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Vanished Cal Poly Student May Be Buried on Campus

Police aim to find Kristin Smart's remains

(Newser) - Police in San Luis Obispo, Calif., are following the "most promising lead we've had in years" in the hopes of finding some trace of a California Polytechnic State University freshman who vanished 20 years ago. Human decomposition dogs "and other information" led police and the FBI to... More »

In Old Interview, JonBenet's Brother Recalls Day of Killing

A&E documentary includes police interview with Burke

(Newser) - A&E kicked off what Rolling Stone calls "television's most anticipated true-crime event of the season" with its documentary re-examining JonBenet Ramsey's murder as the 20th anniversary of her death approaches. One new bit was a never-before-seen police interview with brother Burke from 1998, two years after... More »

Case of Teen Girls Missing Since 1999 Gets Fresh Look

The night Ashley Freeman's parents were killed, she and Lauria Bible disappeared

(Newser) - On the penultimate evening of 1999, Danny and Kathy Freeman were shot to death in their mobile home just outside of Welch, Okla., and their home was set on fire. But when police arrived on the scene, the Freemans' daughter, Ashley, and her best friend Lauria Bible, both 16 and... More »

DNA Leads to Arrest in 1990s Serial Rapes in French Forest

The suspect is married with children

(Newser) - DNA traces helped police identify, arrest, and jail a Frenchman suspected of 34 rapes or attempted rapes in a suburban Paris forest from 1995 to 2001. Deputy prosecutor Bertrand Daillie told the AP the victims were between the ages of 27 and 72. The 40-year-old man was arrested Monday at... More »

Was DB Cooper a Grocery Manager From Michigan?

Writer offers new theory for the identity of the mystery hijacker

(Newser) - On Nov. 24, 1971, an airplane hijacker who would become known as DB Cooper donned a parachute, strapped $200,000 in cash to his body, and leaped out of a Boeing 727 jetliner somewhere between Seattle, Wash., and Reno, Nev. His true identity and whether he survived the jump remain... More »

Cops Release Pics of Suspect in Murder of Pastor's Wife

Husband of Amanda Blackburn says she 'didn't have an enemy in the world'

(Newser) - Indianapolis police trying to find out who murdered Amanda Blackburn on Nov. 10 have ruled out her husband, Davey, and on Friday they announced a breakthrough: a picture of the suspect . The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department released two photos Monday night, captured by a neighboring home's security camera, the... More »

Rape Case DNA Links Ex-Cop to 1986 Murder

There could be several more victims, Spokane police say

(Newser) - DNA that an ex-cop submitted in a rape investigation has linked him to one unsolved murder and possibly several others, police in Spokane, Wash., say. Richard Aguirre, who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman last November, was at a hearing in that case this week when officers arrived to... More »

Police Messed Up JonBenet Case, Says Ex-Chief

Mark Beckner now regrets Reddit AMA comments

(Newser) - Nearly 20 years after the murder of JonBenet Ramsey , interest in the Colorado 6-year-old's case is still strong—stronger than former Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner may have realized. In remarks he now says he regrets making, Beckner told a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session on Saturday that... More »

Teen Girl Killed, Burned After Turning New Leaf

Dominique Allen was abducted and strangled in Indianapolis

(Newser) - This summer, an Indianapolis teenager was abducted, strangled, and set on fire—a horrifying crime made all the more tragic by her story of a troubled girl gone good, the Indianapolis Star reports. Dominique Allen was 15 when someone apparently kidnapped her outside a neighbor's house, killed her on... More »

Arrest in 17-Year-Old Cold Case, Thanks to Cigarette

And some very determined Oklahoma investigators

(Newser) - Police have been searching for 17 years for the killer of Amber Gail Creek, a 14-year-old runaway foster child from Illinois found strangled and beaten to death in Wisconsin in 1997, the word "Hi" written on her hand, a $5 price tag stuck to her arm, and a plastic... More »

42 Years Later, a Break in 'Valentine's Day Killings'

'Person of interest' identified in 1971 murders

(Newser) - Authorities investigating a 42-year-old cold case murder of a young North Carolina couple say they've homed in on a "person of interest." Nineteen-year-old Jesse McBane and his girlfriend, 20-year-old Patricia Mann, were found tied up, strangled and beaten in Orange County on February 25, 1971, less than... More »

There Is No Jack the Ripper: Detective

Says reporter invented Ripper, but German sailor to blame for some murders

(Newser) - Trevor Marriott, a former Bedfordshire detective, has been investigating the Jack the Ripper murders for 11 years—and he's come to the conclusion that the Ripper doesn't exist, or at least not as he's traditionally portrayed. Though Jack was supposedly responsible for five grisly murders, Marriott has... More »

SF Cops Name Suspect in 1984 Abduction Case

Search resumes for body of Kevin Collins

(Newser) - San Francisco police have reopened a 29-year-old abduction case, renewing the search for the body of Kevin Collins, who disappeared in 1984 when he was 10 years old, and publicly naming a suspect for the first time. That suspect, who was last known as Dan Leonard Therrien but has gone... More »

Murder Case DNA Not From Occupy Protester

Both NYC samples traced to lab worker

(Newser) - The only link between the Occupy Wall Street protests and the unsolved 2004 murder of a New York City student now appears to be sloppy lab work. Matching DNA samples were found on a CD player belonging to 21-year-old Sarah Fox and on a chain used to hold a subway... More »

DNA Found at Occupy Site a Clue to 2004 Murder?

Sarah Fox's killer never found

(Newser) - Could DNA found at an Occupy Wall Street protest site help to solve a 2004 murder? In March, a chain was used to prop open a subway emergency exit door, allowing Occupiers to ride free. Police ran the DNA found on the chain in hopes of tracking down the culprit—... More »

Miami Police Now Taking Look at Magnotta

Press finds evidence he could have been in Miami at time of grisly murder

(Newser) - Los Angeles police have determined Luka Rocco Magnotta wasn't responsible for a headless body found beneath the Hollywood sign in January, but he's not off the hook stateside. Now Miami police say they are checking into the possibility Magnotta is responsible for an unsolved murder that occurred there... More »

Tapes Could Link Manson Family to More Murders

LAPD wants audio tapes that could yield new evidence

(Newser) - The horrific history of Charles Manson and his followers could soon be rewritten. The Los Angeles Police Department has asked for eight hours of decades-old audio recordings that could link the Manson family to more murders, reports NBC Los Angeles . The tapes feature conversations between Manson's former right-hand man,... More »

New Theory: Jack the Ripper Was a Woman

New book claims doctor's wife did the dirty deeds

(Newser) - The sadistic killer who struck London in 1888, killing five prostitutes over a 10-week span may have been ... a woman? A new book (titled the says-it-all Jack the Ripper: The Hand of a Woman) puts forth a new theory: That Jack the Ripper was indeed a female, specifically one named... More »

Ex-Death Row Inmate Lives Up First Night of Freedom

Damien Echols hangs out with celebrities, learns to use iPhone

(Newser) - Damien Echols, one of the infamous "West Memphis Three" who was released from death row on Friday , spent his first night of freedom partying with big-name supporters like Eddie Vedder and Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, and trying to figure out how to use an iPhone, reports the AP . "... More »

DNA No Match, DB Cooper Still a Mystery

Testing turns up no link between new suspect, Cooper's tie

(Newser) - DNA testing has failed to establish a link between a new suspect in the DB Cooper case and the man who vanished after hijacking a plane 40 years ago, the FBI says. DNA from family members of the suspect, who died 10 years ago, failed to match any of the... More »

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