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43 Years After Girls' Slayings, 2 Arrests

Cousins to be charged in cold case after California finally tested rape kit from 1973

(Newser) - Authorities have finally made arrests in the death of two girls in California more than 40 years later. Police say 65-year-old cousins Larry Patterson and William Harbour murdered Doris Derryberry, 13, and Valerie Lane, 12, after they vanished from a shopping mall in 1973. The girls were found dead, each... More »

Woman Allegedly Murdered Husband by Plugging His Nose

Retired nurse Jan Sochalski accused of killing spouse in his hospital bed

(Newser) - A retired nurse in Florida is accused of killing her husband while he lay in his hospital bed. Staff at Florida Hospital Memorial Center in Daytona Beach tell police they saw Jan Sochalski, 61, lying across the chest of husband Henry Sochalski, 64, and pinching his nose, reports People . He... More »

Teens' Bodies Were Left Posed Behind Publix

Including one left in a 'sexually explicit fashion'

(Newser) - One of two victims found dead behind a Publix grocery store in Georgia earlier this month was naked, her body placed in a "sexually explicit fashion," according to an autopsy. Natalie Henderson's body also revealed she had been shot in the head at close range, reports the... More »

Cops: Woman Took Paddle From Capsized Fiance

Angelika Graswald says she felt 'trapped' in relationship

(Newser) - It could have been a lifeline. But when Angelika Graswald sat in her own kayak watching her capsized fiance struggle in the cold waters of the Hudson River, police say she admitted choosing a different path. "I took his paddle when he was in the water," an investigator... More »

Driver Charged With Murder in Deaths of 5 Bicyclists

Charles Pickett Jr. will be arraigned when health permits

(Newser) - A Michigan prosecutor filed murder charges on Thursday against the 50-year-old driver of a pickup truck that struck a group of bicyclists , killing five of them and seriously injuring four others. Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeffrey Getting charged Charles Pickett Jr. of Battle Creek with five counts of second degree murder... More »

Guy Announces He's Suing Cops, Gets Arrested

Chicago police say he killed a man less than 2 weeks ago

(Newser) - If Dominiq Greer didn't know there was a warrant out for his arrest at the start of a press conference on his lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department, he did at the end of it: The 25-year-old was arrested on a murder warrant as soon as he walked out... More »

Ex-NASA Astronaut Faces Murder Charges

2 young girls killed in car wreck involving James Halsell Jr.

(Newser) - A retired NASA astronaut who flew on five space shuttle missions has been charged with murder after an early-morning car crash in Alabama took the lives of two young half-sisters, per AL.com . A 2015 Chrysler allegedly being driven by James Halsell Jr., 59, smashed into a Ford Fiesta at... More »

Former Reality- TV Star Charged With Murder

History Channel star accused of shooting co-worker in Alabama

(Newser) - A former reality-TV star who hoped to strike gold in South America has now been charged with murder. Authorities say hunters found the body of a 40-year-old man, Norman Deon Crayton, in a wooded area south of Dadeville, Ala., early Sunday, per the New York Daily News . Witnesses tell the... More »

Mom Who Woke to Find Baby Dead Charged With Murder

2014 case is just now being reported

(Newser) - On Nov. 8, 2014, Virginia 25-year-old Candice Christa Semidey fed her 4-month-old son, Jahari Jones, swaddled him, and put him to bed. She, too, went to sleep, only to wake up and find Jahari dead. Semidey was charged with felony murder. Why? Because she wrapped Jahari in a blanket and... More »

Cops: Here's Why Chicago Boy, 9, Was Executed

He was killed in retaliation for murder of suspect's brother: cops

(Newser) - A man has been charged with murder in the slaying of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee in Chicago. The Cook County state's attorney's office identifies the boy's alleged killer as Corey Morgan, 27, per the Chicago Sun-Times . The Chicago Tribune calls him "a reputed member of the Terror... More »

Girl Dies Decade After Abuse, Babysitter Charged

Christopher Byrd has already served time for crime

(Newser) - A babysitter has been charged with murdering the child in his care after an incident in 2005. Here’s the weird part: the girl died this January. Authorities say Christopher Byrd violently shook the 11-month-old daughter of his girlfriend, whom he lived with in La Habra, Calif., until she fell... More »

Guy Accused of Killing 7-Year-Old Enters His Plea

Timothy Madden is arraigned in Kentucky

(Newser) - The man accused of kidnapping and killing a 7-year-old Kentucky girl has pleaded not guilty. Amy Gabriella Doolin's mother, Amy Doolin, sobbed and held her hand over her mouth as a judge read the charges against 38-year-old Timothy Madden of Scottsville, Kentucky, on Monday. Allen County District Judge Martha... More »

Acquaintance Charged in Arizona Couple's Murder

Meth may have been involved

(Newser) - The story surrounding the deaths of Arizona couple Michael and Tina Careccia is starting to come into focus. Police today charged Jose Valenzuela, 38, who lived just blocks away, with murdering them, reports the Arizona Republic . Authorities say Valenzuela confessed prior to a second interview and told police that he... More »

No Charges for Mom Who Took Abortion Pill at 5 Months

Georgia DA drops murder count

(Newser) - Murder charges have been dropped against a Georgia woman who took an abortion pill she bought online and delivered a five-and-a-half-month-old fetus that lived for 30 minutes, reports WALB . Kenlissa Jones, 23, reportedly took four pills of Cytotec—the brand name of the drug misoprostol used alongside mifepristone in non-surgical... More »

Cops: Suspect Pulled Paddle From Drowning Fiance

Murder indictment against Angelika Graswald is released

(Newser) - Prosecutors who accuse a woman of killing her fiance on the Hudson River say she didn't just tamper with his kayak—she moved his paddle away from him in the frigid waters after he capsized. Authorities today released the murder indictment against Angelika Graswald, days after the body of... More »

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 »

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