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Cops: 11-Year-Old Boy Shot Grandma, Killed Himself

Arizona boy had been asked to clean his room

(Newser) - In an extremely disturbing case in a Phoenix suburb, police say an 11-year-old carried out a murder-suicide with his grandfather's handgun after being asked to clean his room. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says the boy's grandfather told them he was sitting on the couch Saturday with... More »

Man Kills Wife, Self as Their Kids Wait to Go Trick-or-Treating

Kids were in car, but older brother witnessed shooting

(Newser) - Authorities say a Florida man killed his wife and himself as his children waited to go trick-or-treating, the AP reports. A Polk County Sheriff's Office news release says 40-year-old Antero Araujo Quintana shot his wife, 42-year-old Beatriz Araujo, and then himself Wednesday evening at the family's Lakeland home.... More »

Murder-Suicide by Wife Foils Hubby's Fake Death

He reportedly hoped insurance money would pay for daughter's epilepsy treatment

(Newser) - Lesson learned: Tell your wife if you ever plan to fake your own death. A 34-year-old man who failed to do so turned up alive to find his wife had killed herself and their two young children, according to police in China. The man, identified only by the surname He,... More »

Cops: Tennessee Mom, 4 Kids Died in Murder-Suicide

Children ranged in age from 8 to 16

(Newser) - A Tennessee official says a mother and four children have been found dead at a home in Columbia. Maury County District Attorney Brent Cooper says the family died in an apparent murder-suicide, the AP reports. The dead children, who ranged in age from 8 to 16, and woman were found... More »

Father Helped Daughter in Murder-Suicide Plot: Cops

Charles Sander allegedly shot his son-in-law, then himself

(Newser) - A former Missouri jail guard persuaded her terminally ill father to fatally shoot her estranged husband to resolve a custody dispute and then kill himself so it appeared to be a murder-suicide, authorities allege. Elizabeth Kilgore, 35, of Quincy, pleaded not guilty last week to first-degree murder in the death... More »

'Miserable' Father Set Off 'Crazy' Car Blast That Killed Son

Police say Jacob Schmoyer sent letters detailing his plans

(Newser) - It was the 26-year-old father who set off the "crazy" explosion that killed his 2-year-old son and a 66-year-old friend in Allentown, Pa., Saturday night, police say. Jacob Schmoyer allegedly used a homemade explosive device inside his car; the ensuing blast killed Schmoyer, his son, Jonathan, and his friend,... More »

Tennis Star's Ex Kills Their Children, Himself

Stephanie Reece knew something was wrong Friday

(Newser) - Impossible to imagine: Former pro tennis player Stephanie Reece learned Friday that her ex-husband had fatally shot their two children and himself, People reports. After getting a call that their kids, Shelby, 13, and Harrison, 15, weren't in school, Reece tried reaching ex-husband Michael Hunn and finally drove to... More »

Brothers Killed Their Dad, Then Themselves: Police

Ohio police chief calls apparent murder-suicide 'bizarre'

(Newser) - Police in Beachwood, Ohio, say two brothers shot and killed their father, then fatally shot themselves during an ensuing SWAT standoff, reports. Dr. Richard Warn, 59, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds inside his home Thursday night after his wife returned without her keys and was unable... More »

He Wanted Ex to Give Him More Time With Son, Killed Them All

Police say James Shields Jr. murdered 3 people over trans-Atlantic custody dispute

(Newser) - On Monday, the friend who accompanied Linda Olthof from the Netherlands to New York couldn't get in touch with her and called Olthof's sister back home. Her sister Googled "New York" to see if anything was amiss there and quickly came across news of a murder-suicide. "... More »

In Australia Shooting, Kids' Bodies Found in Shed They Lived In

Police confirm victims' identities

(Newser) - A day after Australia experienced its worst shooting since 1996 , police confirmed the identities of the victims found at Forever Dreaming Farm in Osmington: Cynda and Peter Miles; their daughter, Katrina Miles; and her four children, two boys and two girls who ranged from ages 8 to 13. The New ... More »

Meredith Chapman Killer Sought Advice on Nextdoor

She said she was seeking 'an EXCELLENT marriage counselor'

(Newser) - The woman who allegedly murdered her husband’s suspected lover before killing herself had apparently sought information on marriage counseling and divorce attorneys on Nextdoor, a social networking site. "I just transferred to Delaware in December for my Husband's new job, and he's telling me he wants... More »

2 Dead After Wife Learns of Husband's Alleged Affair

Jennair Gerardot killed Meredith Chapman, then herself: police

(Newser) - Police say a love triangle that spanned two states has ended in bloodshed. Meredith Chapman arrived at her new home in the Philadelphia suburb of Villanova—home to Villanova University, where Chapman was recently named assistant vice president—between 5pm and 6pm Monday. Within seconds, gunfire rang out. "You... More »

Cops: Father-Daughter Incest Ended in Murder-Suicide

NC man believed to have killed daughter and the baby son he had with her

(Newser) - The already grim story of a North Carolina father who impregnated his biological daughter and planned to marry her has come to a horrific end. Authorities say father Steven Pladl was found dead Thursday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his vehicle in Dover, NY, several miles away from where... More »

Man Who Confessed to Murders via Facebook Found Dead

Casey Lawhorn admitted to killing his mom, friend

(Newser) - The Tennessee man who went on the run after confessing via social media that he killed his mom and one of his friends has been found dead. The body of Casey Lawhorn, reported to be 22 or 23 years old, was found Monday morning in Vossburg, Mississippi, more than 300... More »

Cops: Crash That Killed Family Appears Intentional

Hart family's vehicle accelerated over cliff edge

(Newser) - The crash that wiped out a large family traveling along California's Pacific Coast Highway last week may have been murder-suicide, not an accident. NBC News reports that police say they've uncovered disturbing signs that the vehicle carrying married couple Jennifer and Sarah Hart and their six adopted children... More »

US Airman Kills His Wife and Kids as They Sleep

Then kills himself after calling 911

(Newser) - A member of the US Air Force in Washington state fatally shot his two young children and his wife before killing himself, authorities said Tuesday. The Pierce County sheriff's office said they found the bodies inside a home near Spanaway, about 45 miles south of Seattle, after the man... More »

Friends Seize on New Details in Deaths of Billionaire Couple

Neighbor says Barry Sherman couldn't have lifted wife onto railing

(Newser) - Friends balking at rumors of a murder-suicide are seizing on new details about the deaths of Canadian pharmaceutical billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey. Sources tell the Toronto Sun that the two were found hanging side by side on a railing near an indoor pool in their Toronto mansion... More »

Children of Dead Billionaire Decry Murder-Suicide Reports

Pharmaceutical billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife were found hanged in their home Friday

(Newser) - After the bodies of Canadian pharmaceutical billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, were found hanging in their Toronto mansion Friday afternoon, a source for the Toronto police department told the press the police were investigating the possibility that their deaths were a murder-suicide. But now the couples' children are... More »

2 Dead in Shooting on College Campus

Police say it was a murder-suicide involving Penn State employee, estranged husband

(Newser) - Two people are dead in what Pennsylvania State Police say was a murder-suicide on a college campus Wednesday, KDKA reports. Police say a female employee at Penn State Beaver was convinced to come outside by her estranged husband, who shot her in a parking lot outside a campus dining hall.... More »

Murder-Suicide Might Actually Be Double-Murder

Cops now suspect Virginia mother and daughter were both murdered in July

(Newser) - For months, residents of McLean, Virginia, believed that the shooting deaths of a mother and daughter were the result of a murder-suicide. That impression has now been replaced by fears of a murderer on the loose. Though authorities initially thought 23-year-old Helen Hargan killed her mother, 63-year-old Pamela Hargan, in... More »

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