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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 »

Cops Reach Grim Conclusion in Family's Fatal Crash

Police say Noel Bankhead deliberately drove off cliff, killing herself and her 3 children

(Newser) - Last year, a mother and her three children were killed in Idaho when their SUV went off a cliff. Now police in Ada County have added a jarring word to the crash: deliberate. The sheriff's office has concluded that 40-year-old Noel Bankhead intentionally drove her Land Rover off a... More »

Hiker Murder-Suicide May Have Been Act of Sympathy

Woman's uncle says family holds no grudges

(Newser) - The uncle of a young woman killed in an apparent murder-suicide in Joshua Tree National Park says she may have been killed out of compassion. Investigators believe Joseph Orbeso, 21, shot 20-year-old Rachel Nguyen before turning the handgun on himself. The bodies were found in an "embrace" last week... More »

Twist in Case of Missing Hikers Found 'Locked in Embrace'

Police believe it was a murder-suicide

(Newser) - Southern California authorities say the deaths of a young woman and man who vanished in Joshua Tree National Park over the summer were a murder-suicide, the AP reports. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said Friday that the bodies found Sunday were identified as 20-year-old Rachel Nguyen and 22-year-old... More »

Illinois Mom Wakes to House Fire That Masked a Horror

As Pamela Ringenberg slept, her husband murdered their young sons

(Newser) - An Illinois mother of two woke to the sound of her smoke alarm going off in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. But Pamela Ringenberg couldn't find her phone to call 911—nor could she find her husband and two young sons. The Bloomington Police Department says there was... More »

Supermarket Killer Detailed His Plans Online

Police are investigating Randy Stair's social media posts after murder-suicide

(Newser) - Police say the gunman who barricaded the doors of a Pennsylvania grocery store and shot three coworkers before killing himself detailed his horrific plan online in the weeks and months before the murders. The New York Daily News reports Randy Stair, 24, brought two shotguns concealed in a duffel bag... More »

Man Hangs Baby Girl on Facebook Live Then Kills Self

Facebook calls it an 'appalling incident'

(Newser) - A 20-year-old man streamed himself hanging his 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live before killing himself Monday evening in a vacant hotel in Thailand, the AP reports. According to the New York Times , a four-minute video shows a crying Wuttisan Wongtalay tying a noose around his daughter's neck and dropping... More »

Cops: Father Killed Twins, Told Wife to 'Live and Suffer'

Girls, 16, killed in Chicago-area murder-suicide

(Newser) - "I want you to live and suffer like I did," Randall Coffland can be heard saying to estranged wife Anjum Coffland in a 911 call released Sunday. Police say Coffland made the call after killing his twin 16-year-old daughters in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles on Friday,... More »

Baby Among Dead in Suspected Alaskan Murder-Suicide

Four people were found dead in a hotel room

(Newser) - Authorities in Alaska say they are investigating the deaths of four people in a hotel room as a murder-suicide. The dead include a 2-month-old girl, the AP reports. Fairbanks police and fire departments were called to a Hampton Inn on Friday afternoon by hotel staff. Arriving officers found a man... More »

'Billionaire' Killed in Apparent Murder-Suicide at McDonald's

Valerie Dowden Wells starred in CMT's 'Bayou Billionaires'

(Newser) - A star of CMT's short-lived reality-TV show Bayou Billionaires has died in an apparent murder-suicide. Police say Valerie Dowden Wells, 47, was attempting to exit a McDonald's parking lot in Shreveport, La., when she was shot multiple times in her car around 4pm Monday. Her car then "... More »

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