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Baltimore Logs 300 Homicides for 1st Time Since 1999

But murder motives remain the same, official says

(Newser) - Bad news for Baltimore: The city now has 300 homicides on record for the first time in 16 years, the Baltimore Sun reports. That's thanks to two fresh murders on Saturday—a stabbing and a shooting—which continued a spike in violence that's seen more than one murder... 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 »

Woman Jumps From Hotel, Lands on Pedestrian

Victim suffers critical injuries

(Newser) - A man is in critical condition after a woman jumped from the 11th floor of a Los Angeles hotel this morning and landed on top of him, the Los Angeles Times reports. The victim was walking by the Crowne Plaza hotel when he was hit from above, and the woman... More »

Chicago Has Deadliest Day Since 2003

9 people killed in homicides on Wednesday alone

(Newser) - Wednesday marked the deadliest day for Chicago in more than a decade with nine people killed by gunshots in eight different districts across the city. Such gun violence hasn't been seen in Chicago since July 5, 2003, when 10 homicides occurred, reports the Chicago Tribune . Police say the various... More »

Study: This Is the Kind of Man Who Murders His Partner

There are striking similarities among these convicts

(Newser) - The kind of man who kills his wife or family fits a pattern, and this new understanding of who commits this kind of murder could help prevent them from happening in the first place. So report Northwestern University researchers in the Journal of Forensic Sciences after interviewing and evaluating 153... More »

SC Cop Killed Unarmed Teen —but This Time, No Outcry

Family says case isn't getting attention because Zachary Hammond was white

(Newser) - Zachary Hammond was killed by police while on a first date in South Carolina on July 26. If you haven't heard about his death, his family says it's because he's white. Their lawyer, Eric Bland, says the unarmed 19-year-old was driving in a Hardee's parking lot... More »

Cops: Guy Killed Ex, Grandma Over Son's Name

Cesar Mazza, 25, was mad that child wasn't named after him, police say

(Newser) - Pittsburgh police say a man upset that his ex-girlfriend wouldn't name their newborn son after him fatally stabbed her 15 times and beat her grandmother to death. Cesar Mazza, 25, is awaiting arraignment today on charges of criminal homicide and kidnapping. Police say he took his 3-month-old son from... More »

After Maddy's Murder, an Unlikely Motherly Bond

Laura Jordan says she told accused killer's mom 'I love you'

(Newser) - The mother of slain 8-year-old Maddy Middleton doesn't blame the mother of alleged killer Adrian Jerry Gonzalez, 15. In fact, she says she's consoling her friend while dealing with the unimaginable loss of her daughter. Laura Jordan, Maddy's mom, says she found Reggie Factor on her knees... More »

Teen Charged After Body of 8-Year-Old Calif. Girl Found

Police believe body found in dumpster is that of Madyson Middleton

(Newser) - The search for an 8-year-old girl who went missing while riding her scooter Sunday afternoon has apparently come to a sad end. The chief of the Santa Cruz Police Department says a body found in a dumpster last night is likely that of Madyson "Maddy" Middleton, the AP reports.... More »

Cops: NJ Man Killed 7 in 'Horrific' Spree Over 7 Weeks

Shootings occurred in New Jersey, Pennsylvania over 7 weeks

(Newser) - A man killed seven people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania over a seven-week period during shooting rampages in which at least some victims may have been targeted at random, authorities say. The killings began in Elizabeth, NJ, on May 18 and ended 70 miles away in Pennsylvania on Sunday, when... More »

Remains of Boy Last Seen in 2004 Found in Mom's Trunk

Virginia's Tonya Slaton, 44, charged with concealing dead body

(Newser) - The case of a vanished teenager appears to have gotten more confusing with the discovery of his body, rather than less so. Quincy Jamar Davis was last seen in 2004 when he was just 14, living with his mother in Virginia Beach. On June 6, however, a Virginia State Police... More »

Son Kills Mom During Fight About College Grades: Cops

Tyler Blansit, 22, confessed to police

(Newser) - Mentone, a popular vacation destination on top of Alabama's Lookout Mountain, is more closely associated with the words "retreat," "paradise," and "idyllic" than with "murder." But as AL.com puts it, "that paradise was shattered Friday" when police received a 911... More »

Baltimore Murder Count Hits 43-Year High

43 people killed in city in May, 116 so far in 2015

(Newser) - Three fatal shootings in Baltimore yesterday bring May's homicide count to 43, making it the most violent month in more than 40 years. Police say two men were fatally shot in the head about 1am; about 11am, a man was fatally shot in the back. May is the deadliest... More »

Mom Charged After Boy, 1, Thrown From Bridge Dies

Charged may be upgraded; Zymeir Perry lived for 6 days

(Newser) - The 20-month-old boy whose mother allegedly tossed him over the side of a Pennsylvania bridge into the Lehigh River, then followed him in, has died after six days, reports NBC Philadelphia . Police had previously charged 19-year-old Johnesha Perry with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and endangering the welfare of a child;... More »

Van Driver Charged With Freddie Gray's Murder

Five more officers charged in his death

(Newser) - To cheers from local residents, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced today there was no probable cause for Freddie Gray's arrest and that six police officers will be charged in connection with the 25-year-old's death, NBC News reports. The stiffest charge—second-degree murder—will be filed against... More »

Boyfriend Faked CPR After Killing Student: Officials

Gregorio Orrostieta charged in Pa. freshman Karlie Hall's brutal death

(Newser) - A 19-year-old has been charged with homicide in the death of his girlfriend, a freshman at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Gregorio Orrostieta, who isn't a student at the school, told police he got in a verbal fight with Karlie Hall, 18, at a party, authorities say. He says she... More »

Cops: Red Power Ranger Killed Roommate

Ricardo Medina allegedly stabbed man with sword

(Newser) - A former Power Ranger has been booked on a murder charge after allegedly killing his roommate with a sword, police in Los Angeles County say. Ricardo Medina, who played the Red Power Ranger in Power Rangers Wild Force, allegedly got in a fight with roommate Joshua Sutter, retreated to his... More »

Mississippi Teenager Burned Alive

Father says Jessica Chambers named killer before death

(Newser) - Seasoned investigators in Mississippi say it's the most brutal crime they have ever seen. Jessica Chambers, 19, was burned alive on Saturday night after she went out to have her car cleaned and get a bite to eat. She was found badly burned near her burning car on a... More »

Man Whose Young Son Died in Hot Car Is Charged

Kyle Seitz faces a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to year in prison

(Newser) - The Connecticut father of a 15-month-old boy who died after being left in a hot car in July has been charged with negligent homicide, reports the AP . Kyle Seitz, 36, turned himself in yesterday after learning there was a warrant for his arrest, police say. He was released on a... More »

Army Vet Survives Afghanistan, Dies on LA Streets

Francisco Garcia was shot dead two days before Veterans Day

(Newser) - A young Army veteran who had recently returned from Afghanistan was shot and killed while at a party—two days before Veterans Day. Though the Los Angeles Police Department initially reported that Francisco Garcia, 21, had returned to his Los Angeles home two weeks earlier and on Saturday attended a... More »

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