Writer Charged in Murders He Reported

Macedonian nailed after revealing secret details
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jun 23, 2008 4:35 AM CDT
Valdo Taneski interviewed his victims' family and neighbors as a journalist when the bodies were found.    (Shutterstock)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – Getting the scoop proved costly for a Macedonian journalist who has been charged with the murder of two elderly women after reporting on their deaths in his newspaper. Police began to suspect Vlado Tanevski after realizing his articles about the murders contained details that hadn't been revealed to the public. His DNA was later found on the bodies, AP reports.

He is also suspected in the murder of a third elderly woman, and the disappearance of another in 2003. The three murder victims all worked as cleaners in Tanevski's neighborhood. They were sexually assaulted, choked and then stuffed into nylon bags. Tanevski interviewed their families: "He came to our home, we talked, he asked for details," said one neighbor.