Kent Reporter’s most viewed website stories of 2020

Crime, COVID-19 fill top-10 list


Crime and COVID-19 stories dominated the top-10 most viewed articles in 2020 on the Kent Reporter website.

The bizarre crime of a man who allegedly killed two people, cut up their bodies and put the parts in suitcases had the most pageviews, according to Google Analytics.

A Kent man who reportedly pimped more than 150 women, a story that appeared in 2019 on the website, continued to draw a lot of views.

A sad story about a 12-year-old girl who died trying to help her mother during a seizure in their car attracted the third most views, although the top three stories each had similar numbers of readers.

The impact of COVID-19 led to several most-viewed stories, including the layoffs at REI, the death numbers in local cities, the state’s waiver of make-up days and the city of Kent’s closure of parks.

Here are the top 10 most viewed stories on the Kent Reporter’s website for 2020, according to Google Analytics:

• 1: Man arrested for Seattle suitcase murders of Federal Way woman, Kent man (17,980 pageviews, Aug. 20)

• 2: Kent man reportedly pimps more than 150 women in seven months (17,641 pageviews, July 17, 2019)

• 3: Kent girl, 12, dies trying to help her mother during seizure in car (17,257 pageviews, Oct. 14)

• 4: Kent-based REI to lay off 400 retail employees (15,800 pageviews, July 10)

• 5: COVID-19 deaths climb to 30 in Renton, 23 in Kent, 21 in Enumclaw (14,980 pageviews, April 27)

• 6: Five Kent residents among 19 indicted in cartel-connected drug trafficking conspiracy (14,154 pageviews, July 28)

• 7: Federal Way teacher charged with raping 13-year-old student (12,745 pageviews, July 4)

• 8: State will waive make-up days if schools close for coronavirus (12,073 pageviews, March 3)

• 9: City of Kent closes all parks (11,301 pageviews, March 23)

• 10: Male inmate dies at Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent (11,052 pageviews, March 19)

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