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Fire Captain Nabbed in 3 Cold-Case Murders

David Watson faces charges in deaths of ex-wife, mother-in-law

(Newser) - David Watson was battling his ex-wife, Linda, for custody of their daughter when the woman vanished from her Tucson home on Aug. 20, 2000. In 2003, Watson was locked in another custody battle over the same girl with his former mother-in-law, Marilyn Cox, when she was gunned down after a... More »

Woman Who Went Missing After Halloween Party Found Dead

Chelsea Bruck's body found in Michigan field

(Newser) - The body of Chelsea Bruck, the 22-year-old Michigan woman last seen at a Halloween party last year, has been found in a field in Monroe County. Bruck's mom had been tirelessly searching for her daughter for six months , and last month, police got a tip. Bruck's homemade Halloween... More »

Farmer's Body Found in Manure Pile, Wife Charged

Search party made grim find after son reported Douglas Mess missing

(Newser) - A murder and a mess at the Mess farm: The wife of Douglas Mess was charged with murder after his body was found in a manure pile at his farm in western New York state Monday night. A police source tells the Buffalo News that Charlene Mess is believed to... More »

Pair Guilty of Killing Mom, Stuffing Her in Suitcase

Bali convicts Chicago couple of battering woman's mom to death on vacation

(Newser) - An Indonesian court found an American couple guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced them to prison today in the death of the woman's mother on the resort island of Bali. The Denpasar District Court sentenced Tommy Schaefer to 18 years in prison and Heather Mack to 10 years for... More »

Cops: Fake Social Worker Killed Mom, Took Newborn

Baby found safe; suspect traced to hospital

(Newser) - The only known witness is just weeks old, and the only suspect is in a Texas hospital being treated for depression, but police know something horrible happened to a young mother in Gary, Ind. Police believe a woman claiming to be from the Department of Child Services lured 23-year-old Samantha... More »

Jodi Arias Has a New Mugshot

She begins life sentence for murder

(Newser) - Jodi Arias has reported to prison in Arizona to begin serving her life sentence for murder, and she has a new mugshot. The image shows a stone-faced Arias dressed in an orange prison uniform. It's a sharp contrast from her original booking photo (see it here midway down the... More »

Cops: Man Killed Toddler Who Peed on Him

18-month-old beaten to death during diaper change

(Newser) - A Cicero, Ill., man allegedly murdered an 18-month-old boy in his care just because he couldn't handle the common hazard of diaper-changing, officials say. Police say Martin Alvarado Jr., 23, flew into a rage and beat Edwin Eli O'Reilly, his girlfriend's son, to death after the toddler... More »

Convicted of Killing Wife, Guy Kills Himself in Court

Mark Faville, 72, died moments after verdict was read

(Newser) - A Virginia man died Friday moments after he was convicted of his wife's murder, apparently by killing himself in the courthouse, the Roanoke Times reports. Found guilty of voluntary manslaughter—which carries a sentence of one to ten years—72-year-old Mark Faville was taken to a holding room. The... More »

Mom Who Killed Son With Salt Gets 20 Years to Life

Lacey Spears sentenced in 2014 death of 5-year-old Garnett

(Newser) - Lacey Spears , the mom convicted in March of poisoning her 5-year-old son to death with salt, received 20 years to life in prison at her sentencing today, the Westchester Journal News reports. Acting state Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary said he didn't give her the maximum 25 years... More »

El Salvador's Murderous Run Is Like a 'Low-Intensity War'

Bloodiest month in a decade saw 16 murders a day

(Newser) - El Salvador has just closed its deadliest month in a decade. The National Civil Police reported that 481 people were murdered last month for an average of 16 homicides per day in the country, which is approximately the size of Massachusetts, the Guardian reports. Though a truce between renowned gangs... More »

NJ Man, 100, Could Be Oldest US Murderer

Prosecutor says he killed sleeping wife, then himself

(Newser) - A century-old New Jersey man ended his long life in a horrific fashion on Sunday, killing his sleeping wife with an ax before taking his own life, according to a prosecutor in Bergen County, NJ. The bodies of Elmwood Park residents Michael Juskin and his wife Rosalia, 88, were found... More »

Mom Accused of Smothering Her Son in NYC Restaurant

Latisha Fisher, 35, 'blamed the devil'

(Newser) - Latisha Fisher said she was only putting her baby to sleep, but shortly afterward the little boy was dead. Charges are pending against Latisha Fisher, 35, who allegedly took 20-month-old Gavriel Ortiz into a fast-food restaurant bathroom today, locked the door, and smothered him to death, the Daily News reports.... More »

Teen Kills Brother, 6, Then Himself During Dinner: Cops

Older brother injured in what Florida cops say was prompted by fight over food

(Newser) - An evening meal among three brothers ended in tragedy yesterday evening in Hudson, Fla. A 13-year-old boy shot and killed his 6-year-old brother, cops say, then wounded his 16-year-old brother before killing himself, the AP reports. The boys' mother was at work and an 18-year-old brother wasn't around. What... More »

Celeb Chef's Killing: Human Remains in Suspect's Woodstove

No positive ID on remains as belonging to Cristie Schoen Codd, husband

(Newser) - North Carolina officials investigating the murders of former Food Network Star contestant Cristie Schoen Codd , her husband Joseph Codd, and the unborn child she carried made a grisly find in the case, reports CNN . Upon searching the home of suspect Robert Jason Owens, 36, police found human remains and "... More »

Judge: Durst Dumped a Cat's Head at My Door

She thinks he held grudge over parole hearing

(Newser) - Eccentric heir Robert Durst is behind bars, and the judge who oversaw his 2003 murder trial says she hopes he stays there. Texas Judge Susan Criss tells the New York Daily News that she believes Durst, holding a grudge after she testified against him at a parole hearing, was the... More »

Pregnant Food Network Star, Husband Murdered

Cristie Schoen Codd, husband Joseph disappear

(Newser) - A pregnant Food Network star and her husband have disappeared, and a man has been charged with their murders. Cristie Schoen Codd, 38, and Joseph Codd, 45, were reported missing by family members Sunday, according to the Hollywood Reporter ; deputies found their pets and their vehicles still at their North... More »

Cops: Youths Murdered Man for Spilling Coffee

Passers-by ignored Stamford murder, police say

(Newser) - A man who moved to the US from Guatemala for a better life 20 years ago was murdered in Stamford, Conn., last week in a shocking, unprovoked attack. Police say warehouse manager Antonio Muralles, 52, was killed after he walked out of a McDonald's last Wednesday evening and bumped... More »

Durst Eyed in Cases of 2 Missing Teens

Heir's extradition to California delayed

(Newser) - "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course," Robert Durst said in the finale of The Jinx , and cold-case investigators are now starting to wonder how many "them all" might mean. Police in Eureka, Calif., tell NBC that they'd like to speak to... More »

How 2 Letters Led to Durst's Murder Charge

Official describes key evidence as the letters, not alleged confession

(Newser) - A law enforcement official is speaking out about the evidence Robert Durst was presented with before he allegedly confessed to murder while wearing a mic. The unnamed official tells the AP that Durst was handed two letters during the final episode of the HBO series The Jinx: One he had... More »

In Jinx Finale, Heir Says He 'Killed Them All'

Bathroom 'confession' aired a day after Durst arrest

(Newser) - High drama on HBO last night: In the final moments of the documentary series The Jinx, New York real estate heir Robert Durst appears to confess to three murders. After documentary makers presented him with a letter linking him to the 2000 murder of his friend Susan Berman, Durst went... More »

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