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Remains Found Under John Wayne Gacy's Home Identified

James Byron Haakenson went missing in 1976

(Newser) - A Minnesota runaway has been identified as one of the victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, an Illinois sheriff's office announced in a Wednesday news release. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says that the remains of a person whose body was found under the crawl space of Gacy'... More »

Britain May Have Found 8th Victim in London Attack

Body in Thames still to be officially identified as that of Frenchman Xavier Thomas

(Newser) - A man who went missing after last week's London terror attack may have been found. Scotland Yard reports a body was discovered in the Thames near the East London district of Limehouse as police searched for Xavier Thomas, 45, who vanished after the attack, per the BBC . Police had... More »

London Bridge Victim Died in Her Fiance's Arms

Guy with beer becomes unlikely symbol of defiance

(Newser) - The first victim of Saturday night's terrorist attack in London to be identified is a Canadian visitor who died in her fiance's arms. Christine Archibald, 30, had been living in the Netherlands, where fiance Tyler Ferguson was working. She was hit as the attackers drove into pedestrians on... More »

Weeks After UK Attack, 31-Year-Old Victim Dies

5th victim Andreea Cristea ended up in Thames after car plowed into pedestrians

(Newser) - The victim death toll from the London terror attack last month is now at five after a woman pulled from the Thames was taken off life support Thursday and died, the New York Times reports. Andreea Cristea, a 31-year-old architect from Romania, had been on the Westminster Bridge on March... More »

Utah Man Killed in London Terror Attack

Kurt Cochran, 54, was killed; wife Melissa seriously injured

(Newser) - Not much was initially revealed about the two civilians killed in Wednesday's terror attack in London, which also ended in the death of a British cop and the attacker being gunned down by police, but now there are a few details on at least one of the deceased: a... More »

On Parliament Floor, Scottish MP Recounts Her Rape

'I am not a victim; I am a survivor,' says Michelle Thomson

(Newser) - Two women shared extremely personal stories of rape in the UK House of Commons on the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Thursday. Their stories left fellow MPs in tears, but it was Scottish MP Michelle Thomson, who represents Edinburgh West, whose words are being... More »

Teen Slain 46 Years Ago Near Manson Killings Is IDed

Cops can't say whether Canadian woman was one of his victims

(Newser) - For more than 46 years, a young woman whose body was found stabbed 150 times and tangled in the brush off of LA's Mulholland Drive has been relegated to "Jane Doe" status. Now, People reports that Jane Doe No. 59 has been identified as Reet Jurvetson—born in... More »

Suspected Teen Rape Victim Jailed

'She's a victim, not a criminal,' says her lawyer

(Newser) - A 17-year-old suspected rape victim is being held in a California juvenile detention facility to ensure that she'll show up to testify against her attacker. She failed to turn up at a preliminary hearing for her suspected assailant, forcing prosecutors to refile the case. “The last thing we... More »

Pregnant Soldier Among Victims

Bases observe minute of silence 24 hours after shooting

(Newser) - One of the victims of the Fort Hood massacre was a pregnant 21-year-old set to start maternity leave in just 2 weeks. Francheska Velez of Chicago enlisted out of high school. "She loved the military, loved to serve," a friend told the Chicago Tribune . US military bases around... More »

Police Find 4 More Bodies at Rapist's Home

Anthony Sowell has been charged with 5 counts of murder so far

(Newser) - Police found four more bodies today at the home of a convicted rapist in Cleveland, bringing the total to 10. Authorities also charged Anthony Sowell with five counts of aggravated murder, sources tell the Plain Dealer . Crews will spend the night digging up Sowell's yard in search of more victims.... More »

3 Teens Charged With Murder of Chicago Student

Three youths charged as adults, held without bail, for taped killing

(Newser) - Chicago police have charged three teens with the murder of Derrion Albert, the high school honor student whose vicious beating was captured on video and widely circulated. Silvanus Shannon, 19, Eugene Riley, 18, and Eric Carson, 16, were all charged as adults with first-degree murder and ordered held without bail.... More »

Only Half of Madoff's Clients Lost Money

The rest withdrew more than they invested, prosecutors say

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors said yesterday that a review of most accounts held by Bernard Madoff's customers when he was arrested shows that about half of the customers had not lost money because they withdrew more than they originally invested. That doesn't, however, take into account the loss of any money they... More »

Megrahi Knows 'Truth,' Wants Lockerbie Inquiry

Convicted bomber says he has documents that would exonerate him

(Newser) - Convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has always maintained his innocence and now he wants an inquiry into the 1988 plane explosion that killed 270 people, the London Times reports. Megrahi claims to hold documents that could shed light on the real culprits and says that interest among the victims’... More »

Palin's Platform: Victimhood

She revels in acting insulted

(Newser) - The driving force behind Sarah Palin’s political career is victimization, writes Thomas Frank in the Wall Street Journal: She’s “a collector of grievances” who “runs for high office by griping.” The complaining appeals to those who see a “trampling of Middle America by the... More »

Brazil Ends Hunt for Flight 447 Victims

(Newser) - Brazil's Navy and Air Force gave up their search for Air France Flight 447 victims today, citing the difficulty of finding bodies and wreckage 25 days after the crash, Reuters reports. "It's already been nine days without seeing any bodies," a Brazilian officer said. French ships will remain,... More »

Unabomber Battles Auction

(Newser) - Unabomber Ted Kacynski is battling plans by the federal government to auction his belongings, including diaries, typewriters, a hatchet, and his trademark sunglasses and hooded jacket, reports CNN. Proceeds of the sales will go to four wounded survivors of his  mail bomb attacks who are owed $15 million awarded to... More »

Subway Groper Nabbed After Victim Snaps Cell Phone Pic

(Newser) - A cell phone photo of a groper on a New York City subway snapped by his victim helped nab him two days later, according to police. He harassed a woman again yesterday and she recognized his picture from news reports and called 911, reports the New York Daily News. Turns... More »

Feminist Bloggers Daft in Rihanna Debate

(Newser) - In the debate over a leaked police photo of Rihanna, her face badly beaten, feminist bloggers and pundits are revealing their archaic attitudes toward domestic violence, Rebecca Traister writes in Salon. One asked whether Rihanna will carry the "domestic violence victim" stigma; another questioned whether she was partly... More »

Bearing Bad News Tough on Cops, Too

Among occupational hazards, informing family of death is worst

(Newser) - News of a death can be tough on police officers charged with delivering it, too. While agencies don’t generally have formal protocols (unlike the US Army), most prefer to inform families in person, with a chaplain. “You ask yourself: How would you want to deliver this message,”... More »

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