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Police: Man Killed His Own Son During Custody Battle

13-year-old Dylan Redwine went missing in 2012

(Newser) - Nearly five years after the disappearance of 13-year-old Dylan Redwine in Colorado stirred national concern, the police have arrested his father for his murder. Mark Redwine was charged on Saturday with second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death, CBS News reports. Dylan disappeared in 2012 while visiting his father... More »

Sole Surviving Child Describes Mother's Alleged Rampage

Diana Romero says her mother told her she was going to see Jesus

(Newser) - Everyone was asleep when Isabel Martinez began stabbing her children and then fatally stabbed her husband as he tried to seek help, her daughter told a child welfare caseworker, the AP reports. Diana Romero, 9, said her mother told her she loved her and asked for forgiveness before cutting her.... More »

Michigan Woman Guilty of Murder Witnessed by Parrot

Glenna Duram will be sentenced next month

(Newser) - A jury has convicted a western Michigan woman of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband in a crime apparently witnessed by the man's pet parrot. The Newaygo County jury deliberated about eight hours before finding 49-year-old Glenna Duram guilty Wednesday of killing 46-year-old Martin Duram, reports... More »

Remains Found Under John Wayne Gacy's Home Identified

James Byron Haakenson went missing in 1976

(Newser) - A Minnesota runaway has been identified as one of the victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, an Illinois sheriff's office announced in a Wednesday news release. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says that the remains of a person whose body was found under the crawl space of Gacy'... More »

Suit: Nephew Killed His Mom, Granddad to Inherit Riches

Linda Carman's sisters don't want Nathan Carman to get his grandfather's millions

(Newser) - The family of a man suspected in the slaying of his millionaire grandfather filed a lawsuit in New Hampshire on Monday accusing him of killing his grandfather and possibly his mother, who was lost at sea during a mother-son fishing trip, in a bid to collect a multimillion-dollar inheritance. Nathan... More »

Inside Criminal Histories of Alleged Pennsylvania Killers

Cosmo DiNardo, Sean Kratz charged with killing 4 missing men

(Newser) - The cousins started small—break-ins, jewelry heists, traffic violations—but on Friday they were charged in a grisly crime spree that ended with police unearthing the bodies of four young men from two pits buried deep on a sprawling family-owned farm in Pennsylvania. The AP reports it's still not... More »

Wife's Murder-for-Money Plot Backfires After Major Oversight

Uloma Curry-Walker wasn't the beneficiary on husband's life insurance policy

(Newser) - An Ohio woman who'd been married for just four months before her husband died was found guilty of his murder Friday, and she could get life in prison without parole for her crime, the AP reports. Uloma Curry-Walker, 45, was convicted of aggravated murder, conspiracy, and other charges surrounding... More »

They Moved Here to Escape the Gangs. The Gangs Followed

'NYT' documents MS-13 problem in some of Long Island's suburbs

(Newser) - They were four young men, three living on Long Island and one visiting, and they all met tragic deaths at the hands of the MS-13 gang, the island's latest scourge over the past year and a half. In the New York Times , Liz Robbins and Nadia T. Rodriguez dive... More »

Cousins Charged With Pennsylvania Murders

Cosmo DiNardo says 4 missing men were killed during drug deals

(Newser) - Cosmo DiNardo and his cousin, Sean Kratz, were charged Friday with multiple counts of homicide, abuse of a corpse, and conspiracy in connection with the deaths of the men who disappeared earlier this month in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. According to NBC News , the district attorney says "we... More »

After Shock Turn in Case of Missing Men, Hint of Motive

Thus far, additional details have come from unnamed sources

(Newser) - After Thursday's shocking turn in the case of four missing Pennsylvania men—a confession—come more details from what Cosmo DiNardo allegedly admitted to doing. The admission came in exchange for prosecutors taking the death penalty off the table, and DiNardo's lawyers did not provide motive or much... More »

'Black Widow' Makes Stunning Claim in Murder Trial

'I killed my husband,' Chisako Kakehi tells court

(Newser) - When Chisako Kakehi took the stand during her murder trial Monday, she vowed to remain silent. But that's not what happened. In what the New York Times calls a "cinematic turn," the so-called black widow of Japan admitted to killing her fourth husband, one of at least... More »

Woman, 19, Gets 30 Years in Prison After Stillbirth

Prosecutors in El Salvador argued she blew off prenatal care

(Newser) - In what the Guardian is calling "the latest in a long line of failures of justice against pregnant women" in El Salvador, a 19-year-old was on Wednesday sentenced to 30 years in prison after a stillbirth. Per Al Jazeera , Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz was convicted of "aggravated homicide,... More »

Cops: Mom Killed Her 4 Kids, Their Dad, Then Called 911

One little girl survived the attack, but has serious injuries

(Newser) - Four young children and their father were found slain in a home outside Atlanta early Thursday, and police say the mother—now charged with their deaths—was the one who called 911 to report the killings. The five were apparently stabbed to death. A fifth child, a girl, survived and... More »

Charge: Watchman Murdered Grandpa Playing Pokemon Go

Security guard says it was self-defense; prosecutors disagree

(Newser) - A 22-year-old security guard has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Virginia grandfather whose family says he was playing Pokemon Go in an effort to connect with his grandchildren. WTKR reports Johnathan Cromwell was working as a security guard for a Chesapeake neighborhood last January... More »

Cops: Seattle Man Killed Wife During Uber Ride

The driver thought he would be next

(Newser) - A Coast Guardsman murdered his wife during an Uber ride early Sunday and told the terrified driver to keep going, police in Seattle say. Police say Jennifer Espitia was in the front passenger seat when she was shot in the head by husband Cameron Espitia during an argument, KOMO News... More »

Cops: Girl, 13, Kidnapped, Killed in Stolen Drugs Dispute

Kidnappers used her phone to call family

(Newser) - A 13-year-old Texas girl was kidnapped and murdered as payback after a relative's boyfriend stole a large quantity of drugs from two men, police say. Shavon Randle was found dead in a Dallas home early Sunday, as was 19-year-old Michael Titus, who had been named as a person of... More »

My Dentist Was Arrested for Murder. Then Things Got Weird

Inside the trial of Dr. Gilberto Nunez

(Newser) - When James Lasdun needed immediate care for a broken tooth in April 2016, he found himself in the office of his dentist, a man he had assumed he'd have to give up seeing—due to the doctor's arrest for murder six months earlier. After the tooth was tended... More »

Inmate Serving Life Made Twisted Attempt to Get Death

Denver Simmons offers up a motive in AP interview

(Newser) - One by one, Denver Simmons recalled, he and his partner lured inmates into his cell. William Scruggs was promised cookies; Jimmy Ham thought he was coming to snort some crushed pills. Over the course of about a half-hour, four men accepted Simmons' hospitality. None of them made it out alive.... More »

Justice for 'Baby Doe': Mom's Boyfriend Guilty

A computer-generated image of Bella Bond was shared by millions

(Newser) - A man was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on the shores of a Boston Harbor island, per the AP . Michael McCarthy was charged in the 2015 killing of Bella Bond, his girlfriend'... More »

His Brother Was the Murderer, but He's the One Doing Life

David Maldonado was 17 when the crime occurred; Sammy was 18

(Newser) - They were brothers bound by a crime—and ultimately separated by the Supreme Court. The BBC has the story of Sammy and David Maldonado, who on the evening of Aug. 13, 1980, met some teens at Devil's Pool in Pennsylvania. Sammy and David eventually decided to make off with... More »

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