Last Words

Philadelphians speak out soberly about the city's spreading crime epidemic.

By PW Staff
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 4 | Posted Nov. 6, 2007

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Derek Haines

Age: 20
Neighborhood: North Philadelphia.
Occupation: Student.

"I don't feel safe at all--especially because I don't live in too nice an area. It's definitely sketchy when I'm walking around by myself."


Melissa Hunsberger

Age: 27
Neighborhood: West Philadelphia.
Occupation: Recruiter for the Red Cross.

"You can be unsafe in any part of the city. They're always talking about increasing the police force, but I don't know if that would make me feel safer. I witnessed a mugging in South Philly. I think it can happen anywhere, anytime."


Ruth Black

Age: 49
Neighborhood: Center City.
Occupation: Social worker.

"I just feel like it's so volatile, that anybody could just whip out a gun and shoot me. Somebody got shot because they had a fight in line at a store the other day. We're the murder capital of the world, right? The gun situation is ridiculous. The city's in crisis right now, and anybody anywhere can be shot for anything."


Tom Bielawski

Neighborhood: Port Richmond.
Occupation: Cement mason.

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1. Joey Showers said... on Jan 9, 2009 at 08:04PM

“Andre Mathis went to jail for abusing children, both sexually and physically. He is also known for beating and stalking women. He is the last person you should get advise from on how to stop violence. He is a piece of trash!”

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2. victim said... on Jan 10, 2009 at 08:49PM

“ First of all, Andre Mathis' real name is Aundra Bruce Mathis. I sincerely doubt that he is a construction worker, too. When I knew him, he was selling his body to gay men out of Pentoney"s Bar. He is a PEDIPHILE, CHILD ABUSER, WOMAN ABUSER, LOSER, and a poor excuse for a man, a waste of his father's sperm, and should be incarcerated for the rest of his worthless life.”

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3. Laura Schaeffer said... on Jan 10, 2009 at 09:14PM

“Stop taking advise from people like Andre Mathis, Philly. This man is a sex-offender and a pediphile. Look up his criminal record. It's all documented. ”

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4. Nikki said... on Jul 14, 2013 at 04:47PM

“Please help me get more info on this dude. He claims to be my dad and wants contact with me and my son. I've tried to google his record but I can't get it.”


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