JD Chandler is probably Portland’s most obsessive criminal historian. He’s catalogued approximately 2,300 Portland-area homicides in a gigantic document that he calls his Slabtown Chronology, writes about history on his blog, Slabtown Chronicle, and is the author of Murder Mayhem in Portland, Oregon and Hidden History of Portland, Oregon.
MERCURY: How did you get interested in murder and violent crime?
JD CHANDLER: In 1992 I attended the murder trial of the guy who killed my best friend up in Seattle. He was shot to death while driving his taxi one night. I’ve always had kind of a fascination with