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Chicago Leads US in Murders, Lacks Detectives to Solve Them

The city has a murder clearance rate of 46%, one of the lowest in the US

(Newser) - The situation in Chicago looks dire. According to a Reuters report, the murder rate in America's third-largest city is skyrocketing while the number of detectives tasked with solving those homicides is dropping. Chicago is on pace to have more homicides this year than in any year since 1997. In... More »

Mom Accused of Putting Newborn in Fridge for 3 Hours

The 4-day-old boy died in February of hypothermia with asphyxiation

(Newser) - A 27-year-old South Carolina mother of a toddler has been accused of killing her 4-day-old newborn by putting him in the refrigerator for three hours, where he suffered hypothermia with asphyxiation, reports the Rock Hill Herald . After a lengthy investigation over the February incident, authorities arrested Angela Blackwell on Monday... More »

2nd Jogger Brutally Killed, This Time in Massachusetts

Vanessa Marcotte's naked, burned body was found Sunday night

(Newser) - A 27-year-old jogger from New York City was found dead in Princeton, Mass., on Sunday, her naked body partially burned, police say. Vanessa Marcotte—an account manager for Google—had set out from her mother's house, which she was visiting for the weekend, around 1pm, authorities say. Her family... More »

After Teens Found Dead Behind Publix, an Arrest

But police aren't giving a possible motive

(Newser) - A 20-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in Georgia in connection with the murder of two 17-year-olds behind a Publix grocery store, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The bodies of Natalie Henderson and Carter Davis were found by a delivery driver Monday in Roswell; each had been shot in the head. According... More »

2 Teens Shot in Head Behind Grocery Store

Their parents believed they were home in bed at the time

(Newser) - Two 17-year-old high school students were found dead behind a Georgia grocery store Monday morning, each with a single bullet wound to the head, WGCL reports. A delivery driver found the bodies of Natalie Henderson and Carter Davis around 6am behind a Publix grocery store in Roswell. According to WSB... More »

Doc Who Blamed Cough Syrup Gets 49 Years for Murders

It's the maximum sentence within state guidelines

(Newser) - Dr. Louis Chen, convicted of fatally stabbing his lover 177 times before slashing their toddler son's throat from ear to ear in a gruesome 2011 double homicide he blamed on a buildup of the active ingredient in cough syrup, will spend 49 years in prison for his crime. "... More »

5-Year-Old Missing After Mom Killed

Taliyah Marsman hasn't been seen since Sunday morning

(Newser) - Police are searching for a missing 5-year-old girl after her mother was found dead in their apartment Monday in Canada, the Calgary Herald reports. Investigators believe Sara Baillie was killed, though a cause of death hasn't been given, and an Amber Alert for her daughter Taliyah Marsman was issued... More »

Death of Navy SEAL Trainee Ruled a Homicide

Autopsy report finds James Lovelace was dunked multiple times by an instructor

(Newser) - A medical examiner ruled the death of a Navy SEAL trainee a homicide, saying his instructor repeatedly dunked him during a pool exercise while the 21-year-old was struggling, the AP reports. The homicide ruling on the May 6 drowning of James Lovelace raises questions about the safety of the grueling... More »

Texas Man Mysteriously Found Decapitated in Truck

'They cut my son's head off'

(Newser) - A grisly mystery is unfolding in Texas after a 24-year-old man was found in his pickup truck—without his head. "They cut my son's head off and they took my son's head," Jubal Alexander's father tells KTRK . "Who would do that?" KHOU reports Alexander... More »

Body Wearing 'Cement Shoes' Floats Ashore in NYC

The corpse had a Virgin Mary tattoo

(Newser) - Police are trying to identify the body of a man who washed ashore in New York City with his arms tied behind his back and his feet encased in concrete, the AP reports. At a news conference Tuesday in Queens, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said that the body was... More »

Man in SWAT Gear Wanted in Church Murder

Terri Bevers killed before fitness class on Monday

(Newser) - Police are searching for a man clad in SWAT gear after a fitness instructor was found murdered inside a Texas church on Monday. Terri "Missy" Bevers, 45, arrived at the Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian, 25 miles southwest of Dallas, around 4:20am and was found dead by... More »

'Obvious Trauma' in UT Freshman's Death: Cops

Family say suspect Meechaiel Criner is mentally ill

(Newser) - More details are emerging about the " unthinkable brutality " police say University of Texas freshman Haruka Weiser endured at the hands of homeless teen Meechaiel Criner . Though autopsy results aren't expected for several weeks, police sources tell the Austin American-Statesman that Weiser was sexually assaulted and died of... More »

Homeless Teen to Be Charged in Freshman's Murder

The key: a burning backpack

(Newser) - Police have arrested a 17-year-old homeless man in the murder of University of Texas student Haruka Weiser , found dead in a creek on campus on Tuesday. Meechaiel Criner, who is not a student at the school, was arrested Thursday and has been booked in Travis County Jail pending a murder... More »

Killer Sought After Freshman's Body Found in Creek on College Campus

Haruka Weiser suffered 'unthinkable brutality'

(Newser) - Austin police are searching for a killer after the body of an 18-year-old University of Texas freshman was found in a creek behind the campus's alumni building, ABC News reports. Haruka Weiser, a theater and dance major from Portland, Ore., was last seen leaving the drama building Sunday night.... More »

Cops: College Student Takes LSD, Then Beats His Girlfriend to Death

'He states (that) after a while things started to get weird'

(Newser) - A 21-year-old college student in Seattle allegedly killed his girlfriend after getting high on LSD over the weekend, the Seattle Times reports. According to the Tri-City Herald , police say the suspect, identified as Casey Henderson, and 22-year-old Katy Straalsund took LSD Saturday and walked around the University of Washington, where... More »

Dad Charged After Baby He Shook Dies 23 Years Later

Christopher Barber had already served time for the abuse

(Newser) - Christopher Barber served nearly five years in a Pennsylvania prison in the 1990s for shaking his fussy baby boy and flinging him onto a couch so hard that he suffered catastrophic brain damage. Now Barber is behind bars again, charged with homicide, following his son's death at age 23... More »

Chicago Off to Deadliest Start of This Century

95 homicides reported, up from 48 this time last year

(Newser) - After Chicago suffered its deadliest January in at least 16 years , two deaths in separate shootings over the weekend brought this year's homicide total to 95, giving the city its deadliest start to a year in almost two decades. The same number of homicides was recorded in January and... More »

Gun in Grandma's Bed Kills 3-Year-Old Sleeping There

Police arrested 42-year-old grandmother

(Newser) - A New Orleans woman allegedly slept with both her gun and her grandson in her bed, with tragic consequences. Police were called to home around 2am Wednesday to find the 3-year-old boy had been shot in the chest; he later died at a hospital, NBC News reports. The grandmother, 42-year-old... More »

Cops: Silver, Not Gold, Led to Double Homicide

Handyman faces life in prison

(Newser) - Authorities say the motive in the murders of Beverly and Gregory Giannonatti in Deer Lodge, Montana, was not, as many had speculated , a 25-pound bar of gold, the Washington Post reports. Instead, police say the 79-year-old mother and 57-year-old son were killed in October over 1,700 ounces of silver.... More »

Murder Case Opened After Funeral Director Finds Wound

Myrtle McKinney was initially thought to have died of natural causes

(Newser) - "It's just a horrible circumstance ... that she was in Kings County morgue for a month before we saw this," said NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert K. Boyce Wednesday. The "she" is Myrtle McKinney, an 82-year-old Brooklyn woman who was found dead on her kitchen floor on... More »

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