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Teen Was Driving 107mph When She Killed Sisters: Cops

Alia Sierra has been charged as adult

(Newser) - The opioid epidemic may have claimed two wholly innocent victims. Police say the 17-year-old who killed two sisters after the car she was driving crashed into the girls' Frankfort, Ind., home in July was high on opiates. RTV6 describes a harrowing lead-up to the crash, citing detectives who say Alia... More »

10 Most Dangerous Cities in the World

Caracas fares the worst

(Newser) - Caracas, Venezuela, has the unwanted distinction of being the most dangerous city in the world in a new survey. The report by 24/7 Wall St takes a look at global homicide rates and finds that the city's mix of gang warfare and political unrest puts it at the top... More »

Shocking Turn in Case of Missing Men: a Murder Confession

Cosmo DiNardo confessed to avoid death penalty, lawyer says

(Newser) - A stunning twist in the case of four men who disappeared this month in Pennsylvania: A person of interest in the disappearances confessed Thursday to murdering the missing men, the Washington Post reports. “[Cosmo DiNardo] confessed to his participation or commission in the murders of four young men,”... More »

At Root of Greek Bar Fight That Killed American: a Selfie

Or so police tell the 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - It's something one might do while on vacation on a Greek island: Ask a waitress at a bar to take a selfie with you. For American Bakari Henderson, it was allegedly a fatal move . Police tell the Washington Post that the bar fight that left the 22-year-old University of... More »

Fisherman Says Wife Fell Overboard. Cops Disagree

Christopher Leclair charged with criminal homicide

(Newser) - A commercial fisherman's story about his wife disappearing into the depths of Lake Erie on a boating trip isn't adding up, and Pennsylvania authorities believe they know why. They say he's the one who put her there. The AP reports Christopher Leclair, 48, is jailed on a... More »

Woman Killed After Going From Homeless to Six Figures

Makeva Jenkins was shot by a home invader Thursday in Florida

(Newser) - “We overcame being homeless in 2013/2014 ... to now making multi six figures," Makeva Jenkins posted Wednesday night on Facebook . Less than three hours later, the Florida mother of three was dead, People reports. According to the Palm Beach Post , a masked man entered Jenkins' home early Thursday and... More »

Police Now Believe That Mom Not Seen in 28 Years Was Killed

Cops reopen California cold case based on new evidence

(Newser) - Nearly 30 years after a California mother disappeared—her body has never been found—police got a break in the case. "About six months ago, we got a couple contacts from people who really wanted to get some things off their chest," Det. Jacob Blass of the Fremont... More »

Suspect in Ohio Triple Murder Killed 2 Others: Cops

George Brinkman knew his alleged victims

(Newser) - The suspect in a triple homicide in northern Ohio is actually believed to have killed a total of five people in a 24-hour period. After allegedly killing a mother and her two daughters in a North Royalton home, police believe 45-year-old George Brinkman Jr. murdered a Lake Township couple he'... More »

Dad Killed Over Fight Between Kids at Kindergarten Party

A 27-year-old has been charged with homicide

(Newser) - Police say a Pennsylvania man was hosting a kindergarten graduation party for his son and several other children when he was fatally shot, the AP reports. Witnesses tell state police that a fight or rough play between the victim's 6-year-old son and another 6-year-old led to an argument between... More »

New Ruling Decade After Man's Death Following Violent Arrest

Coroner says 20-year-old Brett Katzenmoyer's death is homicide

(Newser) - Ten years after Brett Katzenmoyer died following a "violent struggle" with New Jersey police, a county coroner has classified the 20-year-old's death as a homicide, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Katzenmoyer was drinking beer with friends outside an OAR concert in 2007 in Camden when a woman told police... More »

Tribe Thinks Fatal Hit-and-Run Is a Hate Crime

Says witness heard accused yell racial slurs; cops say there's no evidence

(Newser) - A 31-year-old man was charged Tuesday with second-degree homicide after he allegedly drove over two young men at a Washington campground, one of whom later died. But the Quinault Indian Nation believes he should also be charged with a hate crime. Based on a firsthand account from a "tribal... More »

Cops: Teens' Phone Theft Leaves Father of 7 Dead

Three are charged after victim was dragged by fleeing car, say Chicago police

(Newser) - A 43-year-old Chicago man trying to sell his old iPhone instead ended up dead at the hands of three teenage girls, police say. Trinidad Bueno-Sanchez, also identified as Javier Bueno, had arranged to sell an iPhone 6 using the Offer Up app and met a prospective buyer in a Chicago... More »

Girl, 17, Guilty of Homicide in Delaware School Death

Victim had previously unknown heart condition

(Newser) - A 17-year-old girl was convicted Thursday of criminally negligent homicide in a school bathroom attack in Delaware that left a 16-year-old classmate dead. The ruling came in a nonjury trial for three girls charged in the death of Amy Joyner-Francis, the AP reports. All three were 16 when the fight... More »

Chicago Sees 6 Days With No Homicides. That's a Big Deal

It hasn't happened since 2012

(Newser) - A 23-year-old man was shot to death while sitting in a vehicle in Chicago around 11am Feb. 26. And a 22-year-old man was shot to death on a Chicago street around noon Saturday. There were no homicides in between those two—marking a six-day homicide-free streak, which the city hadn'... More »

Cops: Wife Killed Husband After Fight Over Burned Casserole

Police say she took a photo of the body and sent it to a friend

(Newser) - Police in Pennsylvania say a woman fatally shot her husband after arguing about a casserole she burned, then took a photo of the body, texted it to a friend, and showered before calling 911, the AP reports. According to court records, Frazer police responding to the call Monday night found... More »

7 New Homicides in Chicago Bring New Rebuke From Trump

'Totally out of control,' says the president

(Newser) - Chicago's 760 homicides made 2016 its deadliest year in two decades—but 2017 is on track to steal that title. The city experienced its deadliest day of the new year on Wednesday when seven people were killed—five in a two-hour period—including a pregnant woman in her 20s.... More »

Search for Missing Woman Turns Up a Man's Body, Again

Group searching for Jessica Runions has found two other bodies

(Newser) - Since Jessica Runions went missing in September, family and friends have formed a search party and combed the Kansas City area week after week. And while they have yet to find the 21-year-old Missouri woman or clues as to her possible whereabouts, on each of the past two Saturdays the... More »

3 Alarming Stats From Florida Under 'Stand Your Ground'

Homicides have spiked, including those of African-Americans

(Newser) - For years, people have claimed "Stand Your Ground" laws have led to an increase in violence . A new JAMA study suggests their observations were right, at least in Florida. It finds homicides in the state spiked 24% from 82 per month from 1999 to October 2005, when Florida's... More »

Teen Dies After 68-Day Fast, Family Faces Homicide Charges

13-year-old Aradhana Samdariya was taking part in ancient religious ritual

(Newser) - For more than two months, a 13-year-old in India took part in an extreme religious fast, reports the BBC . Early this month she called off that fast, but she fell into a coma two days later and died of cardiac arrest on Oct. 4—and now her parents, well-off jewelers... More »

Dad Killed in Apparent Road-Rage Incident on Way to See Baby

Dennis Sloboda had been followed by a driver with a gun

(Newser) - A father was on the way to visit his newborn Monday night when he was fatally shot in a suspected road-rage incident outside Seattle, the Seattle Times reports. It's unclear what exactly happened between 33-year-old Dennis Sloboda and the other driver, but Sloboda showed up at his brother Anton'... More »

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