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'Gruesome' Suitcase of Body Parts Left on Busy SF Street

Police say a suspect is identified in case

(Newser) - Police responding to a call about a suspicious package on a downtown San Francisco street yesterday found what a spokeswoman calls "an extremely gruesome crime scene." Next to a pile of garbage and debris, a rolling suitcase held dismembered human body parts, police say, per the San Francisco ... More »

Queens Man Kills 3 Family Members, Then Himself: Cops

Jonathon Walker showed no signs of danger, relatives say

(Newser) - In the quiet of a pre-dawn Saturday on a dead-end street in Queens, New York, a father came home and shot his family in their heads, leaving women in three generations dead and a wounded 12-year-old girl calling 911, police said. "What I did, I cannot come back from,... More »

After Dream, Murder Victim's Son at Peace

Brian Larson had 'vision' that slain dad had forgiven his own killer

(Newser) - On March 20, 1990, Bruce Larson was murdered near Salt Lake City after a contracting deal gone bad, leaving behind a wife and five kids, including 9-year-old Brian. But despite missing out on all the father-son bonding experiences over the years, Brian is finally able to forgive his dad's... More »

4th-Graders' Plot: Kill Teacher Using Hand Sanitizer

Police call alleged plan 'idle chatter'

(Newser) - A trio of upstate New York fourth-graders allegedly wanted to kill their "mean" teacher, who they knew was allergic to hand sanitizer, the New York Daily News reports. She didn't allow its use in class, Fox News notes; that, apparently, helped lead to a plan. According to police,... More »

Could a 1981 Cable Repair Ticket Lead to Woman's Killer?

Possible clue released on what would have been Tracey Neilson's 55th birthday

(Newser) - Monday, Jan. 5, would have been Tracey Neilson's 55th birthday. It also marked the 34th anniversary of the day she was found dead by her husband of five months in their Moore, Okla., apartment. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation hopes that the 35th anniversary won't arrive with... More »

Sheriff: Florida Man Beheaded 'Nagging' Mom

Son, 23, told cops he had planned axe murder for days

(Newser) - A 23-year-old man beheaded his mother with an axe on New Year's Eve and explained to investigators that he was fed up with her nagging him to put some boxes away, authorities in Oldsmar, Fla., say. Cops were called to the Tampa-area home after the older brother of Christian... More »

Jay From Serial Podcast Speaks

He says he thinks podcast unfairly represented him

(Newser) - Serial fans are getting a Christmas present a few days late: Jay, the key witness in the 1999 Baltimore murder of Hae Min Lee and one of the main people around whom the podcast's story centered, has given an extensive interview. Jay, for those who didn't listen to... More »

Cops: Man Drove 1K Miles to Shoot Girlfriend's Family

Boyfriend shoots girlfriend's stepmom, dad on Christmas morning

(Newser) - Stephen Pollard still can't digest what happened: His 23-year-old son Preston drove more than 1,000 miles from Texas to Florida and allegedly shot his girlfriend's stepmother and her dad before killing himself in his car, WFAA reports. "I know my son," Stephen says of the... More »

After Boy's Call, 4 Found Dead in Texas Home

9-year-old apparently the only witness to what happened: police

(Newser) - Police found two women, a man, and a girl younger than 16 dead in a small-town Texas home yesterday. They were responding after a 9-year-old boy called a relative, saying that a man at the house had attempted suicide, the Dallas Morning News reports. The dead appeared to have suffered... More »

Doubts Cloud Survivor Producer's Murder Trial

Bruce Beresford-Redman's fate to be decided in spring

(Newser) - More than four years after his wife's murder in Mexico, Bruce Beresford-Redman awaits his fate. The Survivor producer's Mexican trial for Monica Burgos' murder has finally wrapped up after stretching on for nearly three years. Prosecutors argued Beresford-Redman killed his wife in their room at Cancun's Moon... More »

Montana Man's 'Castle Doctrine' Defense Fails Him

Markus Kaarma convicted of deliberate homicide in Diren Dede's death

(Newser) - Just days before he killed a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told a hairstylist he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes. Kaarma hoped to bait an intruder by leaving his garage door partially open and placing a purse inside, Montana prosecutors said. And... More »

Mom Convicted of Poisoning 4-Year-Old Foster Son Freed

Texas' Hannah Overton, convicted for 2006 death of Andrew Burd, out on $50K bond

(Newser) - For the first time in seven years, Hannah Overton will be able to hug her five kids instead of waving to them through plexiglass. The Corpus Christi mother, who has been in prison since 2007, was released on $50,000 bond yesterday, more than two months after a Texas appellate... More »

Teen Burned Alive Said Last Words to Firefighters

Hacking group Anonymous says gangs were involved in her death

(Newser) - The horrific case of a Mississippi teenager burned alive has spawned new developments, including talk of her last words, hacks by Anonymous, and the possibility of a mysterious second person. From around the Web:
  • Moments before Jessica Chambers was doused in flammable liquid and set ablaze in her car near
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Boy Killed Trying to Save Twin During Robbery

Demario Bailey mourned by classmates in Chicago

(Newser) - Twin brothers Demario and Demacio Bailey, 15, were walking to basketball practice on Saturday when they were robbed by four people in a viaduct. The attackers wanted Demario's jacket, his aunt tells the Chicago Sun-Times . Seeing Demacio attacked by one of the robbers, Demario came to his aid, shoving... More »

US Marine Charged in Killing of Transgender Filipino

Jennifer Laude's October murder inflamed US-Philippines relations

(Newser) - The Philippines has charged a US Marine with the gruesome murder of a transgender woman found drowned in a motel room toilet bowl. Filipino Jennifer Laude, 26, who was born Jeffrey, was found Oct. 11 outside a former US Navy base northwest of Manila, and 19-year-old Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton... More »

Man Claims to Be One of the Most Prolific Serial Killers

Sailson Jose das Gracas admits to killing 42 people

(Newser) - When Brazilian police arrested Sailson Jose das Gracas Wednesday, after he allegedly stabbed a woman to death, they got more than they bargained for—much more. Das Gracas ultimately confessed to murdering another 41 people in Rio de Janeiro since 2005, 37 of them women, three men, and one a... More »

Phone May Be 'Key' to Case of Teen Burned Alive

Jessica Chambers got call before she died, phone may be 'key to everything'

(Newser) - The investigation into the burning death of Mississippi teen Jessica Chambers is in full swing. Sheriff's deputies with canine units have been spotted picking up items and bagging them in the Courtland area where police first encountered Chambers (who, CNN notes, was not on fire when they found her... More »

After Killing Stepdaughter, Man Filmed Sex With Body: DA

Sex said to be motive in gruesome Gregory Graf case

(Newser) - A man who is charged in his stepdaughter's murder filmed himself having sex with her dead body, prosecutors say. That has led a Pennsylvania district attorney to what he believes was the motive in Jessica Padgett's death: He says that Gregory Graf killed Padgett so that he could... More »

Brit Walks in Honeymoon Murder of His Wife

Shrien Dewani cleared of all charges in South Africa in 2010 death of Anni Dewani

(Newser) - A British man accused of killing his wife while they were on their honeymoon in Cape Town was acquitted of murder today after a South African judge concluded that the prosecution's case didn't have sufficient evidence. Shrien Dewani promptly descended stairs leading out of the courtroom following the... More »

UAE Released Murder Video— to Tune of Batman

Seriously

(Newser) - If you thought police departments were done issuing crazy/hamfisted/jaw-dropping missives just today, you thought wrong. Abu Dhabi's police arrested a woman in the stabbing murder of an American schoolteacher, and they released video of surveillance footage, the crime scene, and the suspect's arrest—and, as the Telegraph notes,... More »

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