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'John Doe Duffel Bag' Convicted in Serial Killings

Salvatore Perrone faces life in prison

(Newser) - A clothing salesman on trial for the serial slayings of three New York City shopkeepers has been convicted of murder. Jurors deliberated for less than half an hour Wednesday in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn before finding Salvatore Perrone guilty of three counts of murder. A police detective testified the... More »

Serial Witness Offers an Apology to Adnan Syed

Asia McClain regrets not coming forward to testify sooner

(Newser) - Now that she's told a court about seeing Adnan Syed at a school library around the time authorities allege he was murdering his ex-girlfriend, alibi witness Asia McClain is speaking directly to the convicted killer. Asked what she would like to say to Syed, McClain tells ABC News , "... More »

Ex-Priest Charged in Beauty Queen's 1960 Murder

Irene Garza confessed to John Feit before she died

(Newser) - Schoolteacher and beauty queen Irene Garza was found raped and bludgeoned to death in a canal in 1960, days after confessing to a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas. More than 50 years later, that priest has been charged with her murder. John Feit, the main suspect... More »

'You Foretold Your Future': Life in Jail for 'Facebook Killer'

Florida man killed wife, posted photo online

(Newser) - A Florida man who killed his wife and then posted a photo of her dead body on Facebook is getting the punishment he predicted. Derek Medina wrote that he'd be going to prison in that macabre 2013 post, and a Miami judge has now made that a reality, reports... More »

Italy: Student Suffered 'Inhuman, Animal-Like' Violence

Second autopsy shows Giulio Regeni brutally murdered in Egypt

(Newser) - An Italian minister says a second autopsy on the body of an Italian found slain in Egypt reveals that the doctoral student suffered "inhuman, animal-like" violence. Official results, still partial, are being relayed to Rome prosecutors who are investigating Giulio Regeni's death as a murder, reports the AP... More »

Man Who Killed Friend Over Super Bowl Bet Gets Life in Prison

'They cheated my team'

(Newser) - A 31-year-old New Jersey man who killed his "longtime friend" after losing a Super Bowl bet in 2013 was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, the New York Daily News reports. Eddie Roberson bet his friend Talif Crowley $700 that the San Francisco 49ers would beat the Baltimore... More »

Doc Sentenced for Murdering 3 Patients by Drug Overdose

Hsiu-Ying 'Lisa' Tseng gets 30 years to life for recklessly prescribing meds

(Newser) - On Friday, Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng, convicted of murdering three of her patients by drug overdose, was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison, making her the only US doctor ever convicted of murder for recklessly prescribing meds, the lead prosecutor said. Although her defense team portrayed the Southern... More »

Authorities Detail the Plot to Murder Nicole Lovell

Suspects planned everything out, they say

(Newser) - Virginia authorities have released disturbing details of the kidnapping and killing of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell, the AP reports. Suspects David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers planned the crime, they said Thursday, deciding together that Eisenhauer would cut Lovell's throat at a remote location they pre-selected, and going to separate Walmart... More »

Robert Durst Gets 7 Years for Gun Charges

And he'll be moved to LA to stand trial for murder by mid-August

(Newser) - Robert Durst , millionaire oddball and star of HBO's true-crime documentary The Jinx, pleaded guilty to gun charges Wednesday in New Orleans, earning him 85 months in prison and clearing the way for his extradition to California by summer's end, the New York Times reports. Durst, 72, was... More »

Serial Subject's New Hearing Rests on 2 Issues

Judge will decide if Adnan Syed should get a new trial

(Newser) - Serial subject Adnan Syed will soon know whether he'll be granted a new trial in the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Syed, serving a life sentence for the crime, appeared in court Wednesday for the start of a three-day hearing to review new evidence, including documents... More »

Lord at Heart of 1974 Murder Mystery Is Officially Dead

Lord Lucan allegedly killed his children's nanny

(Newser) - A decades-old murder mystery has finally come to some sort of an end. Following a judge's Wednesday ruling, a death certificate has been issued for Lord Lucan, who the New York Times recounts as "a dashing British aristocrat" last seen on Nov. 7, 1974—the day that his... More »

Boy, 5, Calmly Reports Parents' Murders to 911

Chattanooga police say murders may be gang-related

(Newser) - "My mama and my daddy got shot … They dead." That's how a 5-year-old boy describes the murder of his parents in Chattanooga, Tenn., in a 911 call released Tuesday. Over nearly eight minutes, the boy tells a dispatcher he witnessed the deaths of Lakita Hicks, 25,... More »

2nd Virginia Tech Student Now Faces Life in Prison

Charges against Natalie Keepers were upgraded Tuesday

(Newser) - A second Virginia Tech student is now facing life in prison in connection with the abduction and murder of a 13-year-old girl last weekend, ABC News reports. David Eisenhauer, 18, and Natalie Keepers, 19, were arrested on Saturday—the day Nicole Lovell's body was found in North Carolina and... More »

Victim's Mom: Daughter Met Virginia Tech Student Online

'It was some off-the-wall site I never heard of'

(Newser) - The mother of a Blacksburg, Va., seventh-grader whose body was found Saturday some 100 miles from home says her daughter knew the Virginia Tech student charged in her killing. Tammy Weeks says police told her 13-year-old Nicole Lovell met David Eisenhauer, 18, several weeks ago online. "That’s all... More »

Cops: Woman Laced Study Partner's Coffee With Cyanide

Jakarta police arrest Jessica Kumala, 27

(Newser) - Indonesian authorities arrested a woman Saturday for allegedly lacing her friend's coffee with a lethal does of cyanide, Australia's News Network reports. Investigators say Jessica Kumala, 27, arrived early at a cafe in central Jakarta and ordered an iced coffee for friend Wayan Mirna Salihin, 27—who soon... More »

Grenada Man Charged With Tourist's Murder in Machete Attack

Dave Martin Benjamin could face death penalty

(Newser) - A man accused of killing a tourist from Georgia in a machete attack on an isolated beach in Grenada made his first appearance Wednesday before a judge on the Caribbean island to face a charge of capital murder. Dave Martin Benjamin did not enter a plea and was not given... More »

American Nanny Found Dead in Vienna

Case is being treated as homicide

(Newser) - Austrian authorities are investigating the death of an American woman found Tuesday in her apartment in Vienna. The 25-year-old from Colorado, whose name has not been released, was working as a nanny while studying in the country, reports NBC News . The Local adds she had been there for about three... More »

US Tourist Murdered in Grenada by Man With Machete

Jessica Colker died of 'extensive skull fracture and asphyxia'

(Newser) - An American couple vacationing on the Caribbean island of Grenada was coming back from a hike when tragedy struck in the form of what appears to be a "robbery gone wrong," police say, per NOW Grenada . Physician assistant Jessica Colker, 39, of Atlanta and her husband, Brian Melito,... More »

Case of Teen Girls Missing Since 1999 Gets Fresh Look

The night Ashley Freeman's parents were killed, she and Lauria Bible disappeared

(Newser) - On the penultimate evening of 1999, Danny and Kathy Freeman were shot to death in their mobile home just outside of Welch, Okla., and their home was set on fire. But when police arrived on the scene, the Freemans' daughter, Ashley, and her best friend Lauria Bible, both 16 and... More »

Hong Kong Busts Man Accused in Murder of 2 Nephews in LA

Extradition could be tricky

(Newser) - Police in Hong Kong on Sunday arrested a Chinese national suspected of killing his two teenage nephews at their Southern California home on Friday and then fleeing to Beijing. US authorities also believe Deyun Shi, 44, attempted to kill his wife, Reuters reports. Police say Shi learned Thursday that his... More »

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