DPS Was Lying To You In 1974

So it's the end of August with around 1,550 traffic deaths in Texas. (I'm assuming "Major" Bell wasn't using fiscal year numbers.) So let's go crazy and assume it double by the end of the year to get us around 3,000. (That's what is was for 2009 and 2010, by the way.)

How many murders/homicides actually occurred in the U.S. that year? (Back up source with same number.)

Heck, there were 970 murders in Chicago in 1974.