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Reeva's Mom: Pistorius Never Slept With My Girl

June Steenkamp says daughter planned to leave him that night

(Newser) - Reeva Steenkamp's mother says the 29-year-old South African model "was scared to take the relationship to the next level" with Oscar Pistorius, so she never slept with the man who eventually killed her, the Sunday Times reports via the New York Daily News and the BBC . In the... More »

DNA Links Ex-Police Tech to 1984 Beach Murder

Claire Hough, 14, found dead on San Diego's Torrey Pines State Beach

(Newser) - San Diego police have named two suspects in a teen girl's cold-case murder, including a former San Diego Police Department criminologist. DNA evidence found in November 2012 led police to Ronald Clyde Tatro and Kevin Charles Brown—though as of Tuesday, both men are dead. Claire Hough, 14, was... More »

Police: Sex Offender Is a 'Serial Killer'

Darren Vann hints at murders going back 20 years, cops say

(Newser) - Police investigating the slayings of seven northwestern Indiana women whose bodies were found over the weekend say today they believe it is the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect indicates there could be more victims going back 20 years. The Lake County prosecutor's office today charged... More »

Hannah Graham Suspect Charged in Old Sex Crime

Jesse Matthew is indicted by a grand jury on 3 counts

(Newser) - Sitting in a Virginia jail, the suspect in Hannah Graham's disappearance is about to face three new counts—linked to another case dating back nine years, NBC 12 reports. Jesse Matthew, who's been charged with abduction with intent to defile in the Graham case, was indicted by a... More »

Teen Girl Killed, Burned After Turning New Leaf

Dominique Allen was abducted and strangled in Indianapolis

(Newser) - This summer, an Indianapolis teenager was abducted, strangled, and set on fire—a horrifying crime made all the more tragic by her story of a troubled girl gone good, the Indianapolis Star reports. Dominique Allen was 15 when someone apparently kidnapped her outside a neighbor's house, killed her on... More »

New Hampshire Town Sees First Homicide Ever

Fremont had gone 250 years

(Newser) - Fremont, New Hampshire, is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year, and it just acquired an unfortunate milestone: its first murder. Police found the body of a woman in her home yesterday, then discovered the man believed to have killed her in a truck nearby, dead from an apparent suicide, reports... More »

Man Admits to Killing Mom 2 Days After Leaving Prison

Steven Pratt weeps in court as he says, 'I'm guilty'

(Newser) - Steven Pratt, the man accused of beating his mother to death less than two days after being released from prison for another murder, admitted to the crime yesterday at his arraignment in New Jersey. The 45-year-old wept, and despite the judge advising him not to speak without an attorney present,... More »

Officials: Nurse Killed 38 Patients Who 'Annoyed' Her

Daniela Poggiali, 42, is described as 'cold, polished'

(Newser) - Italian police have arrested a nurse who possibly killed up to 38 patients because they or their families "annoyed" her, officials say. Daniela Poggiali, 42, was arrested Friday in connection with 11 patient deaths and had already been under suspicion of killing another in April, the New York Post... More »

Guy Gets Out of Jail, Kills Mom 2 Days Later: Police

Family had just thrown welcome-home party for Steven Pratt

(Newser) - Thirty years ago, Gwendolyn Pratt broke up a fight between her son Steven, then 15, and his next-door neighbor inside the Pratts' Atlantic City apartment. Steven Pratt later shot the neighbor to death—and almost exactly 30 years later, police say Pratt killed his mother in her Atlantic City home... More »

Iran May Spare Woman Who Killed Would-Be Rapist

Reyhaneh Jabbari accused of killing man during rape attempt

(Newser) - Iranian authorities may have decided not to execute Reyhaneh Jabbari, who has faced the gallows since 2009 after being convicted of killing a man she says tried to rape her, the LA Times reports. Authorities are working to commute the death sentence against the 26-year-old woman, an Iranian judiciary spokesman... More »

Millionaire Pleads Not Guilty in Murder of New Bride

Shrien Dewani's trial in 2010 killing starts in South Africa

(Newser) - Nearly four years after his wife was killed in an apparent carjacking during their South Africa honeymoon, Shrien Dewani today pleaded not guilty to arranging her murder. Prosecutors say the British millionaire hired hit men to kill his wife, Anni, in Cape Town in November 2010. The couple was in... More »

After Murders, Thailand Eyes Tracking Devices —for Tourists

Party curfews could be imposed

(Newser) - With the grisly murder of two British tourists making headlines worldwide, Thailand is considering a tourist-tagging system. Visitors to the country could be given bracelets with serial numbers and the contact details of their hotels "so that if they're out partying late and, for example, get drunk or... More »

Suspect: Realtor Targeted Because She Was Rich, Worked Alone

Arron Lewis pleads not guilty to kidnapping, murder of Beverly Carter

(Newser) - A little more light is perhaps being shed on the death of real estate agent Beverly Carter : A suspect in the murder, Arron Lewis, told reporters that Carter was targeted because "she was a woman that worked alone—a rich broker," Fox News reports. But he's not... More »

Missing Realtor's Body Found in Shallow Grave

Kidnapping suspect in Beverly Carter case now charged with murder

(Newser) - Authorities have recovered the body of Beverly Carter, the Arkansas real estate agent who disappeared after showing a home Thursday . THV11 reports her body was found in a shallow grave on a property in Pulaski County; the AP describes the location as that of the Argos concrete company. Officials headed... More »

Okla. Woman Beheaded by Co-Worker: Cops

Motive for attack is unclear

(Newser) - Police say a woman who was killed by a co-worker at a food distribution center in suburban Oklahoma City yesterday was beheaded. Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the woman, who has not been identified, was beheaded by a man who attacked her and another woman at Vaughan Foods in... More »

Teen's Beau Admits Murder of Mom Found in Suitcase

Daughter says she helped stuff mom's body, police say

(Newser) - Police say suspect Tommy Schaefer has admitted to murdering his girlfriend's mom, a month after her body was found stuffed in a bloody suitcase in Bali. Schaefer, who was arrested along with the victim's daughter, Heather Mack, confessed to killing Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, because "he was... More »

Man Nabbed in Halliburton Relative's Murder

Dayont'e Omar Resiles charged with first-degree murder

(Newser) - Authorities have arrested a man in the case of a Halliburton relative found murdered in a bathtub . Police say Dayont'e Omar Resiles broke into Jill Halliburton Su's Florida mansion in a gated community Monday and killed her around 11:30am, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. "It... More »

Thailand Stumped as DNA Clears 12 in Tourist Slayings

Cops 'really don't know where to look now'

(Newser) - DNA tests have thrown Thai authorities a goose egg in their quest to solve the savage murders of two British tourists. Semen from two different men was found on the body of 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, reports the BBC , but analysis revealed that while both sets matched DNA pulled from a... More »

Thai PM: Tourists in Bikinis Aren't Safe—Unless They're Ugly

Or, what not to say after 2 tourists are brutally murdered in your country

(Newser) - Faced with the savage murder of two young British tourists on one of his country's most popular beaches, Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha elected to address the topic of tourist safety. Unfortunately, he wasn't entirely reassuring, reports the Independent : "There are always problems with tourist safety. They think... More »

2 Tourists Found Dead on Thai Beach

'Gruesome' attack likely carried out with hoe: officials

(Newser) - In what police call a "very gruesome" case, a pair of British tourists have been found dead today on an island in Thailand, apparently beaten with a nearby hoe that was covered in blood, the AP reports. A 24-year-old man and 23-year-old woman were discovered, mostly naked, on a... More »

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