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Mom Pretended Her Girl Was Ill, Until the Girl Had Enough

BuzzFeed explores a tangled murder case

(Newser) - The murder made national headlines last year because of the bizarre circumstances: A young Missouri woman and her boyfriend were charged with killing her mother—after the mother had forced the daughter to grow up pretending to be sickly and disabled. Now Michelle Dean at BuzzFeed takes a long look... More »

Longtime Fugitive May Be Hiding by Dressing as Woman

John Gentry Jr. is wanted in a 1983 double murder in Michigan

(Newser) - A suspected murderer Michigan authorities have been hunting for more than 30 years may be living in California disguised as a woman, the Los Angeles Times reports. John Gentry Jr. was 30 years old in 1983 when he was released from a Michigan prison after serving time for nearly killing... More »

Man Charged in Murder of Mississippi Nuns

Rodney Sanders faces 2 counts of capital murder

(Newser) - Authorities say they have charged a 46-year-old man in connection with the murder of two nuns who were found dead in their home in Mississippi on Thursday. Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said in a statement Friday night that Rodney Earl Sanders of Kosciusko has been charged... More »

Little Girl's Gruesome Slaying Rocks Albuquerque

Victoria Martens was killed on her 10th birthday

(Newser) - It was in early morning darkness that officers scrambled to sort out the chaos at an Albuquerque apartment complex where a couple had reportedly been attacked, the woman bleeding from a head injury and the man with a black eye and wearing blood-stained shorts. The woman told officers her 10-year-old... More »

Couple Arrested for Murder of Half-Sister

Cops found them in Colorado motel

(Newser) - Days after the body of a woman was found in the Los Angeles area, a couple suspected of killing her and kidnapping her three children have been arrested in Colorado. Joshua Aaron Robertson, 27, and Brittany Humphrey, 22, were arrested Thursday without incident in Pueblo, about 40 miles south of... More »

Bolivian Official Tries to Mediate Talks, Ends Up Dead

Rodolfo Illanes was kidnapped, beaten to death

(Newser) - Striking miners in Bolivia kidnapped and beat to death the country's deputy interior minister after he traveled to the area to mediate in the bitter conflict over mining laws, officials say. Government Minister Carlos Romero called it a "cowardly and brutal killing" and asked that the body of... More »

2 Nuns Found Slain in Rural Mississippi Home

There were signs of a break-in, and their vehicle is missing

(Newser) - Two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi were found slain in their home, officials said Thursday. There were signs of a break-in, and their vehicle was missing. It was too early to say how the nuns died, but it doesn't appear that they... More »

Chicago Leads US in Murders, Lacks Detectives to Solve Them

The city has a murder clearance rate of 46%, one of the lowest in the US

(Newser) - The situation in Chicago looks dire. According to a Reuters report, the murder rate in America's third-largest city is skyrocketing while the number of detectives tasked with solving those homicides is dropping. Chicago is on pace to have more homicides this year than in any year since 1997. In... More »

Accused Face Biter's Organs Malfunctioning, Says Dad

Austin Harrouff may have ingested chemicals from alleged victims' garage

(Newser) - The father of a college student accused of randomly killing a couple and biting the dead husband's face says his son's organs are malfunctioning, the AP reports. Dr. Wade Harrouff told the Palm Beach Post that his 19-year-old son, Austin Harrouff, who is in critical but stable condition,... More »

With Mom Dead, Her 3 Kids Missing, Cops Hunt Aunt

Male companion also sought by police

(Newser) - Kimberly Harvill was found dead on the side of a California road on Aug. 14, and her three young children are missing. Los Angeles County authorities are now searching for two people suspected of kidnapping them, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the LA County Sheriff's Department, Joshua... More »

Wife Sentenced for Murder of Olympic Bronze Medalist

Jane Laut handed 2 consecutive 25-year-to-life terms

(Newser) - The wife of a 1984 Olympic medalist was sentenced to a potential life sentence on Tuesday for shooting him in what she claimed was self-defense following years of abuse. Jane Laut, 59, was given two mandatory, consecutive prison terms of 25 years to life for first-degree murder and using a... More »

Man Robbed, Murdered After Date With Woman He Met Online

Adam Hilarie, who has a 5-year-old daughter, thought the date was going well

(Newser) - A 27-year-old Florida father was robbed and murdered Friday after going on a date with a woman he met online, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Adam Hilarie met 18-year-old Hailey Bustos on the dating website Plenty of Fish and went out with her Thursday. They ended up going back to his... More »

Suspect in Brutal Murders of 5 Offers Explanation

Derrick Dearman spoke to reporters briefly on Monday

(Newser) - Derrick Dearman has offered up not a motive but an explanation for why he says he murdered five people , one of whom was five months pregnant: the drugs. While entering the Mobile County Metro Jail on Monday the 27-year-old spoke briefly to reporters, telling one he didn't kill estranged... More »

5 Murdered After Trying to Protect Woman From Her Ex

Citronelle, Alabama, rocked by mass murder

(Newser) - Laneta Lester had been trying to end her relationship with 27-year-old Derrick Dearman, who allegedly abused her. And so she headed to Citronelle, Alabama, in hopes of finding shelter at a relative's house. The home's inhabitants gave it to her, but Dearman allegedly wrested it away in a... More »

Infant Is Lone Survivor in Grisly Murder of 4, Pregnant Woman

Ala. police say gruesome scene will take them days to sort out

(Newser) - A four-month-old child is the only survivor of a murder scene that Alabama officials are saying is the worst they've encountered, and one that will take days to untangle, reports Al.com . Five people, including a woman reportedly five months' pregnant, were found murdered in rural Citronelle on Saturday... More »

Cops: Longtime Penn State Prof Murdered by Friends

Ronald Bettig was found at the bottom of a quarry

(Newser) - A longtime Penn State professor was allegedly murdered by his friends in an attempt to profit off his death, the Centre Daily Times reports. The body of 56-year-old associate professor of media studies Ronald Bettig was found Wednesday in a Pennsylvania quarry—two days after George Ishler reported him missing.... More »

Cops: Son, 23, Drowns Own Mom in Backyard Pool

They fought over his medication: prosecutor

(Newser) - In what authorities describe as a "chilling" case, New York police say a 23-year-old put his mother in a headlock and drowned her in the family's pool on Long Island on Wednesday. Assistant DA Robert Biancavilla says 63-year-old Elizabeth Cullen initially argued with her son, Denis Cullen, in... More »

Teens' Bodies Were Left Posed Behind Publix

Including one left in a 'sexually explicit fashion'

(Newser) - One of two victims found dead behind a Publix grocery store in Georgia earlier this month was naked, her body placed in a "sexually explicit fashion," according to an autopsy. Natalie Henderson's body also revealed she had been shot in the head at close range, reports the... More »

Fla. Face-Eating Suspect: 'I've Got a Psycho Side'

Austin Harrouff now in stable condition: police

(Newser) - "It's like he just—changed." That's how Austin Harrouff's mom described her son's behavior to a 911 operator Monday after the 19-year-old fled a Florida restaurant following an argument with his father, reports the Miami Herald . Mina Harrouff said her son had been acting... More »

Good Samaritan Helps Teens Pull SUV From Ditch, Is Shot Dead

It happened in North Charleston, SC

(Newser) - Two South Carolina teenagers are charged with murder in the shooting death of a Good Samaritan who helped them pull an SUV out of a ditch, the AP reports. North Charleston Police spokesperson Spencer Pryor told local news outlets the victim stopped to help the teens pull the vehicle out... More »

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