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'Single Worst Case' of Child Murder in Miami Still in Flux

'I did not kill my baby,' Ana Maria Cardona says of horrific death of 3-year-old son

(Newser) - The body of 3-year-old Lazaro Figueroa, dressed in a lollipop-adorned T-shirt, was found underneath a bush in Miami Beach in November 1990. Injuries on his body showed "Baby Lollipops" had been a victim of extreme domestic violence, and as Jaquira Diaz writes for Rolling Stone , local law enforcement and... More »

Murderer May Go Free After 'Justice Nightmare'

Jerry Hartfield denied right to speedy trial, court rules

(Newser) - A murderer may be about to walk free, a judge said Thursday, the possible endgame to what the Texas Court of Appeals describes as a "criminal justice nightmare." Jerry Hartfield was convicted of the murder of Bay City bus station clerk Eunice Lowe in 1976 and sentenced to... More »

Virginia Executes Man Who Saw Open Door, Killed Family

Ricky Gray killed couple, 2 daughters who were prepping for New Year's party

(Newser) - A man convicted of killing a family of four, slashing their throats, and setting their home ablaze after they left their front door open while preparing for a New Year's Day party in 2006, was executed Wednesday. Ricky Gray was pronounced dead at 9:42pm following a lethal injection... More »

Cops: Man Killed Wife, Posted as Her on Facebook

'I can't believe I dropped my phone in the toilet'

(Newser) - A Florida man impersonated his wife on Facebook in a chilling effort to hide the fact that he had just murdered her, police say. According to an Orlando police report seen by People , George McShane, 42, allegedly strangled Kristen McShane on Jan. 7 and then logged into the 30-year-old's... More »

Family Braces for Trial in Daughter's 1984 Murder

Candace Derkson was 13 when she was abducted in Canada

(Newser) - When Candace Derksen went missing on her way home from school in Winnipeg in the fall of 1984, it took six weeks for volunteers to find her body—just a few hundred yards from her home, in a storage shed, where the 13-year-old who loved horses had been bound with... More »

One of World's Deadliest Nations Has Rare Murder-Free Day

El Salvador's last one was 2 years ago

(Newser) - El Salvador, one of the world's deadliest countries, has recorded a rare day without a single homicide. National Civil Police commissioner Howard Cotto said at a news conference Thursday that no murders were reported the previous day in the gang-plagued Central American nation. The last time the country went... More »

5-Year-Old's Body Found Hidden in Family's Restaurant

Both parents have been charged

(Newser) - A woman is charged with murder after the body of her 5-year-old daughter was found hidden inside a restaurant in Ohio. Police were initially searching for Ashley Zhao after she was reported to have wandered away from her father's restaurant, Ang's Asian Cuisine in North Canton, late Monday.... More »

Mom Accused of Killing Daughter Was Child Welfare Worker

Sara Packer worked as an adoption supervisor until 2010

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania woman charged with killing and dismembering her adoptive daughter as part of a rape-murder fantasy she and her boyfriend shared had previously worked as an adoption supervisor for a children's welfare agency, authorities said Monday. Sara Packer worked as a supervisor for the Northampton County Children, Youth,... More »

Students on Hunt for Murdered African Americans

The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project is archiving data on thousands of lynchings

(Newser) - From the end of Reconstruction following the Civil War through the Civil Rights movement into the 1960s, thousands of African Americans were killed by mobs, sometimes kidnapped from jails, sometimes hung from trees, sometimes mutilated, sometimes all of the above. Now a project called the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice... More »

Cops: 'Alexa, Help Solve This Murder'

Ark. police think Amazon gadget might have heard something the night man died

(Newser) - In November 2015, police found 47-year-old Victor Collins dead in a hot tub on the back patio of 31-year-old James Bates' Arkansas home. More than a year later, Bates is charged with Collins' murder, and Bentonville police think the data from his Amazon Echo could help them solve the case.... More »

New Year's Massacre: Man Kills Ex, Son, 10 Others

Brazil man then took his own life

(Newser) - A man broke into a house in southeastern Brazil where his ex-wife was ringing in the New Year and shot and killed her, their son, and at least 10 other people before taking his own life, military police said Sunday. The man was carrying "several firearms," when he... More »

Actress' Alleged Killer Tells Cops She Killed Herself

Claims she gave him her stuff, committed suicide: cops

(Newser) - DC yoga instructor Tricia McCauley was "violently sexually assaulted" before she was beaten and strangled, a prosecutor says, per NBC Washington . The man accused of her murder tells a very different story. McCauley—a stand-in in the film Step Up—told friends she was on her way to a... More »

Cops: Killers Forced Man to Eat Cat Litter

Brutal Milwaukee attack captured on Snapchat

(Newser) - A young man in Milwaukee was beaten, urinated on, forced to eat cat litter, and dumped in a freezing alley to die the week before Christmas, all for the heinous crime of trying to steal a bong, police say. According to a criminal complaint, videos showing the brutal treatment of... More »

Student-Teacher Affair Allegedly Ends in Double Murder

Former lover charged with murders of ex-teacher Felicia Barahona and their son

(Newser) - A man who as a teenager had an affair and subsequent child with his high school science teacher is now accused of killing them both. A building superintendent alerted to a foul smell found Felicia Barahona, 36, strangled with an electrical cord in her Manhattan apartment on Monday, while Barahona'... More »

He Went to Colorado for Wife, Son's Funerals. Then the Twist

Craig Vandewege was arrested Thursday, charged with murder

(Newser) - Shanna Vandewege had suffered a trio of miscarriages, which made the birth of son Diederik all the more incredible. Vandewege had just three joyful months with her boy: The 36-year-old and her baby were found dead by way of "incised wounds" to the neck in their Fort Worth home... More »

On 170 Acres Lived an Ex Cop —With 4 Dead Bodies

Nicholas Tartaglione was arrested on Monday

(Newser) - It's the first quadruple murder the police department in Chester, New York, has ever investigated, as best Police Chief Peter Graziano can recall. The man suspected of doing the killings? A retired cop. Nicholas Tartaglione, formerly of the Briarcliff Manor PD, was arrested Monday; the 49-year-old is charged with... More »

Missing Reality-TV Contestant Found in Shallow Grave

Lisa Marie Naegle disappeared early Sunday

(Newser) - Cops searching for a missing nurse who appeared on the reality show Bridalplasty made a grim discovery at a Los Angeles County home Tuesday. The body of 36-year-old Lisa Marie Naegle, who was last seen leaving a birthday party Saturday night, was found in a shallow grave at the Lennox... More »

2 Stabbed, 1 Shot in Late Country Legend's Home

Jean Shepard's husband was hurt trying to protect granddaughter

(Newser) - Jean Shepard, one of country music's all-time greats, died Sept. 25 at the age of 82. Sadly, there's now been another death in her family, with the murder of her 18-year-old granddaughter less than three months later. Icie Sloan-Hawkins was stabbed to death at Shepard's home in... More »

They Starved Her, Kept Her in a Dog Crate—and Then She Died

The short, tragic life of 3-year-old Crystal Reyes, and how her cold case got reopened

(Newser) - "Dig deeper." Those were the last two words Anna Reyes said to Avelino Tamala before the tiny body of her daughter, Crystal, was lowered into the ground in April 1997, and a chilling glimpse into the tragic life and death of the 3-year-old at the hands of her... More »

JonBenet Ramsey Case Takes Another New Turn

State plans to conduct sophisticated DNA tests on clothing

(Newser) - The 20th anniversary of JonBenet Ramsey's murder has led to all kinds of renewed speculation about the case, but now comes an actual development in the criminal investigation: The state plans to conduct new DNA tests on the panties and long johns the 6-year-old was wearing when she was... More »

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