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Cops: Man Held Veteran, 81, Captive in Motel for Years

Suspect accused of stealing ex-Marine's benefit checks

(Newser) - A man held an 81-year-old Marine Corps veteran hostage in his squalid motel room for at least four years in order to steal his benefits checks, authorities say. Perry Coniglio was arrested Tuesday in his room adjoining the victim's at a motel in Highlands, NY. The motel sits next... More »

Motel Owner Secretly Watched Guests Have Sex for 29 Years

Gay Talese tells story of the 'greatest voyeur in the world'

(Newser) - For 29 years, motel owner Gerald Foos watched hundreds, perhaps thousands, of guests having sex, going to the bathroom, and more at the Manor House Motel in Colorado. Now the story of the "greatest voyeur in the world" is out in the open, thanks to an article published in... More »

Cop Kills Son, Mistaking Him for Intruder

Off-duty officer Michael Leach was staying in motel

(Newser) - An off-duty New York police officer shot dead his own son, believing he was an intruder, he told investigators. Michael Leach, 59, was staying in an upstate motel over the weekend when he opened fire on his 37-year-old son, Matthew, of Rochester. Leach used his department-issued .45-caliber Glock in the... More »

'Hidden Homeless' Turn to Motels

Recession forces middle-income families into uncomfortable new quarters

(Newser) - As the economy leaves people without the income they need to afford a mortgage or monthly rent, more and more families find themselves checking into motels for indefinite stays. While they may be a step above homeless shelters, motels bring with them a unique set of problems as long-term stopgaps,... More »

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