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Man Who Did 10 Years for Murder Gets Cleared of Crime

Paul Gatling was 'pressured to plead guilty'

(Newser) - A Virginia man who spent a decade in prison after pleading guilty to a New York City slaying over 50 years ago was cleared of the crime Monday, the AP reports. At the request of a prosecutor, a judge vacated the conviction of 81-year-old Paul Gatling for the 1963 shooting... More »

Cops: Boys Made Sure Parents' Blood Wasn't Seeping Out of Home

Then went to an anime convention

(Newser) - "There are some unanswered questions to this case," but, according to Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Matt Braker, more chilling details are emerging. The case in question is the murder of San Jose, Calif., couple Golam Rabbi, 59, and Shamima Rabbi, 57, whose deaths made national headlines... More »

Children of Famed Pianist Were Likely Smothered

Medical examiner's office reports findings

(Newser) - Concert pianist Vadym Kholodenko's two young daughters were probably smothered to death with pillows, investigators believe. The official ruling on the manner of the March 17 deaths of Nika Kholodenko, 5, and Michaela Maria Kholodenko, 1, as reported Thursday by a Texas medical examiner's office: homicidal violence, with... More »

Murder, a Chilling Note, Now Arrests: the Couple's Sons

'They were a nice family'

(Newser) - Two California brothers were arrested Thursday in connection with the shooting deaths of their parents, who were popular fixtures at their mosque for three decades and had helped relatives emigrate from their native Bangladesh, the AP reports. Hasib Bin Golam Rabbi, 22, and his 17-year-old brother were taken into custody... More »

Man Pleads Not Guilty to Dismembering Date

There's no evidence, John Charlton's lawyers say

(Newser) - A man accused of killing and dismembering a woman in her suburban home, then dumping her remains in a Seattle recycling bin pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and theft charges. A judge in King County, Wash., also raised bail for John Robert Charlton, 37, from $2 million to $5... More »

Ohio Murder Victims May Have Put Up a Fight

Autopsies show some had soft tissue bruising

(Newser) - While authorities say some of the victims of Ohio's "execution-style" killings died in their sleep, others may have put up a fight. Autopsies show some members of the Rhoden family had soft tissue bruising, suggesting they resisted their killer or killers, the Pike County Medical Examiner said Tuesday,... More »

Father of One Ohio Victim Thinks Killers Knew House

They were able to get around the dogs

(Newser) - The methodical executions of eight members of one family in Ohio continues to baffle, with rumors outpacing facts. Here's a roundup of developments:
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer interviews Leonard Manley, whose daughter and her three children were among the victims in Pike County. He notes that the killer or killers
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Ohio Murder Victim Was Threatened on Facebook

Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16, received the threat

(Newser) - A new development in Ohio: One of the eight family members killed in a horrific mass slaying had already been threatened on Facebook, CBS News reports. The threat was directed at Christopher Rhoden Jr., who at 16 was the youngest of the victims. "I'm aware of the Facebook... More »

London Has a Serial Animal Killer on Its Hands

Dozens of cats, foxes, rabbits, birds found with their heads, tails, or paws cut off

(Newser) - Southern England is now on high alert after a series of animal killings across the region—mostly in the form of beheadings—has rendered the original moniker, the Croydon Cat Killer, far too specific. The person is killing well outside the London borough of Croydon and claiming not just felines,... More »

Pot-Growing Found at 3 of 4 Ohio Shooting Sites

Entire state plagued by drug problem: official

(Newser) - Authorities say they found marijuana-growing operations at three of the four locations where eight family members in rural southern Ohio were found murdered in "execution-style" killings on Friday, the AP reports. They said at a news conference Sunday that it's unclear what, if any, role the growing operations... More »

Judge: Kalamazoo Rampage Suspect Fit to Stand Trial

Jason Dalton declared mentally competent

(Newser) - The former Uber driver accused of killing six people during a shooting rampage in Kalamazoo has been cleared to stand trial. A judge ruled Friday that Jason Dalton is mentally competent after she received the results of a psychological exam that found he understands the charges and can assist with... More »

Fugitive Brothers Charged in Couple's Murder

One had previously threatened the missing pair

(Newser) - Court documents show that Washington state police have reached the "inescapable conclusion" that missing Arlington couple Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude were murdered . Their vehicles, found partly obscured by branches down an embankment in a remote area near Oso on Sunday, showed "obvious blood pooling and smearing, and... More »

Fitness Instructor's Suspected Murderer Might Be a She

Cops back off from earlier statements on church killing

(Newser) - Police have released fresh information in the murder of a fitness instructor in a Texas church early Monday, leaving the case even more of a mystery. Police initially said that the person dressed in SWAT gear moving through Midlothian's Creekside Church of Christ in chilling surveillance footage was a... More »

Man in SWAT Gear Wanted in Church Murder

Terri Bevers killed before fitness class on Monday

(Newser) - Police are searching for a man clad in SWAT gear after a fitness instructor was found murdered inside a Texas church on Monday. Terri "Missy" Bevers, 45, arrived at the Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian, 25 miles southwest of Dallas, around 4:20am and was found dead by... More »

$222K Raised for Kids of Mom Dismembered on Date

Ingrid Lyne left behind 3 girls

(Newser) - Ingrid Lyne, the Seattle mom allegedly murdered while on a date , left behind three daughters—and a GoFundMe campaign set up to help the girls has raised more than $222,000 so far, Us reports. A friend of the family set up the campaign, and says that all the money... More »

Cops: Brothers on the Run After Couple Murdered

Their first priority is finding bodies of missing Wash. pair

(Newser) - Police in Washington state say the public "should absolutely be worried" about two armed and dangerous brothers who are on the run after the suspected murders of Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude. John Reed, 53, and Tony Reed, 49, have been named as suspects in the disappearance of the... More »

Girl's Remains Identified After 19 Years

Jessica Cain was 17 when she vanished in Texas

(Newser) - A Texas family finally knows what happened to their teenage girl. Remains discovered in a Houston field have been identified as those of Jessica Cain, who vanished in 1997 while driving home from a high school party at a restaurant, the Houston Chronicle reports. "We are relieved at the... More »

Dismembered Mom's Date Charged With Murder

Ex-girlfriend told cops he's a 'mean drunk'

(Newser) - The man accused of the gruesome killing of Ingrid Lyne has now been formally charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors filed the charge against Seattle man John Charlton on Wednesday afternoon and also charged him with stealing the mother-of-three's car, NBC News reports. In a press release , prosecutors say he... More »

'Obvious Trauma' in UT Freshman's Death: Cops

Family say suspect Meechaiel Criner is mentally ill

(Newser) - More details are emerging about the " unthinkable brutality " police say University of Texas freshman Haruka Weiser endured at the hands of homeless teen Meechaiel Criner . Though autopsy results aren't expected for several weeks, police sources tell the Austin American-Statesman that Weiser was sexually assaulted and died of... More »

FBI's Only Most Wanted Woman Caught in Mexico

She's suspected of hiring a hit on a dentist out of jealousy

(Newser) - The only woman on the FBI Most Wanted Fugitives list was captured Friday in Mexico, CNN reports. According to the Dallas Morning News , Brenda Delgado—a dental hygienist in training charged with hiring a hit on a dentist —was caught at a house in the state of Coahuila and... More »

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