MacDonald: Is Vermont becoming the Land of Suspicious Deaths?

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by Steve MacDonald, for Granite Grok

Troublesome Creek has blue-skinned people. Kentucky has Blue Grass. There are Blue mountains in Oregon, but no one is turning blue faster than Vermont. In a few short years, the political Left has taken the state on a ride to hell.

They drank the blue Kool Aid®.

Steve MacDonald

Vermont is not there yet, but as I observed on Right Side Up radio a few weeks back, and on occasion on these pages or over at VermontGrok, we can watch the descent in real-time. Vermont is falling like leaves from trees in autumn, a chorus of told-you-so’s on the wind in their wake.

Vermont Dems are making all the same mistakes Democrats do. They opened the progressive playbook and chanted scripture and verse, and you can see the decline with your own eyes.


In 2021, the state had nine homicides. In 2022, that number jumped to 25. As 2023 winds its way through autumn, the State Police have a number that could be as high as sixteen—the result of seven suspicious deaths in October alone.

Hunters on Friday afternoon discovered a body in a remote area in Plainfield, and Vermont State Police say the death “occurred under suspicious circumstances.” It marked the second time this week that hunters found a body in central Vermont.

Since Oct. 5, Vermont State Police have reported seven deaths considered to be suspicious. By comparison, there were only nine reported homicides in the state for all of 2021, although that number spiked to 25 reported homicides in 2022.

No arrests have been made in any of the seven recent cases.

With two months left to 2023, there’s plenty of time for hunters to find more bodies, and you can’t discount the way the Left has set the table in the rest of the state. The road to utopia is always paved with the dead.

They could still come under the 2022 number, but another seven suspicious deaths in either November or December will put them close to a new trend; I’d bet that’s more likely the case. Vermont has been set up to fail, and fail it will.

The solution – at least to the rising number of murders –  is not as complex as they might imagine, but progressives are probably working on the wrong solution as you read this.

If they ban hunting, people will be less likely to find the bodies.

Steve is a long-time New Hampshire resident, blogger, and a member of the Board of directors of The 603 Alliance. He is the Managing Editor and co-owner of, a former board member of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, and a past contributor to the Franklin Center for Public Policy.

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  1. We are now up to 8 homicides for October and we still have the rest of the day to go! If you consider these numbers on a population basis, it’s astounding. Vermont has less than 10% of the population of its neighbor MA. Do we actually think they had 80 plus murders in MA this month? I know that in 2020 they had 180 total. Not sure about the past few years but I’m sure that number is out there. And yes, a number of those killed here are from MA but they are coming here to deal drugs and the murders are happening here. VT used to be a safe place to live. We put up with the lousy weather, poor roads, bad cell service (once cellular came out ) and low pay/career prospects because at least it was “safe”. Now? Thanks leftists!

    • The “leftists” will blame Vermont’s lack of gun restrictions for the murders…(even though Vermont now has real gun restrictions, that do nothing to prevent violent crime). The “leftists” will blame the lack of affordable housing, even though it is a result of their imposed restrictions on what a person can do with their land. The “leftists” will blame the lack of resources for the needy, even though they have provided free and heavily-subsidized housing/motel rooms which have attracted people from afar, many of them coming here with ill intentions such as drug dealing and thievery. “Leftists” hamstring the police and courts, considering them to be “oppressive”, allowing violent criminals to run free. Leftists like to consider themselves the solvers of society’s problems, but they are the ones who in fact have created so many of them…and yet, inexplicably we keep voting for them…