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The 'Rev' Gets 26 Years for Shooting Student in the Head

He thought the 17-year-old recruit was not generating enough sales and withholding money

(Newser) - A former high school dean and anti-violence advocate nicknamed "Rev" for his pastor-like influence was sentenced Friday in Boston to up to 26 years in prison for shooting and nearly killing a student he had recruited to sell marijuana for him. Shaun Harrison, 58, was sentenced a day after... More »

Sergeant Convicted in Wild Case of Parachute Sabotage

Emile Cilliers wanted to start new life with lover, prosecution alleged

(Newser) - Victoria Cilliers, an experienced parachuting instructor, knew as soon as she jumped during what was supposed to be a celebratory skydiving trip with her husband in 2015 that something was not right. "The lines were twisted. I was spinning," she testified in court in London, where a jury... More »

Surprise Corey Feldman Tweet: 'I Was Attacked 2nite!'

Actor says man opened his car door and stabbed him in attempted murder

(Newser) - Corey Feldman has said he wants to blow Hollywood open and expose the pedophilia that lies within, and he has also said he's been targeted for these allegations. Early Wednesday, a new development: a series of all-caps tweets from the actor showing him in what appears to be a... More »

Man: Girlfriend's Samurai Attack 'Scared Living Poop Out of Me'

Alex Lovell was attacked on March 3

(Newser) - Alex Lovell says he spent 12 to 13 hours a day playing a computer game in which players fight to the death. But when his girlfriend allegedly came at him with a real sword, "it scared the living poop out of me." Emily Javier, 30, is charged with... More »

How Not to Get Off on Hit Man Charges: Hire More Hit Men

Utah woman accused of trying to hire hit men at least 3 times, twice from jail

(Newser) - The third time was (thankfully for all involved) not a charm for a Utah woman accused of trying to hire hit men on multiple occasions to take out various people. Per KSL , Linda Tracy Gillman, 70, was convicted Friday of felony criminal solicitation for trying to have her ex-husband and... More »

Police Confirm Russian Spy Was Poisoned

They say a nerve agent was used against Sergei Skripal, but don't specify which one

(Newser) - British authorities on Wednesday said they knew "more about the substance" that felled a former Russian double agent, and what they revealed later in the day isn't good. In a case that's now being treated as attempted murder, authorities say Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were... More »

Woman Accused of Poisoning Look-Alike With Cheesecake

'A bizarre and twisted crime'

(Newser) - A Russian native was charged with poisoning a look-alike with a tranquilizer-laced cheesecake and then stealing her passport, cash, and other property after trying to make it look like a suicide attempt, authorities said Wednesday. "This is a bizarre and twisted crime that could have resulted in the death... More »

Her Grandson's Diary Stunned Her. Then She Opened His Guitar Case

Wash. police are praising a grandmother for possibly stopping a potential school shooting

(Newser) - Amid the headlines about Wednesday's massacre in Parkland, Fla., comes word of a teen who may have had similar designs on his Washington school. The Seattle Times reports a woman called 911 Tuesday after stumbling across her 18-year-old grandson's journal and finding "upcoming and credible threats,"... More »

Guy Who Tried to Shove Worker in Woodchipper Learns Fate

Scott Iverson pleaded guilty to attack, sentenced to almost 6 years in prison

(Newser) - May 1, 2017, was not a good workday for Austin Crawford. That's when the 22-year-old Oregon man ended up in the news after his co-worker, 26-year-old Scott Iverson, tried to force him Fargo-style into the woodchipper that they used on the job for a Salem tree-trimming company. Crawford's... More »

Woman Discovers Kidney Was Removed, Accuses Husband

Wife says she thought she was having appendicitis surgery

(Newser) - An Indian man is in police custody after allegedly stealing one of his wife's kidneys to serve as a dowry. When she complained of stomach pain two years ago, Rita Sarkar, 28, says her husband arranged a visit to a private nursing home in Kolkata, where the couple stayed... More »

Body Cam Captures Cop Clinging to Speeding Car

Officer taken to hospital before suspect was caught

(Newser) - If Florida police officer Jon Cusack thought his visit to a retirement community to check on an unconscious couple in a car would be relatively uneventful Tuesday, he thought wrong. The visit would end only after Cusack was dragged by a speeding car for about a half-mile, according to police... More »

She Owed Her Husband $120K, Planned to Pay $2K to Kill Him

Diana Lovejoy, Weldon McDavid guilty of attempted murder, conspiracy

(Newser) - Apparently unhappy at the prospect of sharing custody of her son, a California mom enlisted her former lover to lure her estranged husband to a deserted path and shoot him to death. But all did not go as Diana Lovejoy planned, authorities say. Greg Mulvihill was shot in the side... More »

Japan's 'Black Widow' Sentenced to Death

Judge says Chisako Kakehi was 'driven by greed'

(Newser) - Her murderous web won't protect Japan's "black widow," who's been sentenced to hang after a months-long trial. Judge Ayako Nakagawa of Kyoto District Court ruled Tuesday that Chisako Kakehi, 70, will hang for the murders of two common-law boyfriends and a husband, as well as... More »

Wife Plunged 4K Feet After Hubby Allegedly Messed With Chute

It wasn't the first time he tried to kill her, prosecutors allege

(Newser) - On a cloudy day in 2015, British army sergeant Emile Cilliers offered to take his wife skydiving as a treat. It turned out to be anything but. Victoria Cilliers, who'd previously taken part in 2,600 skydives, was helpless when both her main and reserve parachutes failed, sending her... More »

Cops: Porsche Driver Shot Homeless Man

Nashville man asked her to move her car

(Newser) - An aspiring country singer from Texas has been charged with the attempted murder of a homeless Tennessee man who asked her to move her Porsche. Police say 26-year-old Katie Quackenbush shot Gerald Melton, 54, after he complained about loud music and exhaust fumes from the Porsche SUV where she was... More »

A Noise Came From a Bag. Tiny Legs Were Sticking Out

Harriette Hoyt, 17, accused of trying to kill daughter

(Newser) - Police in upstate New York are describing a horrifying crime that might've proved deadly if not for what the Elmira Star Gazette describes as a "miracle." According to the Elmira Police Department, a 17-year-old girl placed her 8-month-old daughter in a plastic bag and abandoned her behind... More »

Mother Strangles Daughter. Then the Girl Wakes Up

Police say the girl found her mom dead in a suicide

(Newser) - Ivanna Krekhtyak apparently grabbed her 8-year-old daughter's neck and squeezed until she saw no signs of life. Then the 36-year-old woman hanged herself in the basement of her home in Fairfield, Conn., police say. Sometime later, however, Krekhtyak's daughter, Anna—who had only lost consciousness—woke up. After... More »

Terminally Ill Man Got Lost on Way to Kill Doctors: Cops

Bay Area man felt like 'laboratory monkey,' authorities say

(Newser) - A terminally ill cancer patient was arrested and charged with attempted murder after he traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area to kill three doctors who had treated him, authorities say. Yue Chen, who also planned to kill himself, was angry the doctors had treated him like a "laboratory... More »

Prosecutors: Times Square Driver Wanted to 'Kill Them All'

Richard Rojas charged with murder and attempted murder

(Newser) - A man charged with slamming his speeding car into pedestrians in Times Square, killing a teenager and injuring nearly two dozen people, said he wanted to "kill them all" and police should have shot him to stop him, a prosecutor revealed Friday. Richard Rojas, 26, also said he had... More »

Cops: Worker Tried to Feed Colleague Into Wood Chipper

Oregon man charged with attempted murder

(Newser) - Worst colleague ever? Oregon man Scott Edward Iverson, 26, has been charged with assault and attempted murder after allegedly trying to push a fellow worker at a tree service company near Salem head-first into a wood chipper. Police say a witness told them that as 22-year-old Austin Crawford was loading... More »

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