

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