In a fifth-floor apartment, the bodies of a woman and her two children had been found. They had apparently been there for several days. Friends and neighbors had wondered about the family's absence from church and from the bus stop; calls to the woman were unanswered. A downstairs tenant was noticing a peculiar smell. Police investigated and found the corpses.
The entire area has been roped off all day. The bodies have not been moved. Relatives and friends of the victims are gathered on the sidewalk nearby, weeping.
The apartment on the end, farthest from the corner, is where all this occurred. Just past the apartment block you can see a small vacant house. The long, low building after that is Springfield police headquarters.
Ironic, isn't it? Police are great, but they can't stop crime from being committed even under their noses. If someone wants to do harm, and doesn't care about the consequences, there's almost nothing he can't pull off. The only thing that prevents crime is sense of obligation to one's community. That can't be enforced.