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Here's something different. Based on https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/murder-map-reveals-medieval-londons-meanest-streets and especially the data on https://www.vrc.crim.cam.ac.uk/vrcresearch/london-medieval-murder-map/historical-background this generator will produce a random but historically plausible set of murders for a city of the specified population, assuming it's pretty much like 14th century London. The number of murders will be randomly from 16-27 per 100000 population, which matches historical data, but does not work particularly well for very small settlements (this is better for towns and cities, so population > 10000 or so).
This year in your city or town, the following murders occurred:
The victim was killed by a female purse-cutter and 7 family members in the late evening on Monday. They were on a wharf. The victim was slashed in the hands, arms, and shoulders with a short knife, and died after 11 hours.
The victim was killed by a male baker in the late evening on Saturday. The victim was in the perpetrator's residence. The victim was struck multiple times in different locations with a staff, and died after 7 hours.
The victim was killed by a female child and one brother in the late evening on Sunday. The victim was in an unspecified public space. The victim was struck in the chest with a staff, and died immediately.
The victim was killed by a male craftsman and one brother on Wednesday in the early evening. They were in the victim's residence. The victim was struck in the head with a long knife, and died immediately.
Probably this would be better as a piece of a larger random event generator but if you want some random history for personal events, or something for the town guard to complain about, it might be useful as is.
As always, thanks for sharing! Could be useful as a called generator within a "crime" generator. Or as you say, within a "recent events" generator for a settlement. Nice work!
This is, by far the most fun one I've come across thus far!