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Aging Mom Admits, 'I Killed That Baby'

Janice Summerfield, 77, says she smothered her infant boy in 1961

(Newser) - A 77-year-old Michigan mom has confessed to killing her baby boy 53 years ago, prompting a murder investigation and raising eyebrows about other deaths in the family, the Battle Creek Enquirer reports. Janice Summerfield, 77, apparently confessed to her daughter and a police detective before telling a reporter that she... More »

Arrest in Murder of Woman Who Led Double Life

Client accused of killing secret escort Paige Birgfeld

(Newser) - Seven years ago, a western Colorado woman who lived a secret life as an escort went missing; her remains were discovered in 2012. Now, police have finally arrested a man accused of Paige Birgfeld's murder. Authorities say Lester Jones, 63, was a client of Birgfeld, the AP reports. He... More »

Man Wrongly Imprisoned for 39 Years Now Free

Ricky Jackson, 2 others convicted in 1975 based on coerced confession

(Newser) - After nearly 40 years in prison, a man convicted in a 1975 Cleveland slaying has walked out of the county jail as a free man. Ricky Jackson, 57, was dismissed from the Cuyahoga County Jail and walked out of the adjoining courthouse this morning about an hour after a judge... More »

Man Accused of Killing Wife Had Map With 'X'

Documents in Harold Henthorn case also reveal inconsistencies in his stories

(Newser) - Prosecutors say that a 58-year-old Colorado man accused of shoving his wife off a cliff in Rocky Mountain National Park in September 2012 planned her death, fibbed about his employment, and, after marrying her for her money, controlled most aspects of her life, ABC 7 reports. The details:
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Cops: A Jealous Boyfriend Killed Miss Honduras

It wasn't her boyfriend but her sister's, say police

(Newser) - Police say they've solved the murders of Miss Honduras and her sister , and the alleged motive is a boyfriend's jealousy. Authorities say that the reigning beauty queen, Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister Sofia, 23, were shot to death by Sofia's boyfriend, Plutarco Ruiz, 26, reports... More »

'Tiger Lady' Murder Case Gets Second Life

Police release new sketches of woman found by New Jersey interstate

(Newser) - Police are hoping that new sketches of a woman known only as "Tiger Lady" will help solve a cold case that has gone unsolved for 23 years, the Star-Ledger reports. The woman's partly decomposed body was discovered beside I-80 in Knowlton Township, NJ, on Oct. 26, 1991, stripped... More »

Cops: Guy Hired Hitman to Kill His Family, Killed Hitman

Prosecutor will seek death penalty for Ryan Champion

(Newser) - Not only is a Kentucky man accused in the murder of his family, he's also accused of killing the man he allegedly hired to do the deed. Police say Ryan Champion, 36, asked Vito Riservato, 22, to kill his parents and sister in western Kentucky, but the apparent murder-for-hire... More »

Cops Dive Deeper in NC Woman's Murky 'Suicide'

Sarah Long allegedly left $1M to secret married lover

(Newser) - A gun found in the left hand of a right-handed suicide victim. A secret married lover. And a $1 million inheritance. These are all clues in the mysterious July death of Sarah Catherine Long, 41, who police in Davidson, NC, at first believed killed herself, People reports. But now, they... More »

Business Partner Killed Family Buried in Desert: Cops

Charles 'Chase' Merritt arrested in McStay family murders

(Newser) - Police in California say they've solved a 4-year-old case involving the murder of a couple and their two young children. They arrested Charles "Chase" Merritt, 57, described as a former business partner of Joseph McStay, reports the Los Angeles Times . McStay, 40, disappeared in 2010 along with his... More »

Man Accused of Killing Wife in Rocky Mountains

The mysterious death of his first wife in 1995 is also under active investigation

(Newser) - A Colorado man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murdering his second wife, who fell to her death while the couple hiked during a 12th anniversary celebration in Rocky Mountain National Park in 2012, ABC 7 reports. Harold Henthorn was the only witness to his wife Toni Henthorn's 40-foot... More »

'No Mercy' for Mob That Shoved Christian Couple Into Kiln: PM

Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif calls murders of Christian couple 'unacceptable crime'

(Newser) - The mob that swarmed a Christian couple's home in Pakistan on Tuesday broke down their door and beat them before dragging them to the kiln where they worked and throwing them in, CNN reports. For those acts, the killers should receive "no mercy," says Pakistani PM Nawaz... More »

Iowa Teen: I Thought I Killed Goblin, Not Brother

Cody Metzker-Madsen of Iowa is pleading insanity in foster brother's death

(Newser) - An Iowa teenager has testified that when he killed his 5-year-old foster brother, he was in a fantasy world and thought he was killing a goblin. Cody Metzker-Madsen told the western Iowa jury yesterday that he visits a world only he can reach whenever he plays with someone. He says... More »

Quad Amputee 'Person of Interest' in Parents' Murder

Florida police on the hunt for Sean Petrozzino after parents found slain

(Newser) - "I cannot imagine him doing something like this—I don't think he would be able to." That was the reaction of one of Sean Petrozzino's neighbors to the Orlando Sentinel upon hearing that the 30-year-old South Florida man—a quadruple amputee after a bout with bacterial... More »

AC/DC Drummer Charged in Murder Plot

New Zealand police charged Phil Rudd with attempting to arrange a murder

(Newser) - Longtime drummer Phil Rudd has been accused of doing some dirty deeds. The only Australian-born musician of the Australian rock band AC/DC—which is expected to release its latest album, Rock or Bust, later this year—has been arrested by New Zealand police at his home on New Zealand's... More »

Cops Bust Man Suspected of Posting Pics of Slain GF

David Michael Kalac was taken into custody near Portland

(Newser) - David Michael Kalac, 33, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder outside Portland, Ore. His girlfriend, 30-year-old Amber Lynn Coplin, was found dead in her apartment near Seattle Tuesday, hours after someone claiming to be the killer anonymously posted graphic photos of her body to Imgur and 4chan, reports... More »

Images Posted Online After Murder

Police think killer was on 4chan after slaying

(Newser) - Police in Washington state are investigating the murder of a woman with a cruel twist—her killer is believed to have posted photos of her body on the online forum 4chan, reports NBC News . Police say the body of 30-year-old Amber Lynn Coplin was found yesterday in her Port Orchard... More »

Mom: I Threw My 6-Year-Old Son Off Bridge

Boy's body found last night in Oregon

(Newser) - A 6-year-old boy was found floating near a marina in Newport, Ore., just a short time after a woman made a 911 call saying she had thrown her son off the Yaquina Bay Bridge, the AP reports. Police have arrested 34-year-old Jillian McCabe and charged her with aggravated murder, murder,... More »

Man Invites Over Daughter's Rapist, Fatally Tortures Him

Indian dad confesses to murdering man with hot tongs

(Newser) - A man in India has confessed to inviting over his daughter's alleged rapist, serving the man dinner, and murdering him with a pair of hot tongs, Fox News reports. The unidentified 36-year-old says he only meant to torture the man with tongs and strangulation, and wept when he died... More »

Suspect in 'American Psycho Murders' Has a Creepy Auto-Reply

Message from Rurik Jutting's account suggests contacting someone 'not insane'

(Newser) - Rurik Jutting is out of the office—the former Bank of America employee was arrested in Hong Kong Saturday on suspicion of the "American Psycho-style" murders of two women —and his work email auto-reply is pretty creepy. As Bloomberg reports, the auto-reply states that Jutting is out of... More »

Banker Arrested in 'American Psycho' Slayings

British National Rurik Jutting arrested in deaths of 2 women

(Newser) - Hong Kong police say they have arrested a foreign man suspected of killing two women, including one whose body was found inside a suitcase on the balcony of the man's upscale apartment. Police say the 29-year-old-man asked them to investigate the case early yesterday at the apartment in Hong... More »

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