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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 »

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 »

Cops: Teens 'Tired' of Messages Plotted to Kill Girl

Utah boys accused of leaving 14-year-old for dead

(Newser) - Two 16-year-old boys accused of shooting a 14-year-old girl in the back of the head and leaving her for dead plotted to kill her because one of them was sick of her messages on Snapchat, a court heard this week. A sheriff's deputy testified at a preliminary hearing for... More »

Cops: Murder Plot Involved Priest, Cyanide, Suitcase

Georgian Orthodox Church official charged with attempted murder

(Newser) - It sounds like an odd espionage thriller, but it's all too true in the Republic of Georgia: Police busted a priest traveling with cyanide and say he meant to kill a high-ranking member of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Father Georgi Mamaladze, who runs the church's property department, was... More »

Cops: Couple on Killing Spree Choosing Victims at Random

Pair accused of murders in Florida, Alabama

(Newser) - Florida is facing a "running nightmare" with two people on a killing spree that has so far left three women dead and another in critical condition. William "Billy" Boyette and Mary Craig Rice are wanted in the Jan. 31 murders of 30-year-old Alicia Greer—who was in a... More »

Man Gets 40 Years for Killing Daughter's Molester

'My father was protecting me, like a father should do'

(Newser) - "He is an amazing father—actually the best," says Julia Maynor of the man just sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of her abuser. For years as a child, Maynor, now a 24-year-old mother of three, was sexually abused by Raymond Earl Brooks, her adopted... More »

Cops Grab Suspect's Gun Without Lifting a Finger

'The robot was a game changer'

(Newser) - After an attempted murder suspect armed with a rifle was chased into the desert on Sept. 8, he barricaded himself using a dirt berm and wire fencing; Los Angeles County sheriffs say they tried for six hours to get him to surrender. Finally, officers skillfully plucked the gun right out... More »

Dad Allegedly Crashes Car to Kill His Toddler

Nathan Weitzel 'did not think he was man enough to raise a child'

(Newser) - A Colorado father is accused of attempting to kill his 2-year-old son in a pre-planned car crash because "he did not think he was man enough to raise a child," KUSA reports. Authorities say 29-year-old Nathan Weitzel was watching his son Isaiah play at the park when he... More »

Man Shoots Unarmed Ex at Denny's, Claims Self-Defense

Florida's Sean Barnes is the latest to invoke Stand Your Ground law

(Newser) - Sean Barnes admits he followed his ex-girlfriend into a Denny's bathroom, then shot her in the face. But as for the resulting attempted murder charge, Barnes says he acted in self-defense in August 2013 in accordance with Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, reports the Miami Herald . Police... More »

Cops: Firefighters Take 'Random' Exit, Stop a Murder

Man was attempting to hang woman in underpass: cops

(Newser) - Firefighters were expecting to find, well, flames. Instead, they discovered a man attempting to hang a woman beneath an overpass near Utah's Parleys Canyon on Friday, police say. A four-man crew responding to a report of smoke at the mouth of the canyon around 8pm found nothing troubling, so... More »

Man Gets 8 Years for Shooting Corpse

'I shot him twice, mate'

(Newser) - An Australian man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted of the attempted murder of someone who was already dead, Stuff.co.nz reports. In March 2014, Rocky Matskassy, 31, was shot as he and Daniel James Darrington, 39, struggled over a gun in a home... More »

Bloody Trail Leads Into Subway Restroom

Mary Grace Trinidad, 38, is accused of trying to murder newborn son

(Newser) - A Southern California transient is under arrest after apparently leaving her newborn baby in the toilet of a Subway restaurant's restroom, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. According to police, a customer noticed the woman—later identified as 38-year-old Mary Grace Trinidad—bleeding as she left the restroom of... More »

Backpackers Escape Living Nightmare on Remote Beach

Naked woman running for help had 'blood all over'

(Newser) - Two female backpackers have escaped a living nightmare near Adelaide, Australia. Police say a German and Brazilian, both in their 20s, met a man in a rural area of South Australia who drove them to a remote beach campsite in Coorong National Park on Tuesday, per 7 News and the... More »

Woman Tries Coat-Hanger Abortion, Is Arrested

Anna Yocca of Tennessee faces attempted-murder charge

(Newser) - A Tennessee woman was arrested Dec. 9 for allegedly using a coat hanger to try to end her 24-week pregnancy. Anna Yocca, 31, of Murfreesboro was charged with attempted first-degree murder in the incident, which happened in September. The baby boy was saved, according to the Murfreesboro Post ; it's... More »

Man Arrested in Stabbing of Train Hero

Sacramento suspect didn't know who Spencer Stone was, cops say

(Newser) - A man accused of stabbing Paris train hero Spencer Stone in the back last month has been arrested on an attempted murder charge and is being held without bail. Police in Sacramento say James Tran, a 28-year-old gang affiliate with a criminal history, was arrested early Wednesday and no other... More »

Cops: Mom Forced Son, 4, to Eat Ant Poison

Paw Eh charged with attempted capital murder

(Newser) - A horrible story out of Texas, where children say their mother told them on Saturday that she planned to kill them and herself, then attempted to carry out that plan, WFAA reports. Paw Eh, 31, allegedly called her 4-year-old son to the kitchen and tried to force him to eat... More »

Vet, 75, Saves Kids From Knife-Wielding Attacker

He used his 50-year-old training to disarm man allegedly bent on killing children

(Newser) - A 75-year-old veteran used his Army knife-fight training to stop a man armed with two hunting knives from going after a roomful of children Tuesday at an Illinois public library, the Pekin Daily Times reports. Sixteen children were getting a chess lesson from James Vernon in a room at the... More »

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