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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 »

Anchorage Reels From Mysterious Spike in Murders

The city has tallied 25 homicides for the year, 15 since late June

(Newser) - "The homicide rate in Anchorage has always run between 12 and 24," that city's police chief from 2010 to 2015 tells the Alaska Dispatch News . "That was sort of the rule of thumb. We rarely did better than 12. And we rarely did worse than twice... More »

Chicago Logs 500th Murder of '16 in Bloody Weekend

65 people shot over Labor Day weekend

(Newser) - After wrapping up its deadliest month in 20 years , Chicago logged its 500th homicide of the year over Labor Day weekend, when 65 people were shot, including 13 fatally. Nine of those deaths and almost half of all shootings resulting in injuries or deaths occurred between 6am Monday and 3am... More »

August Was Chicago's Deadliest Month in 20 Years

And it's not clear why

(Newser) - Chicago recorded its deadliest month in two decades in August, part of a sharp rise in gun violence in the nation's third-largest city this year, the AP reports. Chicago police said Thursday that 90 people were killed last month, a 66% increase over August 2015. There were 472 shooting... More »

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 »

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