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Suspect in SF Pier Shooting Gives Jailhouse Interview

Francisco Sanchez says search for work kept bringing him back to the US

(Newser) - If murder suspect Francisco Sanchez had a lawyer, he probably would have been advised not to speak to ABC7 —and not to confess to shooting Kate Steinle, 32, with a gun he found on a bench while high on sleeping pills he found in the trash. In the jailhouse... More »

Suspect in SF Woman's Murder Deported 5 Times

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was almost kicked out a sixth time

(Newser) - The man accused of murdering a woman in San Francisco this week is an undocumented immigrant who's been deported five times—and nearly got kicked out again earlier this year, CNN reports. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, 45, is in jail and faces a murder charge for the shooting death of... More »

Behind Missing Woman's Closet, a Gruesome Scene

Human remains found hidden behind a closet wall in California

(Newser) - For years, renters complained about a yucky odor in the former apartment of a woman who disappeared in 2009. Now, authorities have found the source of the smell and the focus of what is likely to be a murder investigation: a body hidden in a wall of the apartment in... More »

New Test Figures Out Exact Time of Death

It can determine a person's time of death up to 10 days later

(Newser) - Current forensic tests use a person's core body temperature to determine their time of death, but it only works within roughly three days of death. Now researchers at the University of Salzburg in Austria say they've devised a new method that can figure out the exact time of... More »

First, a Random Killing; Then News Crews Robbed on Air

It happened at a popular San Francisco pier

(Newser) - A young woman was shot to death, apparently at random, while walking with her father and a friend along a popular pedestrian pier on the San Francisco waterfront. When reporting on it, two TV news crews were robbed—just as one report was going live. It all began when a... More »

Ghost Hunters Run Into a Murder at Haunted Hospital

2 men arrested after missing woman's body found in Mississippi

(Newser) - Ghost hunters hoping to explore Mississippi's abandoned Kuhn Memorial State Hospital, considered one of the most haunted sites in the state, instead happened upon a real-life crime scene. Vicksburg Police say the group found the body of missing woman Sharon Wilson, 69, outside of the hospital on Sunday, alongside... More »

In Ohio's Rundown Ex-Capital, Fears of a Serial Killer

4 women found dead near Chillicothe's waterways over year

(Newser) - Chillicothe was the capital of Ohio some 200 years ago. Things have gone downhill from there. But amid poverty and heroin woes, the city of 21,000 has "turned for the worst," Jessica Sayre tells the Washington Post . Her 26-year-old sister, Tiffany, a sex worker battling a drug... More »

Remains of Boy Last Seen in 2004 Found in Mom's Trunk

Virginia's Tonya Slaton, 44, charged with concealing dead body

(Newser) - The case of a vanished teenager appears to have gotten more confusing with the discovery of his body, rather than less so. Quincy Jamar Davis was last seen in 2004 when he was just 14, living with his mother in Virginia Beach. On June 6, however, a Virginia State Police... More »

Lawmaker Advises 'Every White Person' on Charleston

Democrat Mike Johnston leaves note on church door

(Newser) - A state senator in Colorado has responded to the Charleston church killings and says "every white person should do the same." On a sleepless night, Democrat Mike Johnston wrote a letter, drove to the nearby Shorter Community African Methodist Episcopal Church, and taped his note to the door:... More »

Those Who Believe in Pure Evil Tend to Support This

And the issue becomes more black-and-white

(Newser) - As Nebraska becomes the 19th state to abolish capital punishment, researchers out of Kansas State University have been investigating just what makes some Americans more fervently in favor of the death penalty than others. One clear factor, they report in the journal Personality and Individual Differences , is whether someone believes... More »

'Fake Disability' Daughter Linked to Mom's Murder

Clauddinnea "Dee Dee" Blancharde was killed last week

(Newser) - The stabbing death of a Missouri mom is looking like a sordid tale right out of the Louisiana bayous. Police arrested Gypsy Blancharde, 23, and her boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn, 26, on Monday for the first-degree murder of Gypsy's mom, 48-year-old Clauddinnea "Dee Dee" Blancharde—who was slain in... More »

Guy Awaits Trial for—Get This— 7 Years at Rikers

Carlos Montero says he's 'depressed' and maintains his innocence

(Newser) - Carlos Montero has spent nearly seven years behind bars on Rikers Island without being found guilty of a crime. The Manhattan man, who says he's "depressed" and "wants to go home," is still awaiting trial in the killing of one man and the slashing of another... More »

Teen Arrested After 4 Found Dead in Ohio Home

Boy, 16, charged with murder, kidnapping

(Newser) - Police investigating the fatal shootings of four people at an Ohio home say they've arrested a teenager on murder and kidnapping charges. Columbus police, who have not provided a motive for the slayings, say the suspect is a 16-year-old boy. Authorities responded to a report Saturday of a female... More »

Road-Rage Guy Gets 27 to 50 Years

Martin Zale, 69, settled dispute with 9mm handgun

(Newser) - A Michigan man who shot another driver in the face during a road-rage confrontation got 27 to 50 years in prison yesterday—and won't be eligible for parole until he's 96, USA Today reports. Martin Zale, 69, shot and killed 43-year-old Derek Flemming, a father of two, when... More »

Murder Charge for Mom of Boy Found in Septic Tank

Ashley White accused of accidentally killing her son

(Newser) - The Virginia woman whose son was found in a septic tank in March was charged with felony murder this week in the boy's death. That adds to the charges Ashley White, 31, faces: She was previously charged with child abuse and neglect for the circumstances leading to the death... More »

Rape Case DNA Links Ex-Cop to 1986 Murder

There could be several more victims, Spokane police say

(Newser) - DNA that an ex-cop submitted in a rape investigation has linked him to one unsolved murder and possibly several others, police in Spokane, Wash., say. Richard Aguirre, who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman last November, was at a hearing in that case this week when officers arrived to... More »

Teen Killer in Pamela Smart Case Goes Free

Billy Flynn killed his teacher's husband after she seduced him

(Newser) - Two teenagers who held a knife to Gregg Smart's neck and shot him in the head in 1990 have become free middle-aged men after serving a quarter-century in prison. William Flynn was the triggerman and Smart's lover. He was 16 and known as "Billy" when he and... More »

Scientists Find Evidence of 'History's First Murder'

Victim was bashed in head, chucked down cave shaft

(Newser) - An examination of ancient remains from a cave in Spain turned into an episode of CSI: Middle Pleistocene when scientists found evidence of what they say is the first known murder. The skull found in the "Pit of Bones" site belongs to a young adult who lived around 430,... More »

Cops: DC Suspect Had Help in Mansion Murders

So far, Daron Wint is the only person charged

(Newser) - Daron Wint remains the only person charged in the murders of four people in a DC mansion, but authorities say he didn't act alone. Without going into great detail, the police affidavit asserts that the killings “required the presence and assistance of more than one person," reports... More »

DC Murder Suspect Charged

Daron Wint, 4 others arrested in northeast DC

(Newser) - Daron Dylon Wint, the chief suspect in a Washington, DC, quadruple murder, has been taken into custody along with several possible accomplices, police say; CNN reports that Wint was today charged with first-degree murder while armed and is expected in court this afternoon. Police had been seeking the 34-year-old in... More »

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