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Why This 'Golden Child' Tried to Have Her Parents Killed

Jennifer Pan serving 2 life sentences for mom's murder, dad's attempted murder

(Newser) - In January, Jennifer Pan learned she would be in prison until 2035 before she gets a shot at parole: The Toronto Star reported the 28-year-old Canadian was handed two life sentences for the murder of her mother and attempted murder of her father. Six months later, a 5,200-word Toronto ... More »

Police Report, Video of Sam DuBose's Death Don't Sync

Officer Ray Tensing's body cam suggests he wasn't dragged

(Newser) - Video has been released from the body camera of University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, and it doesn't square with the official police report. The officer, 25, allegedly pulled over unarmed 43-year-old Sam DuBose for a missing license plate on July 19, and after spending less than two... More »

The Country's Youngest Murderer Will Soon Be Free

Curtis Fairchild Jones pleaded guilty to murder in 1999—at the age of 12

(Newser) - If Curtis Fairchild Jones walks out of South Bay Correctional Facility as scheduled Tuesday, it'll mark the end of a 16-year chapter for a man who, as a boy, became America's youngest murderer. On Jan. 6, 1999 , Curtis, 12, and his 13-year-old sister Catherine shot and killed their... More »

Cops Believe Teen Brothers Killed 5 Family Members

2-year-old sibling was the only one unharmed

(Newser) - The people of Broken Arrow, Okla.—including seasoned investigators—are having trouble dealing with the horror that unfolded in a home in the Tulsa suburb late Wednesday night. Police say two teenagers arrested after five people were found dead in a home are brothers who are suspected of killing... More »

2 Teens Arrested After Their Family Is Found Dead

Cops say the incident in Oklahoma is 'almost unprecedented'

(Newser) - Police are calling a quintuple murder in the Oklahoma city of Broken Arrow "almost unprecedented." Authorities received a 911 call described as a hang-up around 11:30pm last night and responded to a home in the Tulsa suburb to find five people, including juveniles, stabbed to death, reports... More »

Quintuple Murder Suspect May Have Killed Last Year

Cops believe Martin Martinez killed 2-year-old in October

(Newser) - Modesto, Calif., is in mourning and a 30-year-old man is in custody after one of the most horrific murders in the city's history. Police found the bodies of two women and three girls—a 6-month-old, a 5-year-old, and a 6-year-old—in a house on Saturday afternoon and arrested Martin... More »

Cops: Woman Kidnapped, Killed by Husband's Mistress

Suspect shot Sandra Barnett, 49, then herself: police

(Newser) - Two women are dead after a dramatic chase that took police from Georgia to Alabama, where a standoff ensued yesterday. Police say Sandra Barnett, 49, was kidnapped from her home in Ellenwood, Ga., on Wednesday and whisked away in a black Dodge Durango, driven by her husband’s mistress. Neighbors... More »

Cops: NJ Man Killed 7 in 'Horrific' Spree Over 7 Weeks

Shootings occurred in New Jersey, Pennsylvania over 7 weeks

(Newser) - A man killed seven people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania over a seven-week period during shooting rampages in which at least some victims may have been targeted at random, authorities say. The killings began in Elizabeth, NJ, on May 18 and ended 70 miles away in Pennsylvania on Sunday, when... More »

Cops: This 12-Year-Old Is a Killer

Omaha boy became fugitive after gang shooting

(Newser) - Jarrell Milton, a fugitive wanted on murder charges after a gang and drug-related shooting in Omaha, Neb., was arrested last night, marking the latest development in a case that might not have been widely reported if not for the fact that Jarrell Milton is 12 years old. Officials say the... More »

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 »

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