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Police: 8th Grade Teacher Murdered His Neighbors

Cary Heath was arrested Monday at a Texas middle school

(Newser) - Cary Heath was arrested Monday at the Texas middle school where he teaches eighth-grade science a day after police say he murdered two of his neighbors, NBC DFW reports. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram , shots were fired shortly before 4am Sunday at a home down the street from where... More »

'American Psycho' Jury Sees Chilling Video

'I just killed, murdered this woman here,' banker says

(Newser) - A jury in Hong Kong watched chilling video Tuesday of a British banker describing how he tortured and killed an Indonesian woman he met in a bar, saying he repeatedly raped her and "tortured her badly." In the video he shot, Rurik Jutting, who is on trial in... More »

Babysitter Was Serving Life for a Child's 2006 Death. Then, a New Finding

New evidence suggests Amara Ou died from undiagnosed juvenile diabetes

(Newser) - In October 2006, Amara Ou's father dropped the 2-year-old off at her babysitter's Florida home. A few hours later, after the girl wouldn't wake up from a nap, babysitter Syna Lim, now 48, tried for two hours to reach Amara's parents before getting hold of the... More »

Amanda Knox: The 'Condemnation Doesn't Stop'

'Every day for the past 9 years I've been called a slut and murderer by total strangers,' Knox writes

(Newser) - Being cleared of murdering her roommate wasn't exactly easy. But the hard part, Amanda Knox says, is living under siege and constant shaming. "I have learned that condemnation doesn’t stop once you’re found innocent," Knox writes in USA Today . "From the moment I walked... More »

Man Had Wife's Family Killed to Lure Her to Funeral—and Her Own Death

Samuel Velasco is looking at a mandatory life sentence

(Newser) - It sounds more the stuff of a soap opera than reality, but as an El Paso, Texas, courtroom has heard, it was very much the stuff of real life—and death. Samuel Velasco was last Monday convicted on three counts of conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country: The... More »

NYPD Baffled by Case of Baby Thrown From Building in 1993

They hope a sketch will lead to tips

(Newser) - She was less than 24 hours old when police say she was thrown from the second floor of an apartment building, a red and white dish towel tied around her neck and her umbilical cord and placenta still attached. She died from strangulation and a superintendent found her body, in... More »

Judge's Denial of Warrant Has 'Most Tragic Result Possible'

Police believe estranged husband killed wife, then himself

(Newser) - Anthony Russell allegedly violated a no-contact order and was due to appear in court in Indiana on a felony charge of stalking his estranged wife, Laura. Laura, 44, had reported to police multiple instances of finding Anthony, 51, waiting for her and following her, CBS reports. Prosecutors requested that a... More »

Saudi Arabia Just Executed a Prince

Prince Turki fatally shot a friend in 2012

(Newser) - Being a royal won't save your life in Saudi Arabia if you're convicted of murder. Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir, who fatally shot a friend in a "group quarrel" at a desert camp in December 2012, was executed in Riyadh on Tuesday, state media reports, per CNN... More »

Mom: Amber Alert Led Me to Kill My Kids

Amber Pasztor gives jailhouse interview

(Newser) - An Indiana mother accused of killing her two children in late September says it was the Amber Alert that led her to murder them. Amber Pasztor, whose father was the children's legal guardian, tells WANE she pushed in the door at her father's house in Fort Wayne on... More »

Prosecutor: Woman Fell to Her Death Trying to Flee Tinder Date

Prosecutor says she was so scared, she fell from balcony

(Newser) - A New Zealand tourist was so afraid of an Australian man she met through the dating app Tinder that she fell 14 floors to her death while trying to escape from his apartment balcony, a prosecutor told a court on Monday. Gable Tostee, 30, pleaded not guilty in the Queensland... More »

Couple Tried to Cross Border With a Dead Child in Bag

They're accused of murder, sex trafficking

(Newser) - A Los Angeles-area couple has been charged with murder after trying to cross into Mexico with the body of a 2-year-old girl in a duffel bag. Mercy Becerra and Johnny Hartley are also charged with torture, assault on a child causing death, and sex trafficking of the girl's mother,... More »

Prosecutor: Book Dealer Murdered Over Children's Classic

Michael Danaher allegedly killed him and stole Wind in the Willows

(Newser) - A British murder over a rare copy of The Wind in the Willows sounds like something out of Agatha Christie: Prosecutors say Michael Danaher plotted for months to kill book dealer Adrian Greenwood and steal his $64,000 first edition of Kenneth Grahame's 1908 children's classic, the Los ... More »

Woman Arrested in 2014 Slaying of FSU Law Professor

Police allege she was the connection between his ex's family and his killers

(Newser) - Police have made a third arrest in the 2014 killing of a Florida State University law professor , a woman who they say has ties both to the family of the victim's ex-wife and one of the alleged shooters, the AP reports. The Tallahassee police said Sunday that Katherine Magbanua,... More »

33-Year-Old Murder May Be Solved; Suspect Is Quadriplegic

Baby was only witness to 1983 murder of Calif. mom Marsha Carter

(Newser) - For more than 30 years, the case of Marsha Carter's murder has been a cold one, with all leads turning up empty and the Bay Area case eventually fading out of the papers. That changed last month with the arrest of a Placer County man in connection with the... More »

Arrest Made in 26-Year-Old Murders of Girl, Her Babysitter

DNA match found when suspect arrested for another crime

(Newser) - A southwest Florida man has been charged with raping and killing an 11-year-old girl and her babysitter 26 years ago, the AP reports. The Cape Coral Daily Breeze reported Wednesday that Cape Police Chief David Newlan says detectives learned last week that a recent arrestee at the Lee County Jail... More »

Police Arrest Elderly Suspect in 51-Year-Old Murder

78-year-old man suspected in murder of Elsie Frost in the UK

(Newser) - When 14-year-old Elsie Frost was found dying of multiple stab wounds in a tunnel under a West Yorkshire train overpass in October of 1965, the news of her vicious murder "caused widespread shock and revulsion" across England, reports the Telegraph . But in spite of police questioning 12,000 men,... More »

Victims, Suspects in Calif. Triple Murder Were 'Furries'

6-year-old called cops after finding slain parents

(Newser) - Two men arrested in the killings of a California couple were friends with the victims' teenage daughter and all attended "furry" events where some participants dress up in colorful animal costumes, the AP reports. Jennifer Yost, 39, and her husband, Christopher Yost, 34, were found dead in their Fullerton... More »

FBI: Murders Up 11% in 2015—but There's Context

Stats for violent crime, including rapes and robberies, still below rates from 20 years ago

(Newser) - The number of murders in the US rose 11% last year from 2014, while the number of violent crimes saw a modest increase of 4% after two years of decline, per an FBI press release . Rapes rose 6.3%, aggravated assaults increased 4.6%, and robberies rose by 1.4%... More »

Actor Murdered Neighbors to Pay for Honeymoon

Daniel Wozniak sentenced to die for grisly killings

(Newser) - When struggling actor Daniel Wozniak couldn't afford the fancy wedding and honeymoon he wanted, he decided to murder his friends and neighbors instead of going for a cheaper option. The 32-year-old former resident of Costa Mesa, Calif., was sentenced to death Friday for the 2010 killings of Samuel Herr,... More »

Twin of Man Jailed for Murder Since '03: I Did It

Illinois man 'fesses up, but prosecutor says he's lying

(Newser) - Karl Smith took the witness stand last week in Illinois and dropped a bomb on a Cook County courtroom as the twin brother he hadn't seen in years looked on: "I'm here to confess to a crime I committed that he was wrongly accused of," Smith... More »

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