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A Sister Cracks a Murder Case, a Shocking Discovery Follows

Kalimah Truesdale's memory of the police report seemed off for a reason

(Newser) - Kalimah Truesdale isn't a lawyer or a member of the NYPD. In fact, when she got the call informing her that her brother was being charged with murder, she was at her job at Home Depot. And yet she was "the one who cracked" the 2009 case, Robert... More »

He Handed Over Some Rope, Spent 40 Years in Prison

David Goodwin to walk free on May 2

(Newser) - David Goodwin has been in prison in Florida for 40 years for his role in the 1977 quadruple homicide known as the "Sandy Creek murders." For 32 of those years, his fiancée has been patiently waiting for his release. The day is finally about to arrive. Goodwin,... More »

'Unspeakable Monsters' Learn Fate After California Murders

3 pleaded guilty to 2015 killings

(Newser) - When Audrey Carey met Morrison Lampley, Sean Angold, and Lila Alligood in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park in October 2015, the Canadian backpacker thought she'd found new friends. "She trusted you, you three unspeakable monsters … And you stole her from me," her mother said in... More »

Cops: Killing of 4 White Men Was a Hate Crime

Suspect called white people 'devils' online

(Newser) - The man accused of murdering four white men in Fresno—three of them in a Tuesday morning shooting spree —repeatedly referred to "white devils" in online postings. Police believe 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad's killing spree was a hate crime, not an act of terrorism. The suspect's... More »

Alleged Facebook Killer 'Could Be ... Anywhere'

Search expands nationwide as authorities post $50K reward

(Newser) - In a rambling video, Steve Stephens said, "I snapped, I just snapped." But as the manhunt dragged on Monday for the man accused of posting Facebook footage of himself killing a retiree , police were unable to explain what set him off. "Only Steve knows that," Cleveland... More »

Cops Urge Facebook Killer to Turn Himself In

Police say Steve Stephens posted the video after killing Robert Godwin

(Newser) - The Cleveland man accused of shooting an elderly man Sunday and posting video of the murder on Facebook is armed, dangerous, and could be out of Ohio by now, police say. An aggravated murder warrant was issued for Steve Stephens late Sunday and police have asked people in Pennsylvania, New... More »

Arrest Made in Jogger's Murder

Authorities 'very confident' Angel Colon-Ortiz killed Vanessa Marcotte

(Newser) - Twenty-seven-year-old Vanessa Marcotte was murdered in the middle of the day while jogging near her mother's house in Massachusetts last August. Late Friday, authorities arrested a suspect. "We got him," ABC News quotes Joseph Early Jr. as saying. The district attorney says they are "very confident"... More »

Aaron Hernandez Acquitted in 2012 Double Murder

But the former NFL star is still serving life without parole for another murder

(Newser) - Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found not guilty Friday of murdering two men outside a Boston nightclub in 2012, Reuters reports. But that doesn't mean the ex-New England Patriot is going to be a free man any time soon. Hernandez is currently serving life without parole for murdering... More »

Witness Recants 27 Years After Teen Jailed for Murder

Maine man serving 70-year sentence released on bail

(Newser) - A man who served 27 years in prison for the 1989 murder of a childhood girlfriend was released on $25,000 bail Thursday after the key witness in the case recanted. Anthony Sanborn, 44, had been convicted of killing 16-year-old Jessica Briggs and sentenced to 70 years in prison. At... More »

Killer of US Hiker on Pilgrimage Is Sentenced

Miguel Munoz gets 23 years for slaying of Denise Pikka Thiem in Spain

(Newser) - A court has sentenced a Spanish man to 23 years in jail for the murder of an Arizona woman while she was walking a world-renowned pilgrimage route in Spain, the AP reports. The court Tuesday sentenced Miguel Angel Munoz, 41, to 20 years for killing 41-year-old Denise Pikka Thiem and... More »

Doctor Who Drugged, Drowned Wife Dies in Utah Prison

Martin MacNeill likely killed himself, his lawyer says

(Newser) - A Utah doctor serving a life sentence for murdering his wife and making it look like an accident died in a Utah State Prison facility over the weekend, and his lawyer believes it was probably suicide, the Deseret News reports. Martin MacNeill, age 60 or 61, was found unresponsive Sunday... More »

Man, 74, Confesses 'Out of the Blue' to 1993 Murder

He went to cops on 24th anniversary of NC killing

(Newser) - On the 24th anniversary of the crime, a 74-year-old Louisiana man confessed to killing his son-in-law in North Carolina, officials say. Maj. Tom Effler of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office in Goldsboro, NC, said that on Feb. 7, Allen Deaver told authorities he'd killed Sydney Maurice Gregory on... More »

NYC Man Charged With Murder in Runner's Death

Karina Vetrano was attacked while out running last August

(Newser) - A man accused of the strangulation death of a New York City runner has been indicted on first-degree murder charges, the AP reports. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says the 13-count indictment also charges Chanel Lewis with sexual abuse. Karina Vetrano was attacked while running near her home on Aug.... More »

Murder Suspect to Post One of the Largest Bails in US History

Tiffany Li supporters come up with $62M in property, $4M in cash

(Newser) - It appears a $35 million bail won't be enough to keep a murder suspect behind bars in California. Tiffany Li, a 31-year-old woman accused of killing her ex-boyfriend and the father of her two children last year, is expected to post one of the largest bails in US history... More »

US Hiker Killed in Spain Was Tricked by Fake Trail Marker

Miguel Angel Munoz found guilty in Denise Thiem's 2015 death

(Newser) - On Easter Sunday 2015, an Arizona woman disappeared as she walked a famed pilgrimage route in Spain; two years later, her killer has been found guilty. Miguel Angel Munoz was on Wednesday convicted in the murder of Denise Pikka Thiem. The 41-year-old had quit her job working in PetSmart's... More »

Indian Mob Kills Muslim Man Who Was Transporting Cows

As one Indian state makes slaughtering cows punishable by life in prison

(Newser) - A Muslim man beaten by a mob that accused him of transporting cows for slaughter has died in western India, police said Wednesday, in the latest violence by Hindu vigilante groups enraged over treatment of the animal they consider sacred. Pehlu Khan died late Tuesday of injuries sustained when he... More »

House Where Man Shot in Shower 'Identical' to Friend's

Prosecutor says Nathanial Rosa likely believed he was in his friend's house

(Newser) - The elementary school teacher who was fatally shot Saturday while showering in a stranger's home in Washington state may have believed he was in a friend's house, the New York Daily News reports. Prosecutor Michael Dorcy says Nathanial Rosa was staying at a friend's house nearby and... More »

His Son Was Hit by a Car. Police Say He Killed the Driver

Jamall Killings charged with murder

(Newser) - Authorities say a father is charged with killing the driver of a car that hit and injured his 4-year-old son in Cincinnati, the AP reports. Twenty-four-year-old Jamall Killings turned himself in Tuesday. A judge set bond Wednesday at $2.1 million on murder and felonious assault charges. Killings' son was... More »

No Charges for Man Who Killed 3 Teen Burglars

Alleged getaway driver pleads not guilty to murder

(Newser) - The 23-year-old man who shot three teenage burglars dead last week "acted in accordance with his rights as an Oklahoma citizen" and will not face criminal charges, authorities announced this week. Zach Peters, 23, opened fire with an AR-15 assault rifle when Jaykob Woodruff, 16, Jacob Redfearn, 17, and... More »

The Cop Who May Have Framed Dozens, the City That Did Nothing

BuzzFeed's Melissa Segura says many players in Chicago may have played a part

(Newser) - Retired Chicago police detective Reynaldo Guevara is accused of framing dozens for murder from the '80s into the early 2000s, allegedly beating out confessions, coaxing witnesses during suspect lineups, and sending more than 50 people away for a combined 2,300-plus years. Melissa Segura examines one case in particular... More »

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