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Australia Mom Arrested in Deaths of 8 Kids

She is mother to 7 victims and an aunt to the last one

(Newser) - Australia police said from the start that the horrific murder of eight children inside a home was an isolated incident and that the public need not fear a killer on the loose. Now we know why: They have arrested a 37-year-old woman—mother to seven of the kids and an... More »

Cops: Teen Fakes Cousin's Abduction, Kills Him

Tiffany VanAlstyne, 19, charged with murder of 5-year-old boy

(Newser) - Police in upstate New York say a 19-year-old woman strangled her 5-year-old cousin to death, tossed his body into a culvert, and then made up a story about him being abducted, reports the Albany Times Union . Tiffany VanAlstyne is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kenneth White, who... More »

Cops: Guy Hired Hitman to Kill His Family, Killed Hitman

Prosecutor will seek death penalty for Ryan Champion

(Newser) - Not only is a Kentucky man accused in the murder of his family, he's also accused of killing the man he allegedly hired to do the deed. Police say Ryan Champion, 36, asked Vito Riservato, 22, to kill his parents and sister in western Kentucky, but the apparent murder-for-hire... More »

AC/DC Drummer Charged in Murder Plot

New Zealand police charged Phil Rudd with attempting to arrange a murder

(Newser) - Longtime drummer Phil Rudd has been accused of doing some dirty deeds. The only Australian-born musician of the Australian rock band AC/DC—which is expected to release its latest album, Rock or Bust, later this year—has been arrested by New Zealand police at his home on New Zealand's... More »

Accused Texas Shooter Collapses in Court

Prosecutors say they're seeking capital murder indictment

(Newser) - When the charges against him were read in a Texas courtroom today, Ron Lee Haskell collapsed. The accused killer of six was standing shackled between two guards at the time. The guards lowered him to a sitting position on the floor, then hoisted him onto a desk chair and wheeled... More »

Dad in Toddler's Car Death Can't Attend Funeral

Justin Ross Harris accused of murdering son Cooper

(Newser) - The funeral for 22-month-old Cooper Harris takes place today, and dad Justin Ross Harris won't be allowed to leave prison to attend, reports NBC News . The 33-year-old left his son in a hot car in a case that police in Georgia's Cobb County say wasn't "simple... More »

An Unusual Murder Charge After Toddler Dies in Hot Car

Georgia man forgot to drop son at day care

(Newser) - A father in Georgia has been charged with not only child cruelty but murder after his 22-month-old son died in a hot SUV while he was at work. Police say Justin Ross Harris, 33, left his son Cooper strapped in a car seat for seven hours on Wednesday, when temperatures... More »

Utah Mom Couldn't Recall Number of Dead Babies

Murder suspect Megan Huntsman guessed eight or nine

(Newser) - New documents released in the case of a Utah woman accused of killing six of her newborns reveals another awful detail: Megan Huntsman wasn't sure how many babies she had hidden at her house over the years. "She couldn't remember the exact the number so she threw... More »

Kansas City Shooting Suspect Charged With Capital Murder

Frazier Glenn Miller held on $10M bond

(Newser) - Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges today against the white supremacist accused in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City. Frazier Glenn Cross has been charged with one count of capital murder for the deaths of a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather... More »

Mom Who Drove Kids Into Ocean Charged

Florida woman accused of trying to kill her 3 children

(Newser) - The 32-year-old mother who drove her three kids into the Atlantic Ocean has been charged with attempted murder, reports CNN . Ebony Wilkerson has denied trying to harm her kids, but they and witnesses at the scene in Daytona Beach tell a much different story. "She actually told them to... More »

Maryland Vet Charged With Murdering Adopted Son, 3

Former Marine Brian O'Callaghan says his son slipped in tub

(Newser) - Brian O'Callaghan and his wife, Jennfer, badly wanted a second child. Working with Catholic Charities, in October they adopted a South Korean toddler with special needs, whom they named Madoc Hyeonsu O'Callaghan, according to this obituary . On February 3, the 3-year-old died, with injuries police say were consistent... More »

Soldier Charged With Murder After Deaf Iraqi Boys' 2007 Deaths

Michael Barbera allegedly shot unarmed teens

(Newser) - A US soldier has been charged with two counts of premeditated murder following the 2007 deaths of two deaf Iraqi boys, NPR reports. The teen boys—a pair of cattle herders, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review last year reported—had no apparent connection to insurgents and were unarmed when small-kill team leader... More »

Cops: Grandmother Kills Baby With Sledgehammer

Horrific murder near Chicago

(Newser) - “I have never seen anything like this," says the Oak Lawn police chief in suburban Chicago. The case he's referring to makes for grim reading: Police say a 61-year-old woman killed her 6-month-old granddaughter with a sledgehammer and a knife, reports CBS Local . Alfreda Giedrocz is charged... More »

Scrooge McDuck Helps Crack Murder Case

Suspect sold custom-made gold chain with the character to local shop

(Newser) - In life, Miguel Rodriguez was apparently a big fan of Scrooge McDuck. In death, the cartoon character may have helped catch his killers. The Hartford Courant explains the weird case: The 25-year-old Rodriguez was shot to death on a city street this summer, and his killers stole a custom-made gold... More »

3 Teens Charged in Oklahoma 'Boredom' Killing

2 face first-degree murder charges

(Newser) - Murder charges were filed today in the death of an Australian college student in Oklahoma, but police haven't changed the chilling motive: They say three teens decided to shoot 23-year-old Christopher Lane as he jogged along a road in Duncan because they were bored. Prosecutors charged 15-year-old James Francis... More »

LA Car Rampage Suspect: It Was an Accident

Nathan Campbell, 38, faces possible life in prison

(Newser) - A lawyer for a Colorado man charged today with murder and assault for allegedly driving his car through a weekend throng on the Venice Beach boardwalk said it was an accident that has left his client devastated. "I don't believe he intentionally tried to hit anybody," said... More »

Calif. Murder Suspect May Have Victim's Kids

Cops seek man who is believed to have killed woman, another child in fire

(Newser) - Cops in San Diego County think a man suspected of murdering a woman and child is on the run with two more children, reports CBS Los Angeles . Authorities are looking for James Lee DiMaggio, 40, and think he abducted Hannah Anderson, 16, and her 8-year-old brother, Ethan. The hunt began... More »

Cops Liken Doctor to Serial Killer

He's charged with 4 murders in apparent revenge killings

(Newser) - Dr. Anthony Joseph Garcia got fired as a pathology resident from Omaha's Creighton University a dozen years ago for erratic behavior. Since then, four people linked to his firing have been murdered, and now the 40-year-old is under arrest and charged with four homicides, reports Reuters . "At this... More »

Texts, Bubble Gum Might Doom Aaron Hernandez

While Patriots might try to avoid paying him millions he is due

(Newser) - Aaron Hernandez is due back in court today for a bail hearing as more details emerge about the murder of a man named Odin Lloyd that prosecutors say he orchestrated. (It's not clear yet whether they think the former NFL player did the actual shooting.) Two standout details... More »

Aaron Hernandez Charged With Murder

Ex-Patriots tight end pleads not guilty

(Newser) - Aaron Hernandez was arraigned today, and not on anything so tame as the once-rumored obstruction of justice charges. The newly unemployed NFL tight end has been charged with murder and several gun-related charges, the Boston Globe reports. Prosecutors told the court that they have surveillance tape showing Hernandez holding a... More »

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