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Why Chicago's Crime Rates Plummeted

Chicago Magazine alleges plot to fudge statistics

(Newser) - Chicago politicians are trumpeting last year's unprecedented drop in crime rates, but on second glance it may be a case of lies, damned lies, and statistics, Chicago Magazine reports. Insiders at City Hall and the police department say that when crime soared in 2012, Mayor Rahm Emanuel felt the... More »

Student's Death in Hazing Ritual Ruled a Murder

Michael Deng was unresponsive after tackling

(Newser) - In December, a student at New York City's Baruch College was killed following a fraternity hazing ; now, authorities are calling the death a homicide, NBC News reports. According to the allegations, those involved in the ritual—which saw participants try to tackle the blindfolded freshman—took at least an... More »

Iowa Lawmaker's Sisters Shot Dead

Bodies found in basement of Pittsburgh home

(Newser) - A grisly mystery in Pittsburgh: Two sisters of an Iowa state lawmaker were found shot to death at their home in the city, and police are treating the deaths as a double homicide. The bodies of pediatrician and psychiatrist Sarah Wolfe, 38, and teacher's aide Susan Wolfe, 44, were... More »

Murdered Ex-Miss Venezuela Had Been Attacked Before

Monica Spear was no stranger to violence, but refused to leave country she loved

(Newser) - A high-profile shooting in Venezuela continues to grab headlines, with the Monday night murder of well-known soap-opera actress and former Miss Venezuela shining a light on the country's rampant violence—as the nation's leader tries to shift the focus. President Nicolas Maduro yesterday tried to paint Monica Spear'... More »

Indiana Hero Teen Shot Dead by Friend

Cops say he thought gun was empty

(Newser) - An Indiana teenager honored for saving two young lives with an act of heroism has had her life taken away by what appears to have been an act of incredible stupidity. Court papers say Aubrey Peters, 16, was shot dead Sunday night by a friend who was showing off his... More »

Stats on Accidental Child Shootings Are Way Off

About half go unrecorded: report

(Newser) - Accidental shooting deaths of children may be far more common than we realize. An investigation by the New York Times found these deaths happen about twice as often as statistics indicate, because authorities often don't record them as "accidents." The Times looked at 259 accidental firearm deaths... More »

Boy, 8, Shoots, Kills Elderly Woman—Intentionally

Cops say he shot his caregiver in back of head after playing 'Grand Theft Auto'

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy fatally shot his elderly "caregiver"— WBRZ identifies the victim as his grandmother—in Slaughter, Louisiana, last week, authorities say. The victim was Marie Smothers, 87. The boy has not been identified because of his age. He originally told police the shooting was unintentional, but authorities... More »

Missing RI Child Found; 2 Suspects Nabbed in Murders

Suspect fled scene of a double homicide: police

(Newser) - Two men have been arrested following a double homicide and reported abduction, and now, police have found the 2-year-old child believed to have been kidnapped. Police issued an Amber Alert yesterday when Malcolm Crowell, 22, allegedly fled a house in Johnston, Rhode Island, after two women were killed; he was... More »

Driver Busted in Soccer Trekker's Tragic Death

Suspect has long history of infractions

(Newser) - A man with a long history of driving offenses has been busted in the death of a Seattle man killed just two weeks into his US-Brazil soccer trek . Scott Van Hiatt has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the death of Richard Swanson, who was struck and killed by... More »

Chicago Murder Rate Dives—but Cash Running Out

Police overtime budget for the year almost gone

(Newser) - Chicago's murder rate this year has plummeted to a level not seen in 50 years following a horrific 2012 that saw more than 500 murders, the New York Times finds. Police tactics—including sending more than 400 officers a day to cover 20 small zones considered the most dangerous,... More »

Teen Stabbed, Killed Girlfriend on Hike: Cops

16-year-old stabbed 17-year-old in throat

(Newser) - A 16-year-old Pennsylvania boy has been charged with stabbing his 17-year-old girlfriend to death while out on a hike. According to officials, the pair were arguing about his cell phone and her "going out" as they walked along a trail in Skippack on Saturday, when the boy, Tristan Stahley,... More »

Mayoral Candidate's Murder Rocks Mississippi Town

Body of 34-year-old Democrat Marco McMillian found yesterday

(Newser) - Whatever his prospects for winning the coming mayoral election in his conservative hometown of Clarksdale, Miss., Marco McMillian was widely considered to be a man on the rise. So word spread fast when his SUV was involved in a wreck this week, and he was nowhere to be found. The... More »

Teen Shot Dead Days After Performing at Inauguration

Hadiya Pendleton murdered in Chicago park

(Newser) - Little more than a week ago, Hadiya Pendleton was performing with the King College Prep band and drill team at President Obama's inauguration. Yesterday she was killed, shot in a Chicago park while hanging out with her friends after getting out of school early. Hadiya, 15, was with a... More »

Illinois Lottery Winner Poisoned With Cyanide

Cops now treating death as murder

(Newser) - The case of a Chicago man who died suddenly weeks after a big lottery win is now being treated as a murder, police say. Urooj Khan scored a $1 million scratchcard win in June and died the day after the check for his winnings was issued the following month, CNN... More »

Sister's Planned House Sale May Have Sparked NY Shooter

Thousands attend firefighter's funeral

(Newser) - Police are floating a possible motive for William Spengler's orgy of violence : His sister was planning to sell their house. Cheryl Spengler, who didn't get along with her live-in brother, had bought a house in Henrietta, New York, and was planning to sell the family home in Webster,... More »

NYC on Track for Lowest Murders on Record

Chicago, meanwhile, just hit 500

(Newser) - Two big cities, two opposite trends:
  • New York City expects to record its lowest number of homicides since record-keeping began in 1963, reports AP . The city has had 414 this year, down nearly 20% from last year and well under the previous low of 471 in 2009. The city also
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Indy Couple Allegedly Blew Up Their Own House

Three arrested in allegedly intentional blast that killed two

(Newser) - Police have arrested three people in the deadly Indianapolis blast that killed two people and destroyed 29 homes —and the people arrested are the family that lived in the house at the center of the blast. Monserrate Shirley and her boyfriend Mark Leonard, who lived in the house, and... More »

Indiana Blast Was No Accident

Explosion that killed 2, hit 86 homes was no accident, investigators say

(Newser) - The blast that killed two people and left an Indianapolis neighborhood looking like a "war zone" earlier this month was no accident, investigators believe. The chief of the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety’s Homeland Security division says the probe is now a criminal homicide investigation, the Indianapolis Star... More »

Police: Found Body Likely Missing NJ Girl

Autumn Pasquale has not been seen since last Saturday afternoon

(Newser) - A body found in a recycling container has been preliminarily identified as that of a missing 12-year-old New Jersey girl, officials said today. The body found last night is believed to be that of Autumn Pasquale, who was last seen Saturday afternoon at her father's home. Officials did not... More »

Boston Student Found in River Chained to Block

Jonathan Dailey disappeared a week ago

(Newser) - A missing Boston graduate student has been found dead in the Charles River, bound with chains to a cement block. Jonathan Dailey, 23, was identified yesterday, a day after the body of a 62-year-old man was found in the river near the Boston University boathouse. The older man's death... More »

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