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Nikolas Cruz Punches Himself in Face Repeatedly in Video

And mimics shooting himself

(Newser) - A demon voice told him to "burn, kill, destroy," or so claims Nikolas Cruz in an interrogation video in which Cruz is said to have confessed to fatally shooting 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. In the heavily redacted video released Wednesday, Cruz... 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 »

Woman Admits Kidnapping Newborn 20 Years Ago

Gloria Williams could get up to 22 years

(Newser) - Almost 20 years after she kidnapped a newborn baby girl from a hospital room in Florida, Gloria Williams has confessed to her crime. The 52-year-old pleaded guilty in a Jacksonville courtroom Monday to abducting baby Kamiyah Mobley, now known as Alexis Manigo, the Florida Times-Union reports. Williams, who raised the... More »

Victim Cries as Pastor Accused of Sex Assault Is Applauded

Woman says he forced her to perform oral sex when she was 17

(Newser) - When a 17-year-old Jules Woodson told members of her church that a youth minister forced her to perform oral sex, she says leaders gave him a friendly "going away reception." Twenty years later, he'd also get a standing ovation, reports the Washington Post . Forced to address Woodson'... More »

'Black Widow' Makes Stunning Claim in Murder Trial

'I killed my husband,' Chisako Kakehi tells court

(Newser) - When Chisako Kakehi took the stand during her murder trial Monday, she vowed to remain silent. But that's not what happened. In what the New York Times calls a "cinematic turn," the so-called black widow of Japan admitted to killing her fourth husband, one of at least... More »

Roof's Confession Tape: Felt 'Bad' When He Found Out Death Toll

Accused Charleston church shooter also admitted he was 'white supremacist'

(Newser) - During a week in which his mom already suffered a heart attack after hearing the case against him, more shock arrived Friday in the federal trial of Dylann Roof, 22, accused of a church shooting in Charleston, SC, that killed nine black worshippers. He's facing 33 federal charges for... More »

Man Recants Testimony That Jailed 16-Year-Old for Life

David Bollinger says a detective threatened him with the death penalty

(Newser) - In 1989, 16-year-old Johnny Small was sentenced to life in prison; now age 42, he's still there. That might change, after a state witness whose testimony helped seal Small's conviction recanted his testimony on Monday. "I was forced to do something I didn’t want to and... More »

Cops: NY Woman Admitted Sabotaging Lover's Kayak

She was strangely calm after capsizing, officer testifies

(Newser) - The New York woman accused of murder in her fiance's kayaking death confessed to sabotage even before the body of Vincent Viafore was found, a police investigator testified at a pretrial hearing. Senior investigator Aniello Moscato told the hearing Monday that during a trip to lay a wreath for... More »

Old Friend: OJ Simpson Will Confess

To 'rid us of all the doubt'

(Newser) - OJ Simpson will confess to murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman—one of these days. At least that's what one of his former friends tells the New York Daily News . "I hope one day he actually will rid us of all the doubt and all the conspiracy... More »

Trump Admits Using 'Barron' Alias

But still won't confess he was 'John Miller' in now-famous 1991 phone interview

(Newser) - Has the "mystery" of John Miller been solved? Perhaps, after a big night for Donald Trump on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday, in which he agreed to debate Bernie Sanders and also copped to pulling out fake names in the past, though whether that includes the now-infamous Miller moniker is... More »

Burglars Confess to Save Innocent Man

'It was a case of honor among thieves,' says lawyer

(Newser) - Most burglars would be thrilled to know they got away with their crime. Not this pair: Police say Michael Dehal, 28, and Stephen Monaghan, 50, stole $87,500 worth of beauty products and equipment from a UK salon in June 2014. Though Monaghan was initially suspected, police eventually charged another... More »

Guy Calls Station About '82 Cold Case, Gets Arrested

Jose Ferreira confessed to cops about killing 13-year-old Carrie Ann Jopek in 1982

(Newser) - In 1982, 13-year-old Carrie Ann Jopek went missing in Milwaukee after she got suspended from school. Her body was found 17 months after she vanished, buried under a neighbor's porch, but the search for her killer eventually went cold, the AP reports. Now her mom, Carolyn Touisgnant, may finally... More »

Aging Mom Admits, 'I Killed That Baby'

Janice Summerfield, 77, says she smothered her infant boy in 1961

(Newser) - A 77-year-old Michigan mom has confessed to killing her baby boy 53 years ago, prompting a murder investigation and raising eyebrows about other deaths in the family, the Battle Creek Enquirer reports. Janice Summerfield, 77, apparently confessed to her daughter and a police detective before telling a reporter that she... More »

Walmart Texts Made Paranoid Killer Confess

He thought someone knew his secret after 17 years

(Newser) - Matthew Gibson killed a woman in Arizona 17 years ago and he would have gotten away with it ... if it wasn't for Walmart. The 55-year-old—who drove from North Carolina to Arizona to confess —told police that he thought somebody knew about the crime after he started receiving... More »

Odd Murder Confessions From '70s Second-Guessed

Suspects weren't sure whether they'd been involved

(Newser) - In the 1970s, six people confessed to killing two men in Iceland, apparently explaining the victims' mysterious 1974 disappearances and ending what the justice minister called "the nation's nightmare." But the suspects, who were all convicted—with one sentenced to life in prison—at first didn't... More »

Mom Confesses to Smothering Babies

Except for one that she says was stillborn

(Newser) - Megan Huntsman has confessed to strangling or smothering six of the seven dead babies found hidden in her garage , according to an affidavit released today. She says the seventh child was stillborn. The 39-year-old said she'd given birth to the children between 1996 and 2006. Each time she would... More »

Most Unusually, Pope Confesses in Public

Visits priest during St. Peter's service

(Newser) - At a service in St. Peter's Basilica yesterday, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of confession—and, in a rare move for a pope, made his own confession in public. As he was being shown to an empty booth to hear others confess, he instead headed to a booth already... More »

Tsarnaev Friend's Murder Confession Revealed?

Photo purports to show fateful legal pad

(Newser) - A Florida prosecutor and the Department of Justice each issued reports yesterday clearing agents of wrongdoing in the killing of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's pal Ibragim Todashev, and revealing new details about the incident. One such detail: At one point, Todashev wrote out a confession. The Florida report contains a comically... More »

Lance Armstrong Might Admit Doping

Reports say he's considering a confession to reduce lifetime ban

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong has spent the last decade swearing up and down that he never, ever, used drugs to boost his performance, even as the evidence mounted and he got stripped of his titles and glory. Now, he might just fess up, reports the New York Times and Wall Street Journal... More »

Bo Xilai's Wife Confesses: Report

Gu Kailai cites mental breakdown: state media

(Newser) - Near the end of her seven-hour trial , Gu Kailai admitted killing British businessman Neil Heywood, Chinese state media say. The wife of ousted politician Bo Xilai apologized for what she called a "tragedy," saying the murder occurred during a "nervous breakdown," the BBC reports. She said... More »

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