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A Murder Charge 11 Years After Teacher Disappeared

Ryan Duke was arrested Wednesday in connection with Tara Grinstead's murder

(Newser) - Eleven years after a high-school teacher and former beauty queen went missing in rural Georgia, an arrest has been made, CBS News reports. Ryan Duke, 33, was charged with murder Thursday in connection with the disappearance of Tara Grinstead in October 2005. According to WSB-TV , someone came into the sheriff'... More »

Authorities Find DNA in Murdered Jogger Case

Authorities put together a person of interest profile in Vanessa Marcotte case

(Newser) - Another break in the case of Vanessa Marcotte, the 27-year-old Massachusetts woman murdered while out for a jog in August : Authorities say they have DNA and are looking for a person of interest. Specifically, the DA says that, based on info from the DNA as well as witness statements, they... More »

N. Korea Points Fingers, Alleges Malaysia Conspiracy

Doesn't specifically name Kim Jong Nam, but pretty clear that's who's being discussed

(Newser) - After more than a week of silence in its state-controlled media, North Korea on Thursday slammed the investigation into the death of one of its citizens in Kuala Lumpur, saying Malaysia's probe is full of "holes and contradictions." The report from the official outlet KCNA didn't... More »

On Murdered Teen's Cellphone, a Voice Says, 'Down the Hill'

'There is no doubt in our minds that (Liberty German) is a hero,' say police

(Newser) - In her final moments, 14-year-old Liberty German did everything she could do to stay alive—and has given police chilling clues as to who murdered her and her best friend , 13-year-old Abigail Williams. "Down the hill," an ominous voice rasps on an audio recording from Liberty's cellphone... More »

Few Think Mom Was Shot by Her Son—Except the Son

Police originally blamed a 6-year-old back in 2001, but now they're not so sure

(Newser) - What's not in dispute is this: On March 28, 2001, 37-year-old Jill Wells was fatally struck in the head by a bullet. What's very much in dispute is the original explanation by police: They said Wells' 6-year-old son, Tanner, accidentally shot his mom as they were target shooting... More »

Author's Joke at Her Home May Have Given Killer an Idea

'Great place to hide a body,' said Helen Bailey

(Newser) - While giving a tour of her $1.6 million home in 2013 with her partner in tow, children's author Helen Bailey noted that the cesspool beneath the garage would be a "good place to hide a body," according to court documents. Prosecutors said that's exactly how... More »

'Butt Dial' Voicemail May Have Captured Woman's Plea for Life

Jill Grant allegedly overheard saying she can blame attack on someone else

(Newser) - Jill Grant and her boyfriend Michael Franco had planned to throw a party on Dec. 23, 2013. But when guests showed up to their gated neighborhood in Indio, Calif., they couldn't get in, and Franco told them the party was off. Grant's brother called police—who by that... More »

He's Spent 10 Years Waiting to Know if He'll Be Found Guilty

Kharon Davis has been sitting in jail for 10 years without a trial

(Newser) - Kharon Davis has spent nearly 10 years in jail. He's had four sets of attorneys, with two judges on the bench. His co-defendants' cases have wrapped up. But Davis has had no trial. There's been no jury, no verdict, no conviction. Police say Davis, then 22, shot 29-year-old... More »

Cops Search Home After Murder of Hiking Girls

But no arrests made following Thursday's search

(Newser) - Liberty German loved to go hiking, and safety was a regular topic of discussion in her home. "It was something that I stressed, but I guess not enough," says Liberty's grandfather, who raised the teen along with his wife. Like many in the small Indiana community of... More »

Secret Witness Spills on Durst: Wife's Fears, Open Marriage

Former BFF Nick Chavin says disappeared Kathie Durst called husband 'impossible'

(Newser) - The bizarre story of Robert Durst took a new turn this week as the much-talked-about "secret witness" emerged with details on Durst's first marriage. Per NBC News , 72-year-old Nick Chavin showed up at the real estate heir's pretrial hearing for his murder case Wednesday—through a back... More »

Cops Seek This Man in Murder of 2 Hiking Girls

He was spotted in area where Indiana teens were killed on Monday

(Newser) - Indiana State Police are trying to track down a man photographed at the Delphi Historic Trails on Monday around the time two teenage girls were killed there. Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, were dropped off at the popular hiking spot by a family member around 1pm Monday. Their... More »

Woman Chained in Container Describes What Captor Did

Kala Brown says Todd Kohlhepp never let her go unchained

(Newser) - A South Carolina woman who spent two months chained inside a large metal container says her captor raped her daily and bragged that he was good at killing, claiming that his victims tallied nearly 100. "He told me as long as I served my purpose, I was safe,"... More »

Teen Who Allegedly Killed Childhood Friend Describes Her Final Minutes

Police say Liam McAtasney admitted to strangling Sarah Stern

(Newser) - The New Jersey 19-year-old accused of murdering a childhood friend confessed to planning the robbery that led to Sarah Stern's murder for weeks, police say. Police say Liam McAtasney also admitted, while talking with a friend who secretly recorded the conversation, that he strangled 19-year-old Sarah Stern during the... More »

Police Charge Wife, Stepson With Murder of KKK Leader

Stepson allegedly shot him in the head while he was in bed

(Newser) - The wife and stepson of Missouri KKK leader Frank Ancona were charged Monday with his murder. Police say 24-year-old Paul Jinkerson Jr., the son of Ancona's wife, Malissa Ancona, 44, shot 51-year-old Frank Ancona while he was asleep Thursday in his bedroom, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Police say... More »

15 Years Later, Woman Scours Outback for Slain Lover's Body

'Pete lost his life on that night, but I lost mine, too,' says Joanne Lees

(Newser) - It was crime that shocked Australia: A British man shot dead in the wild outback of the Northern Territories by a man who then abducted his girlfriend. She managed to escape and hide in the scrub for hours as the killer stalked her with a dog. Now, 15 years later,... More »

Sex Offender Charged in Ohio State Student's Death

Reagan Tokes' naked body was found near an Ohio park

(Newser) - A convicted sex offender released from prison in November has been charged in the shooting death of a 21-year-old Ohio State University student, the AP reports. Police say 29-year-old Brian Golsby was arrested early Saturday and charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping, and aggravated robbery in the slaying of Reagan Tokes.... More »

Judge Set This Man's Bail at $4B to Make a Point

Claudia Brown says our approach to bail has gotten ridiculous

(Newser) - Antonio Willis is likely to be in jail a while after a Texas justice of the peace set what might be the largest bond in US history. The $4 billion bond is certainly the highest ever in Bell County, where Willis, 25, is accused of killing Donte Samuels. However, the... More »

Cops: Murder Suspect Killed Himself; Accomplice in Custody

Boyette shot himself after motel standoff

(Newser) - A fugitive murder suspect who vowed he wouldn't be taken alive killed himself after being cornered at a Georgia motel Tuesday, police say. William "Billy" Boyette died of what police say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound moments after alleged accomplice Mary Rice surrendered at a motel in West... More »

Woman Slowly Poisoned Hubby With Antifreeze

Jamie Baker pleads guilty to second-degree murder

(Newser) - A Delaware woman faces 15 years to life in prison for poisoning her 42-year-old husband James Baker, a competitive weightlifter found dead on the bedroom floor of the couple's home in September 2013, per the News Journal . Jamie Baker, 47, has admitted to killing her husband by lacing his... More »

Cops: Couple on Killing Spree Choosing Victims at Random

Pair accused of murders in Florida, Alabama

(Newser) - Florida is facing a "running nightmare" with two people on a killing spree that has so far left three women dead and another in critical condition. William "Billy" Boyette and Mary Craig Rice are wanted in the Jan. 31 murders of 30-year-old Alicia Greer—who was in a... More »

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