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Boy, 11, Allegedly Killed 8-Year-Old Girl Over Puppy

Shooting occurs about 40 miles east of Knoxville

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy has been charged with murder after he killed his 8-year-old neighbor, police said, and witnesses say it was because the girl wouldn't let him see her puppy. Deputies were called to the neighborhood in White Pine, about 40 miles east of Knoxville, on Saturday night. The... More »

Cops: Dental Hygienist Hired Felon to Kill Popular Dentist

The dentist had been dating her ex-boyfriend

(Newser) - Police say a dental hygienist planned and commissioned the murder of a popular Dallas dentist last month, the New York Daily News reports. "It was a murder for hire," Maj. Max Geron told reporters Friday. Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of 33-year-old Brenda Delgado, who... More »

Rape Victim Helps Catch Alleged Serial Killer

'I'm blessed to have been able to stop him'

(Newser) - Candice Franklin, a former drug addict and prostitute, turned her life around after helping police catch the man who allegedly raped her and killed four other prostitutes in a poor Chicago neighborhood, the Chicago Tribune reports in a lengthy piece about Franklin and her alleged attacker. "I'm blessed... More »

Cops: Man Kills 3 Because They Won't Move Out

Alexander Tran is charged with fatally shooting 2 women and a baby

(Newser) - A Salt Lake City man told police he shot three people staying at his house—including a baby—because they wouldn't move out, prosecutors said Thursday. Alexander Tran, 32, was charged with three counts of aggravated murder. He had been living in the basement of the house that his... More »

Boy, 14, Charged With Murdering Pregnant Mom

Neighbor found her body on kitchen floor

(Newser) - Investigators say a 14-year-old Houston-area boy has been charged in the death of his pregnant mother at their home. La Marque police say the boy was being held Monday on a juvenile first-degree murder charge. A neighbor discovered 33-year-old Nita Moseley's body on her kitchen floor Saturday, after having... More »

Girl Thrown in Pond Dies; More Charges Loom for Dad

Alan Lassiter already charged with trying to drown his 3 kids

(Newser) - The North Carolina man accused of trying to drown his children faces new charges after his 3-year-old daughter died yesterday, three days after police say Alan Tysheen Eugene Lassiter tried to drown her and her sister in an apartment complex pond. Authorities have not released the girl's name. The... More »

US Man to Face Trial for 1997 Murder in S. Korea

Arthur Patterson was then 17, son of US military contractor

(Newser) - An American man is about to face trial in South Korea for a murder he says he didn't commit. Arthur Patterson, 35, was just 17 when he and a Korean-American friend, Edward Lee, challenged each other to kill a man with a pocketknife in 1997, according to prosecutors. Both... More »

Millions May Still Be Out There From '70s Murder

FBI agent investigating heiress's murder may have lifted cash: reporter

(Newser) - During the last few months of her life, Marjorie Jackson became wary of keeping her inherited fortune in the bank, so she withdrew $8.6 million and stashed it in garbage bags, drawers, and toolboxes all over her Indianapolis home, the Indianapolis Star reports. And she may have had even... More »

Man Arrested for Murder of 15-Year-Old—in 1985

Sandra Wesselman was walking home from the grocery store

(Newser) - In July 1985, Sandra Wesselman was raped and stabbed to death, apparently while walking a 450-foot-long dirt path that led from a suburban Chicago grocery store to her home. The 15-year-old freshman and her mother had planned to watch movies together, and the teen had gone to the store to... More »

Mom, Boyfriend Arrested in Baby Doe Murder

Michael McCarthy charged with murder, Rachelle Bond charged as accessory

(Newser) - Two people have been arrested in Boston's "Baby Doe" case: Rachelle Bond, the mother of the little girl found dead on a Boston Harbor shoreline in June, and Bond's boyfriend, Michael McCarthy. Their arrests come after authorities finally identified "Baby Doe" as Bella Bond; McCarthy is... More »

Inside the Bizarre Murder Case That's Gripped India

TV mogul Indrani Mukerjea accused of murdering daughter, trying to kill son

(Newser) - A murder case in India is getting plenty of attention not just because it involves a heinous crime, but because media outlets claim it shows us normal folks that the high-life, well, isn't so sparkly. It surrounds India's first female TV mogul, Indrani Mukerjea, whose 25-year-old daughter, Sheena... More »

Judge: Man Charged in Rich Dad's Death Unfit for Trial

He's accused of killing his father over a disagreement about his allowance

(Newser) - A judge ruled today that 30-year-old Tommy Gilbert, suspected of killing his wealthy hedge-fund father over an argument about his allowance, is not mentally fit to stand trial. Authorities say Gilbert shot his 70-year-old father Jan. 4 after Thomas Gilbert Sr. threatened to dock his allowance by a few hundred... More »

Autopsy Suggests Dead Kayaker Was Murdered

Did medical examiner go too far in her findings?

(Newser) - A New York medical examiner says the April death of a kayaker in the Hudson River was "homicide" caused by the victim's "kayak drain plug [being] intentionally removed by other," the New York Times reports. But experts say the medical examiner may have gone too far—... More »

Trial Begins for Man Accused of Shoving Wife Off Cliff

Harold Henthorn's lawyer says deaths of 2 wives were accidental

(Newser) - A man accused of pushing his second wife to her death off a cliff in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park might have killed his first wife in what also appeared to be a freak accident nearly 20 years earlier, prosecutors allege. They will make that argument when a federal... More »

US Volunteer Murdered in Nepal

Cops say killer met her through

(Newser) - A young American art teacher helping earthquake volunteers was brutally murdered by her host, police in Nepal say. Dahlia Yehia, said to be either 25 or 27, was reported missing more than a month ago after she failed to contact family and friends and police say that a local teacher... More »

Former NFL Player Charged With Killing Cellmate

Lawrence Phillips is already serving 31 years for choking his girlfriend and more

(Newser) - Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been charged with strangling his cellmate while locked up at Kern Valley State Prison in California. Phillips, 40, is in the midst of a 31-year sentence for choking his girlfriend and driving his car into three teens following a pickup football game. He'... More »

Man Who Killed Teen Waiting for Bus in 1989 Is Executed

Ex-Kansas City cop calls Roderick Nunley's 25-year stay on death row a 'travesty'

(Newser) - A man convicted of kidnapping, raping, and murdering a 15-year-old Missouri girl from the Kansas City area more than a quarter-century ago was executed last night, becoming the state's sixth person to be put to death this year, the AP reports. The lethal injection for Roderick Nunley, 50, began... More »

Wrestling Legend Charged in Lover's 1983 Murder

Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka was arrested in the 1983 death of his mistress

(Newser) - A Hall of Fame wrestler was arrested today and charged with murder 32 years after his mistress was found beaten and unresponsive in a Pennsylvania hotel room, the AP reports. In 1983, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, one of the World Wrestling Federation's biggest stars, returned to his hotel room... More »

Husband 'Arrested' in Murder of Concert Pianist

Natalia Strelchenko was found with fatal injuries at home

(Newser) - Police have arrested the husband of a world-renowned concert pianist after she died yesterday from severe injuries in Manchester, England. Police responded to emergency calls just after midnight "following reports that a woman had been assaulted" and found Natalia Strelchenko, 38, in need of medical attention at her home,... More »

Cops: Teen Pushed Tot Into Pond So He'd Drown

Bobby Woods reportedly confessed

(Newser) - An East Texas teenager is accused of pushing his pregnant girlfriend's 3-year-old nephew into a pond so the boy would drown to make room for the unborn child to live at their home. Bobby Woods, 17, faces a charge of capital murder of a person under age 6. He... More »

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