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Cops: Teen Murder Suspect Had More Names on 'Kill List'

He was arrested a mile away from 3rd person on list

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy is in custody in Colorado, accused of stabbing a 19-year-old woman to death—and police say he planned to keep killing. The suspect, whose name has not been released, was arrested early Sunday, hours after Makayla Grote—a racetrack employee and aspiring NASCAR driver, notes KDVR —... More »

Slashed Wrists Made It Look Like a Suicide, but It Wasn't

Carl Rodgers of Pennsylvania has been charged with wife's 1983 murder

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man has been charged with fatally beating his wife more than 30 years ago, then slashing her wrists to make it appear she killed herself, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Carl Rodgers, 62, of Shermans Dale, was arrested Monday in the 1983 death of his wife, Debra Rodgers, who was... More »

They Volunteer to Find Missing Bodies. They're Getting Old

A look at the incredible work done by NecroSearch

(Newser) - The revelation earlier this year that a Colorado man had buried his estranged wife's body under the grave of a World War II veteran in 1995 grabbed headlines. What was less mentioned about the case of Kristina Tournai-Sandoval is that the nonprofit NecroSearch is the one that confirmed... More »

Murder-Suicide Might Actually Be Double-Murder

Cops now suspect Virginia mother and daughter were both murdered in July

(Newser) - For months, residents of McLean, Virginia, believed that the shooting deaths of a mother and daughter were the result of a murder-suicide. That impression has now been replaced by fears of a murderer on the loose. Though authorities initially thought 23-year-old Helen Hargan killed her mother, 63-year-old Pamela Hargan, in... More »

Victim No. 4: Tampa Killer Apparently Strikes Again

4th person shot to death in Seminole Heights

(Newser) - After nearly a month of quiet, an apparent serial killer appears to have struck again in Tampa, Fla. Police in the Seminole Heights neighborhood say a gunman fatally shot 60-year-old Ronald Felton as he crossed a street about 5am Tuesday, reports the Tampa Bay Times . Felton was killed in the... More »

After Man's Suicide, Ex Accused of His Murder

Prosecutors say she threw sulfuric acid on him, leading him to want to die

(Newser) - In September 2015, Berlinah Wallace, upset that her five-year relationship with Mark van Dongen was ending, allegedly threw sulfuric acid over him as he lay in bed at her apartment in Bristol, England. Fifteen months later, van Dongen, 29—who lost a leg, ear, and eye (as well as most... More »

Japan's 'Black Widow' Sentenced to Death

Judge says Chisako Kakehi was 'driven by greed'

(Newser) - Her murderous web won't protect Japan's "black widow," who's been sentenced to hang after a months-long trial. Judge Ayako Nakagawa of Kyoto District Court ruled Tuesday that Chisako Kakehi, 70, will hang for the murders of two common-law boyfriends and a husband, as well as... More »

'A Killer in the Wild' Takes Life of French Jogger

Alexia Daval's burned body was found Monday

(Newser) - The residents of Gray, France, number just 5,000, but on Sunday some 10,000 people took to the streets there in Alexia Daval's name. The 29-year-old's body was found last Monday, in a crime that the Times of London reports has raised the fears of female runners... More »

Cops: Texas Mom Shot 2 Young Daughters

She allegedly planned crime for weeks

(Newser) - A Texas mother plotted for weeks to kill her husband and two young daughters but not everything went to plan, police say. Sarah Henderson, 29, has been charged with capital murder in the deaths of her two daughters, 7-year-old Kaylee and 5-year-old Kenlie, who were shot in the head early... More »

He Was Set to Marry Her Girl. Now, a Murder Charge

Ohio's Jeffrey Scullin Jr. is accused of killing his future mother-in-law, Melinda Pleskovic

(Newser) - A 911 caller in Ohio who told the dispatcher "there's a lot of blood" after he came across the body of his future mother-in-law is now being accused of her murder. "Jeffery William Scullin Jr. has been charged with aggravated murder," Strongsville Police Chief Mark Fender... More »

Cops: Serial Killer Met Teen Victims on Twitter

He allegedly targeted those looking to commit suicide

(Newser) - The 27-year-old Japanese man in whose apartment police found body parts belonging to nine people—including two severed heads and 240 bones—allegedly targeted teenage girls on Twitter. According to police, Takahiro Shiraishi used Twitter to connect with those wanting to commit suicide. He's suspected of killing four teens... More »

5th New Murder Charge for Nurse Who May Have Killed 60 Kids

Genene Jones is already jailed for one murder

(Newser) - A former nurse who prosecutors believe could be responsible for the deaths of up to 60 Texas children has been indicted on a murder charge for the fifth time this year, the AP reports. Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood says a grand jury indicted Genene Jones on a murder... More »

Cops Release New Footage in Florida Murder Spree

'At this point, everything is a clue'

(Newser) - Police in Florida released new surveillance footage of a "person of interest" in three murders that occurred over a 10-day span in a Tampa neighborhood and that have some fearing a serial killer on the loose, CBS News reports. The footage shows a person walking toward the spot where... More »

Parents Charged in Death of Baby Found Rotting in Swing

4-month-old had maggots in clothing, skin

(Newser) - Authorities have charged an Iowa couple with murder in the death of their 4-month-old son, whose maggot-infested body was found in a baby swing in the family's home, the AP reports. Twenty-year-old Cheyanne Harris and 28-year-old Zachary Koehn were arrested Wednesday on charges of child endangerment and first-degree murder... More »

Cops: Man Dies After Punch to Face in Popeyes Parking Lot

Police say suspect, victim were in fight over beer

(Newser) - Authorities say a man punched in the face during an argument over beer has died after the fight outside a Florida restaurant, the AP reports. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports 34-year-old James R. Allen faces a second-degree murder charge stemming from the incident Oct. 20 in the parking lot of... More »

Man's Suicide Note Shares Location of Another Body

That of Michigan man's wife, missing teacher Theresa Lockhart

(Newser) - For nearly half a year, police in Portage, Mich., had searched for a beloved high school Spanish teacher who seemingly vanished in May. Her body was finally discovered this week—but it wasn't the first one officers came across. Officers initially found Theresa Lockhart's husband, Christopher Lockhart, dead... More »

Author Claims to Solve Notorious 'Black Dahlia' Murder

Killer was a sadistic accused pimp, says Piu Eatwell

(Newser) - It wasn't a doctor who tortured, killed, and carved a clown-like smile in the face of the Black Dahlia, but an accused pimp who escaped punishment as part of a police cover-up, according to a new book. After three years of scouring official documents and grand jury files, British... More »

Boy's Crossbow Killing Was No Accident: Cops

13-year-old boy is in custody in Oklahoma

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy is in custody on suspicion of murder in Oklahoma, where authorities say he shot a playmate with a crossbow after a "disagreement." Police in Lincoln County responded to a 911 call around 6pm Saturday and found 10-year-old Austin Almanza dead. He'd been shot with... More »

Murders of Florida Bus Riders Have Police Hunting a Killer

3 unconnected victims fatally shot over 11 days in Tampa neighborhood

(Newser) - When asked Friday if Tampa has a serial killer on the loose, police chief Brian Dugan didn't deny the possibility. "We can call it what we want," the Tampa Bay Times quotes Dugan as saying. "If that brings attention to it, that's fine." Three... More »

Man Dead After Toddler Given Gun, Told to Chase Him

The man who allegedly gave the 3-year-old the gun has been charged with murder

(Newser) - Authorities say they have charged a man with murder after he gave a 3-year-old boy a gun and told him to chase the victim around the yard of a South Carolina home. Aiken County Sheriff's Sgt. Stephen Shunn said witnesses told deputies that 24-year-old Timothy Johnson was shot in... More »

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