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'Poster Child for the Death Penalty' May Die Sitting Up

Alva Campbell's execution is set for Nov. 15 in Ohio

(Newser) - Allowing a condemned killer with health problems to partially sit up during his execution next month would be a "reasonable" accommodation, according to a doctor working for Ohio's prison system. Death row inmate Alva Campbell—described by a Franklin County prosecutor as "the poster child for the... More »

Serial Killer's Push for Freedom: I'm a 'Better Person'

75-year-old Richard Steeves says he's overcome his 'violent, unpredictable past'

(Newser) - Richard Steeves is 75 years old, plays the piano, and has just one wish in life. But as Bob Hohler details for the Boston Globe , that wish—freedom—is complicated by the fact that Steeves is a convicted serial killer who's been in prison for three decades. Hohler has... More »

Norway Mass Killer Doesn't Have It So Bad: Appeals Court

Anders Behring Breivik isn't being kept in 'inhuman' conditions, court rules

(Newser) - Anders Behring Breivik isn't being kept in inhuman conditions after all. An Oslo court had agreed last April with the Norwegian mass killer's contention that his imprisonment was "degrading," mainly because he was kept in almost total isolation from other prisoners. On Wednesday, however, an appeals... 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 »

John Lennon's Killer: 'Sorry for Being Such an Idiot'

Transcript of Mark David Chapman's parole plea is released

(Newser) - The man who killed John Lennon got turned down for parole yet again earlier this month, but at least Mark David Chapman seems to realize that he acted like "an idiot" on that December day in 1980, reports the Journal News . A newly released transcript of his parole hearing... More »

Young Couple Arrested After Mother Found in Suitcase

Heather Mack suspected in mother's death

(Newser) - It's no secret that Heather Mack, the 19-year-old daughter of the late jazz composer James Mack, didn't get along with her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack. And now that her mother's body has been found in a bloodied suitcase in Bali, Mack has been arrested along with her... More »

Solitary Confinement 'Ruined' Colorado Gunman

Evan Ebel went 'completely, deadly wrong': lawyer

(Newser) - The suspected killer of Colorado corrections chief Tom Clements had a decent, middle-class upbringing that went downhill after his sister died in a car accident, USA Today reports. Evan Ebel—who died after a gunfight with police—then started getting into trouble in his Denver suburb, committing robberies, pistol-whipping a... More »

480-Pound Killer: I'm Too Fat for Execution

Ronald Post's lawyers say lethal injection could be 'torturous'

(Newser) - Convicted Ohio killer Ronald Post wants a delay of execution because, he says, his scar tissue and 480 pounds of body mass would make lethal injection far too painful, the AP reports. "There is a substantial risk that any attempt to execute him will result in serious physical and... More »

Alleged Body-Parts Killer Caught in Berlin

Porn actor Luka Rocco Magnotta nabbed in German cafe

(Newser) - The international manhunt for Luka Rocco Magnotta ended today at an Internet café in Berlin, where police nabbed the porn actor/alleged killer, sources tell German newspaper Bild . Magnotta, who is accused of killing and dismembering a man on camera and then mailing the body parts to Canadian political parties, was... More »

Kid-Killer Mom Wins Custody of Teen Boys

She was just 'temporarily insane,' says husband

(Newser) - A Washington mom is horrified that her teenage sons will be living with a stepmother who shot to death her two young daughters. The boys can stay with their biological dad and his first wife, Kristine Cushing, who says a bad reaction to Prozac is to blame for the killings... More »

Cannibal Killer Gets Life

He confesses to eating flesh of one of two teen victims

(Newser) - A German identified only as "Jan O.," who admitted eating the flesh of one of his two teenage victims, has been sentenced to life in prison. The killer, 26, confessed to licking blood from the wound of a 14-year-old girl he murdered and eating her flesh. He had... More »

Are There 2 NY Killers?

Cops wonder if another murderer is using beach as dumping ground

(Newser) - The mounting trove of bones discovered on an isolated strip of Long Island beach now has cops wondering if there could be more than one killer operating in the area. The body count is now up to 10 , all women except for a single toddler . "Now the question is... More »

Police: Boy's Likely Killer 'Cold, Soulless Murderer'

Similar burned fibers found on Jonathan Foster's body and in Mona Nelson's home

(Newser) - The woman accused of kidnapping 12-year-old Jonathan Foster, killing him, burning the body, and dumping it on Christmas Eve is a "cold, soulless murderer," according to Houston police. Investigators found a "wealth of evidence" at Mona Nelson's house: burned carpet and twine similar to that found with... More »

John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole Again

Mark David Chapman will stay at Attica

(Newser) - It's been 30 years since John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York apartment, and in that time his killer has applied for parole six times. Once again, his plea for release has been rejected. Mark Chapman, now 55, was given a 20-years-to-life sentence for the December 1980... More »

Facebook Won't Remove Fan Page for Murderer

British PM can't understand sympathy for 'callous' killer

(Newser) - Facebook says it won't remove a fan page honoring Raoul Moat —a Briton who killed one person and shot two others before killing himself—despite the objections of British leaders. "It is absolutely clear that Raoul Moat was a callous murderer," said PM David Cameron. ''There should... More »

'Tool Kit' Found Near Hookers' Remains

Ripper scholar calls himself a 'cannibal'

(Newser) - Forensics experts are examining a suitcase filled with tools found near the suspected remains of murdered hookers linked to a British "Jack the Ripper" scholar. Stephen Griffiths, 40, who dubbed himself the ''Crossbow Cannibal" last week in court, has been charged with the dismemberment murder of 3 prostitutes in... More »

Va. Cops Corner Killer in Woods

8 dead after gunman rampage

(Newser) - Some 100 Virginia police have converged on a heavily wooded area to surround a gunman suspected of killing 8 people. Christopher Speight, 39, nearly shot down a pursuing police helicopter when one of his bullets ruptured the fuel tank. The police hunt was triggered after officers discovered 7 men and... More »

Cops Catch Insane Killer Who Fled Field Trip in Wash.

Phillip Paul sparked state manhunt

(Newser) - A schizophrenic killer who ducked out of a mental hospital field trip has been caught in south-central Washington, the Spokesman-Review reports. Phillip A. Paul, 47, slipped away at the Spokane County Interstate Fair on Thursday and triggered a police manhunt. A sherriff's deputy caught him today trying to hitch a... More »

Teen Suspect Arrested in Fla. Cat Killings

Murders spawned 1,000-member Facebook group

(Newser) - Miami police arrested a teenager today in connection with a high-profile series of cat-killings, the Miami Herald reports. Accused of mutilating and killing more than a dozen cats, Tyler Hayes Weinman, 18, was charged with animal cruelty, improperly disposing of an animal body, and burglary. Residents alerted police to Weinman,... More »

Facing Cops, Accused Killer Takes Own Life

Police sought Ohio man for murdering new wife and family

(Newser) - An Ohio man accused of killing his wife and four children took his own life today when police cornered him in a bathroom, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Following a tip, Cleveland police and US marshals were hunting room-to-room in a house when they found Davon Crawford, 33, hiding behind... More »

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