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Officer Pepper-Sprays Passing Bikers in Viral Video

He's been placed on administrative duty

(Newser) - Police in Fort Worth, Texas, are investigating after a video surfaced showing an officer firing a burst of pepper spray at a group of motorcyclists on a highway. Members of the group say about 200 motorcyclists were traveling on Highway 287 around 3pm Sunday when an officer pulled over a... More »

7-Year-Old Girl Found Dead Near School Football Game

Gabriella Doolin's death is a homicide, police say

(Newser) - Kentucky state police didn't take long in finding Gabriella Doolin's body. Her mom reported the 7-year-old missing from an Allen County-Scottsville High School football game Saturday evening in Scottsville, Kentucky, and 25 minutes later, police found Gabriella behind the school. Her body was in a creek in a... More »

Cops Reveal Theory on 1973 Murder. 4 Days Later, a Twist

Betsy Langjahr, who went missing around that time, has been found alive and well

(Newser) - More than 40 years into the investigation, Pennsylvania state police announced Friday that a Jane Doe found covered by a tarp and branches on Oct. 9, 1973, may have been Betsy Langjahr, who went missing from a nearby home for troubled teens around that time. The newly public theory didn'... More »

Chemical Sleuthing Adds Another Clue to Baby Doe Puzzle

Isotopes in hair, teeth of girl found on Boston beach suggest she was transient

(Newser) - The "first big break" in Boston's Baby Doe case came earlier this month when tests discovered local pollen on the dead girl's clothing and blanket. Now another clue has emerged, thanks to the chemical detective work of a Utah lab: After analysis that compared oxygen isotopes in... More »

Pollen Test Gives 1st Big Break in 'Baby Doe' Case

But why won't anyone come forward?

(Newser) - Seems "Baby Doe" was a local girl. A pollen test has given investigators "their first big break" in the case of a young girl found in a trash bag on a Boston beach in June, NBC News reports. The test shows "Baby Doe"—who was around... More »

Ex-Cop: I'd Reopen Case to See If Love Killed Cobain

Former Seattle chief thinks new movie's conspiracy theory should be fleshed out

(Newser) - Conspiracy theories have long swirled around the 1994 death of Kurt Cobain, but the latest film documentary about the Nirvana frontman has Courtney Love filing cease-and-desist letters and the ex-police chief of Seattle saying he'd reopen the case if he were still in charge, Spin reports. In Soaked in ... More »

'Foul Play' Probed in Bobbi Kristina Case

Investigation focuses on boyfriend Nick Gordon, sources say

(Newser) - Bobbi Kristina Brown's case is tragic, but accidental—right? Law enforcement officers in Georgia aren't so sure, TMZ reports. Sources say a criminal investigation is focusing on Brown's boyfriend Nick Gordon and the pair's reportedly violent relationship. More specifically, authorities are looking into injuries sustained by... More »

Teen Burned Alive Said Last Words to Firefighters

Hacking group Anonymous says gangs were involved in her death

(Newser) - The horrific case of a Mississippi teenager burned alive has spawned new developments, including talk of her last words, hacks by Anonymous, and the possibility of a mysterious second person. From around the Web:
  • Moments before Jessica Chambers was doused in flammable liquid and set ablaze in her car near
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Cops Dive Deeper in NC Woman's Murky 'Suicide'

Sarah Long allegedly left $1M to secret married lover

(Newser) - A gun found in the left hand of a right-handed suicide victim. A secret married lover. And a $1 million inheritance. These are all clues in the mysterious July death of Sarah Catherine Long, 41, who police in Davidson, NC, at first believed killed herself, People reports. But now, they... More »

School Shooter Invited Victims to Lunch by Text

But Jaylen Fryberg's motive remains elusive, sheriff says

(Newser) - A popular student responsible for a shooting at a Washington state high school on Friday invited his victims to lunch by text message, then shot them at their table, investigators say today. Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary says at a news conference that the five students were at a lunch... More »

Lanza, Mom Didn't Speak for 3 Months Before Shooting

State's attorney releases Sandy Hook report that closes investigation

(Newser) - Adam Lanza apparently planned the Sandy Hook massacre by himself and left no evidence of why he killed 27 people at a Connecticut elementary school last year, according to a report released today. "Why did the shooter murder twenty-seven people, including twenty children?" wrote Danbury State's Attorney Stephen... More »

Instagram Account Targets, IDs Crime Witnesses: Cops

Police investigating individual behind 'rats215'

(Newser) - Philadelphia police are on the hunt for an anonymous Instagram user who claimed to "expose rats" by identifying witnesses of violent crimes. Posting more than 150 pictures, plus police statements and testimony, the "rats215" account has named more than 30 witnesses since February in a city where finding... More »

Serial-Rapist DNA Test Leads Cops to Twins

So Marseille police are ordering unusual genetic test

(Newser) - Police in the French city of Marseille relied on DNA evidence to arrest a serial rapist accused of attacking six women, the Telegraph reports. Only problem: His DNA nearly matches his twin brother's, so police hauled them both in. And the victims, unable to tell them apart, positively identified... More »

Gunmen Steal $11.5M in Gold From Fishing Boat

Curacao police say robbers posed as customs officials

(Newser) - Here's a fishy one: Police on the Caribbean island of Curacao say they are investigating after armed men robbed a fishing boat of $11.5 million in gold bars on Friday, the AP reports. The alleged robbers wore police jackets and told the boat's crew they were customs... More »

What Police Screwed Up the Night Trayvon Died

They took only one picture, didn't secure vehicle, and more

(Newser) - The Trayvon Martin case wasn't just a story of racial bias, it was also apparently a story of police incompetence. The Sanford Police Department doesn't even have a homicide department, and usually tackles only three to four murders a year—and it showed. The New York Times talked... More »

Gawker: O'Reilly Pushed Cops to Lean on Wife's Beau

Internal affairs allegedly told to investigate cop for affair

(Newser) - Did Bill O’Reilly sic internal affairs on his wife’s police officer boyfriend? That’s the soap opera-worthy tale Gawker is hawking today. A source close to Nassau internal affairs officer Richard Harasym says Harasym was asked to meet with a pair of private detectives working for O'Reilly,... More »

Rescuers Had to Pry Trainer From Orca

Workers also say they had trouble deploying nets

(Newser) - SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau had to be forcibly extracted from the mouth of the orca that killed her, say witness accounts released by police. The accounts rehash much already known information but paint a more complete portrait of the chaotic rescue efforts. After the whale bit down on Brancheau's ponytail,... More »

Cops: Missing Utah Woman's Hubby Clams Up

Refusal to talk 'disappointing,' but Joshua Powell not a suspect

(Newser) - The husband of missing Utah woman Susan Powell has declined to grant authorities a third interview and has also retained counsel. Police seem positively jilted. “This is very disappointing to us and it is not helpful for this missing person investigation at all,” a cop tells the Salt ... More »

7th Severed Foot Hits Canadian Shores

Like others, severed by natural causes, but no less mysterious

(Newser) - Another foot has washed up on a British Columbia beach, bringing the total to seven over the last two years. The right foot, inside a running shoe like some of the others, was separated from the body through a “natural process,” police officials tell the Vancouver Sun.... More »

Garridos Suspect in 2 More Cases

Area cops looking to demolish home in search for evidence

(Newser) - Bay Area police are searching Philip Garrido’s home and adjacent properties for evidence of two kidnappings in the late 1980s similar to the abduction of Jaycee Dugard, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Nine-year-old Michaela Garecht was kidnapped in 1988 from nearby Hayward, while 13-year-old Ilene Misheloff was taken 2... More »

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