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Grandma Who Allegedly Killed Lookalike Found at Texas Bar

Lois Riess apprehended Thursday night

(Newser) - Lois Riess' time on the run has come to an end. The Minnesota grandmother is accused of killing her husband at their Blooming Prairie home in late March and then murdering Pamela Hutchinson, a woman who bore a resemblance to her , earlier this month in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. A... More »

Video Shows Suspected Killer Chatting Up Her Lookalike

Police on the hunt for Lois Riess, who allegedly murdered her husband, woman who looked like her

(Newser) - "She may look like anyone's grandmother or mother but behind that smile is a cold-blooded murderer." So says Undersheriff Carmine Marceno of the Lee County Sheriff's Office in Florida of Lois Riess, the 56-year-old who is accused of murdering her husband in Blooming Prairie, Minn., last... More »

Inside the 2017 Murder Mystery That Rocked Iceland

Xan Rice looks at the case of Birna Brjánsdóttir for the 'Guardian'

(Newser) - Laugavegur is Reykjavík's "best-known street" and a well-lit one, a place where a single woman walking alone at 5am would not be considered endangered. Except Birna Brjánsdóttir was . After having gone clubbing, the 20-year-old vanished from that street in Iceland's capital in the early... More »

Cops: Murderer on the Run Killed Lookalike to Steal ID

Police hunting 56-year-old Lois Riess of Minnesota in two slayings

(Newser) - Police in two states are looking for a 56-year-old woman accused of a bizarre double slaying. Authorities say that Lois Riess first shot to death her husband in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, last month, reports WBBH . Riess than allegedly fled to Florida, where she was hiding out in Fort Myers Beach.... More »

Man Accused of Raping Teen Now Charged With Her Murder

Mujey Dumbuya was killed 2 months after she went to police

(Newser) - A man charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Michigan girl is now accused of killing her while free on bond, preventing her from testifying in the rape case. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker says two men are facing charges connected to the death of Mujey Dumbuya. Her partially clothed body... More »

Former Judge Found Slain on Abandoned Golf Course

Skip Scandirito was once a Michigan judge. Now his son is accused of murdering him

(Newser) - The son of a disgraced former Michigan judge is accused of killing his father and dumping the body on an abandoned Florida golf course, per the AP . Investigators aren't saying much about the death of James "Skip" Scandirito, 75, who resigned a judgeship in Macomb County, Michigan, in... More »

Dad Who Reported Son Missing Had Just Killed Him: Cops

Mom is also charged in death of 5-year-old with autism

(Newser) - Law enforcement and hundreds of volunteers spent days searching for a 5-year-old boy reported missing in Tennessee last week, but his parents already knew he was dead, police say. Joseph Daniels, 28, who on April 4 told authorities his son slipped out of the family's home in Dickson, admitted... More »

Man Convicted After Wife Buried With 'Guilty' Cologne

Luc Tieman denies killing her

(Newser) - Perhaps the "Guilty" fragrance in her grave was a giveaway—because it took only 40 minutes Monday for jurors to decide Luc Tieman killed his wife. "I changed my story a lot," the Maine man admitted Friday when delivering his own closing arguments in his murder trial,... More »

Court Delivers 'End of the Road' to Oscar Pistorius

13-year sentence for murder will stand, court rules

(Newser) - As you'd expect of a former Paralympian, Oscar Pistorius fought hard until the end—though without the result he wanted. A March 28 ruling by South Africa's Supreme Court, released Monday, rejects Pistorius' request to appeal his 13-year jail sentence for the 2013 murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp,... More »

Fugitive Admits Killing Mom: 'Worst Scream I've Ever Heard'

Multistate manhunt is on for Tennessee's Casey Lawhorn, who also confessed to killing best friend

(Newser) - A multistate manhunt for a Tennessee man is underway after he allegedly confessed via Facebook that he'd killed his mother and best friend. The New York Daily News reports Casey Lawhorn, 22 or 23, said Sunday in the now-deleted post that he used a stolen gun early that morning... More »

Hopes for Missing Boy Dashed After Father's Confession

Joe Daniels, a 5-year-old Tennessee boy with autism, was missing since Wednesday

(Newser) - The father of a 5-year-old Tennessee boy with autism has admitted to killing and hiding the boy's remains, cops said over the weekend. The reported confession from Joseph Ray Daniels, 28, ends a days-long frantic effort to find Joe, who was non-verbal and prone to wandering off the family... More »

Teen Turns Down Plea Deal, Ends Up With 65-Year Sentence

18-year-old Lakieth Smith laughs during his sentencing

(Newser) - Lakieth Smith probably regrets his decision to turn down a 25-year plea deal offered to the Alabama teen in March. On Thursday, the 18-year-old was sentenced to 65 years in prison on charges of burglary, theft, and felony murder, reports the Montgomery Advertiser . It was actually a police officer, not... More »

Body of Woman Missing Since 1966 Found in Home of Late Cop

William Boken, Louise Pietrewicz were having an affair

(Newser) - "I'm happy. I'm sad. I'm angry. I want to smack somebody." Such is the reaction of a daughter to confirmation that the body of her mother, missing some 50 years, has been found buried beneath the home of her late boyfriend, a married police officer,... More »

Army Vets Allegedly Became 'Ninja' Killers

Murder trial for 3 men begins in NY

(Newser) - Upon leaving the US Army, some seek a quiet life. That wasn't the case for Joseph Hunter, or two veterans he recruited for "ninja work," including hit jobs earning them $35,000 each, Assistant US Attorney Patrick Egan said Tuesday in opening statements at the men's... More »

Man Accused of Murdering Wife Dressed Up as Serial Killer

Documents allege Matthew Phelps posed as 'American Psycho' killer on Instagram

(Newser) - The Sept. 1 killing grabbed national headlines in part because of Matthew Phelps' unusual defense: The 29-year-old told a 911 dispatcher he thought he had stabbed to death his wife of less than a year in his sleep after taking more cough and cold medication than he should have. Now,... More »

She Survived the Holocaust, Is Murdered in Paris

Mireille Knoll, 85, stabbed and burned; man known to her is in custody

(Newser) - An 85-year-old Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust was murdered and her body burned in what Paris police are now investigating as a hate crime. Mireille Knoll was stabbed at least 11 times before her Paris apartment was set ablaze Friday, report the Local and the BBC . Two male suspects,... More »

After Wife Called Him a 'Loser,' He Bludgeoned Her to Death

British editor gets 10 years in Dubai for killing wife with a hammer

(Newser) - A British newspaper editor in Dubai was found guilty Sunday of bludgeoning his wife to death with a hammer and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Francis Matthew, the former editor of the English-language Gulf News, had faced the possibility of the death penalty in the July 2017 killing... More »

He Saw His Dad Murdered. Days Later, He Disappeared

Teen's mom has been charged in father's death

(Newser) - He's 14 years old, he saw his father murdered last summer, his mother has now been charged with the crime—and the FBI wants to know where he is. Jacob Caldwell and his two siblings saw father Robert Caldwell shot to death in a parking lot in Riverside, Ohio,... More »

Ex Arrested in Nicaragua Over Student's NY Death

Police say Haley Anderson's death was a homicide

(Newser) - An ex-boyfriend has been arrested in Nicaragua over the killing of college student Haley Anderson in New York. Anderson, 22, who hails from Long Island, was found dead in an off-campus house at the State University of New York at Binghamton in upstate New York Friday, WABC reports. The exact... More »

Buyer Was Misled About Home's Violent Past, Judge Rules

Judge rules it was justifiable for buyer to pull out of the sale

(Newser) - A Vancouver woman backed out of her agreement to buy a $6.1 million mansion after finding out an alleged Chinese mob leader had been shot to death at its front gate, and on Friday, a judge ruled in her favor in the ensuing court case. The house's previous... More »

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