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3 Die in 'Random' LA Shootings; Suspect Held

Police warn locals to 'get away'

(Newser) - Shootings early yesterday left three dead in attacks that the Los Angeles Times calls "seemingly random." Four were wounded in the San Fernando Valley shootings in the Los Angeles area. Police have detained a suspect; as to witness reports that multiple attackers were involved, "I can't... More »

World's 'Greatest' Mass Murderess Bathed in Blood

Countess Elizabeth Bathory died 400 years ago

(Newser) - Talk about a grim anniversary: Countess Elizabeth Bathory of the Kingdom of Hungary died 400 years ago, ending the world's "most prolific" recorded killing spree by a woman, CNN reports. Bathory reportedly tortured and killed up to 650 girls and bathed in their blood because she believed it... More »

24 Years Later, Science Overturns Arson Conviction

Han Tak Lee imprisoned for allegedly murdering daughter

(Newser) - In 1990, Han Tak Lee was convicted of murdering his daughter. Now, almost a quarter-century later, a judge says the 79-year-old's conviction rested on a scientific inaccuracy—and the former New York businessman is finally out of prison, the AP reports. According to a review of his case finished... More »

Young Couple Arrested After Mother Found in Suitcase

Heather Mack suspected in mother's death

(Newser) - It's no secret that Heather Mack, the 19-year-old daughter of the late jazz composer James Mack, didn't get along with her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack. And now that her mother's body has been found in a bloodied suitcase in Bali, Mack has been arrested along with her... More »

Jenise's Dad Looked Out for Teen Held in Her Murder

17-year-old will be tried as an adult for rape and murder

(Newser) - Not long after the body of 6-year-old Jenise Wright was found in a 4-foot bog near her family's mobile home in Bremerton, Wash., DNA evidence on her clothing led investigators to 17-year-old family friend Gabriel Zebediah Gaeta. Jenise's father, James Wright, tells NBC News he'd mentored Gabriel:... More »

Cops Bust Husband in Philly Jogger's Strangling

Christopher Murray confesses, police say, citing 'rage incident'

(Newser) - After a jogger's body was found in a Philadelphia park, police told runners to be on their guard—but it seems the murder wasn't an arbitrary killing. Instead, police say Christopher Murray, husband of jogger Constance Murray, killed his wife in an argument, the AP reports. Murray confessed... More »

Married Cops Busted in Shooting of Daughter's Beau

Ohio couple had kicked her out of their house a week earlier

(Newser) - Married police officers in Tulsa, Okla., are in jail after the husband allegedly shot and killed their daughter's boyfriend. Shannon Kepler turned himself in not long after the shooting and was arrested on charges of first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill, while his wife, Gina Kepler, was... More »

JK Rowling Reaches Out to Survivor of Family Shooting

Texas teen Cassidy Stay quoted Dumbledore at her family's memorial service

(Newser) - Cassidy Stay, the Texas teen who made headlines in July when she became the sole survivor of a family massacre that left her parents and four younger siblings dead, quoted a Harry Potter novel at her family's memorial service: "In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Dumbledore says, 'Happiness... More »

Cops Arrest Mom of Toddler Found Dead in Hotel Room

Jessica Smith found hiding out in woods

(Newser) - The mother whose dead 2-year-old daughter and badly injured 13-year-old daughter were found in an Oregon hotel room last week was tracked down hours after police issued a warrant for her arrest. Jessica Smith, 40, was taken into custody on an aggravated murder charge yesterday after a Coast Guard helicopter... More »

Detroit Boy, 8, Shot, Killed in His Bed

Bullet went through outside wall: police

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy who was lying in bed died after a bullet fired from outside went through a home's wall and hit him, Detroit police said. The child was struck about 1:15am today at his east side home and was taken to a hospital, where he died, police... More »

Kelsey Grammer Forgives Sister's Killer

Actor testifies at Freddie Glenn's parole hearing

(Newser) - During a three-month crime spree in 1975, 18-year-old Freddie Glenn killed actor Kelsey Grammer’s sister Karen, also 18, after kidnapping her from a Red Lobster in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Yesterday, Grammer testified via video conference at Glenn’s parole board hearing; he’s serving life at Buena Vista Correctional... More »

Family of Teen Found Dead in Gym Mat Sues School

Suit focuses on principal, superintendent, and Board of Education

(Newser) - The parents of Kendrick Johnson, who was found dead in a rolled-up exercise mat in the gym of his Georgia high school last year, have filed a second lawsuit against the school. This one accuses the Lowndes High School principal, the county Board of Education, and the local superintendent of... More »

Teen in Decapitation Case Wanted to Dissect Someone: Cops

Victim Aiwa Matsuo was buried today in Sasebo

(Newser) - The 16-year-old Japanese school girl accused of beheading her friend allegedly told police she invited Aiwa Matsuo, 15, to her apartment intending to kill her—because, according to police, she wanted to dissect someone and had been practicing on cats, the Japan Time s reports. After allegedly killing Matsuo in... More »

2 Men Charged for Carjacking That Killed 3 Kids

Philadelphia suspects also accused of sexually assaulting car owner

(Newser) - Two arrests have been made in the heartbreaking carjacking case that ended with the deaths of three children Friday after the suspects plowed the stolen SUV into a family selling fruit on a Philadelphia street corner. Johnathan Rosa, 19, and Cornelius Crawford, 23, were each charged with three counts of... More »

Japanese Girl Charged With Decapitating Friend

Police not revealing suspect's name because she's a minor

(Newser) - A 16-year-old Japanese girl described by friends as emotionally unstable has been charged with bludgeoning and decapitating a 15-year-old friend, telling police "I did it all by myself," the Japan News reports. The body of Aiwa Matsuo was found early yesterday in the suspect’s Sasebo apartment, where... More »

Cops: Woman Landlord Decapitates Female Tenant

Alleged murder is over $200 in rent money

(Newser) - A New York woman viciously hacked apart a tenant and spread her body parts around Long Island after the woman refused to pay her entire rent, prosecutors say. Leah Cuevas, 42, is accused of decapitating 27-year-old Chinelle Browne earlier this month in a Brooklyn apartment building, the Daily News reports.... More »

Professor Murdered in Broad Daylight Likely Knew Killer: Cops

Dan Markel shot in the head at close range at his home

(Newser) - Police are seeking information on a "vehicle of interest" following the brazen murder of a professor in broad daylight. Dan Markel, a Harvard Law School grad who taught criminal law at Florida State University, was shot at close range in the side of the head at his Tallahassee home... More »

Cops: Killer Heir Pees on Candy in Drug Store

Millionaire Robert Durst, 71, charged in Houston incident

(Newser) - Here’s something you don’t see every day—a multimillionaire peeing on a candy display in a CVS. That’s what Robert Durst is accused of doing Sunday in the upscale Texas shopping district Rice Village, KHOU reports. "He got his prescription, paid for it, exposed himself, urinated... More »

Couple Killed After Meeting Stranger Through Craigslist

They had reportedly arranged for sexual encounter

(Newser) - A pregnant Michigan teenager was strangled and her boyfriend was decapitated after apparently connecting with a stranger through Craigslist for a sexual encounter, police said yesterday. Emails indicate that Brooke Slocum, 18 and eight months pregnant, connected with the suspect, 31-year-old Brady Oestrike, through a Craigslist ad and arranged a... More »

Survivor: Teens Giggled as They Beat Homeless Men

Bond set at $5M for NM trio accused of killing 2

(Newser) - Three teenagers in Albuquerque accused of beating two homeless men to death acted like the attack was hilarious, says a man who escaped. "They were giggling and laughing at us, mocking us, calling us homeless," the victim—who says the group was just "quietly sleeping and watching... More »

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