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Body of Missing Student Found in California Park

Blaze Bernstein case is now a homicide investigation

(Newser) - The search for missing University of Pennsylvania sophomore Blaze Bernstein came to a grim end when the 19-year-old's body was found in a park near his parents' home, having apparently been exposed by this week's rainstorms, police in California say. The Orange County Sheriff's Department has not... More »

2 Arrests in Grisly Quadruple Homicide in Upstate NY

Details are sparse, but police will release more info later Saturday

(Newser) - Police say two people have been arrested in the quadruple homicide that took the lives of two women and two children in their upstate New York apartment. Officials made the announcement early Saturday morning. The suspects' names, photos, and charges have not yet been released. Police say that information will... More »

Cops Make 'Horrible, Terrible' Find in Upstate NY Apartment

4 deaths have been classified as homicide

(Newser) - Police in the upstate New York city of Troy say quadruple murder is suspected after a "horrible" find in a basement apartment. Troy Police Capt. Daniel DeWolf says the bodies of four people were found by a property manager around 1pm Tuesday. Police have not disclosed the identities of... More »

Kayaker's Killer Released 6 Weeks After Her Conviction

Angelika Graswald set free from prison early for time served in kayaking death of Vincent Viafore

(Newser) - A New York woman sent to prison for causing the death of her fiance on the Hudson River got an early Christmas present: her release from jail not even two months after hearing her fate in court. Angelika Graswald had been sentenced in early November to 16 months to four... More »

'Murder Capital of America' Now as Deadly as Wyoming

NYC sees killings hit record low, perhaps in part due to community policing

(Newser) - Even after two terrorist attacks and a driver's deadly rampage through Times Square , New York City is on track to smash its modern-era low for homicides in a year. Through Dec. 17, the city of 8.5 million people, once America's murder capital, had recorded 278 killings. That... More »

Anchorage Sets a Grim New Record

The old homicide record was set in 2016

(Newser) - Last year, police in Anchorage said they were troubled by a mysterious spike in murders . This year has been even worse. Police say they have determined that a man whose body was found outside the Alaska city was murdered in Anchorage, making it a record 35 homicides for the year,... More »

She Told Him of the Pregnancy, Then Vanished. Now, an Arrest

Nearly 5 years later, Donthe Lucas charged with first-degree murder

(Newser) - An arrest has been made in the February 2013 case of a Colorado woman who texted a photo of her eight-week ultrasound to her boyfriend , drove two hours to Pueblo to see him, and then disappeared. That boyfriend, Donthe Lucas, was charged Friday with first-degree murder in connection with the... More »

He Was Witness to a Double Murder—From 600 Miles Away

Video game microphone captured shooting in Kansas

(Newser) - Cody Ha may have been 600 miles from his friend in Texas, but the 23-year-old Kansas man sounded as though he were in the same room via the microphones and headphones the pair used to communicate while playing video games online with others Saturday. Then, around 10pm, Ashley Martinez of... More »

Chicago Passes Grim Milestone

The city has passed 600 homicides for the 3rd time since 2003

(Newser) - An awful milestone in Chicago, which has now seen more than 600 homicides for the second year in a row. There had been at least 609 homicides recorded in the city as of early Monday; by this time last year, that number was 711, but the number by this point... More »

Slashed Wrists Made It Look Like a Suicide, but It Wasn't

Carl Rodgers of Pennsylvania has been charged with wife's 1983 murder

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man has been charged with fatally beating his wife more than 30 years ago, then slashing her wrists to make it appear she killed herself, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Carl Rodgers, 62, of Shermans Dale, was arrested Monday in the 1983 death of his wife, Debra Rodgers, who was... More »

Homicide Detective Killed While Investigating Case

Baltimore police hunting a 'soulless killer'

(Newser) - Police in Baltimore say they are hunting the "heartless, ruthless, soulless killer" who murdered one of their officers. Sean Suiter, a 43-year-old homicide detective and father of five, died Thursday, a day after he was shot while investigating a 2016 triple murder in a troubled part of the city,... More »

Woman Charged After 'Sugar Daddy' Shot in Head

Prosecutors say Jennifer Morrissey tried to make murder look like a robbery

(Newser) - "Get the gun ready cause I'm coming. ... I'm gonna stab ya," prosecutors say Jennifer Morrissey texted Michael McNew on the day he died. She added: "I'll gut you like I'm field dressing a [expletive] deer." NBC Philadelphia reports the 33-year-old Morrissey was... More »

Boy's Crossbow Killing Was No Accident: Cops

13-year-old boy is in custody in Oklahoma

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy is in custody on suspicion of murder in Oklahoma, where authorities say he shot a playmate with a crossbow after a "disagreement." Police in Lincoln County responded to a 911 call around 6pm Saturday and found 10-year-old Austin Almanza dead. He'd been shot with... More »

Girl, 9, Dies After 325-Pound Cousin Sat on Her: Cops

64-year-old arrested for homicide, child cruelty; child's parents also arrested

(Newser) - A 9-year-old girl was allegedly killed by her adult cousin, a 325-pound woman accused of sitting on the child to punish her for misbehaving, the AP reports. Per the Pensacola News Journal , Dericka Lindsay was pronounced dead Saturday after an incident at the home of her parents, Grace Smith, 69,... More »

Cops: Ex-Boyfriend Arrived at Murder Scene via Car Service

Alina Sheykhet took out protection order against Matthew Darby last month

(Newser) - Three days after a 20-year-old college student's parents found her murdered in her Pittsburgh apartment, the woman's ex-boyfriend was arrested four states away, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. According to WPXI , Alina Sheykhet had filed for a protection from abuse order against 21-year-old Matthew Darby last month. Police in... More »

Frat Pledge Had BAC of 0.495 When He Died. Now 10 Arrested

One of the arrested faces negligent homicide charge in death of Maxwell Gruver

(Newser) - Ten people were arrested Wednesday on hazing charges in the death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge after a night of drinking, the AP reports. One of the 10 suspects—Matthew Naquin, 19—also faces a negligent homicide charge in the death last month of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, LSU... More »

Student Found Dead in Her Room by Concerned Parents

University of Pittsburgh student's death being treated as a homicide

(Newser) - The concerned father of a University of Pittsburgh student broke into his daughter's room at an off-campus home when she didn't come to the door and found her dead, the student's brother said. Alina Sheykhet, 20, was the victim of blunt force trauma, and the case was... More »

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 »

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