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Cops: Woman Kidnapped, Killed by Husband's Mistress

Suspect shot Sandra Barnett, 49, then herself: police

(Newser) - Two women are dead after a dramatic chase that took police from Georgia to Alabama, where a standoff ensued yesterday. Police say Sandra Barnett, 49, was kidnapped from her home in Ellenwood, Ga., on Wednesday and whisked away in a black Dodge Durango, driven by her husband’s mistress. Neighbors... More »

Toddler Snatched From His Mother's Home Found Safe

Malachi Grant was allegedly kidnapped by his 'unstable' dad

(Newser) - Police in New Hampshire say that Malachi Grant, an 18-month-old boy reportedly kidnapped by a father investigators describe as mentally unstable, has been found safe and sound, NECN reports. Authorities say 33-year-old Jeremiah Grant was arrested following a pursuit in Franklin County, Maine, around 1:30 this morning; Malachi was... More »

Harvard-Trained Lawyer Arrested in Kidnapping Case

Matthew Muller arrested for allegedly kidnapping California woman

(Newser) - A Harvard-trained attorney has been charged in a home invasion and kidnapping that police once considered a hoax, KCRA reports. The FBI has arrested 38-year-old Matthew Muller—who was already being held in another home invasion case—for the kidnapping of Denise Huskins in Vallejo, Calif. According to Huskins' boyfriend,... More »

Rapper Rick Ross Busted on Kidnapping, Assault Charges

Cops say 'someone' refused to open gates at Ross' Atlanta mansion

(Newser) - A US Marshals Service fugitive task force and deputies arrested rapper Rick Ross at his mansion south of Atlanta early today, authorities say. Ross and a man described as his bodyguard were taken into custody in Fayette County, Jim Joyner, a Marshals' task force supervisor, tells the AP. Ross—real... More »

Cops: Kidnapped Woman Saved by Text

Authorities say she got access to assailant's phone, sent message to sister

(Newser) - A woman who had been kidnapped, raped, and brutally beaten managed to save herself when her abductor left the hotel room where she was being held and neglected to bring his phone, say police. The victim then sent a message to her sister, reports the Leaf Chronicle in Clarksville, Tennessee.... More »

St. Louis 'Stolen Babies' Mystery Deepens

'Glaring inconsistencies' in record could point to cover-up

(Newser) - The "stolen babies" mystery uncovered by the touching reunion of Zella Jackson Price and her long-lost daughter keeps getting murkier. Price says she was told by a nurse at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis that her daughter died soon after birth in 1965, but adoption records cited... More »

Woman Who Said She Was Held in Box Found Dead

Suspect may have returned to kill escaped captive, son

(Newser) - A fugitive suspect who allegedly kept a woman captive in a wooden box for months may have surfaced to murder her and her son, according to police in Missouri. James Barton Horn Jr. has been on the run since the end of April, when Sandra Sutton ran to a neighbor'... More »

Boko Haram Survivors: They 'Started Stoning Us'

Women were followed to the bathroom, not allowed 'to move an inch'

(Newser) - Almost 700 women and children are finally free from Boko Haram militants after Nigerian army rescue operations last week, and their stories are beginning to emerge. Survivors describe men and older boys being murdered while families watched, Reuters reports. Then women and other children were taken into the forest. "... More »

18 Black Women Suspect Hospital Stole Their Babies

Allegations emerge at now-closed facility in St. Louis

(Newser) - What began has a remarkable mother-daughter reunion has led to something downright sinister: accusations that hospital employees stole newborns from poor black mothers and sold them for profit. The story began to emerge when Melanie Gilmore's children tracked down her birth mother as a birthday surprise. That stunned the... More »

Cops: Fake Social Worker Killed Mom, Took Newborn

Baby found safe; suspect traced to hospital

(Newser) - The only known witness is just weeks old, and the only suspect is in a Texas hospital being treated for depression, but police know something horrible happened to a young mother in Gary, Ind. Police believe a woman claiming to be from the Department of Child Services lured 23-year-old Samantha... More »

Man Realizes He's Babysitting a Kidnap Victim

His sister is arrested in bizarre case in Washington state

(Newser) - Another strange kidnapping story is in the news, but the good part is that the 2-year-old at the center of it is safe and sound. Beyond that, things get weird—a man babysitting the boy called 911 to report his whereabouts after seeing an Amber Alert. The key developments:
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Girl Missing 11 Years Returns to US With Stepdad

Scott Kelley, Mary Nunes in US; he's in custody

(Newser) - A high-profile custody and kidnapping case is finally over after 11 years in the most fundamental ways: The girl at the center of the case—now a legal adult of age 19—has been found, and her stepfather has joined her mother as a captured fugitive. The latest development occurred... More »

Convict: Execution Is Better Than My Lawyers

Raghunandan Yandamuri killed baby, grandmother in botched kidnapping

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man sentenced to death in the killings of a baby girl and her grandmother in what prosecutors called a botched kidnapping plot says he is so dissatisfied with his attorneys he'd rather be executed now than continue seeking a new trial with them. Raghunandan Yandamuri, who had... More »

Man Uses Nail Clippers to Free Kidnap Victim

Dog walker in Toronto comes across bound woman pleading for help

(Newser) - It's not every kidnap story that ends with a mild-mannered dog walker freeing the victim with his trusty nail clippers, but such is the case in Toronto. Police say that Peter Hamilton was taking his yellow Lab for a walk on Sunday morning when he heard a woman's... More »

Charges Possible After 'Missing' Student Turns Up

There may also be restitution demanded for Sahray Barber's $30K-plus search

(Newser) - Sahray Barber, a California art student who turned up 10 days after she went missing , issued a statement through the San Bernardino Police Department begging forgiveness from her family and "the amazing men, women, dogs, and horses" who searched for her, calling her disappearance "incredibly dumb." But... More »

Lawyers: Weird Kidnapping Was Real, Horrific

And an email sent to the 'Chronicle' deepens the mystery

(Newser) - The strange kidnapping of Denise Huskins was a real—and horrific—crime, not a joke or the hoax police now say it is , according to lawyers for Huskins and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn. Quinn's lawyer tells NBC Bay Area that the reason his client took almost 12 hours to... More »

Cops: Bay Area Kidnapping Is Really a Hoax

Denise Huskins has vanished (again), hired lawyer

(Newser) - If you thought Denise Huskins' bizarre kidnapping was hard to believe, you were on to something. California police now say her disappearance from boyfriend Aaron Quinn's home in Vallejo on Monday was "an orchestrated event and not a kidnapping" and Huskins and Quinn may face charges. Officers first... More »

Reported Kidnap Victim Is Found Safe

It's still not clear what happened to Denise Huskins

(Newser) - The strange kidnapping case of Denise Huskins in California is over in the most important sense: The 29-year-old is safe and sound, reports the Los Angeles Times . Now police have to figure out what on earth happened. The saga began Monday afternoon when her boyfriend called police to report that... More »

Bay Area Woman Kidnapped for Ransom

Denise Huskins abducted from boyfriend's home

(Newser) - The details of Denise Huskins' kidnapping are sketchy, but scary: At some point between midnight and 5am Monday, boyfriend Aaron Quinn says he saw her being "forcibly taken against her will" from a Vallejo, Calif., home. He was given a ransom demand; it's not clear when or how... More »

Cops: Teen Kidnapped His Friend's Young Sister

But the 10-year-old is rescued in Missouri

(Newser) - Another story about an alleged teenage kidnapper is making headlines, and this one also ends with the rescue of the young victim. Police in O'Fallon, Missouri, say that 17-year-old John Classen kidnapped his friend's 10-year-old sister with plans to kill her, but cops stopped his car at a... More »

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