Coinage of "Carjacking" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Mon Aug 20 19:04:28 UTC 2012

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I'm always skeptical of claims of the first, or of coinage, especially
when the claimer is Wikipedia.  Did Bowles and Mitchell pick the term up
from cops who were working the crimes?

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> Wikipedia states: "The term was coined by reporter Scott Bowles and EJ
> hell, an editor with The Detroit
> oit_News>.  The News first used the term in an August 28, 1991 report
on th=
> e murder of Ruth Wahl, a 22-year-old Detroit drugstore cashier who was
> ed when she would not surrender her Suzuki
> /wiki/Suzuki_Sidekick>, and in an investigative report examining the
rash o=
> f what police called at the time "robbery armed unlawful driving away
an au=
> tomobile", plaguing Detroit."
> This usage is a few days earlier than the earliest citation in OED.
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